Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Natural Skin Care: Homemade Lotion Bars
I decided to make homemade lotion the other day. We were running out of store-bought, and I knew that the chemicals in the lotion were yet another toxin on our skin. I researched several different mixes, and in my usual way, created my own with the materials I had.
I set out with a basic recipe, only I am famous for not being very exact in my measurements, and put a little too much beeswax in my lotion. This of course made lotion bars! I was happy with this, because I like lotion bars, but I was trying to ease my special needs son into the idea. Because he helped me make it by stirring and watching for it to solidify, he has actually been much more receptive to the idea than I expected.
If you need a softer, more spreadable lotion, try using 1/4 -1/3 cup of beeswax instead.
Here is the recipe I used:
1/2 cup of beeswax
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of coconut oil
2 TBL of shea butter
15 drops of lavendar
3 squirts of calendula in one tin (for a healing salve)
Place a pan of water, filled about 3 inches high, and place a glass jar in the pan. Turn on the heat to medium. Then place the beeswax in the mason jar first, because it takes longer to melt. Once that is nearly melted, add the oils and the shea butter. Melt and stir until the mixture is liquid and there are no chunks. Then, pour into clean tins. This recipe fills 3 round tins and one lip balm tin.
The calendula turned out to be our favorite!
Blessings to New Life on a Homestead for the link up!