I love making body products. I started making my own DIY products because I wanted to keep my kids away from toxic chemicals, like endocrine disruptors. You would be surprised to know that a lot of the products we use on a daily basis contain ingredients that have been linked to all sorts of health issues, from allergies to cancer.
Making DIY products It is a great way to save money but the best part is that you know what’s exactly in the prodcuts you make. You can use organic ingredients and stick to ingredients that you know are not harmful for you nor your kids.
One of my favorite things to make is my DIY body butter because I love how it makes my skin feel. It is really moisturizing and I use it all year. It’s great in the winter because your skin dries out so much but also great in the summer since most people get a lot of sun exposure. Another thing I love about it is that you can easily infuse it with just exactly what you need, like my DIY Magnesium body butter.
The problem with body butter is that they are very greasy and take longer to absorb so I stick to using them at night, when I can put my pajamas and go to bed. I’ve been toying with the idea of making a lotion, but this requires water. The problem with water in a beauty product is that it’s a breeding ground for bacteria, which means if you’re not going to refrigerate it and use it fast you will need to use a preservative.
I personally like to stay away from preservatives, which is a reason why I make products in small batches. I was determined to come up with a hand lotion recipe that didn’t require preservatives but one that was moisturizing and that I could carry in my purse for as long as it took me to use it all.
I love a good challenge and after lots of experimenting I came up with this recipe. I love it so much I have used it on my entire body when I need a lotion in the morning because it absorbs so well.
What I love about this DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion:
This recipe is actually a butter since it doesn’t contain any water, but calling it DIY Hand Butter just sounds weird. Here’s why this is one of my favorite products:
- It doesn’t use water.
- It doesn’t need preservatives (because it doesn’t have water although you should make it to start using it right now and not to store it for later).
- It absorbs REALLY fast – HUGE plus because who wants greasy hands?
- A lot less greasier than all the body butters I tried.
- Leaves your hands feeling so soft and moisturized.
- It doesn’t require you to cook or melt any ingredients.
It is seriously one of those recipes that I want everyone to try because it’s just so great! So, please, make it!
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DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion:
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- To store: you can keep it in any glass container at home but I’ve found that these small ones are perfect to carry the lotion in your purse
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
- 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
- Essential oils: you can add essential oils to make it smell nice. If you’re going to be using this lotion while you’re out under the sun I recommend you don’t use any of the citrus essential oils. Some of my favorite combinations are:
Using a hand mixer, mix the shea butter for a few minutes. Make sure it looks all fluffy.
Then add the grapeseed oil and vitamin E oil. Mix it for a few minutes until all the ingredients are mixed well.
Add the arrowroot powder a little at a time and mix it in until it’s not grainy. Then add the Aloe Vera gel. Mix it a bit more until it feels like a fluffy, soft lotion. It will look like this:
Keep it in a small mason jar or transfer it to a small glass jar like this one to carry in your bag.
Apply as often as you want. You can also use this lotion on your kids.
If you make this and love it as much as I do, let me know!
DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion: Creation
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