How to Make Non-greasy Body Lotion!
Updated: Mar 26
Do you love body butter but have a hang up about it? Like, I don't know, maybe that it's greasy. Really greasy. I do. So on my quest to make some body lotion that wouldn't melt on me in the summer, stain my clothes, or leave me feeling like you could fry me up, I have come up with this fucking AWESOME body lotion recipe ladies! It's pretty legit which makes me super happy to share it with you.
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And as always, ingredients for this lotion are kept simple, quick, and easy!
Your skin rejuvenation
So lets lay out what you need.
First is the aloe Vera gel
I put aloe in almost all of my skin recipes because it does wonders for your skin.
Aside from moisturizing, aloe Vera is known for its anti-ageing benefits, it helps clear acne, eczema, and of course soothes a sunburn. MindBodyGreen website covers these benefits and more if you wanna check it out.
Update: MindBodyGreen has a sister website: Happy DIY Home that also teaches you how to grow your very own Aloe Vera plants. Check out this link if you're insterested. I know I am and will be following up shortly on this topic!! Love it!
Okay so next is fractionated coconut oil
I've always heard of coconut oil for body butter but when I discovered fractionated coconut oil, well...game on! This is just liquid coconut oil that doesn't turn into a solid at room temp.
Coconut oil is so versatile, from cooking and health benefits, to improving your dog's shiny coat, to moisturizing your skin, healing wounds, and conditioning your hair, there's so many reason why you need this girl!
Actually not completely required, this ingredient is optional but I wouldn't skimp here ladies! Shea butter helps restore elasticity to skin and is another deep moisturizer for dry skin. This is also our thickening agent too.
You can find Shea butter at your local stores, even Walmart or Target. I always recommend getting refined shea butter that is white in color, as opposed to the unrefined (yellow) butter. My only reasoning is that refined shea butter has a softer consistency and it doesn't smell as "nutty" as the unrefined Shea butter. And yes, "nutty" is a technical term...jk.
Your essential oils
Because you want it to smell nice right? There are so many options to choose from depending on your preference. Town and Country magazine has a great list of essential oils and their benefits for your skin. While some of these can get pricey, you can keep it simple and purchase some from Amazon for like $10 bucks.
So finally, lets get to the point! Here is your recipe below:
1C Aloe Vera gel
1/4C Fractionated coconut oil
1/4C Shea butter
10-20 drops Essential oils
1. Melt the Shea butter using a double broiler....
1.5 - or heat in the microwave at 20 second intervals until it's in a liquid phase (this lazy genius method works just as good ladies, just sayin...)
2. Combine aloe Vera gel, fractionated coconut oil, and melted Shea butter in a bowl
3. Using a hand mixer or whisk, mix all ingredients together thoroughly
The aloe and coconut oil will start to combine into a white mixture
4. Add 10-20 drops of you essential oil(s) based on your scent preference and mix in again
5. Transfer to a sealed container, whether you use a mason jar or purchase some plastic bottles and lids.
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Speaking of containers
I purchase my lotion bottles online in bulk here from Bulk Apothecary, but if you're not looking to gift away 50 lotions, even buying a set of travel size bottles from the store will do the trick. And of course the old stand-by...mason jars.
While there is no specific timeline for the shelf life of lotion, this handmade lotion does NOT contain preservatives so to be safe, I would stick with a 6-month timeline here. By not adding water to your homemade beauty products, this will save you from growing bacteria and microbes in them super fast. BUT.... we all know good things never last forever so...6 months is a good measure here ladies.
Let me know how this turns out for you in the comments! I'm super excited for you to get started!