One day I was looking at the Sephora website looking for an all natural face cream. They were all so expensive, I was sure there was a cheaper way. I started googling homemade lotions… I was amazed at all the how easy it looked and the variety of recipes to choose from. The hardest part appeared finding the ingredients. I found most of them at a local health food store.
I’ve used it both as a hand and foot lotion. On my feet, it’s taken away all the dryness on my heal from sandal weather. On my hands it’s made my cuticles look so much better!
My first foray into making my own lotion, I decided to try the following recipe:
1/2 cup (115g) shea butter
1/4 cup (52g) coconut oil
1/4 cup (55g) almond oil
3/4 tablespoons beeswax
1/2 tablespoon zinc oxide (optional)
1 tablespoon vegetable glycerine
10 drops of lavender or other essential oil of choice
Put the shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil and beeswax into a glass container. Boil water in a pot large enough to hold the glass container. Once the water has boiled, reduce the temperature to low and put the glass container into the boiling water. Leave it in the water until the contents turns to liquid. Leave it on the counter until cool, then leave it in the fridge for about an hour.
Add the zinc oxide and vegetable glycerin and whip with a hand mixer for about 5 minutes until it looks like whipped cream. Spoon into a container for storage.
This ingredient is optional. It adds additional sun protection by creating a barrier for the skin and is not absorbed into the skin. Because zinc oxide and the other most common physical sunscreen, titanium dioxide, are not absorbed into the skin, they are nonirritating, nonallergenic, and non-comedogenic. It is the broadest spectrum UVA and UVB reflector that is approved for use as a sunscreen by the FDA. It also thickens creams, so your lotion will be as thick without it. If you can’t find it at a local store, you can buy it online from Amazon.