The first time I needed intense therapy lotion was when Hudson was in the hospital.
Having an immunosuppressed infant going through chemotherapy, I washed my hands like a madwoman.
The nurses had given me a lotion they knew worked really well, and it did. Except for one thing.
It was toxic.
They didn’t know. I didn’t know. How could we have known? Why would something legally allowed to be on the shelves and promoted as healing be something that would ultimately harm us from the inside out?
Today, I know better.
Today, I want to share with you what to avoid, what is safe, and where you can get a lotion you can trust.
HERE is a list of lotions, in alphabetical order, that you should avoid. I’m willing to bet some of your lotions are on there. Mine was. The kind I used while my child was being treated for cancer was a 9 out of 10 for the most toxic.
However, you can find 83 pages of safe in-store options HERE. This is awesome news for those of you who want something to grab on-the-go!
The DIY recipe I love the most is below. It takes some patience, but lasts a while and makes a ton. I choose it over anything I can buy in-store because I know I use therapeutic grade essential oils and I can choose the combination of oils to make the smell and effect I like. With in-store lotions, I’m most likely getting scary synthetic versions of oils that do more harm than good, so to me, it’s worth it.
3/4 C Jojoba Oil
3 TBS Beeswax
3/4 C warm water
UPDATE: I added 1/4 C mango butter, and it makes it even better! Definitely didn’t think this lotion recipe could get any greater than it already was, but then there was mango butter just ready to prove me wrong!
- In a double broiler (I don’t have a double broiler, so I make one with a smaller pot in a big pot), melt the beeswax and oil. This takes a while. Patience is a virtue! I use a small whisk to stir…and stir…and stir some more 🙂
- Once everything is liquified, turn off the heat.
- Add the 3/4 C warm water to the Food Processor (I don’t have one of these, so I use a Ninja food blender).
- Pour some of the beeswax/oil mix into the processor and blend. Here’s where a scraper will come in handy.
- Scrape the sides and add more. Blend.
- Continue this scrap and adding until all the wax/oil blend is incorporated.
- Here is your second test of patience. Blend…scrape…blend….scrape.
Right when you think, “This girl is crazy. This is NOT lotion,” keep going.
Then, right when you’re about to message me and tell me you’ve failed and this recipe is junk, blend, scrape, blend, then POOF! Beautiful whipped lotion.
It’s like magic.
It’s all your efforts finally paying off. Feels great, doesn’t it?
Once you’ve got your lotion, add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (be careful as not all oils are created equal and synthetic store-bought isn’t worth your time or safety!).
Give it one last blend and scrape, and you’re all set.
Transfer into a glass jar. If you’re like me, you’ll eventually end up in three jars. It’s just, okay…I’m weird about having lotion everywhere I go.
When I wash my hands, shower, or my biggest pet peeve: using a public restroom’s junky soap. Why do your hands feel so papery after? Ick.
For my on-the-go jar, I use a glass mason jar with JarJackets . Just know that if you leave it in your car in the middle of the summer, you’ll come back to goo.
If that happens, throw it in the fridge for about an hour when you get home and all will be right in the world. If it’s still not the consistency you like it, throw it back in your blender for a quick whip, and you’ll be good to go!
I hope you enjoy this luxurious whipped lotion as much as I do!