Once I started reading labels on products I began to feel like Alice going down the rabbit hole. There are only so many googles a person can do so I found resources that I can turn to. One is the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org). This is what came up on my favorite lotion. The lotion I have used for years on myself & my kids.
Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Miscellaneous, Occupational hazards; Other MODERATE concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Data gaps, Ecotoxicology, Endocrine disruption, Neurotoxicity
The crazy part to me is why. Why add ingredients that are harmful? It is so frustrating to think you are doing the best for your family only to find out that you are harming them.
So let’s cut to the chase. I decided to make my own coco butter lotion. And it turns out that it is super easy. Start to finish probably 30 min and most of that was when it was cooling in the fridge.
- 1/2 C Coco Butter
- 1/2 C Coconut Oil
- 1/2 C Avocado Oil
- 10 Drops doTERRRA Frankincense Essential Oil
- 5 Drops doTERRA Myrrh Essential Oil
Use or create a double boiler. I use a large pasta pot and a glass Pyrex bowl. Add water to the large pot and the coco butter in the glass bowl. On medium to low heat slowly melt the coco butter. Wait until the coco butter is mostly melted and add the coconut oil. Once that is mostly melted add the Avocado and remove from the heat. Let the remaining heat melt the rest of the oil. Let sit to cool for several minutes. Add the essential oils and stir. Place in the refrigerator until the mixture cools enough to begin to solidifies. Use a hand mixer to whip the still liquid lotion. See pic A. Then let rest for just a couple minutes and whip again. See pic B. After it whips up into a thick firm icing-like texture put in container of your choice. I found these cute little Mini Deodorant twist up containers. See pic C. They work great! I filled 15 of those little guys and still had enough for to fill a small glass jar.
Just a heads up, this entire process smells amazing! You can use whatever essential oils you prefer. I chose Frankincense & Myrrh because of the amazing benefits they offer my skin.