Every time my skin gets dry, I turn to my very favorite bath & body ingredient, coconut oil! Coconut oil is so moisturizing to the skin, that I can’t use anything else except for pure, natural lotions these days. To be honest, I never liked most store-bought lotions anyway, because they always had a chemical smell that I didn’t like. Knowing that I’m using natural ingredients and using a lotion that doesn’t smell synthetic makes a world of difference. This mixture comes out smelling fresh and leaving me extra moisturized when my skin gets dry.
One of the greatest things about this simple recipe is that you can get all of the ingredients at your local grocery store. Here’s a rundown of the other reasons that I love these ingredients:
Coconut Oil is known to be incredibly moisturizing and has also been known to act as a softener to hard skin. It is all natural when purchased in its pure form (just make sure it says “pure” on the label), and safe for all kinds of bath & body uses, including being a great hair conditioner and a wonderful ingredient in soaps.
Because of coconut oil’s naturally moisturizing properties, this is the main ingredient in this recipe. I use this in all of my handmade soaps in my Etsy shop, White Fox Bath & Body, and I get wonderful feedback from customers on how soft it makes their skin!
Olive Oil is also naturally moisturizing, and it contains a great vitamin for the skin, vitamin E! Many recipes for lotion call for vitamin E, however it can be a bit expensive, so olive oil is a great alternative. This recipe calls for one tablespoon of olive oil, which has 1.94 milligrams of vitamin E.
This is another one of the healthiest oils that you can use, both as a food and as a bath & body product. It is also very moisturizing and has been said to brighten the skin and add a youthful glow.
I also use olive oil in this recipe to prevent the coconut oil from returning to such a hard solid state. Note that coconut oil has a melting point of 75 degrees F, so if it does get hot, for instance in summertime, it will turn to a liquid.
I like to add a few drops of fragrance oil or essential oil to mine, but it is not necessary. This lotion is particularly nice with a warm vanilla. Don’t try to use vanilla extract or some other extract from the grocery store, trust me on this one, I’ve tried it and the scent does not come out very nice, plus the alcohol in the extract beads up. The scent of the coconut oil is nice and very subtle on its own, so like I mentioned, adding scent is not really necessary unless you just want to.
What you can do, however, for a very nice touch, is to ground a bit of pure vanilla bean to add a bit of scent and texture to your lotion.
Coconut Oil Lotion
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Several drops of fragrance oil (optional)
- Melt the coconut oil just until it has reached a liquid state and no more. I melt mine in a Pyrex bowl in the microwave.
- Stir in the olive oil until the oils are well mixed
- Add any fragrance oils at this point, if desired.
- This step is optional, but at this point you can whip the mixture with an egg beater or in a KitchenAid until the consistency is fluffier to make whipped lotion.
- Store in a tin or a little jar. I like to carry these around in my purse, but you do have to be careful to ensure that it won’t leak out if it does get hot!
- Let the moisture cool down, and it is ready for use!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. It’s winter here now, and this feels so natural and nice on my dry skin, and smells wonderful!
If you like this and want to try your hand at soapmaking, then check out my recipe for How To Make Pure Coconut Oil Soap!