Why would anyone spend money on a product that is less effective and potentially harmful, when you could create it yourself in the comfort of your home? Perhaps time would be an argument or the lack of talent and experience, but then again these do not apply when it comes to body moisturizers.
Making them is a piece of cake and once you get the hang of it, the entire process turns into a fun activity for the weekend. You only need one ingredient which is very common, to say the least, and pretty much anyone can get her hands on coconut oil.
However, you can add few drops of vitamin E and essential oils but these are optional. Only one ingredient is pretty much all you need to get the party started and the actual creation of the lotion or moisturizer won’t take you more than a couple of minutes.
Among the advantages of making this concoction yourself is that you know exactly what ingredients you are using and this is the best alternative to those bottles of creamy (but chemical-laden) store-bought lotions.
Coconut oil has always been a top contender, but it wasn’t until I tried a new coconut oil body butter recipe that I finally found my personal holy grail moisturizer.
Another reason for embracing this do-it-yourself solution is that you can add your favorite essential oil into the mix so that your skin smells exactly how you like it.
Coconut oil will keep the skin moist and will prevent it from cracking even when spending a lot of time in the harsh outdoors.
Another added benefit is that as coconut oil is antibacterial, acne gets nipped in the bud. There is no expiration date for the homemade body moisturizer, so there is no harm in making more at a time to save time.
What you need:
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1-2 tbsp vitamin E oil (optional)
- few drops of essential oil for fragrance (optional)
I normally put the container in the shower and it’s the perfect softness to rub on. Apply the mixture when your skin is slightly damp to enhance absorption making it last longer through the day on my skin. It’s perfect after a relaxing bath.
① Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Note: Coconut oil would only be whipped up if in its solid form, so don’t melt your coconut oil.
② Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6-7 minutes or until whipped into a light, airy consistency.
③ Using spatula or spoon, put the whipped coconut oil body butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. Store at room temperature or in the fridge, if your house is so warm it melts the oil.
④ Your whipped coconut oil should stay relatively soft, even at colder temperatures. If it’s really cold, it will become a little more solid, but not rock hard like it normally does.
Tip: A blender or food processor will not work with this coconut oil recipe because they tend to warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up. Use an electric hand mixer or stand mixer to get that light, airy consistency when whipping the coconut oil.