I tend to have really dry hands due to spending all my waking hours with kids doing projects, washing dishes, and cleaning up messes. At times my hands will even develop painful cracks! Store bought lotions typically do not cut it for relieving and repairing the small cuts, and store bought lotions are also full of yucky chemicals that I try to avoid as much as I can.
Often I will use straight coconut oil on my hands when they get dry, but I’m not crazy about the greasy film that is left behind. I’ve seen recipes over the years for homemade whipped lotions and finally decided to order a few ingredients to create my own.
I made this recipe a few weeks ago and wanted to quickly document it here before any more time passes and I forget! I started with getting a pound of unrefined organic shea butter and small mason jars off Amazon. I also purchased some Jason’s brand Vitamin E oil from Whole Foods. I intentionally chose not to add coconut oil to my recipe because I have seen others have the problem of shea butter lotions liquifying in warm temperatures. I suspect those lotions may have had coconut oil in them… I may be wrong though and will update if mine (without coconut oil) ever melts the same way.
I started by putting the block of Shea Butter in an electric mixing bowl. I tried to break it up and soften the mass as best I could with my hands to help the mixer out. Then I added about three teaspoons of vitamin E oil and turned on the mixer to a relatively high speed.
I turned it off and scraped everything down a few times and restarted the mixer. Then, after everything was well-softened, I added about 25 drops of essential oil and started the mixer again until it was whipped to the consistency of cake icing. I chose lavender to scent my batch of lotion, and was really happy with the way it turned out.
HERE IS THE FINAL RECIPE I USED:
1 lb of organic, unrefined shea butter
3 teaspoons of Vitamin E oil
20-25 drops of your favorite essential oil
Whip ingredients in electric mixer until all is fluffy. Fill jars and lightly press down the moisturizer as you go to fill any air pockets. I stored my moisturizer in 4oz glass mason jars.
Makes approximately 6-8 four ounce jars of moisturizer.
This is a great gift for friends! Let me know if you try the recipe, or if you have your own recipe. The shea butter I used had an expiration date of about 12 months after the date of purchase, so that is the same expiration date I am assuming for my lotions to stay fresh.