Tuesday, January 10, 2012

make your own moisturizer!


Welcome to the January 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Experiments in Natural Family Living
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A few years ago, I replaced all of my moisturizers with the natural versions. I've found that while I spend more per product, I feel more comfortable using it my skin and don't have to deal with weird chemicals or scents. In the winter, though, it feels like my skin just can't get enough. I've been wanting to try out a homemade lotion that would help my flaky, aching skin and not cost a lot of extra money.



This lotion is so easy, smells yummy, and it really works! I can say that I have seen a difference in the week that I've been using it. It doesn't last long - about 2 weeks - but you'll use it up quickly and making small batches is easy. Andy loves it, too. You can also store it in the refrigerator, but know that if you use coconut oil, it will turn solid. I think it will probably take me 10 minutes to make each batch from now on, after the initial experimentation. 

All the ingredients I already had on hand; I had a 100% beeswax candle that I cut the wick out of, both oils, and pure vanilla extract. Next time, I think I'll add some Vitamin E to work as a natural preservative and help the lotion keep longer. But I'm extremely happy with this lotion and count it a definite success.

Homemade Lotion
from Louisa Shafia @ ReadyMade 

3 Tbsp. beeswax
3/4 cup oil (organic olive, almond, avocado, or coconut, etc. I used a combination of olive and coconut)
1 cup water, rosewater, or herbal tea - room temp. or slightly warmer (I used organic chamomile)
Optional - a few drops of essential oil. (I used pure vanilla extract)

1. Grate the beeswax with a microplane or small-hole grater.

2. Combine your choice of oil with the beeswax in a double boiler. For this, I put both in a pyrex glass and put that in a pot of water. Pour in water to reach halfway to the top, and bring to a boil. Stir until the beeswax disappears. Remove from heat and cool for 2 minutes.


3. Pour your liquid (water, tea, rosewater) into a food processor or blender. Turn on, and very, very slowly, pour the oil mixture in through the adding spout or removed top of the blender. If you're using a blender like I was, it will splatter, so be careful! The mixture will begin to thicken and emulsify. Scrape down the sides with a spatula and keep mixing until all parts are incorporated.

4. Blend in the essential oil, if using.

5. With your spatula, transfer the lotion to clean jars. Don't put on the lid until the lotion has reached room temperature, or else there will be condensation in the jar.

6. Enjoy your naturally moisturized skin!


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20 comments:

  1. Wow! This looks very easy and I bet it smells great with that vanilla in it! I'm definitely going to give this a try. =)

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  2. Oooh! The looks great! Is it a lotion consistency? body cream? or even thicker? This would save me tons of money!

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  3. Brittany - the consistency is a combo between regular lotion and cream, and absorbs very quickly. You could totally make it thicker by tweaking the beeswax to oil ratio and make a really luscious body butter!

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  4. This looks pretty doable. I hate most lotions because of their scent or film they leave behind. I would totally opt for vanilla, too!

    Thanks for sharing this experiment with us!

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  5. Does this work really well? Because my hands are ROUGH all of a sudden, and I'd love to find something that will actually help heal them. This sounds really neat, and I love how you'd be able to customize the lotion if you make it yourself.

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  6. That looks so easy! Here is a dumb question - is it hard to clean everything out of your double boiler/blender?

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  7. Lauren - I would definitely give it a try. I really did notice a difference and I very, very dry skin. You could try adding in some shea butter to the beeswax and oil mixture.

    Dionna - You know, it kind of is. I soaked it for a while and ran it through the dishwasher, and the blender came out fine. The beeswax was harder to get off the grater, the writer of the original tutorial on ReadyMade suggested getting a small grater specifically for the wax. I think it might be a good idea. Otherwise, if you stick the grater in the freezer for a while, you can just scrape it off.

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  8. This is amazing!! I really like the look of the consistency you have here. I tried my own before but think I over did the oil - it was way too greasy! I'll have to give your recipe a try!! I love the idea of vanilla - but also of being able to create tons of different lotions just by adding different EOs! Thanks for sharing!! Def bookmarking this!

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  9. That combines so many of my favourite ingredients, I could just as well sit down and eat it ;) Although in baby massage we teach parents not to put anything on their baby's skin that they wouldn't put on a salad - so it makes perfect sense! Excellent post... I will try this. Thanks!

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  10. I would love to try this! Fantastic :) Thanks for pining it Luschka and Boho Mama I just may be in touch with some questions :) x

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  11. heh. who knew it was that easy? I'm going to have to try this out!

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  12. So glad to have discovered your blog through this carnival! I look forward to trying out your recipe!

    -Kerry @ City Kids Homeschooling
    http://cityhomeschooling.blogspot.com/

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  13. This is awesome! I'll be trying it out very soon. Thanks!

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  14. How fun! Looks like a fun project for my daughter and me.

    Have a joyful day,
    Pamela

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  15. I think I'm going to give this a try...I really prefer natural lotions to the cheaper petrolium based ones, but they are so expensive. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  16. I love this! I was just reading on the lable of my favorite loition and they have added som nasty ingredients to it. New and better the front said... I feel so betrayed. So therefore I am going to make my own:)

    May I Ask why you put the beeswax in? What impact it has on skin?

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    1. Hi Karina, that's exactly the same reason I started making my own! The beeswax works as an emulsifier (I think) to keep everything together and the oil & water from separating. Enjoy!!

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    2. Thanks I will. :) I'm looking forward to try your recipe.

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  17. How long will this keep (since there are no preservatives)? Should this be refigerated?

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    1. Never mind...I went back and re-read. Doh! I should have read more thoroughly the first time. ;)

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