Well, Pinterest did it again. It led to me to this little website – Primally Inspired – to make some homemade lotion. I’ve stated before that I’d like to work towards using as many natural, homemade beauty products as possible. I’ve come up with my own makeup remover and deodorant. Now I can add lotion to the list!
This recipe called for beeswax, so I had to do a little research. As expected, beeswax has some wonderful properties (anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-allergenic, and germicidal antioxidant) that make it wonderful for wound healing. On a daily basis it locks in moisture, blocks out the elements, and keeps skin healthy and smooth. Also, a little bit goes a long way, so you don’t need to use too much.
There were plenty of places to find beeswax on Amazon or other websites, but to play it safe I picked some up from our local health food store. It came in a large block. I know other places sell it in pellets or smaller pieces – probably easier to melt, but the blocks worked just fine for me!
To create my own “double boiler” I put a heat-proof bowl inside a colander inside a pot with water boiling. Easy enough.
It took about 15-20 minutes to fully melt the beeswax (the coconut oil melted very quickly). But when it is done, it’ll be the color of the beeswax.
Let it cool completely. You can poke a hole (like me!) to make sure it is cool. Mine was still soft, but the temperature had cooled.
2/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax
10-20 drops of lavender oil (or any other essential oil of choice)
1. Melt the coconut oil and beeswax together in a double boiler.
2. When completely melted, add in the lavender oil.
3. Allow to cool completely. Don’t let it harden completely, but make sure that it is “softly solidified.”
4. Whisk (or beat) the mixture a bit. It will add some air and make a smoother consistency.
5. Store in an airtight container. The shelf life will be as long as the shelf life of the coconut oil you used.
A few notes:
–A little bit of this goes a long way. Don’t feel any need to lather up.
-Since the main ingredient is coconut oil, it will likely harden up. If you need to soften it, run your container under hot water.
-Cleaning the bowl or whisk or any materials you use might be tough. You are using oils and wax 🙂 I found using a lemon cut in half to break the oil was very helpful. Or, if you have any lemon essential oil, that should cut through the grease. If you don’t want to deal with that, I’ve seen people melt the oil and beeswax right in the mason jar (in the double boiler) – that would work just fine!