I made this recipe on Saturday and posted pics on Facebook and so many people wanted the recipe I decided to post it here so it would be available forever. Just some background to this before I get to the recipe. First off, please note, I have VERY VERY dry skin so I was hoping for something that would be very moisturizing during the winter. That’s why I chose to go with Shea butter and coconut oil. They are both wonderful for dry skin. My love of coconut oil deserves its own post. It’s my staple for Miss M’s hair and keeps it shiny. Now coconut oil is working it’s magic on my skin!
I think this is a terrific project to do with the kids. It’s fast, easy and inexpensive. Not to mention useful and plain old fun!
Here are some tips.
- If you want to change the scent in the future, use distilled water rather than the rose water since the rose scent is SUPER strong.
- Make sure to get pure food quality rose water.
- Use expeller pressed/refined coconut oil if you don’t want the scent of coconut in your lotion. I used regular coconut oil because I like the scent. The rose is much more powerful than the coconut. I found the mix of the rose, coconut and vanilla gave a layered effect to the smell of the lotion.
- I let the oils cool in the blender until they were opaque, but still a little warm.
- I blended in my Magic Bullet which only has one setting and had no problems with separation, which is the challenge of lotion making. In a regular blender, blend on high.
FYI, I purchased everything except the coconut and almond oil on Amazon.
So here we go…
¾ cup Almond oil
1/3 cup Coconut oil
½ teaspoon she butter
Heat in a double boiler just long enough to melt. Then pour into the blender and allow to cool.
1/3 cup aloe vera gel
Vanilla essential oil (add as much as smells pleasing to you)
(The waters, minus the essential oil)
After the oils have cooled, to a semisolid state, turn on the blender. As it’s blending, slowly pour the water mixture into the oils. Allow it to blend until it is creamy. It will be thick, but runny enough to pour into your permanent container. Store in a cool place. You don’t have to refrigerate it, but you can if you wish.