I've been making my own "lotion" for a few years now. I'm not sure what got me into it. Probably Pintrest and some creepy article that describes the horrific chemicals that are in store-bought lotions and creams. That stuff can really get into my head and I do think that we all have to decide how far we'll jump off the cliff into being "natural" and more organic. In my case, I just really enjoy figuring out how to do stuff myself. And I have really, I mean really, dry skin. In the winter time I can't find a cream that is heavy enough to last me 24 hours so, I made this stuff. It's more of a body oil, which is the main reason why I don't use it too much in the summer. It's not something you want to slather on and then go sit on your favorite piece of furniture...unless you want to condition your leather couch. But it makes good tanning oil, and I use this base and turn it into a sunscreen by adding zinc oxide powder (pictured in the first picture). It really does work folks!
Anyway, here's what you need:
*Unrefined Shea Butter - You can buy refined or unrefined. The refined shea butter takes a lot of the "all natural" part out of it because it's refined with chemicals and bleaches. Don't get me wrong, it's pretty, and smooth, and it smells better, but use the unrefined stuff if you can.
*Refined Coconut oil - I use refined coconut oil because it doesn't smell like coconut. I haven't read up on the refining process for coconut oil so I'm not paranoid about it (yet) but the unrefined stuff makes me smell like a coconut on the beach, and though this has a place, it's not my favorite body smell.
Almond oil - great for the skin. Totally optional if you have an allergy or want one less thing to buy.
Food grade beeswax - They have this in lighter and darker colors. It doesn't matter the color. The small pellets help it melt faster, so I recommend those over buying a giant bar.
Put the Shea butter in a pot on the stove. You're going to melt all of this stuff down, together. I doubled this recipe to make more for a friend, so disregard the two bricks of butter.
I microwave the coconut oil a tad so it's easier to get out of the jar and pour it in. Add 1/2 cup beeswax and melt on low. The oils will burn, so the slower you melt them down the better.
Then add the almond oil (optional). This is also a time you can add any other oils you'd like (avocado, vitamin E....). I added 1/2 cup to my double batch. So 1/4 cup, or a heavy squirt would be plenty.
Melt it all down then set it in a big mixing bowl to cool. Put this bad boy in the fridge overnight.
Once cooled overnight pull it out and let it come to room temperature (probably 8 hours or so). ***This is the step you now use to make Chap-sticks (continued later in this post). If you plan to do this, reserve about a cup and a half of the oil, and put it in a smaller pan to keep going with our oily adventure)
Now that it's hardened and then softened a little you're ready to whip it, and whip it good. I use my hand mixer because it works a lot better than my stand mixer. Be careful and have patience, or you'll burn out your hand mixer's motor like I think I'm about to do. This is the step where you can add your essential oil if you want it to smell good. I add about 20-30 drops of Bergamot oil, because it's my favorite and always makes me happy.
I find the Eden's Garden brand on Amazon, but like ordering off of their main site, instead of Amazon. I don't know why. I stand by their quality, and as much as I think DoTerra and Young Living oils are super, I can't afford them, and think these work just as well.
While whipping and mixing, add cold water to your oils. This will incorporate water (which will hydrate your skin). It will also make your cream less oily, and will add some more volume to what you're making. Honestly, I don't always measure, but this time I did. I added 2 cups (1 cup per batch) of cold water from my fridge. The cold water helps the oil to firm up since it tends to liquefy a little from the friction of the hand-mixer.
Package it up and you're good to go! I keep some of my extras in the fridge to store longer.
Okay, so if you would like to make chap-stick too, you'll need chap-stick tubes.
And you'll need pipettes
Take your oil that you saved from your lotion base and melt another 1/2 cup of beeswax into it (if you really want to make it luxurious and know my secret, I add about 2-3 oz. of Lansinoh lanolin to mine - yup, nipple cream. It makes the BEST chap-stick. Get it at the grocery, or order it. Melt it in with the rest of the oils. Let all the oil it cool just a smidge so that you don't melt your pipette and start filling your chap-stick tubes with it. These cool quickly, and even quicker if you put them in the fridge. Once they're cool, cap 'em and they're ready to go! I added a few drops of peppermint to the ones at the end, so I have regular, and peppermint.
The flowery washi tape is "original" and the green washi tape is the "peppermint"