Yes, Winter is coming to an end, but who doesn't need a great lotion year round. Here in Colorado the air is very dry and lotion is a must on a daily basis. Sherrie, fellow One Small Changer, has been so kind as to share her homemade lotion recipe with us.
Winter Skin Lotion
4 tbsp beeswax pastilles*
8 oz (or other oil, depending on your skin type - grapeseed oil is a lighter option; sweet almond also works well)
8 tbsp water
, if desired
Melt beeswax in a double boiler. A glass measuring cup in an enamel or stainless steel pot works perfectly. Add coconut oil when the beeswax is almost entirely melted. Warm olive oil briefly in microwave or on stove top, just so it's slightly warm and not cold (cold oil will cause the beeswax to re-harden). Add the olive oil to beeswax and coconut oil, and whisk until everything's liquefied.
Remove from heat. Use a stick blender and blend the oils while slowly drizzling in the water. Continue blending for another minute or so. The lotion will be quite hot and runny at this point, but will thicken as it cools. Blend it a bit every now and then as it's cooling. After it's cooled, you can add essential oils, if you like. Scoop into jars or bottles.** This is a perfect lotion for babies and kids with .
Makes approximately 2 cups. Recipe can be doubled, halved, tripled, etc.
*This amount of beeswax pastilles makes a thick, butter-consistency lotion; the same volume of grated beeswax would make the finished lotion a little bit thinner. You can control the thickness by adjusting the amount, and should also be able to substitute candelilla wax, if you're looking to make a vegan lotion.
**I prefer a wide mouth jar for the original recipe, since it's a firm lotion and doesn't work well in pump jars.
***Because there are no preservatives in this recipe, I wouldn't recommend storing it for long periods.
Please visit Sherrie at her blog Twenty-Two Pleasant