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If you’re planning a beach vacation — or just pining for the scents of the tropics — you’re going to love this whipped coconut oil lotion.
Made with LouAna coconut oil, avocado oil, floral waters and a blend of floral and fruity essential oils, this homemade lotion smells amazing. And it feels so luxurious on your skin, without being too heavy or sticky. It’s great for summer.
If you’ve never made lotion before, don’t be intimidated. It’s really easy, and you can buy many of the ingredients at the grocery store! The other ingredients, including the beeswax, hydrosols and essential oils, can be purchased from a local aromatherapist or from a website like Brambleberry.
- 1/4 ounce beeswax
- 1 1/4 ounce LouAna coconut oil
- 1 ounce avocado oil
- 1/4 ounce jasmine hydrosol
- 1/4 ounce chamomile hydrosol
- 1 ounce aloe vera liquid or gel
- 16 drops pink grapefruit essential oil
- 16 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 12 drops ylang ylang essential oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- immersion blender
- measuring cups
- 4 ounce jar
For best results, use a scale to measure out the beeswax, coconut oil, avocado oil, the hydrosols and the aloe vera liquid.
Combine the coconut oil and beeswax in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup.
Heat, in 30 second bursts, until the coconut oil and beeswax are completely melted.
Allow to cool slightly before adding the avocado oil and essential oils. Stir to blend.
Combine the hydrosols and aloe vera in a separate measuring cup or bowl.
Next, slowly add the hydrosols and aloe vera to the oil mixture while blending with an immersion blender.
Continue to blend until the lotion develops a creamy, whipped consistency. Transfer into a 4-ounce jar.
As it cools, the lotion will continue to thicken and harden, but it won’t be as firm as a body butter.
Because it’s made with coconut oil, the lotion liquifies at the touch and goes on creamy smooth, without being greasy or heavy.
A few notes about this recipe for coconut oil lotion:
If you don’t have hydrosols — sometimes called floral waters or essential waters — you may substitute an equal amount of distilled water. You may also substitute distilled water for the aloe vera liquid or gel. But I highly recommend using a hydrosol; they’re less concentrated than essential oils and are perfect for adding lighter fragrance notes to your homemade beauty products.
This recipe makes 4 ounces of homemade coconut oil lotion. You can double the recipe, but I would’t make a huge batch. Because the lotion has no preservatives in it, you should use it within a month.
If you prefer a different scent, you can use other essential oils. Just keep the total number of drops the same. You can also substitute another carrier oil for the avocado oil or use more coconut oil.
I love using coconut oil in my homemade beauty products because it’s so moisturizing to the skin, and it smells amazing. It’s also inexpensive and available at the grocery store in the baking aisle.
I stocked up on LouAna Coconut Oil (available as a solid or a liquid) on my last trip to Lowes Foods.
LouAna was born in Opelousas, Louisiana in 1820, a place where the food is an elemental expression of love, flavor and family. With more than 14 different types of cooking oil, LouAna has the perfect oil for all of your cooking needs whether its sautéing, deep frying or baking, LouAna helps every type of cook put the best dish on the table each and every time. They’re the most trusted cooking oils in the country.
And they’re not just for cooking. LouAna Organic Coconut Oil is also used across a number of health and beauty routines including in body butters, as a face and skin moisturizer, in homemade toothpaste and as a hair mask. Check out these quick tips for using coconut oil. You’ll find lots of recipes and instructions for making other DIY beauty products with coconut oil.
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