Winter can create havoc on my skin, and having super hard water makes it even worse! I love having lotion to rub on my hands, legs, and back. It just makes the harsh, cold winters easier to deal with when my hands are raw and bleeding.
Buying lotion at the store can be expensive.Making homemade lotion would seem to make more economic sense, right? Being able to control what I put in the homemade lotion is a plus. It really couldn’t be that hard to make homemade lotion, right?
Here’s my recipe for homemade lotion.
I started with 1/4 cup of beeswax pastiles, and 1 1/2 cups coconut oil melted together in a pint jar in a pan of simmering water.
Once completely melted, take out of the water, stir gently, and allow to cool.
As it is cooling, keep inserting a fork into the lotion, and “whip” it every so often. I went every 5 minutes, because I am OCD like that. 🙂
I then added 10 drops peppermint essential oil and 10 drops lavender essential oil, and whipped. Cover tightly. To use just scoop a quarter sized amount and soothe over desired areas.
This pint sized jar will last me about a week, depending on use.
This homemade lotion would also be great as a gift. Since there are no preservatives, and water will easily contaminate the jar, it would be best to make and give in small batches. I would suggest no more than 2-4 ounces in a jar at a time to help deal with mold issues.
Some other great scents to try in your homemade lotion
- Myrrh and Orange
What is your favorite way to naturally soothe dry skin? What scents would you use in your own homemade lotion? Be sure to pin this to your favorite board for later!
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.