Wednesday, June 26, 2013

DIY 20 Minute Lotion- Video

Photo courtesy of Monique Daley-her version of the recipe
When I heard the words 'make your own lotion', my first thought was 'why would I do that when I can buy it?'

My second thought was 'that sounds really hard!'

Making your own lotion is a great option for many reasons, and much easier to make than you'd think.

For one you will know what every ingredient in the lotion is, which is really important when 70% of what goes on your skin goes into your blood stream in about 26 seconds.

If you're wondering how your lotion compares safety wise you can click on this link from the Environmental Working Group.  Their team of scientists have broken it all down into an easy to read and understand format.  Simply type in your current lotion name and it will bring up a review of it.

Secondly, this lotion works better than any other lotion I have ever used!  Seriously, anyone I've given this to says that no other lotion compares to how good this stuff is.  It's very moisturizing, and holds the moisture in.  My friends practically beg me to make them more.

Thirdly, a decent all natural lotion in the store is usually pretty pricey.  This lotion recipe makes about 9 oz. of all natural lotion for about $2-3! 

When we were realizing our youngest daughter was intolerant to wheat she kept breaking out in severe rashes when she would eat it.  This lotion was very nourishing to her skin.  The coconut oil and beeswax held moisture in and their natural properties helped it heal.

So here I am, not only making my own lotion all the time now, but I'm even going to show you how easy it is to make your own lotion too.  From start to finish it takes about 20 minutes, with extra time for clean up.

I want to make sure to give the credit for this lotion recipe back to Heather at www.mommypotamus.com. Thanks to her I've been making this lotion for many months now, and loving it!

There's a lot of love out there for this lotion by anyone who's tried it.  The problem seems to be that people are too intimidated to try and make it.  

I totally get that, and that's why I've made this video for you detailing how to make your own all natural lotion with only 3 ingredients...


I spent a lot of time making and editing this video and ran into just one little glitch.  The clips play great separately, but once put together the audio plays a little off of the video.  I spent about 13 hours trying to fix the problem, and got it a little better, but not all better.  So I am cringing a bit at posting it like this.  However, I've had so many people want to make it but are too timid to try that I'm just going to post it any way.

Here's the simple lotion making video.  I'm sure you'll love the lotion as much as my family and friends have!




To get the written out version of the lotion recipe click here.

I didn't mention it in the video, but I turned the water on high to melt the oil and wax, then I turn it down if it starts to boil too much.  When using the 1 oz. chunk of lotion (like the one I showed), I used 3/4 of that chunk cut up.

Let me know if you have any questions I can try to answer for you, and have fun!


*Full confession here that sometimes the lotion just doesn't mix.  Why?  I truly don't know.  I have noticed that if there is a draft, like an open kitchen window, that if is less likely to work.  If this happens the beeswax and oil mixture can be used as a great moisturizing hand and foot treatment, or applied to skin.  I would like to encourage you that it does work most of the time, and is so worth any effort.  :)



Warning-  On rare occasions some people are allergic to coconut.  If you aren't sure you should try a small amount of straight coconut oil on your skin several times before making the lotion, or just use olive oil.

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