I have dry skin all the time. No matter what time of the year it is my skin is dry. I stopped using soap because it would dry my skin out too much. I tried everything store bought but no matter how thick the lotion is I always have to reapply it a few times during the day if I want my skin to be soft. I finally bought this stuff the other day at a "real food" store which was all natural and felt so good on my skin. But it was $14.99 an ounce. That's just a little too expensive for me.
So I thought how can I make this myself? I know I can make it myself for a lot cheaper than $14.99 an ounce with no chemicals or other crap in it.
I tried using straight up coconut oil. Yeah, no. I felt greasy and couldn't put real clothes on or sit on any furniture for about 2 hours. My skin felt smooth but I do not have two hours to dry off everyday. I think it is better left for a once a week deep moisturizer after a nice long soak in a warm tub, not for everyday application. Who am I kidding about being able to take a long soak in the tub, some days I am happy if I can go to the bathroom all by myself!
These lotion bars are made out of a few relatively inexpensive ingredients and is much thicker feeling than store bought lotion. I have found that I only need to put it on once a day and my skin stays soft all day long. They are also super easy to make. Besides the drying time, it took me about 20 minutes from start to pour.
Homemade Lotion Bars
1/2 cup beeswax
1/2 cup shea butter or cocoa butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
Essential oil (Optional)
2 tsp of Vitamin E
Using a double boiler on medium heat, get the water to a boil, then melt the beeswax, then the coconut oil, then the shea butter. Shea butter turns grainy when you over heat it so I add it last. Take off the heat and add the essential oil and vitamin E. I used about 30 drops for this recipe but you can use as much or as little as you like. Stir thoroughly. I use the paper cupcake cups in a muffin tin because it is what I have on hand but you can use any type of mold you please. Allow them to dry for at least an hour or more depending on the size of your mold. Use the warmth of your hands to melt the bar a bit and rub on any dry spots!
|Just poured into the molds|
These lotion bars are good for everyone. The coconut oil is a natural antiseptic so you can use these bars on raw, dried or cracked skin without the painful stinging like the store bought lotions. Coconut oil is also naturally an SPF4, so you are getting some sun protection. Shea butter is good for healing dry skin, reducing wrinkles and scars, and is a natural anti inflammatory. The beeswax locks in the moisture, softens skin and protects the skin from environmental factors. Beeswax also has anti inflammatory and antibacterial properties making it safe to use on raw, cracked skin.
Ready to toss your old chemical laden-store bought lotion and start making your own? Let me know what you think!