Easy DIY Non-Toxic Lotion.
Most lotions on the market today are toxic. Lotions (and all other skin care products) contribute to endocrine disruption, infertility, skin issues, birth defects and cancer. Even if a lotion says 'plant based' or 'naturally based' I don't trust it and won't use it.
This post is basically an update from my original DIY all natural lotion post from almost a year ago! (I can't believe it's been that long already). As I've continued to make my own lotion and tweak the recipe a bit, I've found a way to make it that myself and my family prefer more than the original version.
I used to add beeswax, but we found that made the lotion really hard. It was like rubbing lip balm all over. It's still super effective at keeping our skin smooth, it just wasn't that easy to put on. Over time, I attempted to decrease the amount of beeswax I put in, but always came up with the same hard lotion result.
So I omitted it from my DIY lotion.
Some of the benefits to making our lotion are:
I know exactly what's in the lotion - There is absolutely nothing toxic. I search for brands and products that I trust. I buy organic ingredients when possible and use essential oils that go through a battery of tests to ensure that they're pure. What we put on our skin is so important to our overall health because what we put on our skin begins to absorb in as little as 26 seconds.
It's WAY cheaper than any natural store bought lotion - Sure you have to buy all the ingredients which will cost upfront, but each one of those ingredients will last you through several batches of DIY lotion. Compare this 1oz of natural lotion that scored a 1 on EWG at $16 and will only last for that one batch of lotion to the $29 you'll spend on basic supplies for DIY lotion, which will easily make 3-4 batches of lotion. That equals $7.25 for a jar of all natural DIY lotion.
It's fun! As I mentioned in my first DIY lotion post, I was super intimidated to make lotion before I started making lotion. Now, I love it! My daughter and husband will let me know when they're jar is almost empty and my daughter will help me make more. I love that I'm teaching her about toxins, how to eliminate them, and I hope she'll continue to make lotion with her family.
Here is the new recipe.
2 tsp of Vitamin E Oil (here). Vitamin E oil is awesome for our skin. It's also a natural preservative.
1/4 cup of Almond Oil (here). Almond oil is very hydrating for skin, especially dry skin.
1/2 cup of Mango butter (here). I prefer mango butter to shea butter. I've found that when shea butter is heated too much it gets grainy when it cools.
Small mason jars (here).
10 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil (here)
5 drops of Frankincense eo (here)
Magnesium oil (here). Most people are deficient in magnesium which is a very important electrolyte in our body. Magnesium deficiency can cause muscle cramps, headaches, fatigue, and abnormal heart rate just to name a few.I use Ease magnesium spray because it doesn't create any burning or tingling sensation that other brands might cause.
Place the mango butter in a double boiler. I use a big mason jar in a small sauce pot that has about 2 inches of water in it to melt the mango butter. Place glass container into pan with water in it and then turn on the flame. Let mango butter melt. Remove glass container from hot water when mango butter is just melted.
Add the vitamin E oil and essential oils (these can also be adjusted based on your preference). Pour into your lotion container. I use mason jars like these. I stay away from using plastic containers as much as possible.
Now you can either let it cool as it is by either refrigerating it or just letting it sit on a counter, or you can use an immersion blender to make it into a whipped lotion.
Peace and wellness -