Last week, there was one gorgeous day, high of 78, where we spent some time outside. In fact, I took the kids to a local park to wade in the creek, something I’d been intending to do for almost two years! Even though the water was cold, they loved it. And they got lots of midday sun, which is great for their vitamin D levels.
But alas…I got a tiny bit burned. Slight amount of pink on my shoulders, but nowhere else. Not bad, for a very white girl in two hours of midday sun. (The kids did not burn whatsoever, despite no sunscreen.) Anyway, I decided that it would be nice to have a light, healthy lotion to rub into my skin post-sun exposure. Just to keep things moisturized.
Plus, I used to use a certain popular bath and body company’s products after every shower I took…which I stopped doing a couple years ago when I stopped using most commercial products. It would be nice to have an option after showers again, to help my skin be soft and smell pretty. And so, the idea for this lotion was born.
Coconut oil is very nourishing to the skin and contains lauric acid, and a slight natural SPF. Apricot kernel oil helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, contains high amounts of vitamin E, and absorbs easily and without a greasy feeling. Aloe nourishes and soothes skin.
- 1/3 c. coconut oil
- 2/3 c. apricot kernel oil
- 3 oz. filtered water
- 1/2 c. aloe vera juice (pure)
- 1/4 c. calendula flower petals
- 1 oz. (2 tbsp.) beeswax
- 8 drops grapefruit seed extract (natural preservative)
- 10 – 12 drops essential oil*
The best essential oils would be rose or helicrysum, but these are very expensive. Lavender and geranium will work well too and that’s what I used because that is what I had. I wish I could afford rose, because of its amazing properties and because I love the scent. Someday….
How to do it:
Gather all your ingredients.
In a small pot, combine water, aloe vera juice, and calendula flowers. Place this over low heat and allow it to sit for 20 – 30 minutes.
Strain it into a measuring cup.
Then, in another small saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil (keep it really low — coconut oil melts at just 76 degrees). Add the apricot oil with it.
Add the beeswax and allow it to melt.
Add your essential oils and grapefruit seed extract.
Add everything to the blender. See how it’s all separated still?
Then, slowly begin blending your mixture.
Done! Simple, and nourishing.