I am absolutely, completely, totally addicted to lotion. Whenever I wash my hands for any reason, I need to put on lotion or else my hands feel like they’re so dry that they’re going to turn into sand paper!
I suppose this habit began because I’ve always lived in a dry state (well except when I went to college in Florida; but I was still just addicted to lotion there). And I know my grandpa had some influence into my constant lotion using. I remember looking at his hands. They were so dry that they would crack and bleed! I remember his hands always being covered with three or four bandages where it had started bleeding. I determined that my hands would never get so dry as to reach that state!
Thus began my lotion addiction.
However, as I have been strolling along the natural path, I’ve come to discover that commercially purchased lotions, just like SO many other things, contain ingredients that aren’t any good for or even detrimental to the body.
So I began to play around with oils and wax to create my own lotion. The first result was my Homemade Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Lotion. This lotion is SUPER moisturizing and quite thick. I love using it on the rougher spots such as my heels or my elbows. However, this lotion is too thick to put in a pump bottle for convenient application.
Well, after I started making my Homemade All-natural Oatmeal Diaper Rash Cream, I began to learn the benefits of oatmeal when applied externally to the skin. Besides assisting in preserving the skin’s natural barrier function and removing any unwanted oils and dirt from the pores, oatmeal also contributes in moisturizing the skin.
Like my bottle? It’s a cleaned-out 16-ounce glass vinegar bottle with the pump from a lotion bottle attached. Double the lotion recipe to fill the vinegar bottle.
The way I use oatmeal in my diaper rash cream, however, cannot be done in a pumpable hand lotion (at least logically I don’t think it could). What I do for the rash cream is grind it up very finely. But for pumpable lotion, it seems like the granules of ground up oatmeal would get cut.
So I tried using oatmeal water instead. And it has been working very well!
After having used this homemade lotion for several weeks, I have noticed that my skin is very smooth and soft. It feels great! Plus I love that the pure ingredients are nourishing for it.
You can use essential oils in this recipe if you’d like. They can add extra nourishment or scent. My favorite combination for this lotion is to use almond oil for the liquid oil and add about 30 drops or so of orange essential oil. YUM!
UPDATE: I’ve recently discovered that this lotion is also awesome to use as shaving cream!
UPDATE 2: I have learned a LOT about home lotion making…mainly from YOU guys! I am working on a NEW, healthier, longer-lasting lotion recipe. So do stay tuned!
Put the water and oats in a bowl. Cover and allow to soak for 12 hours (overnight and then some works well) at room temperature.
Drain the oats, reserving the oatmeal water. Press the oats gently with a spatula to get all the oatmeal liquid. Discard (eat or compost or whatever) the oats.
Measure 1/2 cups worth of oatmeal water. Set aside.
In a glass bowl, place the almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and honey. Microwave until melted or heat over a pan with shallow simmering water (making a double boiler). Heat until completely melted.
Put the oil mixture in the freezer for about 15 minutes or the refrigerator for about 45 minutes.
Mix together the oil mixture and the oatmeal water plus any essential oils with a handheld or stand electric mixture. Whip until thickened and lotion-looking.
Pour the lotion into a pastry bag (as used for cake decorating) or a plastic zip bag (snip off a corner after filling). Squeeze into a empty lotion bottle.
To use, pump out a small amount and rub into skin.
Store at room temperature (75 degrees Fahrenheit) or less. If you know a day is going to be extra hot, you can store it in the fridge to keep it from re-melting.
If you’d like to add shea butter, you should be able to without any problem. I’d replace half of the coconut oil for shea butter and melt it along with the oils.