that is non greasy & easy to make!
Perfect for use on face and body!
I’ve always dealt with very dry and sensitive skin. It has been a journey to find a lotion that doesn’t cause irritation, break me out, or leave me greasy. Consequently, when you’re a frugal crunchy mama, it is really hard to find a cost-effective and HEALTHY option in stores.
Making my own skin care products is my preference
I also really do love to make my own products as often as I can so that I know exactly what’s in them and can tweak recipes to my own needs. For instance, I found a great storebought lotion that was perfect in every way except for the use of grapefruit essential oil. Guess what I’m allergic to? Yeah. Grapefruit.
But when I tried to make my own lotion, I just couldn’t find a recipe I loved. Everything I tried just felt heavy and oily on my skin.
And I just hate a thick, greasy lotion. With every homemade lotion I tried, greasy is just what happened. Probably because, well, homemade lotions are pretty much oil-based and oils are…oily…
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I was so close to buying emulsifying wax because apparently you can add water to oils when you do that, which makes homemade lotions less greasy (from what I read). However, I wasn’t really looking forward to the mess it looked like it was to make.
I’m all about EASY when it comes to DIY skin and beauty products. Using a blender? Emulsifying? It sounded a bit more complicated than I like.
The breakthrough lotion
BUT THEN I found a recipe that used aloe vera gel and shea butter—two of my favorite things that I practically always have on hand—and I decided to give it a go before embarking down the emulsion path.
The result is seriously amazing.
I LOVE this lotion!
It’s extremely easy to whip up (quite literally, you just whip). There’s no heating involved. No emulsifying. Just whipping (so a kitchen mixer is definitely going to be your best friend here).
Can you believe it?!
I almost didn’t.
This lotion helps to heal and soothe your skin without leaving a greasy film. It is gentle enough to use on your face, but is also wonderful at moisturizing all over.
I even use it in my hair to calm frizzies and help define my waves a little bit.
Multi-purpose items are my FAVORITE! Seriously. I don’t like having things that just do one job. If I can use something for a couple things, it makes me really happy.
So let’s talk about the awesome and simple ingredients in this homemade lotion…
This is a great natural butter that has a low (some argue non) comedogenic rating, meaning it won’t clog pores (which is pretty important when you’re slathering your pores in something!).
Shea butter also…
- Is high in vitamin E, which makes it ideal for those of us who have scarring
- Has anti-inflammatory properties
- Helps with collagen production, which softens and strengthens skin
- Has a natural SPF of 6
Aloe Vera Gel
It’s important to note that this recipe calls for the gel, not juice. Aloe vera juice contains too much water for the recipe to work.
Aloe vera is an extremely healing plant. I remember breaking off pieces from my Nana’s live aloe plants in Arizona whenever I’d get cuts or burns. It seemed immediately soothing.
- Has healing properties that reach the deeper epithelial level of the skin
- Provides a barrier for the skin that is moisturizing but not greasy feeling
- Treats acne and scarring since it contains hormones (auxin and gibberellins) that are champions at reducing inflammation and stimulating new cell growth
- Is high in antioxidants, vitamin c, and vitamin e which all help with skin elasticity and slowing down the appearance of aging
This is an extremely light oil and also has a very low comedogenic rating. It’s also multi-purpose in my home since I love to use this oil in my kitchen for baking since it has a subtle flavor. In this lotion, it adds another layer of nourishing properties.
Grapeseed oil also…
- Is high in vitamin e, which evens skin tone and helps remove scarring
- Can accelerate the healing of acne by reducing inflammation and redness, and by helping cells regenerate to replace damaged skin
- Absorbs quickly and easily, meaning it doesn’t leave you greasy
Now that we’ve talked about the why, let’s get to this easy recipe!
Whip it up quick.