Friday, November 13, 2015

DIY Whipped Chamomile & Lavender Lotion

I was playing around with recipes for a handmade swap I am participating in this month. I made this lotion thinking I would use it for the swap, but the recipe ended up not making enough for the five gifts I needed. Plus I was out of the ingredients needed for it so I decided to keep it for myself. I LOVE how it turned out. This lotion is so soothing and made my skin feel soft and smooth.

Unfortunately since this was an experimental recipe I did not get pictures of the process to do a proper tutorial, but I thought I would at least share the recipe anyway.

To make this recipe you will have to start a few days before you need it. Start by filling a jar about 1/4-1/2 full with dried chamomile flowers. Then fill the jar with you choice of oil. I used olive oil since that is what I had on hand, but any kind of liquid oil will work.

Next you can choose to let the oil sit for several weeks to infuse the chamomile into it or you can speed up the process by placing the jar into a pot of boiling water to make a double boiler. Let the oil heat for up to 2 hours. Then let the oil sit until it is cool. It is ready to use now, but the longer you let it sit the better.

To make the lotion you will need...

1/2 cup chamomile infused oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax
10 drops lavender essential oil

In a jar place the chamomile oil, coconut oil and beeswax and then place the jar in a pot of boiling water. Let all the oils and wax melt together until it is liquid.

Take the jar out of the water and let it cool slightly. At this point you can add the lavender essential oil.

Once the lotion has cooled completely you can use it as is or you can whip it with a mixer. I chose to whip it for a couple of minutes to give it a light texture.

This lotion is great for soothing irritated, dry skin and is safe to use on children.

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