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DIY Lavender Lotion

DIY lavender cream

All things lavender…

This weekend Dan and I made a quick visit to the lavender farm. I have been wanting to visit all summer, but it just hasn’t fit into our schedule. Since visiting I have been inspired to try using lavender and its oils in some recipes – both to eat and in skin care. Lavender is one of my favourite scents and flavours (the farm had lavender ice cream that was ahhhhmazing! see it on instagram). First up in my lavender recipe series (uh-oh, did I just commit myself to a whole series?!) is this moisturizer infused with lavender oils. This DIY moisturizer can be made plain without any lavender scent or can use any essential oil to make it whatever scent you desire. The smell without adding any essential oils is just as amazing!

DIY lavender (or any scent) moisturizer using only 4 ingredients...and 1 is optional!Β Β DIY lavender moisturizer using only 4 ingredients (and 1 is optional!)

Ingredients to make home-made moisturizer:

-Equal parts cocoa butter, coconut oil, and beeswax
-5-10 drops essential oil of your preference (optional, I did not use any)

To make 2 mini mason jars of moisturizer I used 1/4 cup of each of the 3 ingredients – cocoa butter, coconut oil, and beeswax.

*UPDATED: I found dried lavender a nice touch because it feels a bit like an exfoliant (I only added a pinch) but it can reduce the longevity of the lotion, so just using the oils is the safe bet. This won’t last as long as your traditional moisturizers as it doesn’t have any preservatives but it’s all good things πŸ™‚

 

DIY lavender (or any scent) moisturizer using only 4 ingredients...and 1 is optional!

Choosing Your Scent…

Β The scent of this without any scented oils at all is delicious; it is very chocolatey, but with hints of beeswax and coconut. Scents that I think would compliment these flavours well, are – lavender (obviously!), vanilla, coconut or peppermint – but the sky is the limit! The 3 main ingredients are the important part and then you can play with the mixture from there to find the scent that you like best.Β 

 

DIY lavender moisturizer using only 4 ingredients (and 1 is optional!)

Making the Moisturizer…

In a pot over very low heat combine 1/4 cup each of cocoa butter, beeswax, and coconut oil. I used a cheese grater to break up the beeswax and a metal spoon to break up the cocoa butter. The coconut oil was soft enough just to spoon out. Allow the mixture to melt and stir regularly. With such small pieces of beeswax, the mixture only took about 5-10 minutes to melt. Once it is consistently melted remove it from the heat.

Add in your essential oils at this point (if you’re using them) and stir to mix entirely. Pour the mixture into your mason jars and allow it to cool. I put mine in the fridge for about 20 minutes. It will harden at room temperature as well but, what can I say? I’m impatient! Once the mixture is solid it is ready to use!

This is quite a soft mix, I just use my finger to scoop out the desired amount and spread from there. Store your moisturizer in a cool dry place. This is a thick moisturizer and great for really dry hands or other dry parts of your body. It is super hydrating and it smells great too!

DIY lavender (or any scent) moisturizer using only 4 ingredients...and 1 is optional!

DIY lavender (or any scent) moisturizer using only 4 ingredients...and 1 is optional!

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  1. Lifestyle By Lily

    August 5th, 2016 at 11:09 am

    I am so keen to try this out!
    The ingredients are so easy to find, I might try a lavender and vanilla combination

  2. Emily H

    August 5th, 2016 at 11:13 am

    That would be such a nice combination!! I hope you try it, it is so simple! Thanks for stopping by and commenting πŸ™‚

  3. LeAnn Rodriguez

    August 5th, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Such an easy recipe and great idea for little gifts for family and friends to say thank you. πŸ™‚

  4. Emily H

    August 5th, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Yes exactly! It is such a simple gift idea. I’m glad you like it! Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚

  5. Teresa

    August 5th, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Perfect use of my lavender bush!

  6. Emily H

    August 5th, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Yes totally!! I have a few plants too that I am excited to dry out and use for this and more in the next few months. Thanks for reading!

  7. Aleksandra

    August 6th, 2016 at 4:26 am

    I can just imagine how gorgeous it smells <3

  8. Emily H

    August 7th, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    It really is nice Aleksandra! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Yulissa

    August 6th, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I’m over here trying to figure out how it smells. I wish I could find dried lavander. This is my next project.

  10. Emily H

    August 7th, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    It is tough to describe the smell of mine actually! It smells quite herby – a bit minty, a bit chocolatey and a bit lavender-y. I really like it! Like I said though, if you wanted a strong lavender smell I would definitely add some essential oils πŸ™‚ I hope you try it, it works great! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  11. Charlotte Burkholder

    August 8th, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    So did you just use the lavendar flowers or part of the plant? I have a lavendar plant. When it ever blooms maybe I should dry the flowers in my dehydrator to use for something. This is a nice little gift idea like someone else mentioned.

  12. Stacey

    August 8th, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    My lavender bush is about to be visited! Love this & making πŸ™‚

  13. Louisa

    August 8th, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    This looks so good! Can’t wait to try this.

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