Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hard Lotion and Body Butter Recipes

 Hi, I'm Jody and I have dry skin. I've been working on lotion and potions for a few years now, trying to find something that will keep my skin soft for 24 hours. I didn't like all the chemicals that are added to store bought lotions so I set out to make my own. Several years later and many recipes under my belt I thought it was time to share so we can all have soft skin!

 I made hard lotion for friends and family for Christmas with lip balm to match. A very simple recipe that anyone can make. I sell these on if you want to see how they turned out. 

I had to laugh when my supplies came, the coconut oil is in a gallon jug, but solid. I had to set it on a heater vent to thaw it so I could pour it!It took 2 days!

Hard Lotion

 Coconut oil
 Shea butter
 Cocoa butter
Put equal amounts of each in double boiler and melt. Add scent if you wish. Pour into molds and let harden. I’ve used lots of different things for molds. Those oval Easter egg dye kits with several oval bowls works really nice. Look around your home, lots of things will work. My favorite is a Rubbermaid container for food with compartments. You can put them in the freezer to speed up the process. It takes about 20-30 min to cool. When the hard lotion begins to shrink away from the sides it’s time to pop them out. Just flip them over and knock it on the counter, (I put down some waxed paper). They always pop right out, unless they need to cool more. I used this same recipe for the lip balm plus I added Peppermint flavor.

Since I’ve used this for a few months now I have to say I really like it (and it’s still the best choice in hot climates), except that it takes a while to melt in my hand after a shower. If I’m in a hurry it’s a challenge with the hard lotion. So I’ve been working on a new recipe for body butter. I love this body butter! I can slather it on quickly and it keeps my skin just as soft as the bar. I have super dry skin and it really helps. Since I’ve been making lotions and such for a few years now I have all these ingredients. You don’t have to add them all. You can just stick to the oils and butters and yours will come out wonderful. After learning about this craft I’ve been able to save money on lotion. I'll be putting the body butter on etsy soon.

Body Butter

¼ c. Beeswax
¼ c.Cocoa butter
¼ c. Shea butter
¼ c. Almond oil
1 T. Coconut oil
1 ½ T Jojoba oil
½ t. Lecithin
1 t. Lanolin
1 capsule Marshmallow Root

Melt all ingredients in a double boiler. Stir until mixed. Remove from heat. Add fragrance. Mix with a wire whisk until smooth. Let cool for 10 min and whisk again. Let cool 10 more min. and whisk a third time. Scoop into container of your choice. Should last several months. This lasts longer than homemade lotion because it has no water. My new favorite! I even use it on my face. My last batch I used Warm Vanilla Sugar scent and it’s wonderful! The scent that I used is highly concentrated so I had to experiment to find the right amount for me. I found many of the products I use at BulkApothecary.
 Makes about 4 bars, depending on your mold capacity.
Next, I think I’ll focus on making soap, shampoo and healing balms. It's always an adventure in my kitchen. My family calls it the Lab. I love it!

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