This Valentine’s Day skip the chocolate hearts and show your love by treating your body (or someone else’s body) to homemade lotion bars free of chemicals. If you have been reading my blog regularly you know you don’t want that sugar in your system anyway and this time of year many of us suffer from dry skin.
These lotion bars are gentle enough for your face and lips (I put it on every night) and moisturizing enough to take care of those dry, cracked heels. During these dry winter days I usually coat myself from head to toe right after showering and the moisturizing effect lasts all day, making it unnecessary to carry a tube of moisturizer everywhere I go.
The ingredients are simple: coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, and Vitamin E. Compare that to the ingredients in Dove Visible Effects Hand and Body Lotion. Eewww…do you really want all those chemicals on your skin?
Once you try the homemade lotion you will never go back. Not only will your skin feel wonderfully soft, but the ingredients may carry other beneficial properties. Coconut oil has been shown to have antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Shea butter (which comes from a nut found in Africa) reportedly has anti-inflammatory properties and may offer minor UV protection. Beeswax is a great moisture barrier and may contain some minor anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can take care of the free radicals which damage your skin causing wrinkles and age spots. It can also reduce the appearance of scars and can give some minimal protection against sun damage.
Note: I would not use this lotion on oily skin or skin where acne is a problem.
Place in a glass jar equal portions of:
- Coconut oil
- Shea Butter
Put jar in a pan of water and simmer on the stove until all ingredients have melted. Add some Vitamin E oil (see note) – the amount will vary with how much lotion you are making. I use about 1 teaspoon per cup of liquid ingredients. Pour into candy molds or ice-cube trays and place in the refrigerator until hard.
This lotion may become too soft above 75 degrees so you should store it in plastic or glass containers.
Note: I found these ingredients at my local organic/natural foods store. The Vitamin E oil and shea butter were in the same section as essential oils and other skin products. While the ingredients are not cheap I have found that the lotion lasts longer and requires fewer applications than store-bought lotion. Oh, and the smell of the coconut oil and beeswax is absolutely heavenly!
Happy Valentine’s Day!