Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Luscious Homemade Body Lotion




As we mentioned last week we are really interested in making homemade skin care products. Our whole family has super sensitive skin. Our mother can't use any products with petroleum based ingredients (which may not be healthy for any of us). Some of us have eczema, others are allergic to sunscreen and we all have very dry skin! You can see why we are interested in finding better, less irritating skin care! (not to mention it is SO FUN to make your own lotions and potions!)

Luscious is the word for this recipe from ReadyMade. It is thick and creamy and leaves your skin feeling fabulous! It is also a very adaptable recipe. You can use whatever oils you want. You could also add other moisturizing ingredients. We kept ours simple because of all our allergies. In this batch we used canola oil because we knew no one was allergic to it and it has almost no oder. A few readers expressed concern about canola oil's safety. According to the Mayo Clinic, Eating Well, and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics , concerns about canola oil are completely unfounded and are just internet rumors. That being said, use whatever oils you feel comfortable with! Let's get started!



The Recipe:

1 cup of distilled water
3/4 cup of oil
3 Tbl. beeswax (pellets or grated)
a few drops of essential oil - optional
a blender



Mix the oil and beeswax together and melt. We used the microwave, but you could also use a double boiler. Heat just until melted. Stir to make sure they are well mixed. Allow the oil and bees wax to cool for a minute.


Pour the water and essential oil into the blender. Turn on and then slowly add the beeswax mixture. Blend until the water and oil are well mixed (a minute or two) You don't want to see any water on top. It is so fun to watch these ingredients combine like magic into lotion!


Using a spatula pour the lotion into a clean container. It will thicken as it cools until it the consistency of those lovely (and expensive) body butters you find at the store!



Our next skin care project - homemade sunscreen! Are you as excited as we are?
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18 comments:

  1. that looks like it'd be so soft & dreamy on your skin I still can't believe I made windex a few days back lol!will have to try this for sure
    Helen

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  2. Thanks for posting this. I have all the ingredients and can't wait to try it! :-)

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  3. Cool!! I've been getting more into homemade products in general...I've done lip balm, deoderant, laundry detergent. I would LOVE to try a homemade sunscreen!

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  4. THIS IS PHENOMENAL!!!
    i was just about to look into making my own lotion since I too have sensitive skin.
    Thanks so much!

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  5. I am so excited to try this! Does it leave a greasy feeling on your skin at all?

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  6. Any tips for cleaning the leftover lotion out of the blender and the bowls? I've done something similar to this and the beeswax never seems to want to come off!

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    1. I didn't have too much trouble cleaning the blender. I think melting and stirring the beeswax and oil before you put it in the blender helps keep the beeswax from sticking.

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  7. thank you, will be trying this soon.

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  8. Sarah, I can't be for sure, but I'd try blending some lemons with baking soda to take off the scum. You might want a few gos, with a rinse of hot water or two. If it needs some abrasion, try adding some rock salt to the mixture...

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  9. i so have to make this for me and my son who have incredibly sensitive skin, i even have a problem with most deodorants which drives me nuts. ty so much for all this cool stuff

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  10. To avoid having to clean your blender at all, you can use a big mason jar. Your blender base (the part with the blade) should unscrew from the blender for cleaning, and you can screw it onto a mason jar like a lid, flip it upside down, and use it just like you would your blender!

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  11. Is it possible to do this without the water? i have read somewhere that using water will cause the lotion to "get old" sooner. Any thoughts on this :)

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    1. You could add some vitamin E oil. It's a natural preservative (tocopheryl acetate) used in many cosmetics and it's also good for your skin. I'd squeeze 4 of the little capsules in with the oil/wax after melting, before blending. We're making this lotion this weekend, I'm adding green tea to my distilled water and vit E to the oil. Maybe some rosemary to the oil while melting. Those are all natural preservatives. :-)

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  12. The water is what gives it a more lotiony feel as well as adding moisture to your skin. If you don't add water, you will end up with more of a petroleum jelly. I used mine up before it went bad. You could keep it in the fridge or make a smaller batch if you don't think you would use it very often. Coconut oil lasts a long time, but I'm not sure how the texture would change.

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    1. Forget the coconut oil. I decided to try making some lotion with it, it feels great, but has started to separate.

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  13. Thank you for sharing the recipe, I am definitely going to try it because I have a very bad, dry and sensitive skin too, I hope it does the trick on my skin.

    Kind Regards,
    Clem!!!!

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