Is there any scent in the entire world that is better than fresh lavender?
It’s mid-September here, and I can feel that fall is upon us. Mostly in my dry, soon-to-be flaky skin. The fall/winter months in New Mexico can be brutally dry, so I have learned how to make lotion, so my skin can feel soft, smooth, and most importantly, toxin free.
I have made (and posted) many homemade lotions and body butters before, and I think your skin type will depend on which you like best. For me, this lavender body lotion has to be my new favorite. It is a tad greasy, since it is made with natural oils and shea butter, but it isn’t quite as much as whipped coconut oil. It is similar to my shea body butter, but it has a little different ratio of shea butter/coconut oil/olive oil, making it a bit lighter and more like a lotion, and less like a body butter.
And, I feel negligent for waiting this long to mention it, but it smells divine. It’s floral, a touch musky, and it makes you want to take a deep breath and relax. I don’t know about you, but I could always use some extra aromatherapy to help me feel centered.
It’s made from all natural ingredients, so your skin (and the environment) will thank you for putting clean ingredients onto it. It is gloriously moisturizing, and will stay with you all day long. I use it every morning, and sometimes in the evening, if I happen to have time for a relaxing bath.
Quick note: If you’re having a super-stressful day, pour 10 drops of Lavender essential oil onto 2 cups of epsom salt, and add to a warm bath. Soak for 20 minutes. Massage in lavender body lotion after the bath. You’ll feel like a new person.
Lavender Body Lotion
• 1/2 cup shea butter
• 1/2 cup coconut oil
• 1/2 cup olive oil
• 30 drops lavender essential oil
In a quart-sized mason jar, add shea butter and coconut oil. Bring 2? of water to boil in a small pot. Place mason jar into the water, and simmer until oils have melted together. Remove from heat, and allow to cool.
Add in olive oil and essential oils, and stir. Allow to sit until almost solid (you can expedite this by placing it in the freezer, just keep an eye on it). Transfer mixture to a medium-sized bowl, and then use an electric mixer to whip the mixture until light and the texture of lotion. *This can take up to 10 minutes, so be prepared.
If the mixture isn’t whipping together well, it may not be solid enough.
Pour mixture back into the mason jar, and store at room temperature for up to 6 months.
This silky smooth DIY lotion whips up in minutes and is made from 100% all natural ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and essential oils so you can make it whatever scent you like. Includes options for thinner lotion texture or thicker hand cream.
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!
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST HOMEMADE LOTION
• Shea butters can vary widely in their scent. In my experience, the lighter (white) shea butters have the most mild scent and the darker (yellow) ones smell much stronger. I prefer the white for this recipe.
• You can substitute cocoa butter for the shea butter too, which would give it a light chocolate scent, similar to my white chocolate and double chocolate body butters.
• You can simply mix all ingredients at room temperature in a single step. But some have found it helpful to soften/melt the shea butter and coconut oil first to prevent any clumping. If you melt them all the way, you’ll want to chill the mixture before whipping it.
• If you like your lotion thicker like hand cream, be sure to add the melted beeswax pastilles.
Everyday hand and body lotion – 3 ingredients, 3 minutes, and completely natural! Makes an excellent overnight moisturizer, especially if using those neat little white cotton hand gloves!
This Homemade Lavender Essential Oils Body Lotion is perfect after a stressful day at work, or smoothing on baby to help relax them and maybe sleep better!
Lavender is known for its’ relaxing properties, and it’s especially popular in bath and body products. but why spend a small fortune at the store when you can just make your own?
1 cup aloe vera gel
1 1/2 oz. vegetable based emulsifying wax (2 Tbsp)
1/2 cup almond oil
1 Tbsp. shea butter
15 – 20 drops lavender essential oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Using a double boiler on low heat, combine the wax, shea butter, and almond oil. Stir until melted.
Let it cool until it’s soft, but do not allow it to completely harden.
In a separate bowl, mix the aloe vera gel, vanilla and lavender essential oil and set aside.
Add aloe mixture to the softened oil and wax and use a blender to whip.
Use a small canning jar or an old lotion container.
Your bath is over, smooth on Lavender Essential Oils Body Lotion from Thrifty DIY
1. Best Lavender Essential Oil Recipes & DIYs – Pink Heels Pink Truck says:
Bath Melts from Suburbia Unwrapped DIY Lavender Linen Spray from Confessions of an Over Worked Mom Lavender Essential Oil Body Lotion from Thrifty Moisturizing Body Wash Lavender Coconut Milk from Shaken Together Life Homemade
2. Homemade Lavender Body Lotion Using Essential Oils – The Essential Baker says:
Lavender is known for its’ relaxing properties, and it’s especially popular in bath and body products. but why spend a small fortune at the store when you can just make your own? See the recipe here >> Homemade Lavender Body Lotion Using Essential Oils