As winter approaches you notice that you skin starts to feel less plump and healthy and more dry and cracked. Sadly my skin has been breaking recently when I knock against something. Frustratingly, no matter how much store bought lotion I seem to apply, it doesn’t make a real difference. I figured if I can make soap and lip balms, why not have a go at making lotion, it cant be any worse than the stuff at the store can it? Thats exactly what Ive done and have to say, I’ve been pleasantly surprised.
Based on the ingredients, I think this is more of a butter than a lotion, so Im just going to call it a potion. I have hyper sensitive skin and need to be careful as to what I use. For me, this is a winner. Naturally this wont stop me from making and trying out other lotion potiony recipes! 🙂
I thought I have this clever thing called Google, it can answer my many questions (sometimes I ask why more than a three year old) and typed in What is the difference between lotion and body butter, apparently this is a common question. The answers varied but in short here is a summary
Body Oils soften and nourish the skin, as they resemble the natural oils in our skin they are easily absorbed. However, as oils are not water-based they may be more likely to cause breakouts, so its best to avoid acne prone areas such as back, face, and chest. Oils are ideally applied to warm, damp skin, like after a shower or bath.
Body lotions are lighter than body butter and oils, as they contain more water than oils and butters and absorb quickly as a result. It doesn’t moisturise as much or last/stay on as long as a butter or oil do. Lotions are better for skin that isn’t as dry or for people who tend to have oilier skin.
Body butter is the thickest of the three potions and they provide the strongest possible protective barrier to seal and lock in moisture. Body butter products are typically manufactured using a combination of carrier oils and essential butters. Body butters are applied to retain moisture, nourish the skin and lubricate.
This is why this is good for you:
Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. It is an excellent moisturiser, it can penetrate hair better than other oils.
Shea butter is an excellent moisturiser for the face and the body. It locks in the moisture in the skin and keeps it hydrated for long, without clogging the pores, and is effective for dry skin.
Vitamin E oil is a nutrient to the skin whilst preventing and repairing radical damage.
Lemon essential oil tend to regulate and normalise oil production and can improve your complexion and leave your skin soft and supple.
Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles.
Eucalyptus oil has a cooling and refreshing effect whilst havingvast remedial and healing properties.
A few things you need to know about this homemade potion, it is sightly greasy to begin with but it absorbs well. Its quite hard to begin with but softens/melts quickly with the heat of your fingers. You dont need a lot, in-fact use less than the size of a single pea to start out with, if you need more, get a little bit more but dont go crazy with it to begin with. Im using it currently as a everything lotion, Ive used it on my hands, feet and face (at night). Ive found that this works great on super dry skin overnight.
DIY Dry Skin Potion
Makes: Just over a cups worth Prep time: 10 mins Making time: 2.5 hours Total time: 2 hours 40 mins minimum
- 1/4 cup Shea Butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or a carrier oil like avocado, sweet almond or jojoba)
- 1 tablespoon beeswax ( I used white/clear as this makes it a whiter color)
- 10 drops of Vitamin E Oil
- 10 drops essential oil, I used Eucalyptus, Lemon, and Peppermint – to be fair I did use 5 drops of each
Now how to make this hydrating DIY potion:
1. Into a double boiler, combine the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. You can use a traditional double boiler (bain marie) with a glass bowl or go with my route, I use a milk jug (which I use specifically for my crafting/making ONLY) in a pan with water.
2. Melt the ingredients over a medium heat in the double boiler. Do not rush this process, as you want the beeswax to completely melt, which will solidify the potion making it creamy and rich. This should take between 10-15 mins.
Once you think the mixture is compltely melted, leave it another 5 mins, as per the above, you want it completely liquified.
3. Take your liquid potion mixture off the heat and transfer to a bowl, if its not already in one.
4. Allow the mixture to cool slightly and add in the oils, 5 drops of each essenital oil and 10 of Vitamin E. You add them in after the oil is off the heat and cooled slightly, adding them before this step could lose any of the therapeutic benefits of the essential oils.
5. You now want the liquid to become a solid again. Allow this to happen at room temperature, this happens usually over a few hours.
Give it a mix every 20 or so minutes, you will see it gradually getting more and more firm. When it gets to the below stage (see pic), go ahead and put it in a pot and call it done!
As this mixture has beeswax, you really cannot whip it (believe me, Ive tried), it makes no difference. Once set, it is a hard potion that will soften with the heat of your fingers and skin when being applied.
My finished DIY dry skin potion. Being Im classy, I used a small tupperwear tub with a lid, however, if you can use a glass pot. You essentially need something that is small in size and has a lid. Use a cute flip top jar and ribbon for a great gift.
Start with a pea sized amount and you’ll probably be surprised how moisturising it is and how just a little goes a long way.
Fancy some night time moisturising? Apply this potion liberally, massage and rub it in for a few minutes and then put on a pair of cotton socks (or cotton gloves) after you apply the lotion. Leave overnight and your feet (or hands) will be moisturised and soft in the morning!
*Notes: When making body butters, potions, lotions, soaps or any body product, always make sure that the equipment, spoons, bowls etc you use will NEVER be used for edible purposes again and are only used to make body products with.
*When using any essential oils directly or indirectly on skin, ensure that you stay out of sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after application. This might sound quirky but as per this article, the combination of sun and essential oils can cause the skin to severely burn and blister.
This works as great for your own dry skin and even better as a gift for friends and family, remember to share with friends and enjoy silky skin! 🙂