I’ve always made “creams” before, because they are easy. Melt oils together, pour into jar, done. A lotion‘s a bit of a different creature — it’s an emulsion of water and oils. I wanted a lotion for my face, though, because I wanted something that was a little bit thinner and smoother. This lotion goes great with the oil cleansing blend I posted earlier. If that blend is a little drying for you, simply add this to your routine and it might be perfect.
- 1 c. avocado oil
- 1/2 c. pineapple cores and skins
- 3 tbsp. beeswax
- 1/2 c. sweet almond oil
- 1/2 c. water
- 4 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
- 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 4 drops lavender oil
Put your pineapple bits in a small pot (1 quart is fine).
Add your oil on top. Simmer it gently for about an hour on low heat.
Strain the oil into a measuring cup. Add your beeswax. You may need to put it back on the stove to completely melt, depending on how quickly you get the beeswax in after straining. I did. Return it to your measuring cup when it’s melted, though.
Add your sweet almond oil now (fill measuring cup to 1 1/2 cups). Let this mixture cool until it’s just warm. It will get all gloopy and thick. Then, pour it into the blender.
To this, add 1/2 cup filtered water. Then, add your essential oils.
Start blending this, turning it up to about medium speed.
This part is really neat. You can see how the bottom is white, while the top is still yellow. As it incorporates, it becomes thinner and whiter like that. You may need to get a spatula and scrape down the sides, so that all the oil gets blended in. Then it looks like this:
It smelled so good…kind of like fruit punch. I sort of wanted to eat it. Except I didn’t really…I just wanted some fruit punch. I wonder if I got some actual lemongrass and made tea from it and blended in fruit if that would be like fruit punch? Hmm, ideas….
Anyway, pour this into a jar and scrape it all out. It will thicken as it cools and sits, and be a very creamy lotion. This makes about a pint (16 oz.).
The blender will be hard to clean. Add hot water and soap and blend it on medium. Pour it out and repeat a few times, then run it through the dishwasher. Mine is better now. :)
After a week of using it, I love it. I love my new facial care system (two weeks now using the oil cleansing blend). I think it is making my pores appear smaller and my skin is much softer. Give it a try…I bet you will like it!
**This post has been entered in Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist, Wildcrafting Wednesday.**
Do you use lotion? Are you ready for a healthy, junk-free version?
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