Did you know that almost anything you put on your skin can get absorbed into your bloodstream? Yes, that includes harmful and toxic chemicals and preservatives found in many store-bought skin care products.
If you’ve never read your lotion ingredients list or don’t think it’s important, I highly recommend that you visit my “how to read lotion labels – 9 harmful ingredients to identify and avoid” article for more information.
Many commercially available lotions may not be as safe as they claim or advertise to be.
Often time they are loaded with chemicals and harmful synthetic fragrances that are potentially dangerous to your health.
Why buy these lotions when there are better and safer alternatives.
Have you ever thought about making your own hand lotion? Making your own hand lotion is not only a great way to avoid harmful synthetic chemicals, but it’s also cost-effective and easy to make.
In this article, I will share with you the following:
- Benefits or purpose of each ingredient
- Step by step instructions on how to make hand lotion using 4 ingredients
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Nature Has Everything We Need
Nature has provided us with an abundance of options when it comes to skin care products, so there is no excuse for using poor, unhealthy and harmful synthetic chemicals.
I’m passionate about using truly natural, pure, and organic products on the skin. I believe you don’t really need many ingredients to make an excellent, nourishing skin care products.
What you really need is quality ingredients.
High quality ingredients are of great importance because our skin is a semi-permeable barrier so the majority of what you put on your skin will be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Even though high quality ingredients can cost more up front but it will actually save us more money in the long run because they are so versatile and a little goes a long way.
Benefits/Purpose of Each Ingredient
Coconut oil is not only excellent for cooking, but it’s also an excellent massage oil and a moisturizer for the skin.
Not only is using coconut oil on your skin an all-natural method to eliminate the harmful ingredients found in many skin care products, but it’s also a cost-effective way to care for your skin and body.
Coconut oil has the ability to penetrate the skin on a deeper level than the average product because of its low molecular weight and the way it bonds with proteins.
I love coconut oil. In fact, it’s one of my favorite and the best natural moisturizers. Coconut oil’s saturated fat helps the skin stay moisturized, and the fat also prevents moisture loss through the skin’s pores. These fats give the skin a healthy, smooth and even tone.
We all know that oil and water don’t mix well, so in order to get them to come together into a stable emulsion, you need some sort of emulsifier or emulsifying wax.
Emulsifying wax is an essential ingredient used for making lotions. It works wonderfully for combining oils and water into a stable emulsion.
Since lotions are created from a mixture of water and oil. Without emulsifying wax, the mixture simply won’t hold together. Think of emulsifying wax as a glue that holds your recipe together.
As an added bonus, because the oil remains mixed with the water, the wax actually helps the oil to better penetrate the skin, thereby replacing lost moisture.
Organic Sulfur (MSM) Crystals
MSM also known as methylsulfonylmethane. It’s an organic sulfur compound that naturally occurs in vegetables, fruits, grains, milk, and meat. It’s an essential nutrient and is required for the functioning of a healthy body.
MSM is also known as the ‘beauty mineral’ for its ability to support collagen production, promote circulation and decrease inflammation. It also strengthens the skin’s support matrix and helps combat the symptoms of conditions such as eczema, acne, itch skin, and psoriasis.
Sulfur also has the ability to keep your complexion clear and youthful and hair sleek and smooth. Sulfur helps to boost collagen, protein and keratin levels, nutrients that are necessary for the health and maintenance of skin, nails, and hair
I strongly recommend that you to always use distilled water when making homemade skin care products.
Distilled water is when you remove the minerals, chemicals, contaminants like bacteria and virus and many other impurities from the water.
It is created through the process of distillation, which involves boiling the water and then condensing the steam into a clean container. So when you use distilled water to create lotions, you have fewer opportunities for bacteria and virus and other impurities to ruin your homemade products.
What about tap water?
I don’t recommend tap water. The reason for that is because the minerals and metals contained in tap water will interfere with your lotion ingredients and end up ruining your recipe.
Tap water also contains all sort of nasty stuff like chlorine, chemicals and other impurities which can increase the likelihood of mold and other microscopic organisms’ growth in the lotion.
Stick with distilled water since it doesn’t contain the minerals and other nasty stuff found in regular tap water that can spoil your lotion.
If you don’t have distilled water, you could use regular tap water as long as you boil it.
How to Make Hand Lotion
I’ve made many kinds of oil-based body butter in the past. It’s a good moisturizer. However, it can be quite heavy and oily to some people. Personally, I don’t mind it.
If you are looking for something that’s not so greasy. This is the perfect recipe for you.
This homemade lotion is very light, creamy and fast absorbing. It will leave your hands feeling soft and smooth, not greasy.
This recipe yields about 2 oz of hand lotion.
Ingredients You Need:
- Coconut oil
- Emulsifying Wax
- Organic sulfur (MSM) Crystals
- Distilled Water
- Essential Oil (Any fragrance of your choice)
Tools You Need:
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Small Glass Bowl or Stainless Steel Bowl and a Pot to create a Double Boiler
- Large Bowl
- Stir Stick, Whisk, or Electric Hand Mixer
- Measuring Spoon
- Silicone Spatula
- Zip Lock Bag
- 100% BPA free food grade Silicone Container
Making Hand Lotion in 10 Minutes
1. Be sure to clean all your tools and working surfaces. My favorite cleaner is just the simple old rubbing alcohol. It has sterilizing and disinfecting properties, and best of all, it’s one of the cheapest options for safe cleaners.
2. Place the stainless steel bowl in a small pot of boiling water over medium heat. And then reduce the heat to a simmer.
3. Place 2 teaspoon of coconut oil and 2 teaspoons of emulsifying wax in the stainless steel bowl. Stir constantly until all ingredients are completely melted.
4. Add 12 teaspoons of distilled water to the melt coconut oil and emulsifying wax.
5. Keep the mixture heated on the stove. You will see the mixture quickly emulsify into milk-like liquid like the image below. Keep stirring the mixture for one to two minutes to make sure everything is fully melted.
6. Next, remove the stainless steel bowl from the pot and turn off the stove. Add 1 to 1.5 teaspoon of organic sulfur crystal to the mixture. Stir until crystals are fully dissolved.
7. Don’t worry if the lotion thin at the moment. It takes time for the ingredients to emulsify. In the next few hours, the consistency of the lotion will become much like the store bought lotion.
8. After the mixture is cooled down, add any essential oil you like.
9. Blend the lotion with an electric hand mixer to make sure all ingredients are evenly mixed.
10. Use a spatula to transfer lotion to a ziplock bag. Cut off a corner of the bag and squeeze the lotion into a container you like. I personally store lotion in a silicone container.
11. Label your lotion if you wish to do so. Apply, as needed, to hands and body.
- The consistency of the lotion can be altered by increasing or decreasing the amount of distilled water used.
- Thinner lotion = Use an extra 1 to 2 teaspoon of distilled water, so about 13 or 14 teaspoons.
- Thicker lotion = Use 9 to 10 teaspoon of distilled water instead of 12 teaspoons.
Be sure to check out my article about the importance of using preservatives in homemade products that contain water, milk, hydrosols or other aqueous liquids.
I love the wonderful things water can do for homemade products. The problem is that once you add water, it also becomes a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, yeast, molds, and fungi.
That is why lotion needs to be adequately preserved in order to prevent contamination and microbial growth. Since this lotion contains no preservative. Be sure to store it in the refrigerator and use it up within a week.
Now you know how easy it is to make your own hand lotion. This lotion will leave your hands feeling soft without the greasy feeling of the oil-based homemade products.
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