It was one of the first beauty products I made, body lotion. I never shared a tutorial with you guys because to be frank, I had nothing worth sharing. The lotion was fine, it moisturized and smelled lovely. Did everything a lotion really needs to do, but it wasn’t quite right. I was left with hunks of wax on my legs that I’d find hours later after walking around the grocery store. My second batch actually felt more like a scrub than a lotion in that the slightly gritty texture would exfoliate the rough skin from my knees. Neither of which most people want in a lotion. Am I right?
Well, now I’m finally comfortable sharing a recipe with you. This one is smooth and creamy, and by those two descriptors you may think I’m now talking about a dessert. We’re still on the lotion topic here and even though you could eat this lotion, I couldn’t recommend it.
So, why should you make your lotion at home? Because if you thought the FDA did a subpar job at regulating the food that enters your mouth, you’ll be equally appalled at their process of safety testing over what products you slather on your body. The safety regulations over products that we use daily is almost non-existent. Companies get “free reign” when it comes to what they can make and sell and they don’t have to make a peep about the possible and known side effects! Outrageous, I tell ya.
A few toxic ingredients I want you to watch out for (go ahead, run to the bathroom and see just how many products you have that contain these!): Parabens, Fragrance, Phthalates, Propylene glycol. And these are just a few of the toxic ingredients in most products.
These ingredients are known hormone disruptors and have been found in breast tumors. If you’ve been around here long enough you know I’ll preach all day about nourishing your body with real, whole foods. Well, it’s time we get serious about what we are putting on our bodies too! Our skin is the largest organ we have and it will absorb what we put on it, which can then absorb into our bloodstream. This is serious, y’all.
Another reason to make lotion at home? It’s super simple! With only 3 ingredients, a few supplies, and about 5 minutes of hands-on time, do we need another reason to make this? I didn’t think so either.
If you want to learn more about the limited testing of our products and which products are better than others, I recommend you jump over to the Environmental Working Group website.
3-Ingredient DIY Body Lotion
Optional, but highly recommended: 15-20 drops essential oils
In a double broiler, melt shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil. Stir occasionally to speed up process. Remove from heat and allow to cool. To speed things up, place in refrigeration for about 30 minutes, just don’t forget about it (set a timer)! Once mixture is partially set up (no longer liquid, but not completely solid) add essential oils and mix using stand mixer or immersion blender. Mix until combined and peaks are forming.
Store in your favorite jar.
Some of my favorite essential oil combinations are: Frankincense+AromaTouch, Lavender+Roman Chamomile, Deep Blue+Lavender
Get therapeutic grade essential oils here.