Ok, so this is not a recipe for food. But I have been meaning to try making this for about a year. I don’t know what I was waiting for, because it took all of ten minutes and I will probably never buy lotion at the store again. This lotion is very light and fluffy, yet it gives you some serious moisture. When you first rub it onto your skin, it gives you a beautiful healthy sheen, then after a few minutes it absorbs into your skin and keeps it looking smooth all day. The best part is that you can use this on your body, on your face, as shaving cream, massage oil, on sunburns (it even has an SPF of 4), to treat eczema, natural deoderant (yup!) or as a hair mask before shampooing. If you use expeller pressed coconut oil, it has virtually no coconut smell, and I used a small amount of Jasmine for this size batch, so the scent is very subtle. Somehow, even though it seems to whip up big and fluffy, it takes up the same amount of volume as the coconut oil in its solid state, so you can use the same glass jar that the coconut oil came in for storage. I soaked my jar in hot water for a few minutes and peeled the label off too. You could also buy some smaller jars to break up the batch; either give them away as gifts or store the ones you aren’t using in a cool dark place.
I chose Jasmine because I love it, but you could use any essential oil you like, this would be great with grapefruit or lavender as well! This 15 ounce jar will cost under $10 and could last for at least a year! A little truly goes a very long way. If you think about it, you can whip this up in less time than it would take you to go to the store and pay for all the products it replaces. You are also saving yourself from exposure to hundreds of chemicals that lurk in modern beauty products- it seems like everyday we find out another chemical is carcinogenic or causes Alzheimer’s and is still used in many products. I won’t get into that scary business today. Just think about the beautiful glow you will have while you save all that time and money!
Jasmine Body Crème
Makes about 15 ounces of lotion
14 ounces organic expeller pressed coconut oil
5 tablespoons vitamin E oil
30 drops organic essential oil of your choice
Make sure your coconut oil is in its solid state, not warm or melty or liquid. You can put it in the fridge for a while to firm up if you are in hot weather right now. Scrape it out of the jar into the bowl of your stand mixer. You can also do this by hand, but if you have something electric I’d highly recommend it. With the whisk attachment, turn the mixer to high (I used level 8) and let it beat away for about 8 minutes. You will probably have to stop a few times throughout the process to scrape down the sides. In the last few minutes, add the vitamin E oil and the essential oil and let it blend in. Start with just a few drops of the essential oil, and gradually add more depending on how strong you want the fragrance. I think it’s ok to err on the side of more in this situation, because essential oils tend to lose their scent quickly as they get absorbed into your skin. When you’re finished, just scoop the crème back into the coconut oil jar and keep it in a cool place, like a bathroom medicine cabinet. But first, indulge a little, massage some onto arms and neck
To use as a hair mask, rub the crème into dry hair and come through. Wrap up your hair in a shower cap or plastic wrap so that the heat from your head helps it penetrate your hair follicles. Leave it on for at least 15 minutes (or put your hair up in a bun and leave it in all day!) Shampoo and condition as usual.
The key to a long shelf life is exposing it to the least amount of light, air, and heat possible. Don’t worry though, this stuff is pretty stable. The rule of thumb is that if the color changes, it’s done, but it can last many years if you keep that lid tight!