Along with Dimethicone, store bought lotions also contain things like Cetyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Glycerine, Petrolatum, YOU GET THE IDEA. Wouldn't you rather have all natural ingredients on your skin? After all, your skin is your biggest organ, and it acts as a net to catch everything around you! My rule is that if I cannot pronounce it, I research it before I buy something that contains it. Usually that leads to me figuring out how to just make my own.
Ok, Ok, let's get to the recipe already!
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp emulsifying wax (I got mine in bulk in Colorado, but you can find some here)
2 tbsp almond or olive oil (I have only tried those 2, I'm assuming any other kind of oil will do the trick though)
5-10 drops of vitamin e oil (I got mine in bulk but you can find it here)
(optional) 5 drops of food grade essential oil for scent
Let's Do It:
Step One: Either use a double boiler or a mason jar** in a pot of hot water to melt the emulsifying wax and coconut oil together, stirring with a fork or whisk throughout.
Step Two: Take it off the heat and add the almond/olive oil and stir with a fork or whisk. Slowly add the water (while whisking) and return to heat.
Step Three: Whisk the ingredients for another 10-15 minutes until it begins to get thicker. Mine doesn't get super thick at this time, it just tends to look like heavy cream.
Step Four: Take it off the heat, add the Vitamin E oil and if you're using essential oils add them as well and stir. Vitamin E oil was one of my tweaks from the original recipe and I found it made such a big difference for my skin. It keeps my hands softer and for a greater amount of time. Last time I made this I didn't add any scent, but this time I added 4 drops of Frankincense essential oil, which has been great for nourishing my skin. Other options could be lavender and lemon, lavender and cedarwood, or just plain lavender (can you tell I like lavender??).
Step Five: Let it cool (with a lid preferably) in the fridge for an hour or so and then I like to use an electric hand mixer to whip it up a bit...it helps solidify it and also gives it an awesome fluffy texture.
Step Six: I like to store it in the fridge to cool it even further and also to extend it's life. With no preservatives it doesn't have as long a shelf life as store bought lotions (3-4 weeks vs. months), but it's so worth it to me. Plus I love the feeling of using something that I've made with my bare hands...it makes it mean a bit more to me.
**If you're not using a double boiler and need to use a mason jar in a pot of hot water, just make sure that the temperature of the water in Step Two is room temperature or warm so as not to break the jar (going from super hot to cold tends to crack glass, and I've definitely had the bottom of the mason jar come clean off in the pot due to adding extra cold water here). I'd also suggest keeping the water in the pot below boiling the entire time, and just keep watch to make sure the mason jar doesn't crack or break in the heat.
I hope you all enjoy this recipe, winter is tough on our skin but we can get through it!!