I made lotion.
Well first, I made rose water, then I made lotion with it.
Let me back up a little further.
I’m spending a lot of time outside doing yard work and landscaping. My fair freckled Irish skin is taking a beating even with sunscreen.
Yesterday morning we were outside again working on ‘the next step’
*because the best way to accomplish BIG projects is one step at a time.*
Of course my busy-busy mind decided that while I was pulling weeds, sifting compost and filling a new flower bed, I should also be making rose water with the roses that have bloomed….before they wilt and brown.
*waste not, want not*
My climbing roses aren’t very fragrant and an hour into the process, the Renaissance Man decided he wouldn’t use it for cooking so it was all mine *mwahahah*
(for the record, Damask roses make the best rose water)
Here's a link with instructions to make your own or you can buy some.
By the time we finished our yard work my shoulders were tight and stinging, Again! For the third time this month.
Before you chastise me for my apparent sun exposure, lets go over a few things.
- I’ve heard it all from my oldest daughter, Queen of Sunscreen, Princess Rockin’ the Porcelain-look. *That's her > > >
- I do use sunscreen on myself and the kids when we’re at the beach, pool, boats, picnics….those days when I know I’m going to be in the sun all day.
- I grew up in the 80’s playing with Malibu Barbie, In my mind, warm glowing sun-kissed skin looks healthy. *shrug* Childhood beliefs are hard to overcome.
- I’m prone to the lethargy and depression related to Vitamin D deficiency. Sunshine boosts Vitamin D production.
Coconut oil works as a compromise, blocking some of the harmful rays without the strange chemicals and allowing the sun to work it’s magic.
Even though I use coconut oil almost daily, my skin has been getting dry and tight from the sun, wind and dirt that I’ve been playing in.
Aaaaand, *sad face* the last of my body butter was used in March.
I rifled through the pantry to see what kind of ingredients I had and I came up with an impromptu recipe.
Lotion isn’t really hard to make, you just need some kind of oil, some kind of liquid and something to bind it together.
Oil: I used a mix of coconut and grapeseed oil. Coconut is a staple. I use organic and unrefined alone and in every body product I make.
*I notice that the refined version – the kind that’s processed to take the coconut smell and flavor out – makes me too greasy and causes break outs.
I like grapeseed oil because its light and silky, doesn’t smell and is available in my grocery store.
I added a Tablespoon of Vitamin E oil for it’s healing properties but also as a preservative.
Whenever you add water to a body product there's a chance for bacteria growth. Vitamin E isn't the best preservative on the market and I wouldn’t trust my lotion to last more than a couple months but its healthier that other commercial products and I’m sure I’ll use it all before It can go bad.
Liquid: I used the freshly made rose water. Rose water has been used for centuries and by the biggest names in the Beauty and Cosmetic industry. It’s used for its toning and hydrating properties. And it smells pretty.
I also used Aloe Vera Liquid for its healing properties. Summer skin needs healing.
Binders: There are two different components used to combine oil and water in this kind of emulsion; beeswax and glycerin.
I used both. I like the beeswax because it makes the lotion thicker and creamier and gives a yummy honey smell. I added the glycerin because of its ability to attract moisture from the air.
Hydrating Rose and Aloe Lotion
|1/2 cup Coconut oil||1/4 cup Rose Water|
|1/2 cup Grapeseed oil||1/4 cup Aloe liquid|
|2 Tablespoons Beeswax pellets||1/2 Tablespoon Glycerin|
|1/2 Tablespoon Vitamin E oil||Rose and Lavender E/O (opt)|
1) Mix the Coconut and Grapeseed oil with the Beeswax pellets in a quart size mason jar. Put the jar in a pot of water and simmer until the wax melts.
2) While the oils and wax are melting, mix the two waters.
3) Once the oil/wax mixture has melted remove from heat and let it sit to cool (about 30 min.) and then add the Vitamin E. If you want to speed the process you can stick the jar in the freezer for a few minutes. Don't let it get completely hard though. Once it starts to get hazy, it'll be good to mix.
4) Now start mixing the oils. I use this emulsion blender (stick blender) but a regular blender or had mixer would work just as well.
5) Add the glycerin and then slowly add the liquid while you mix. It'll start turning from the yellow color to a fluffy white.
6) Scrape the sides of the jar, (or blender or bowl) and add the essential oils if you want them.
7) Mix again for another minute or so and your done.
Its thick and fluffy and looks like Marshmallow Fluff. It works Amazingly well on the tight dry summer skin.
Keep it in a cool place away from sunlight. I put mine in the fridge for a little while to make it cold. SOOOO worth it!
I used it after a shower and by morning - no more tight stinging shoulders!
If you try this recipe let me know what you think and If you have a favorite that you'd like to share.... I love trying new ones!
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