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Are you ready for winter? My skin gets so dry and itchy. I love this light and moisture rich lotion. And if you are into a homemade Christmas…..this is a PERFECT homemade gift. And it uses inexpensive oils and ingredients, too! So you can make a bunch! Keep some and give some.
I made this lotion again recently and I just love, love, love it. It smells so fresh and clean and it just feels really nice. My skin is soft and clear. I use it on my face and body daily. I seriously love it. You gotta try it. And it could not be more simple to make. It takes a few everyday ingredients and a couple optional extras. I’ve made whipped coconut oil lotion before, but this time I added a few extra things and I now like it even better. It would make an amazing gift, too.
Coconut oil is so good for your skin and body. Most commercial brands of moisturizers contain high amounts of water (among other more scary things) which makes you feel like you’re being moisturized, but as soon as the water dries, your skin is dry again. Coconut oil provides a much deeper moisture. It also helps exfoliate your skin and strengthen underlying tissues.
Aloe vera gel is also an incredible ingredient for your skin. It fights the signs of aging and lessens the visibility of stretch marks. It treats acne, helps heal skin and is a fantastic moisturizer. What’s not to love about that?
And citrus oils help brighten dull skin. So, this is just the perfect lotion recipe!! Note, that there is some photosensitivity (sensitive to sun) with citrus oils. And some advise not to go out in direct sunlight for a few hours after you apply undiluted citrus oils. I have had absolutely no problems with this recipe and photosensitivity. I’ve worn it all summer with no additional sunscreen. Coconut oil has natural SPF. I think with the natural SPF of the coconut oil, the dilution of the citrus oils and the extra sun protection from the aloe vera in this recipe makes the photosensitivity not an issue. No problems here.
What you need:
- 1 cup of Coconut Oil (this is one of my favorites)
- 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E (I opened about 10 capsules and it equaled a teaspoon.)
- 10-15 drops each of Lemon and Lime Essential Oil (or any citrus essential oil)
- 3 tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel (I got mine at our local health food store, but you can get it here, too.) (optional)
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil (optional)
- A mixer
What you do:
- Place all ingredients in the mixing bowl. Do not melt the coconut oil first. It needs to be solid to be whipped.
- Mix on high with the whisk attachment. Whip it for about 8 minutes. Just do it. Walk away.
- Spoon it into a jar and keep it covered and at room temperature.
- Enjoy you luxurious new lotion and soft skin.
- If your house is warm, it will melt. Mine does, but it doesn’t bother me. You could keep it in the fridge, if yours melts.
Please know that all essential oils are not created equal.
When choosing your essential oils, please know that there are different grades available. You can find some low priced oils in your grocery store or health food store.
When you are choosing your essential oils, please know that there are different grades available. You can find some low priced oils in your grocery store or health food store. But sometimes they are not great quality. I have chosen to purchase Rocky Mountain Oils for my family. They are amazing and of the highest quality. (Bonus, they are not a MLM!)
Check out our other essential oil posts and recipes. I love me some oils! 🙂
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Do you have to use a whip attachment?
Too make it whipped lotion you would need to, but really the goal is to just mix it. I think a mixer with any attachment would be fine. Mine melts in the bathroom anyway, so it only stays whipped for a little while. When I left it in my bedroom it would stay whipped for weeks.
I made this and really liked the texture but didn’t find it to be very moisturizing. In fact I feel like my hands are even drier than before. I used lime and orange —— oils. Do you think the citrus oils have a drying effect because I can’t imagine why the other products would?
Oh I bet that smells amazing. I don’t notice it to have a drying effect, but everyones skin is different. I would try adding more Vitamin E oil, which is what I do in the winter. Or maybe try a different essential oil, like lavender which has a skin calming effect.
Thanks I will. Yes their lime smells wonderful. So bright!
Hi I’m trying this out right now and just realized I purchased liquid aloe instead of gel. I’m hoping it will still be thick enough…right now it seems pretty much like liquid instead of lotion but it still has a couple minutes left in mixer…