winter skin lotion
Winter Skin Lotion
4 tbsp beeswax pastilles (makes a thick lotion; grated beeswax would make it a little bit thinner.
You can control the thickness by adjusting the amount)
8 oz olive oil (or other oil, depending on your skin type - grapeseed oil is a lighter option)
4 tsp coconut oil
8 tbsp water
essential oils, if desired
Melt beeswax in a double boiler. Add coconut oil when the beeswax is almost entirely melted. I use a glass measuring cup in one of my stainless steel pots. Warm olive oil oil briefly in microwave, just so it's slightly warm and not cold (cold oil will cause the beeswax to re-harden). Add the olive oil to beeswax and coconut oil, and whisk until everything's liquified, no longer.
Remove from heat. Use a stick blender and blend while slowly drizzling in the water. Continue mixing for another minute or so. The lotion will be quite hot and runny at this point, but will thicken as it cools. Blend it a bit every now and then as it's cooling, After it's cooled, you can add essential oils, if you like; I love this as an unscented lotion for the boys and myself, especially since I work in scent-free schools. Put into jars or bottles. I prefer a wide mouth jar, especially since it's a firm-ish lotion.
*The link to the place where I originally found this recipe no longer exists; if you let me know where it's moved, I'd be happy to link to it!*