Looking for a hard-core, natural, chemical-free moisturizer for this winter? This natural lotion is one of my favs. This is a lotion bar recipe, meaning it is hard at room temperature but will melt as it is rubbed onto the skin. It is a concentrated moisturizer and is perfect for the extra dry skin that sometimes occurs with the colder temperatures.

My sister got me started on this lotion by making it for me every year for Christmas. I was going through it so fast I finally had to learn how to make it for myself. 🙂

This recipe can be used to make bars or it can be poured into containers. You can use whatever creative mold you can think of. I’ve read of people getting super creative and using recyclable materials like lids, pop bottles, and empty containers. I personally like to keep it in a reusable tin or jar and scoop it out a little piece at a time.

This is a super, easy recipe. When you are making regular lotion you have to emulsify with water. With this solid approach, it is just a matter of infusing all the ingredients by melting them together.

Since I typically use this on my face during the winter, I chose Frankincense and Geranium for their anti-aging and skin healing abilities. Their smell, combined, makes an uplifting, light, flowery aroma.  You can however, use whatever oils you prefer.  🙂img_1602_edited-1

DIY Natural Lotion With Frankincense and Geranium

Ingredients

   ½ cup Beeswax

½ cup Coconut Oil

½ cup Shea Butter

⅛ tsp of Vitamin E Oil (optional)

12 drops Frankincense Essential Oil (Pure Therapeutic Grade)

5 drops Geranium Essential Oil (Pure Therapeutic Grade)

Materials Needed

Mold or Container

Saucepan

Stirring Utensil (I use a skewer)

Quart-sized Mason Jar

Directions

  1. Fill a small saucepan with an inch of water and place on the stove over medium heat. (You can use a double boiler if you have one.)
  2. Put the Beeswax, Coconut Oil, and Shea Butter in a quart-sized mason jar and place in the jar in the saucepan.
  3. Allow the water in the saucepan to come to a boil and constantly stir the ingredients in the jar as they slowly melt together. Once these ingredients are melted and smooth, remove them from the heat.
  4. Add your Vitamin E oil, essential oils, and stir. (I always leave the essential oils for the very end so their properties are not damaged by the heat.)
  5. Carefully pour the lotion into your tin or mold and allow them to solidify before use.img_1619_edited-1

Note: The base recipe is not original to me, I’ve seen it in a ton of different places, so I’m not sure who should get the original credit. The base is pretty much the same across the board. Equal parts of beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter or cocoa butter. Therefore you can adjust the measurements according to the amount you would like to make. These are the measurements I use to fill my four-ounce container and a small bar.

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What do you like to use on your skin in the winter?

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  1. Reply

    rhythminlife

    February 6, 2017

    For starters, you are awesome, secondly I like the fact that your DIYs are straight forward attainable for gals like me who are horrible in this department. So thank you Jessica. I am into essential oil and have skin allergies around here, so we don’t usually buy lotions. This one sounds like a winner!!!. 💞

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      inspirethemom

      February 7, 2017

      Thanks for the encouragement Susan! Your kind words made my day. <3 We struggle with a lot of skin issues too so we try to stick with making our own lotions with ingredients that we are familiar with.

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    crazyloveparent

    February 8, 2017

    Love this base recipe! I use it on our eczema patches as needed and it works wonder!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      February 8, 2017

      thats awesome! Yeah, this was the first thing that we felt really “worked” on our eczema too.

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    soulfood101blog

    February 10, 2017

    I love jojoba oil. My face breaks out with everything. But jojoba oil seems to do the trick with no break out.

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      inspirethemom

      February 10, 2017

      Thats awesome! Jojoba is actually one oil I haven’t tried yet…

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        soulfood101blog

        February 10, 2017

        It’s amazing. It’s suppose to be the closest thing to our own facial oils, so it absorbs really well into the face,and doesn’t lay on top of the skin. You can use it to clean your face also. It’s not that cheap but you only need a drop or two 🙂

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          inspirethemom

          February 10, 2017

          very cool. right now, i’m using coconut oil as a cleanser, I’m gonna have to try Jojoba. Thank you for this info!

          • soulfood101blog

            February 10, 2017

            You’re welcome. You’ll have to let us know if you try it, and how it works out for you 🙂

          • inspirethemom

            February 10, 2017

            ok:)

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    forgivingjournal

    February 26, 2017

    This looks great!! I love Frankincense and Geranium, and your ingredients are so holistic.
    I use coconut oil on its own, or sometimes Rose Weleda lotion. I do love essential oils.
    Many blessings, Jessica 🙂
    ~Debbie

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      inspirethemom

      February 26, 2017

      Rose Weleda?…I’m going to have to check that out! We also love to use coconut oil by itself, especially on the baby. 😉

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        forgivingjournal

        February 26, 2017

        Yep, it’s called Rose lotion, and it’s by a fairly natural company called Weleda. I’ve found it at both my local Coop and Whole Foods. Smells really good and feels like it’s nourishing for me. 🙂 Blessings!

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          inspirethemom

          February 26, 2017

          thats awesome! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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