In 2012, we spent some time outside on a gorgeous day with a high of 78ºF. I took the kids to a local park to wade in the creek, something I’d intended to do for nearly two years! Even though the water was cold, they loved it. And they got lots of midday sun, which is great for their vitamin D levels.
But alas…I got slightly burned, and it was well before I formulated Earthley’s Sun Soothe. Slight amount of pink on my shoulders, but nowhere else. Not bad for a very white girl in two hours of midday sun. 🙂 (The kids did not burn whatsoever, despite no sunscreen.) Anyway, I decided having a light, healthy lotion to rub into my skin post-sun exposure would be nice. Just to keep things moisturized.
Plus, I used to use a certain popular bath and body company’s products after every shower I took…which I stopped doing a couple of years ago when I stopped using most commercial products. It would be nice to have an option after showers again to help my skin be soft and smell pretty. And so, the idea for this lotion was born.
Coconut oil nourishes the skin and contains lauric acid and a slight natural SPF. Apricot kernel oil helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, contains high amounts of vitamin E, and absorbs easily and without a greasy feeling. Aloe nourishes and soothes skin.
Whipped Spring Lotion
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 2/3 cup apricot kernel oil
- 3 oz. filtered water
- 1/2 cup aloe vera juice (pure)
- 1/4 cup calendula flower petals
- 1 oz. (2 tbsp.) beeswax
- 8 drops grapefruit seed extract (natural preservative)
- 10 – 12 drops essential oil*
The best essential oils would be rose or helichrysum, which are very expensive. Lavender and geranium will work well, too, which I used because that is what I had. You could even use Earthley’s Skin and Scalp Essential Oil Blend.
Step 1: Gather all your ingredients.
Step 2: In a small pot, combine water, aloe vera juice, and calendula flowers. Place this over low heat and allow it to sit for 20 – 30 minutes.
Step 3: Strain it into a measuring cup.
Step 4: In another small saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil (keep it really low — coconut oil melts at just 76ºF). Add the apricot oil with it.
Step 5: Add the beeswax and allow it to melt.
Step 6: Add your essential oils and grapefruit seed extract.
Step 7: Add everything to the blender. See how it’s all separated still?
Step 8: Then slowly begin blending your mixture.
Step 9: It will combine to form a thin lotion. Pour this into a pint-sized mason jar (or other pint-sized jar) and allow it to sit. It will thicken as it stands.
Done! Simple and nourishing. 🙂
When do you use lotion the most?