Extra Moisturizing Lotion

This lotion is thick and perfect for the Fall and Winter months.  It is a heavier, slightly greasy lotion.  I don't have a dishwasher so my hands are in the water all day long and I use this non-stop.  I also use it after every shower to lock in the moisture.  It's very easy to make and the smell of the coconut oil and cocoa butter is divine.  
**Note:  Remember that coconut oil remains solid to 78 degrees Fahrenheit making this lotion a bit more difficult but it melts very quickly with the warmth of your skin.  Make sure you put this in a wide-mouth container. **

Extra Moisturizing Lotion
3 Tablespoons grated beeswax
1 Tablespoon Shea Butter
1 Tablespoon Cocoa Butter
3/4 cup filtered water {I used distilled}, heated to 110 degrees Fahrenheit
3/4 cup coconut oil {I found the grocery store or Trader Joe's to be the most reasonable source of virgin coconut oil}
Put the beeswax in a microwave-safe container and melt on high at 45-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted.  Let cool 5 minutes.  {alternatively beeswax can be melted over low in a small pan on the stovetop}  Add the shea butter and cocoa butter to the hot beeswax and stir until melted.
Pour the beeswax mixture and all other ingredients into a blender and blend 2-3 minutes, until mixed well.  Mixture will be fairly thin.  {alternatively, pour all ingredients into a large bowl or pan and use an immersion blender to blend}

Pour the lotion mixture into clean jars {will cool to almost solid so this will not work in a lotion pump} and let sit 4-6 hours until firm.

Because this recipe does not include preservatives, use within a month or two.


Kat @ Balance & Spice said...

Wow, this looks amazing!! If you don't have cocoa butter, do you think you can double the shea butter? Thanks so much for the great recipe.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Kat - yes, I believe you could. I've found them to be very interchangeable.

Barefoot & Adored said...

Hi, so everytime I make this it turns out kinda gritty. Do you know what I am doing wrong or how to avoid this?

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Crystal, you could try a couple of different things. You could heat the beeswax and butters for a bit longer - sometimes Shea and Cocoa butter can stay gritty if not heated enough. The other thing you can do, instead of using a blender, slowly pour the heated water into the other ingredients while mixing it with an electric mixer on medium speed. It may not be fully incorporating in the blender. I hope one of these two ideas works for you! :)