DIY Coco-Shea Lotion
It’s September and the first official day of fall is right around the corner (it’s the 22nd in case you’re wondering). I has the sads. I’m not looking forward to the cold weather or gloominess of fall and winter and neither is my skin. My skin is pretty thirsty year round, but it gets real disrespectful when the temps drop.
Luckily, I have a recipe for an amazingly moisturizing DIY lotion that you can whip up right in your own kitchen. It’s full of all kinds of skin loving goodness like shea butter, aloe vera and coconut oil and you can customize it to fit your skins needs. Let’s get started:
What you’ll need:
3 oz shea butter
1 oz coconut oil
1.5 oz emulsifying wax
16 oz aloe vera juice
1 tbsp vegetable glycerin
2 small pots
1 glass measuring cup
The awesome thing about this DIY lotion is that it’s completely customizable. If there are specific oils/butters that you’ve found work better for you, feel free to swap ’em out. I sometimes use cocoa butter instead of shea or I’ll use half cocoa and half shea. Just depends on what I have on hand. You could even add a few drops of your fave essential oil for scent (I love the scent as is though). For the colder weather, I’ll also add some vitamin E oil for a little extra hydration. Just keep the measurements and method the same and all will be well.
*Note: Even though all of my butters, oils and such are all natural, the pots and measuring cups/spoons I use when working with them are separate from the ones I use when cooking. If you want to use what’s already in your kitchen, do you boo!
Over medium-low heat, melt the butter, oils and wax in your glass measuring cup placed in a pot of boiling water.
In a separate pot, gently warm the aloe vera juice and glycerin mixture.
Once your butter/oil mixture has melted and warmed, add both mixtures to a bowl (or directly to your container if it’s large enough to mix in).
*Note: Make sure that both mixtures are around the same temperature before you combine them, otherwise, they won’t combine well.
Allow the mixture to cool (uncovered); I’m impatient so I stick mine in the freezer for a while. The mixture will separate a bit (see above) but as long as everything was warm when you combined them, they should come together well when blended.
Blend with stick blender for 2-3 minutes. If you don’t have a stick blender you could use a cake mixer or a whisk (and get a serious workout). As the mixture cools it will thicken to a creamy, white lotion.
That’s it! Now go forth and moisturize your situation!
What say you? How do you keep your skin hydrated in the colder months?