After I made my first batch of lotion, I've been experimenting with different ingredients for different aliments. For example, using colloidal oatmeal as an anti-itch relief. It's super fun and easy to make your own lotion. It takes just a few minutes to mix the ingredients together and there you have it. Today I'm sharing another variation for the dry/eczema prone skin. I keep everything raw when making lotion. I never heat the ingredients, which I feel is very important. This batch includes shea butter as the base, with coconut oil, calendula oil, jojoba oil and a dash of eucalyptus (for its healing properties and fragrance). Raw shea butter has a very interesting smell, almost smokey, and in the many batches I've purchased (on amazon) they have all varied in color and smell. This is to be expected. So have fun and experiment with essential oils!
-4.5 ounces organic, raw, unrefined shea butter
-1/4 cup raw, organic coconut oil
-3 tablespoons jojoba oil
-1 tablespoon calendula oil
-3/4 teaspoon eucalyptus oil*
1. Mix ingredients in bowl, initially by hand, then with electric mixer.
2. Fill small glass jars and use within 2 months.
3. Final product can be stored at room temperature during use, as it has great self life! Store remaining unused shea butter in the refrigerator, or you could also store leftover lotion in the fridge if you won't be using it right away (it will keep for months in the fridge). This stuff is resilient and you're good either way, no matter where you keep it.
Use hand mixer OR food processor. Both work well. I tend to use a hand mixer with soft ingredients. When I make lotion with cocoa butter, I always use a food processor. It's difficult to incorporate cocoa butter with a hand mixer. Something else that's important to consider is that the heat from the friction (from running the food processor a while) will help melt the small chunks of cocoa butter and incorporate all the ingredients nicely.
Additional Homemade Lotions from The Tasty Alternative