The Average woman exposes herself to over 167 chemicals on her body and face during her daily beauty regimine!
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that our skin is a vital organ and what we put on it is absorbed into our system. So, why would we put petrochemicals and known carcinogens into our bodies through our skin? No one I know does this on purpose, but many do it on a daily basis unknowingly.
The cosmetic and skincare industry is basically unregulated and they can put any old thing they want to on their labels, including words like “natural” and “organic.” When in fact, there may be few if any of these ingredients in the product. WTF, right? The Story of Stuff does an excellent video to help explain. Go ahead and watch. We’ll wait, but please come back because you’re going to want to make your own natural lotion and we’ve got an excellent, super easy recipe, right here!
While there are legitimate organic and good natural skincare product companies out there, they can get expensive. So, we’ve tried a few different natural homemade lotion recipes and this one is one of the easiest to make and your skin will feel like butta…
Watch this 1 GD Minute video tutorial to see just how easy this natural homemade lotion really is to make!
I made this video (and the lotion) with my favorite (and only) niece Krista Ellison and aside from our usual habit of laughing till someone pees, this was by far the easiest recipe* with the simplest list of ingredients we tried. The bonus is that it also happens to be amazing.
My skin is generally like the canary in a coal mine. If there are any questionable ingredients in it at all, I’ll beak out instantly.
I will caution that it tends to go on a bit greasy, but once it settles in, the result is seriously velvety soft skin. What I try to do is put it on (especially hands and feet) before bed. I wake up and love how my skin feels.
homemade natural lotion recipe
what you need
1 cup olive oil (or you can use sweet almond oil, or a combination)
1/2 cup organic coconut oil
1/2 cup organic beeswax pastilles
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil (I use lavender)
what to do
- find a glass container (pint-sized mason jar or recycled container with a wide opening)
- place in saucepan to create a double-boiler effect
- put olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax pastilles in the glass container
- add water to the pan, but only about 3/4 of the way to top of glass container. You don’t want water to get into the mix!
- stir gently frequently until the pastilles all melt
- remove from heat and cool to room temperature (you can place in refrigerator to accelerate the process). IMPORTANT to stir vigorously every 10 – 15 minutes until it is room temperature.
- add the vitamin E oil if you are using, mixing in well
- add the essential oil, mixing in well
- put a lid on it. since there are no preservatives, it won’t last forever, but it should be good for a few months.
- apply liberally to skin for happy, soft luscious skin!
*original recipe from A Sonoma Garden
Read more about greenwashing in the cosmetic and skincare industry HERE!
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