Friday, August 10, 2012

DIY Moisturizing Lotion-Best Ever!

I started making this lotion MONTHS ago.
I first came across the tutorial via Pinterest in February of this year (2012) and I've been wanting to get this post up for months now, but life has a way of deciding my schedules for me at times...
Well, enough about me, back to the lotion...I must say I love it!
It's incredibly easy to make, and when used regularly, it really, really helps keep my skin soft and moisturized.
My old skin is like a lizard hide, after being left in the sun for months, in the desert, without any rain...really horrible.  I blame this problem on my children. In fact, I blame ALL of my "problems" on my kids-that's why I had them...ha!(ooops, that was more about me).
Anyway, try this cool DIY project for yourself.  I think you will be glad you did!
Sweet and Simple Moisturizing Lotion
1 (16 oz.) bottle baby lotion
1 c. (8 oz.) solid coconut oil
8 oz vitamin E cream
2 (8 oz.)  empty bottles or jars
In a large mixing bowl, pour all of the lotion, the vitamin E cream and the cup of solid coconut oil (do not melt the oil). 
Using a hand mixer, beat the ingredients together, until it is smooth and creamy.

Pour into your bottles or jars, seal and fall in love.
The lotion is fairly thick, so I used a large spout funnel, and just gently tapped the lotion down into the bottle. It worked very nicely.
The little jar in the photo is from the vitamin E cream. I simply removed the label and washed it out (see tips on using this jar).

The helpful tips that I've discovered along the way...
  • You can buy a 2-pack of vitamin E cream in the lotion section at Walmart for about $4.00.
  • I bought the bottle of baby lotion at Dollar Tree.
  • The original "recipe" calls for organic coconut oil, but I couldn't find any, so I just used the coconut oil (consistency of solid shortening) that I buy for making popcorn.  You can find this in the baking isle at your local store.
  • You can pour the lotion mix back into the baby lotion bottle, then you will only need a small jar for the remaining quantity.
 Big tip:  Use pump bottles or "rocker lid" bottles for the lotion.  I found that the mix separates after a while if its in a jar or large mouth bottle.  When you use the pump or rocker top, the air doesn't seep in to help separate the lotion.
  • If your lotion does separate, just whip it back up with your hand mixer!
I bought a dozen rocker lid 8 oz. bottles on Etsy, for around $12.00, but I don't remember the shipping cost.
Here are a couple of examples:
4 oz. rocker lid tops-these are $13.00 for a dozen, including shipping

8 oz. pump lid bottles-1 dozen for $21.00 including shipping
(These are actual links but still just examples, there are 100's of options on Etsy).
Anyway, you get the idea, right?
(small update:  I discovered that you can buy the smaller travel size rocker top and pump bottles in 3 packs at Dollar Tree. 3 bottles for $1.00-gotta love that!)
I do find that my hands feel slightly "oiled" after I use this lotion, so I just keep a small wash cloth by the bottle to wipe my hands on.

I think this makes a really fun gift, or a quick activity for a girls birthday party, or an excellent baby shower favor!

I want to try making this with a wonderful "girly" smelling lotion, like something from Bath & Body Works, but so far I haven't done it.  If you give that a try, let us know how it turns out!

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