It is getting harder and harder to find an all-natural lotion these days. If you suffer from dry, sensitive skin, or have a child with eczema, you know how important it is to find a rich, natural lotion that has nourishing properties in it. This easy-to-make lotion has a coconut-oil base and is perfect for dry, sensitive skin.
- Double-boiler pot
- 1/4 cup distilled water
- 3/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp. beeswax, either grated or in pellets
- 1 tsp. essential oil, such as lavender or rose
- 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
- Candy thermometer
Melt the beeswax in a double-boiler over medium heat. Place your beeswax, either grated or in pellets, in a small pot. Place the small pot inside a medium pot filled about half way up with water. Gradually heat the beeswax over medium heat until it is just melted. Remove the small pot from the heat source.
Add the coconut oil to the same pot that contains your melted beeswax, and stir until the coconut oil has melted and is combined with the beeswax. Set this aside.
Heat the distilled water in another pot or saucepan until it is around the same temperature as the oil and wax. You can test both with a candy thermometer. Once the ingredients are at the same temperature, you are ready to blend them together.
Pour your oil and wax mixture, along with your distilled water, into a blender. Blend on low for abut 1 minute. Gradually pour in the aloe vera and the essential oil you have chosen, and blend on high for around two minutes until it is creamy and thick.
The oil you you use should be extra virgin coconut oil. This is the best coconut oil available, and will make your lotion rich and creamy. You can find it at any health food store or natural-foods market.
Fill small glass containers or bottles with your lotion to give as gifts. Grandmothers especially love the soothing qualities of the coconut oil, and will love to use it knowing that you made it yourself.