I was watching the documentary Hungry for Change (recommended by Stephy) and there was one little blurb in there about how many chemicals are in lotions. Knowing this already, and on Day 2 of my juice fast I decided to check out the ingredients in my Aveeno Active Naturals, fragrance free lotion that I have used for years. I didn’t see anything in there resembling “naturals” so I googled how to make my own. It was surprisingly easy and I had made my own by dinner time. Here goes…
3/4 C Sweet Almond Oil (or oil of your choice)
2 T Plain Beeswax (not w/ byproducts)
1 C Water
Optional: 15 – 30 drops of an essential oil of your choice (I used 20 drops of sweet orange)
Glass jar for keeping the goods in
NOTE: You may want to keep a separate blender and spatula just for making lotion, it was noted that the beeswax can leave a film. I have a glass blender and did not have that problem.
Place a Pyrex measuring cup filled with the Almond Oil and Beeswax into a pot of water (water should reach about half way up the cup) and heat until the beeswax just melts. Remove from pot and let sit for 1 – 2 minutes.
Pour the water into the blender and begin blending it on high. Slowly pour the beeswax-oil mixture into the water. Add the drops of essential oils. DO NOT be afraid to over mix! Continue blending until all the liquid is emulsified (1-2 minutes). Pour and scrape the lotion into a glass jar for storage. Let completely cool before tightening lid.
The lotion lasts up to 6 months. You can keep it in the fridge to help it keep. That’s it!!