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How to Make Homemade Body Lotions

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Basic Lotion/Cream/Body Butter Recipe

Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Methacrylate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Laureth Sulfate, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, , Panthenol, Methylparaben. This is not the stuff of a good basic natural lotion and yet people will smear this on their skin day after day, year after year.

Fortunately, more and more people are starting to question what is going on their bodies and on their children and are looking for alternatives to the chemical filled lotions, potions and petroleum based products.

It is very simple to make a cream or lotion that can be used for soothing for sore bottoms, dry skin, rashes or a chest rub for coughs and colds and is entirely natural. One word of caution; any cream or lotion made with water, no matter how small the amount, needs to have a preservative added to it to prevent harmful bacteria from growing in it or turning rancid. There is also a popular myth floating around that all you need to add is Vitamin E to prevent this from happening. However this is completely untrue.

Fortunately there is a great way to make an all purpose cream that can be as thick or as light as you water and preservative free. While it's not as lightweight as a daily moisturizer, it's almost that light and much more versatile than anything you can buy in the shop. Also, it's so easy to do, anyone can make it.

Basic butter/chest cream/nighttime moisturizer etc..

1 ounce bees wax
1 cup olive oil

Heat together (on low heat) until wax is melted and pour into your clean jars. This recipe will obviously make you a little over a cup of cream. If you want less, just cut it into half.

You can't get much more basic that that and its practically destruction proof. However from basic comes marvelous and wondrous creams for your face, your baby's bottom, your legs, elbows, heels and so much more. All it takes is a little know how, some lovely carrier oils and essential oils.

If you cut your beeswax in half, and melt 1/ounce of cocoa butter instead, you've got something lovely started. You can use fractionated coconut oil, rosehip seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, grape seed oil and so many more for different types of creams.

Pregnant belly butter

1/2 ounce beeswax
1/2 ounce cocoa butter
1/2 cup rosehip seed oil
1/2cup fractionated coconut oil

9 drops helichrysum essential oil
9 drops rose essential oil

Mix together and let set. You have a luscious smelling belly butter that can help prevent stretch marks and help heal old scars. However, some women, it doesn't matter if they wallow in a barrel of oil for the whole nine months, will have such delicate skin that it will shred and rip no matter what they

Chest cream for young children with colds

1 ounce beeswax
1 cup fractionated coconut oil

Mix together and add:

10 drops lemon eucalyptus, 20 drops lavender, and 14 drops Roman Chamomile essential oils.
This can be spread on the chest to help unblock sinus, help to calm and aid sleep. It's much gentler than the well known over the counter rub that has been known to cause breathing problems in small children.

You can use the same recipe minus the Lemon Eucalyptus for a cream for baby's bottom when it gets the dreaded diaper rash.

For a totally decadent, rich and lovely body butter:

1/2 ounce beeswax
1/2 ounce cocoa butter
1/2 cup jojoba oil
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Melt on low heat until melted and then whip in half a cup of Shea butter.

Add to that 16`drops of Rose Essential oil 40 drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil and Voila! You now have a delicious body butter to soften your skin.

You can play around with this simple but elegant recipe to make it just the consistency you want by adding more oil to make the cream lighter for a night time moisturizer or a little less oil to make a lip balm. Also try using other oils and butters, such as Manuka, Virgin Coconut oil, Mango butter etc. You may notice after a couple of months that your butter may start to crystallize. This is natural and does not mean it's going off. If you make more than you can use immediately, you can refrigerate it.

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