I’ve loved soft and flowery scented lotions every since my first encounter with Country Apple and Sun Ripened Raspberry. Does anyone else remember those?
Ah…the good ole days.
Except that I never knew to question what I was slathering all over my skin day in and day out.
My old favs were discontinued long ago, but here are the ingredients in Japanese Cherry Blossom, a top seller from that same bath and body store I used to love:
Water, glycerin, petrolatum, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, dimethicone, fragrance (parfum), ceteareth-20, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, simmondsia chinesis (jojoba) seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, carbomer, isododecane, neopentyl glycol diheptanoate, tetrasodium EDTA, disodium EDTA, sodium dyroxide, bhy diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, benzyl alcohol, propylparaben, alpha-isomethyl ionone, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, butylphenyl methylpropional, cinnamyl alcohol, citronellol, coumarin, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, linalool
Aaack! What is all that stuff? It’s been a while since I took biochemistry, but I’m pretty sure some of is NOT supposed to be going into my body!
Sadly, buying more “natural” and “organic” alternatives can mean little more protection than the standard versions! This short clip from Environmental Working Group is pretty compelling:
Check out EWG’s database to help find safer commercial products….or just make your own from a few simple ingredients that God designed, and know for certain what’s going onto your skin!
If you’re a regular reader, you might notice that the ingredients in this lotion are very similar to those in my 1-Step Homemade Shaving Cream…well, okay – so they’re identical, with the exception of the lavender.
But, ever since I whipped up my first batch of shaving cream, I’ve been using it as my mainstay moisturizer – I love it so much, I started experimenting with other scents, and really thought this lavender blend deserved it’s own post.
Ready to make a batch of the best homemade lotion for yourself? You’ll just need an electric mixer, about 3 minutes, and 3 ingredients: Pure Shea Butter, Pure Coconut Oil, and Lavender Essential Oil (or any other essential oil).
And, with Mother’s Day just around the corner, this would make a great gift – it might even top the random, multicolored, clay dish you made her in the third grade! 😉
Just kidding…now that I’m a mom, I totally get the genuine delight when my kids make anything for me with their own precious two hands (Awww).
- 1 cup pure shea butter, softened (in microwave or double boiler)
- 1 cup pure coconut oil (mine is in soft solid stage at room temperature)
- 1/3 cup arrowroot powder* (optional)
- 75-100 drops of lavender or other essential oil (use more or less, to your liking)
- * I updated the recipe to include arrowroot as an optional ingredient to give just a little drier texture to the mixture. Adding the arrowroot results in moist, glowing skin without an oily residue.
- Place all ingredients in a stand mixer or large bowl. Beat until soft peaks form, then transfer to glass storage containers.
- This recipe makes a large batch of lotion - at least 20 oz. You'll need less of this than commercial moisturizers - just a dime size is plenty for both hands and arms.
- If you like thicker lotions and creams, try adding 1-2 tsp melted beeswax pastilles to the mixing bowl (if adding beeswax, omit the arrowroot powder). Since I originally developed this recipe, I've begun adding the beeswax each time and LOVE the thicker, more luxurious feel!
Have you tried making your own hand lotion?
And – just for fun – I’d love to hear what your old favorites were if you also used to shop that the famous bath and body store – were you a Flowering Herbs kind of girl? Or Peony? Or maybe Honeysuckle?
If you enjoyed this, you might also like these other homemade skin care recipes!