Lotion Whipped with Coconut Oil

22 Feb

Is anyone else’s skin crying out for help right now? Goodness. I realized past this weekend that my body lotion, which I really like, was just not cutting it in this frigid and dry Wisconsin winter. So I decided to kick it up a notch and whip coconut oil into my regular body lotion. Even though I love love love coconut oil, rubbing it straight on the skin can be a bit oily and stain your clothes if it doesn’t soak in. I thought a blend of coconut oil and body lotion might be a better option.

I whipped up a one to one ratio of body lotion to coconut oil. Be sure your body lotion does not contain toxic chemicals…some are known carcinogen and endocrine disruptors. Our post about reasons that your shower could be hazardous to your health includes some information about choosing non-toxic body care products.

Body lotion whipped with coconut oil WholeGreenLove

Lotion Whipped with Coconut Oil

Ingredients

1 cup of body lotion

1 cup of coconut oil

Add the body lotion and coconut oil to a mixing bowl (I used my KitchenAid mixer) with the whisk attachment. Put the mixer on high speed for several minutes. Stop the mixer periodically to scrape the bowl of coconut oil pieces to be sure that it is incorporating well into the lotion. Once your lotion mixture has been blending for about 5 minutes, turn off the mixer and dip your fingers into the bowl to grab a scoop of coco-lotion. Check for consistency. Are you still feeling some pieces of coconut oil between your fingers? Turn that mixer back on high speed and whip, whip, whip!

Coconut oil combined with body lotion WholeGreenLove

This blend creates a nice and airy final product, with a heck of a lot of moisture, but not so much that the coconut oil doesn’t absorb into the skin. I can tell a noticeable difference in my skin after just 5 days of use.

If you end up noticing the pieces of coconut oil in your lotion that you wish would have blended in better, have no fear. Either go back to your mixer and whip it up a little more or take advantage of the fact that coconut oil has a very low melting point (76° – 78°F, different sources say different things). You can either clasp your hands together around a handful of lotion before you slather it on to allow the pieces to melt in the warmness of your hands…or you just before you hop in the shower, drop your bottle of coco-lotion in to a hot bowl of water. By the time you are out of the shower, the coconut oil in your lotion mixture will be melted and (bonus!) you have nice and toasty body lotion to slather on your bod.

Another thought would be to melt the coconut oil before whipping it into your lotion. I didn’t try this technique, but if you give it a try, let us know!

Is there anything you add to your moisturizer in the winter to kick it up a notch?



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2 Responses to “Lotion Whipped with Coconut Oil”

  1. Amanda Funk March 24, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    I tried this recipe last night. I used shea butter with vitamin E and organic coconut oil. I would like for it to be a thicker consistency but it is already working miracles on my skin! I have those bumps on my arms and after applying 2 times even my husband can already tell a difference!!! I will maybe try to use a thicker lotion next time and see how that works out but I’m in love!!!

  2. Brittney @ Brittney Breathing February 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Oooh! Love this! Will definitely have to try :)

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