Lecithin is a substance found naturally in many different foods including egg yolk, sunflower seeds and soybeans which has many health benefits, particularly for the skin. It contains properties that work to help moisturize, soften and tone the skin. Additionally, lecithin also helps reduce inflammation, encourages cell regeneration, prevents wrinkles and creates a barrier to protect the skin from environmental damage. Using liquid lecithin, along with other ingredients that are available at health stores, you can make your own body lotion. This body lotion is not oily and is gentle enough to use on all skin types.
Melt the coconut oil, almond oil, lecithin and beeswax together over a simmering double boiler. Carefully stir the mixture until it is smooth and then remove from heat.
Let the mixture cool for about minute. While waiting for it, mix the rosewater, glycerin and tincture of Benzoin together in either a mixer or blender on low speed.
Slowly add the melted wax mixture to the running blender or mixer. Keep blending until all ingredients are well mixed. The longer you blend the mixture, the fluffier and smoother it will be. If the mixture appears to be a bit runny, don't worry as it will continue to harden as it cools down.
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Pour the mixture into a clean jar or air tight container and let it sit uncovered for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Secure the lid on the jar or container and store the lotion in the refrigerator. The lotion should be good to use for about a month if stored this way.
Sterile water can be used instead of rosewater. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the lotion to give it a fragrance.
Based in Gatineau, Canada, Kat Walcott has been writing entertainment and informative articles since 2008. Her work has appeared in major publications including Her Campus, Equals6 and Uppercase. She holds an honors diploma in social science from Heritage College and is currently majoring in communication studies and minoring in sexuality studies.