Last night, I began a coconut oil lotion experiment that I wasn’t altogether satisfied with the result of.
I began the experiment with the basic recipe found here: wellness mamma’s lotion. It consisted of:
- 1/2 cup olive or sweet almond oil (I had olive)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup beeswax
The product was sort of more like a balm (think chapstick) and it wasn’t what I was looking for in a lotion. But, I knew that by varying the recipe a bit, and whipping, I could change the whole consistency of it. So, I melted it all down again (in the pyrex and pan double-boiler), and added at least another 1/4 cup of coconut oil. The best way to gauge its finished consistency is to drip a little on a cool counter or plate and then test it when it cools completely. Too oily, add a little beeswax. Too stiff, add more oil.
When I had it the way I wanted it, I removed it from the heat. It looked like this:
As it began to cool, I whipped it. As I whipped it, air was forced into the mixture, and it helped to cool it faster.
When it was the consistency of hummus, I poured/scooped it, with a spatula, into the tubs and allowed them to cool before sealing the tops.
The lotion is wonderful!!! I had every intention of scenting it with lavender oil, but, again, didn’t, because the scent of the coconut oil mingled with the beeswax was so delightful, I left it.
It is a little bit messy to make, but a clean-up tip~ emulsify the lotion with soap BEFORE adding the hot water. It will suds up a bit and then rinse right off. Easy peasy.