2013 brought a lot of major changes into our household. We went from a house that ate every packaged food on the planet to a house that got excited about grass-fed beef, pastured eggs, organic spinach, and grain-free cat food. A year ago, I didn’t give a rat’s ass what ingredients were in anything, and now I inspect every label with the suspicion of a scorned woman. The last few weeks I’ve been really thinking about how to broaden this even further in our house. After all, food isn’t the only thing that goes into our bodies. I have dry skin, flyaway hair, scaly scalp, and have put all sorts of junk all over my body to tame these problems. Then there’s the cleaning products in the house. If I were to inspect the labels of my beauty and cleaning products with the same ferver that I inspect my food products, would I like what I see?
So far, I’ve been a little terrified learning some of the ingredients. Parabens, phthalates, sulfates, mineral oil, and other junk. I don’t need that stuff in or on my body!
So starting now, you may occasionally see some posts with the category of “Hippie”, my loving designation for my 2014 goal to try and clean up our bathroom cupboards. Here’s my first attempt at making something terrifying: body lotion.
Confession: I’ve been using coconut oil for a couple months now as my body lotion. I actually was craving it on my skin one day. Yeah, that’s a thing. Like craving ice cream or bacon. So I bought a jar exclusively for skin. Turns out it works great as a lotion on its own. Cats also like eating it. Every morning when I get out of the shower, I go into the bedroom and am greeted by my menagerie meowing for coconut oil. The jar comes open, some oil gets on my skin, and a lot gets eaten by the cats. It’s perfectly healthy for them to eat, so I don’t care.
It works pretty good 95% of the time, except when it gets below 0 degrees F, then the air is just so dry that no lotion can keep up. Well, at least none that I had found. I thought that maybe if I found a recipe for lotion that incorporated shea butter or something to that effect, it may just be the ticket. I don’t know anything about making lotion so I didn’t feel comfortable with inventing a recipe (yet).
Enter Wellness Mama’s luxurious homemade lotion recipe. Folks, I grew up on that Avon intensive therapy stuff that could rehydrate a mummy overnight. This stuff rivals that, I swear to you. And it smells as good (or as neutral) as you want it to, because you customize it with essential oils.
For my ingredients, because the recipe is slightly customizable, I used the beeswax, Vitamin E oil, almond oil, coconut oil, the optional shea butter, and I added lavender essential oil and a touch of vanilla extract. DON’T BE LIKE ME. Don’t add the vanilla extract. They suggest it, but don’t do it. It will pill up with little globules because it doesn’t mix. I’d bet vanilla and chamomile would be fantastic. Do that instead if you’re looking for something soothing.
For a jar to do the melting, I used an old empty ghee jar. Worked pretty amazing. Once it all melted per the recipe instructions, I poured it all into a wide mouth 8 oz mason jar. Boom. Lotion done. By the way, this stuff works fantastic as a lip balm too. Double score!
Seriously, if you are looking for a simple recipe to shimmy your way into making your home healthier, this is a simple one to do. Remember, I almost set my oven mitts on fire and I made this recipe work.
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