I previously posted instructions for making your own lotion bars, but if you'd rather make a moisturizing lotion with a lighter consistency that you can put in a jar, then read on.
- organic virgin coconut oil
- vitamin E capsules (optional)
- essential oils (optional)
- container for the finished product
- tools for a double boiler
1. Heat two parts organic virgin coconut oil to one part beeswax in a double boiler, stirring the mixture as it melts completely into a liquid. Refer to my post on making lotion bars for details on how to create a double boiler. TIP: Add more beeswax for a firmer cream, add less for a more liquid consistency.
2. When the mixture is completely liquid, take it off the heat, and squeeze the gel from vitamin E capsules into it as well, if you wish. Add as much or as little as you want. I generally only use one capsule per every half cup of moisturizing cream.
3. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils into the mixture if you'd like for fragrance, or for their beneficial properties. Remember to stir everything together evenly. TIP: Tea tree oil and lavender essential oils both have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and calming properties.
4. Pour the mixture into the container you prepared to hold your moisturizing cream. Make sure you are using a sterilized and clean container. I recommend using a glass container so it can withstand the initial heat of the mixture.
5. Once the mixture cools to room temperature, it should have a creamy consistency that won't be as greasy as solid lotion bars.
Apply your finished moisturizing cream to your face and body as you would any other lotion.
I only like using organic virgin coconut oil for my moisturizing cream, lotion bars and lip balms; however, feel free to use any other oil that you feel comfortable with. If you do choose to use virgin coconut oil, keep in mind that it solidifies at cooler temperatures, which means you may not need as much beeswax if you live in a cooler climate or when the weather is cold.
Also, as this moisturizing cream is made from all natural ingredients, keep in mind that it will have an expiry date. You won't be eating it, but the oils could turn rancid. I generally consider the expiration date for the finished product to be the same as the ingredient with the earliest expiry date. Deduct another month if you want to be extra cautious.
This is an incredibly easy and cheap way to create your own natural moisturizing cream, and I find it works so much better than store-bought moisturizing creams, which are filled with a lot of unnecessary chemicals. Feel free to mix different kinds of oils in your batch and experiment with ratios. Have fun!