As promised, here is my first post for a natural health and beauty product using essential oils. If you haven't used essential oils yet, you are certainly missing out! They are a wonderful, natural way to help eliminate the use of unnecessary chemicals, additives, synthetic fragrances, and other nasty and harmful ingredients that are in so many of the household and beauty products that are on the market today. I have been on a mission the past several months to reduce as much of these harmful ingredients from my home as possible. It's a process replacing so many products and acquiring the ingredients and various essential oils. But it has been well worth it, and I know that when I use essential oils I can feel good about them.
If you are new to the essential oil world, there are definitely some things you need to know. Please view my page on Essential Oils for some background information and things you should know before purchasing and using essential oils.
This wonderful lotion can be made with or without the addition of essential oils. However, adding essential oils just boosts the benefits of the lotion, and gives it a nice scent as well.
- Olive Oil - contains vitamin E, antioxidant, assists in cell repair and preventing cell damage, soothing, healing
- Organic Coconut Oil - antioxidant, antibacterial, fights free radical damage and long term signs of aging, leaves skin soft and supple
- Essential Oils (if desired)
The recipe is simple. You start with equal parts of olive oil and organic coconut oil. I typically make 6 oz. at a time, using 3 oz. of both olive and organic coconut oil. Homemade health and beauty products do not contain preservatives, which means that they have a limited shelf life. In general, you want to use them within a few months of making them, so I make small batches at a time.
Warm the coconut oil just enough so that it softens and will be easier to blend. Combine the olive oil with the coconut oil. Let the mixture cool slightly. If you add essential oils you do not want to add them to the warm mixture as the heat can destroy the properties of the oils.
After the mixture has slightly cooled, add the desired essential oils. I personally use a blend of frankincense, lemon, and lavender for their skin benefits for aging and dry skin. For the 6 oz. blend in this recipe I use 18 drops of Frankincense, 36 drops of Lemon, and 18 drops of Lavender.
- Frankincense: facial toning and wrinkle smoothing properties, antiseptic, astringent, beneficial in healing wounds and scars.
- Lemon: purifying, revitalizing, antioxidant, tonic, good for oily skin, astringent (constricts blood vessels and reduces appearance of pores), assists in increasing metabolism and breaking down cellulite.
- Lavender: heals wounds, rashes, burns, eczema, dermatitis, inflammation; antiseptic, anti-fungal, restorative; reduces stretch marks and cellulite.
The essential oils that I use in this blend are great starter oils because of the numerous properties they each have. If you are new to essential oils, I would highly recommend starting with these three in your collection.
Caution: When using citrus essential oils you do not want to be directly in sunlight without sunscreen following application. Citrus oils can cause the skin to be photosensitive. You may wish to use this blend during times when you will not be directly in the sun. This is a perfect blend for dry, winter skin.
Although I have pictured a pump bottle above, I ended up putting the lotion in a different squeeze tube because once the coconut oil sets back up to room temperature I had difficulty getting the lotion to pump.
I apply the lotion all over my body after I shower and towel dry. When the skin is still moist it will absorb the lotion better. Your skin will feel a little greasy at first, but the lotion quickly absorbs leaving your skin soft and supple. I use it on my hands throughout the day. Generally in the winter my hands, especially my knuckles, become really red, irritated, and itchy with eczema. Since using this lotion this winter they have not at all been irritated, and softer than ever .
And there you have it! This is a lotion you can feel good about knowing there are no harsh chemicals, only natural ingredients. I love this lotion blend and hope that you do as well! Leave comments if you make the lotion to let me know the results, and check back for upcoming DIY Beauty posts for an Eye Wrinkle Serum, Deodorant, and a Hair Tonic.
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