16 May, 2013

LOTION

If you're like us, you're wary of dyed body butters laden with difficult-to-pronounce ingredients and potent chemical-flowery smells stored in BPA-plastic bottles.

I thought I was at least semi-careful of what I put in and on my body before. Then I had babies, and I've never been more cautious of what we bring into our house.

I made lotion yesterday inspired by Mommypotamus' recipe and was pleasantly surprised by the result.


I'd say the proportions of liquid and beeswax can be changed within reason to create a light facial moisturiser or a richer body butter, so anyone could be happy with this. Over here most of us are struggling with dry Scottish wind-related skin right now so I made ours pretty thick for faces and bodies. 

It's quickly absorbed into the skin and doesn't leave a terribly greasy feeling. Even when made thicker, it still has a light and whipped feeling. We'll definitely do it again!


Homemade Lotion

3 tablespoons pure organic beeswax, grated
3/4 cup oil (olive, coconut, avocado)
3/4 cup water, herbal tea or rose water - at room temperature or slightly warmer
Optional:
3-4 drops pure essential oil of choice 

You can follow the link to Mommypotomus' video tutorial, or here are my step-by-step instructions:

  • Create double boiler on stovetop and add oil and grated beeswax. Stir until beeswax is melted and no longer visible.
  • Let cool for two minutes.
  • Pour water, tea or rose water into blender or food processor with tunnel at top. While blender is running, slowly add oil/beeswax mixture, a drop or two at a time. This process should take about 10 minutes. (If you hadn't done it before, you've just emulsified!).
  • Lastly, add essential oil(s) of choice and pulse for a few seconds more. 


Keeps at room temperature for 2 weeks or in fridge (not a good option with coconut oil as it will re-harden) for up to 3 months.

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