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getting a little home made around here…….

i have always been interested in doing things the hard way the natural way.  and if i can do it where it is cheaper easier on the grocery bill….i am ALL IN.  i have been making my own {insert whatever comes to mind} for a while.  clothes, bread, cakes, brownies, dog biscuits ;)….you name it, i have tried it.  i have become more interested in what goes ON the skin verses IN the body recently…not that i am not interested in what goes in…i have been for a LONG time.  but we have had a hard time with finding things that don’t irritate some of the more sensitive bodies around here……so.  with the help of pinterest, i decided to make my way to body wash and lotion.

we love both of these things.  the body wash took a little getting used to and i am ready to make my next batch and will experiment with it, but the sensitive ones around here LOVE it.  they thought it was weird at first and was determined not to like it, but when they ran low, they came a runnin!

the lotion has been wonderful!  we just got back from the dry mountain air and it was a God-send for those chapped legs and arms.  i just made a new batch today to replenish what we used up.

i will post the recipes below, and as always, i will first post how written and then add my own touches 😉

It is getting harder and harder to find an all natural lotion these days. If you suffer from dry, sensitive skin, or have a child with eczema, you know how important it is to find a rich, natural lotion that has nourishing properties in it. Here is a recipe for an easy to make lotion with a coconut oil base. It is perfect for dry, sensitive skin types.

coconut oil lotion

Difficulty: Easy
Instructions
Things You’ll Need

1/4 Cup Distilled water
3/4 Cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil–i used half coconut oil and half almond oil….made easier by doubling the recipe
2 Tbsp beeswax, either grated or in pellets
1 tsp essential oil, such as lavender or rose–I used a ‘creative blend’ i found at sprouts
1/2 Cup Aloe Vera Gel
1.  MELT YOUR BEESWAX
This first step is to melt the beeswax. Skin care products with beeswax as a main ingredient are much more nourishing to the skin. You will want to melt beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat. First, place your beeswax, either grated or in pellets, in a small pot. Place the small pot inside a medium pot filled about half way up with water. Gradually heat the beeswax over medium heat until it is just melted. then, remove the small pot from the heat source.
2.  COMBINE THE OIL WITH THE WAX
Next, you will want to combine your oil with your wax. The oil you will be using should be Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. This is the best coconut oil available, and will make your lotion rich and creamy. You can find Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at any health food store or natural foods market. Add the coconut oil into the same pot that contains your melted beeswax, and stir until the coconut oil has melted and is combined with the beeswax. Set this aside.
3.  HEAT YOUR WATER
In another pot, heat the distilled water until it is around the same temperature as the oil and wax. You can test this by using a candy thermometer. Once the ingredients are at the same temperature, you are ready to blend them together.
4.   BLEND INTO LOTION
Pour your oil and wax mixture, along with your distilled water, into a blender. Blend on low for abut 1 minute. Gradually pour in the Aloe Vera and the essential oil you have chosen, and blend on high for around 2 minutes. You will be amazed at the results! Your handmade coconut oil lotion will be creamy and thick…just like a professional lotion!
5.  HANDMADE COCONUT LOTION FOR EVERYONE!
Now that you have successfully created your own coconut oil lotion, you will want to share it with your friends and family. Fill small glass containers or bottles with your lotion to give as gifts. Your handmade coconut lotion will make a great gift for any occasion. Grandmothers especially love the soothing qualities of the coconut oil, and will love to use it knowing that you made it yourself!

 

homemade body wash

1/2 gallon distilled water
2 cups grated soap
2 Tbsp Vegetable Glycerin oil
Minerals, colors and scents as desired

Melt 2 cups grated soap in 1/2 gallon distilled water  along with 2TBSP of Vegetable Glycerin oil.  Add scent or color if desired, which it wasn’t for us – the simpler the better.

We poured it into mason jars and let it cool. It solidified into a fairly thick substance, which scared me at first, but after shaking it up a bit, it is the perfect consistency. One jar at a time gets poured into an old body wash bottle and there ya go.

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