Who would have thought that I would be making my own body cream? I never did. Who has the time? Who even knows how? Who wants to bother when you can just buy some at Target?
I was going to get on my soap box and tell you about all the dangers in the products that we use, but I won't. I will encourage you read up on the subject and make your own decision. I recently finished reading No More Dirty Looks. It talks about all the surprising chemicals in our makeup/lotions/hygiene products and the lack of regulation in this billion dollar industry. Very informative.
Well, this is a cream that is 100% natural and has no chemicals. I tweaked it a little and am really pleased with the results. I had made a batch a few months ago. It had been the first time that I had made homemade cream and my kids didn't like it, at first. They thought that it smelled too "cocoa buttery." I had also made the mistake of leaving some ingredients out and not mixing it well enough.
This time, I think I got it! My kids were lining up to get their dry, cracked skin creamed. I would lotion one of their legs and have them see the difference. It was quite drastic. I wished that I had taken some pictures...
I purchased most of the ingredients (including the glass jars) at Mountain Rose Herbs. Some of the ingredients were purchased on Amazon or at Whole Foods. You take your pick. I also tried to choose organic products.
My cousin gave me the original recipe. The original required some distilled water. I chose not to use distilled water because water gives it a shorter shelf life (3 weeks). Add water to anything, and it raises the chances of bacteria forming. That is why body products with water have so many preservatives. I substituted the water with aloe vera after watching some lotion making videos. I also used an opaque jar because some of these ingredients are light sensitive.
makes 9 oz.
6 tablespoons sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon beeswax pastilles
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon vitamin e
1/4 teaspoon lanolin
6 tablespoons aloe vera gel
15-18 drops of essential oil (I used lemon essential oil)
- Place almond oil, beeswax, and cocoa butter in a bowl over boiling water. Melt.
- Add coconut oil. Stir. Melt.
- Let the oil/butters cools to room temperature. It will look slightly opaque when it is cooled down.
- Place aloe in a glass. Place in the pot with hot water to warm up the aloe.
- Blend with a whisk attachment (I used an immersion blender with a whisk attachment).
- Slowly, add the warmed aloe.
- Pour into the cup that is given with the immersion blender or a large cup (this makes it easier to blend).
- Blend until thick, smooth, and creamy.
- Add essential oils (if you want a scent other than the cocoa butter smell), vitamin e, and lanolin.
- Blend well.
- Pour into sanitized glass containers (Wipe the inside with a alcohol).
- Let cool and then cover with lid.