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DIY Body Lotion

Greetings, friends!

Those who know me well, know well that I am in big, fat love with Christmas and all that it brings.

I am one of those who would give up Spring and Summer in order to keep fall and winter around all year.

I am one of those who would skip every holiday to keep coming back to Christmas. Including my own birthday.

Alas, I am also one of those who feels thoroughly uncomfortable with dry, cracked skin.

My feet are the worst! (tmi?)

Its some combination of years of on-my-feet-all-day jobs, genetics and the cruelty of God’s humor that I have NEVER had smooth, dainty feet.

its upsetting.

In my quest to simplify my beauty routine and use only natural products that are *also* easy to access and transform, I came across one of many little gems.

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 c coconut oil
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp Saffola oil (or sunflower seed oil)
1 tsp jojoba oil
10-20 drops essential oil of your choosing (optional, I use clove because I want to smell like Christmas, obvi.)

makes about 12 oz of lotion

Here’s what you’ll do:

1. Throw all of the ingredients into a large bowl.
*if your coconut oil is REALLY hard and solid like mine, you may zap it in the microwave for just a couple of seconds to soften it to room-temperature or a little cooler. DO NOT MELT IT. You still want it to be in a solid state for the next step.

2. Use a hand mixer set to medium speed to whip the ingredients together for about 3-5 minutes.

3. Use a rubber scraper to scoop this delightfully whipped concoction into a container of your choosing.

Here’s the best part:
14 oz coconut oil (from Trader Joe’s) is approximately $8
this recipe: ~$4.56
4 oz jojoba oil (Trader Joe’s) is approximately $8
this recipe: ~$0.34
33.8 oz evoo (New Seasons) is approximately $7
this recipe: ~$0.10
1 fl oz essential oils (New Seasons) is approximately $8
this recipe: ~$0.27
24 fl z saffola oil (Winco) is approximately $5 (48 tablespoons)
this recipe: ~$0.21

total cost: $5.48

You know those pretty bottles of lotion you can get at Bath and Body works? 8 oz. at $12.50
This is 50% more lotion for less than half the price.
Even when the B&BW lotions are on sale (buy 2, get 1 free) as they often are, you still spend $25 for three 8 oz. bottles of lotion.
That’s $1.04 per ounce while this recipe costs about $0.46 per ounce.

You know what else?

coconut oil
natural antioxidant, contains lauric acid (also found in breast milk– huzzah!) which is good for healthy immune function

extra virgin olive oil
closer to chemical structure of oil that our skin naturally produces than any other natural oil (therefore, GREAT moisturizer), regenerative qualities to help skin stay smooth and firm

saffola oil
lubricant properties allow skin to retain moisture, consists of primarily linoleic acid (omega-6) which is packed with essential vitamins

jojoba oil
pronounced “ho-ho-ba” (you’re welcome), is actually a wax, mimics sebum in skin (and therefore helps skin to not over produce oils), all natural antioxidant

essential oils
smell really good, duh.

I’ll pause for my slow clap…


Well, okay.

Have any great beauty secrets? Share them in the comments!

Until next week, cheers!

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