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Oatmeal, a favorite breakfast food in many households, is not only good for your body on the inside, it has benefits for your skin as well. This healthful grain contains fats that help add moisture to your skin, as well as polysaccharides that create a protective barrier over your skin to help shield it from the elements. Add the nourishing properties of oatmeal with the extra moisturizing agents in lotion and you’ve got a recipe to soft, smooth skin. And you don’t have to buy oatmeal lotion from the cosmetic counter. You can make it right at home to reap all the benefits.

Mix 1/8 teaspoon baking soda with ¼ cup distilled water into a small saucepan. Set the saucepan aside.

Grind 1 tablespoon of oats in a food processor or blender until they are a fine powder. Set aside.

Put 1 tablespoon grated beeswax and ½ cup olive, canola, sunflower or coconut oil into another small saucepan. Place the small pot into a larger pot filled one-quarter of the way with water to make a double boiler. Heat the oil and beeswax over low heat, stirring constantly with a spoon, until the wax has melted and the temperature measures about 100 degrees Fahrenheit with a cooking thermometer.

Place the baking soda and water saucepan over low heat. Check the temperature of the mixture with a cooking thermometer and continue heating until it reaches about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pour the baking soda mixture into the wax and oil mixture slowly while stirring constantly. Stir in the ground oatmeal. Mix all of the ingredients well. Add ¼ teaspoon vitamin C powder and stir again. Vitamin C powder helps to preserve the lotion.

Transfer the lotion to a glass jar. Let it cool down completely before putting the lid on the jar.


Other ingredients to add to your homemade oatmeal lotion are a teaspoon of honey or a tablespoon of grated cocoa butter for added moisture. Add these items to the wax mixture before mixing in the baking soda mixture. For a soothing treat, replace the ¼ cup of distilled water with brewed chamomile tea.

Store your homemade lotion in a cool, dry place.

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Kimbry Parker

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.