I’ve been wanting to make my own lotion for awhile now. I’ve bought all natural lotions at Sprout’s and don’t have any complaints other than their first ingredient is always water. No matter which brand you choose, lotions all contain water. How is water nourishing my skin? It isn’t.
So when my last bottle of natural lotion ran out, I decided it was time to make my own. I found the recipe in my favorite DIY book, Do It Gorgeously, written by Sophie Uliano. Sophie said it would be quick and easy but I was still shocked when I had two jars of lotion (I doubled the recipe so I could give one to my mom) in less than 5 minutes…and I took pictures!
Here’s all you’ll need:
- 2 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. shea butter
- 4 tbsp. sweet almond oil
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla absolute oil
- 4 oz. dark glass jar
I’ve had the all the ingredients for months now but was waiting on purchasing the vanilla absolute oil. I did a little research and found that the vanilla oil was just used for fragrance. Seeing how it costs $34 for 1/4 oz. I decided to skip it this time. I’m sure it makes the lotion smell heavenly, though. If you’re interested in purchasing the vanilla oil, you can buy it here.
The top three ingredients can all be purchased at Sprout’s or Mother’s Market, however, I bought the shea butter at Bramble Berry which is where my mom buys all her soap-making products.
It’s important that you use a dark jar because the ingredients are light sensitive (although I’m pretty sure only the vanilla oil is light sensitive). I ordered dark jars at Specialty Bottle. They’re fairly inexpensive but the shipping is quite a bit so I ordered all the jars and bottles I’ll need for my beauty products to make it worth my while.
Back to the recipe: simply add all ingredients to your blender (I found the smallest cup that came with the Magic Bullet was the perfect size for this recipe) and blend until mixed completely.
Spoon or pour into your labeled jar and you’re finished.
If you prefer a thicker lotion, you can store it in the refrigerator and it’ll keep it from separating in the warmer months. At first I thought it’d be weird to have lotion in the fridge, but since it’s getting so warm here lately, I find it pretty soothing to put on cool lotion.
Without the vanilla absolute oil, this lotion is pretty much unscented except for the faint smell of coconut. It’s also incredibly moisturizing…there are so many benefits to using these three oils on your skin! It’s definitely more oily than commercial lotions but absorbs rather quickly…and it contains absolutely no water or toxins. Yay! : )