Let me start by saying that this lotion is not one of those pretty ones I see all over Pinterest. It’s not tinted with rose petals or lavender buds. It does not work in a pump, and it doesn’t look like fluffy frosting in a mason jar.
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It does work, though. My skin is SO dry. Like always a little itchy, usually kinda flaky, and even worse in the winter. I have tried probably every type of lotion in the lotion aisle at Target. They all seem to sit on top of my skin, leaving a film and doing absolutely nothing to actually moisturize.
A few years ago, I finally got tired of throwing away every lotion I bought. I had read that coconut oil works well as a moisturizer, so I tried that and it worked better than anything else I had tried.
It still wasn’t quite enough to get the job done, and if I didn’t allow enough time for it to sink in it left a little oily residue on my clothes. I started experimenting with different coconut oil-based lotion recipes found online.
I found that the simplest thing was actually the best, and have been using it ever since. My skin has never been happier and it is so easy to make, it’s ridiculous. It does not have to be an exact science. I don’t use exactly the same proportions every time and it always turns out great. You could easily add your favorite essential oils to it – I sometimes do, but usually prefer unscented lotion.
Here’s how to make it.
- 4 oz. coconut oil (I buy whatever’s cheapest at the grocery store)
- 4 oz. shea butter (I use refined because the unrefined smells nasty and this works just as well)
Add roughly equal amounts of coconut oil and shea butter to a double boiler. I use the bowl of my stand mixer so I can go straight into the next step. Stir occasionally until completely melted. Remove the bowl from heat and place in the refrigerator. Let chill until mixture is cooled and just beginning to solidify (you will see it start to go from clear to opaque-white.)
*Note: If you completely forget about it and it gets solid in the fridge, just set it on the counter until it softens up a bit. (This happens to me every single time.)
Mix on med-high with electric mixer until it is smooth and white. It might be sort of runny, but mine always firms up after sitting for awhile.
Scoop it into a container with a lid and you’re good to go. A little bit goes a long way, so it lasts a long time.
I keep mine in a large plastic jar with a screw-on lid. Here’s what it looks like when done: