Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A-MAZ-ING healthy, healing, hand and body....cream?



Winters in Wisconsin are brutal on my skin.  I've always had dry skin, but between gardening in the summer and the subzero temps that get down to -40 with wind chills up here, which don't stop for us to haul wood and tend the chickens each day!  My hands are a mess!  A painful, split and cracking, chapped mess.

I set out to make a healing lotion.  I've done several lotions before.   In fact, I've been dappling with making lotions for about 7 years now.  The breastmilk lotion I made a year or so ago was fantastically healing!  But it didn't last long.  Within a week it was molding.  I was so embarrassed to have sent some to a friend.  Probably by the time it got to her in the mail, it was already gross.  :(

Anyway, I set out to try to find something else that would work.  This lotion that I made today is WONDERFUL!  It is so rich and creamy feeling and absolutely delightful to smell and rub all over ya!  It's just ....  well.....  it's AMAZING!

Some of the ingredients are not your typical household ingredients.  Nor is this a cheap lotion.  It is a bit pricey.  But considering the amount of money I've wasted on store bought lotions that didn't work and dermatologist appointments, I think it's very reasonable and worth it.



First of all, I used Kokum Butter, as well as Shea Butter.  Both can be purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Kokum Butter is a white, hard butter similar to Cocoa Butter.  However Kokum butter supports your skins elasticity and natural flexibility and helps to rejuvenate tired, worn skin cells.

Shea butter is a softer butter that forms a breathable, yet water resistance film on your skin.

I also used Coconut Oil and Sesame Oil.  The benefits of coconut oil are too vast and long for me to even attempt to list them all.  Trust me, it's amazing stuff!  As far as for my choice of sesame oil, well, it was just an easy to come by, reasonably priced, carrier oil.  I didn't want to use olive oil, but I needed a good liquid oil.  I find grapeseed oil to be drying, so didn't want that.  I wanted to possibly share some of my creation with a friend who has a son with nut allergies, so I needed to skip the almond oil.  So I just picked sesame oil.  Turns out that after a little research, it's a GREAT oil for dry skin, is easily absorbed, has antioxidant properties, and even UV protection!  However, pretty much any liquid oil would work fine.

In fact, I've also incorporating Safflower Oil in place of the Sesame Oil.  It really just depends on what I have on hand at the time that I'm making it.  Safflower Oil is also a great source of Vitamin E and even has wrinkle reduction properties!  Something all of us beautiful women want, right?

For more info on the oils please check out these links:

Kokum Butter
Shea Butter
Coconut Oil
Sesame Oil
Safflower Oil



Aloe Vera.  You can either buy aloe, or do what I did initially and actually use the aloe straight from the plant.  Aloe is known to hydrate skin and accelerate repair!  Per Natural News

Lanolin.  Yes Lanolin!  The thick stuff you use when you start breastfeeding and have sore nipples!  Being a La Leche League leader, I have PLENTY of Lanolin available!  I went easy on it in this recipe because I wasn't sure how it was going to work and I didn't want this lotion to be too thick and sticky.  Info on Lanolin, if you're interested.

Emulsifying wax.  I ordered this from Mountain Rose as well.  It is used to blend oil and water so that it doesn't separate.



Purified or distilled water.

Essential oils of your choice.  You can use any oils that are good for dry skin.  I chose oils mostly for their smell.  But, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Frankincense, Myrrh, Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus, Chamomile,  would all  be good.  I prefer certified organic essential oils from either Mountain Rose or Aura Cacia.

Pure Vanilla Extract.  I couldn't find my vanilla fragrance oil so just put some extract in it.  :)  Did the trick!

And lastly, some Grapefruit Seed Extract as a preservative.

In a double broiler, I warmed and melted all the butters and oils together.


When they are thoroughly melted, I added the water, wax, lanolin and aloe.  I left them on the stove for 2-3 minutes before pulling them off to blend.  I figured it couldn't hurt to warm up the other ingredients slightly to blend better.

At first, you can see the water and oils/butter separated.



I used an immersion blender.  Also known as a stick blender.  It blends up very quickly and easily.  It's still warm at this point, so will be more liquid than when it completely cools.  Then, I added my oils or fragrances at this point.  Pulsed a couple more times to blend those in.


Poured it into my containers and cleaned up!  Done!

It is amazingly rich, thick, creamy and it smells divine!




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If anyone wants to purchase some from me, let me know!

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If you would like to request unscented or different essential oils, or fragrance oils for scent, let me know!  As a CYA - I'm just a mom, at home, making stuff.  It may take me a few weeks to get your order to you.  Especially if you happen to order while I'm waiting for supplies to arrive.  So please be patient with me.  :)  I will do my best to be quick though!

Last update on 3/29/13

7 comments:

  1. Love the thickness of this! after using it my hands feel so soft. And even after washing dishes! Can't wait to try it on my son's eczema. Thank you so much for the sample! I would definitely like to buy a larger amount :)

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  2. I decided to hoard this for myself from the beginning. Ha! I'm a girl who occasionally enjoys an at home spa treatment. I put on my mud mask, let it set for 10 minutes. Eyebrows plucked, olive oil and salt scrub, and legs shaved. The grand finally was the lotion!

    It smelled like dessert. I loved the thick texture, how it soaked right into my skin leaving a nice, hydrated feeling but not greasy. I'll admit, if I find something lovely like this, I'm going to use it conservatively. However, 1 teaspoon was plenty for my entire body, even a bit on the ends of my hair. This small container will lasts me several showers, which is wonderful. Overall,this lotion is well worth the price tag because of it's high quality, luscious smell, and the small amount needed will make it last for a very long time.

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  3. I had my daughter try it on her eczema since she is the one who cries cause mos lotions hurt her. She loves it. I tried it and my mom even tried it. I love how thick and creamy it is and the smell is wonderful, although my dog wont stop licking us...LOL. We love it!

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  4. My daughter has severely dry hands, and they will often crack and bleed (she's only 6). Most other lotions hurt her skin because of the alcohol, and she would beg me not to use lotion. This stuff is different.

    It has never hurt her skin. I keep it in her bedroom and she'll put it on at night and cover her hands with socks. In the morning, her skin is so much smoother.

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  6. Winter is so brutal on my skin. Dry air and lots of hand washing and diaper changes lead to cracking and bleeding. Regular lotion burns because of the cracks everywhere and doesn't help heal my hands anyway. This cream is AWESOME. It doesn't burn, goes on so smoothly, smells great, and best of all - keeps my hands soft and crack free! It is an amazing bargain considering how long one container will last and how well it works!

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  7. 3 Studies SHOW How Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    This means that you literally kill fat by eating coconut fats (also coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 researches from major medical magazines are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world upside down!

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