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. 🙂
DIY Natural Lotion With Frankincense and Geranium
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)
Mold or Container
Stirring Utensil (I use a skewer)
Quart-sized Mason Jar
- 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.)
- Put the Beeswax, Coconut Oil, and Shea Butter in a quart-sized mason jar and place in the jar in the saucepan.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Carefully pour the lotion into your tin or mold and allow them to solidify before use.
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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