Tamanu Oil Hand Lotion | Whole Green Love

27 Feb

Can you tell that we are a little bit obsessed with natural oils lately? From coconut oil to macadamia oil, we are using all kinds this winter. Spring cannot come soon enough. My skin was dying until I started using coconut oil on it last week.

I decided to make hand lotion a few days ago and I included tamanu oil for it’s healing and softening properties. The tamanu oil I used from Aura Cacia comes from the nuts of organic tamanu trees grown in Vietnam. This oil is expeller pressed and filtered, but is not processed or refined beyond that. You can certainly use this lotion on your entire body, but tamanu oil is a bit on the pricey side so I thought I would make a hand lotion with this. A little dab’ll do ya.

Tamanu Oil Hand Lotion


2 Tbsp coconut oil

½ Tbsp tamanu oil

2 Tbsp apricot kernel oil (or jojoba oil)

2 tsp grated beeswax

½ tsp vitamin E oil

5 drops of essential oil (I used lavender since I planned on using this hand lotion mostly at night before I go to bed and it’s the perfect scent to relax the body.)

Combine the coconut oil, tamanu oil, apricot kernel oil, and beeswax in a small glass bowl that can withstand high heat as the top of your double boiler. Heat the water in the pot below to medium-high heat. Stir the oil and beeswax mixture frequently until the beeswax has melted. Take off the heat and let cool slightly. Stir in vitamin E oil and essential oil. Very carefully (your mixture may still be very hot!) pour your lotion mixture into a small jar. A small, shallow canning jar worked best for me. It’s easy to dip a couple of fingers in to get a small dab of lotion. Allow the lotion to cool completely.

We recently received a comment from a reader who was looking for a homemade, non-toxic lotion recipe. “I miss the feeling of lotion!” she said, but wants to avoid the chemicals found in store bought lotion. Unfortunately, I have noticed that the thick, rich, but non-oily feeling you get from lotions is a result of a long list of questionable ingredients. Typically, homemade lotions and creams that are effective utilize the power of natural oils like those found in the recipe above. If you make this lotion, you’ll notice that while you don’t get that thick slathery feeling you get from store bought lotions, your hands will be just as moisturized. I really loved the earthy scent of this hand lotion from the combination of oils and I thought that lavender was a great essential oil choice to pair with it. If I wasn’t using this on my hands at bedtime, I would like to try grapefruit or a combination of lemon and lime essential oil for a totally refreshing and uplifting scent.

What is your favorite scent to use on your skin to relax at night?

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