April 16, 2015

DIY Organic Whipped Body Lotion - Bye, Bye Store Bought Stuff!

I have been making my own lotion for over three years. I'd melt down the ingredients, put them in a a jar and call it a day. But then... I whipped... and my mind was blown. It took a regular hard moisturizer and turned it into a fluffy amazing mound of goodness. You have to try it. Your skin will feel amazing, you can feel good because you are using only natural organic ingredients to moisturize as opposed to toxic chemicals, it is package free, and it smells SO DAMN GOOD! Check out this video to learn how to make it!

Additional Information:
This lotion will last for months (but it won't, because you will use it up before then). Also, just combine equal parts of the ingredients, in this video I used 1/4 cup of each, but you can use more or less depending on how much you need.



92 comments:

  1. Is it possible to share with us the exact quantity of each ingredient you put into your body butter? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Julie! For this I used 1/4 cup of each ingredient (except essential oil), but it is up to you depending how much of lotion you want to make.

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    2. Hi Lauren ,

      I'm living in Belgium, so is it possible to put the name of ingredient on your blog, I have to found them in french so it's easier for me if I have the real name or the recipe in english.

      Thank u for your help.

      Sandra

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    3. Hi Sandra, I also live in Belgium (Brussels) and have had a hard time finding the ingredients. It's disappointing. Coconut oil is easy. The rest I have not been able to find. Have you had any luck? Karen

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    4. Hi Lauren, Karen, you should be able to find shea (karité) butter and cacao butter in african markets, not sure about sweet almond oil (huile d'amande douce) but health food shops might have them. If you can't find sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or avocado oil can be substituted.
      Liza

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    5. Hi Sandra & Mama Karen, in meantime did you find the ingredients? ... as most of them you can find in most health stores here in ... Flanders. I got these ingredients from "Natuurhuis" in Antwerp, the first floor, so if you ever will be in Antwerp you will find them at that place. If you ever will go to that store ... as a journey to get your stuff --> first call them and they will put it aside I'm pretty sure. In Sint-Amandserg near Gent AND Gent you will find Pimpernell and they also have a lot of this stuff. Sometimes, I also order online stuff from Unlimited health in the Netherlands and that's always RAW and Organic.Wish you both S U C C E S

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  2. Definetely I'm gonna try this! But I was wondering, how long can you keep it?

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    1. I am happy you like it! Another wonderful thing about this lotion is that you can keep it for months!!!!

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    2. Hey Lauren first of all you are like a super duper inspiration to me, and I would like to know if you keep this lotion in the fridge or at normal temperature. Thanks !

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    3. Does wax make it last longer?

      I'd like to pass this idea along we should all work together create a glycerin preservative method that works:

      We need 60-70% of it to work as a preservative. I was thinking we add an anti-humectant(joboba oil, beeswax, etc.) to cancel the humectant each time if that is possible. We can also use solid rain(the stuff from Mexico that collects water in soil for farming) to collect the glycerin each time we use a lotion or product with 60-70% glycerin. Without touching that much glycerin. This is useful for dry powders. I'm not sure if we could separate glycerin from lotion.

      If we could get something to work we could have our natural, effective, safe preservative:

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    4. This would require us to have only 5% of product in it(60% glycerin & 35% anti-humectant). But glycerin+humectant might be cheap & worth it. There would also be 25% glycerin that wasn't cancled but that isn't too much.




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    5. This would require us to have only 5% of product in it(60% glycerin & 35% anti-humectant). But glycerin+humectant might be cheap & worth it. There would also be 25% glycerin that wasn't cancled but that isn't too much.




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  3. Where do you get your oils in bulk?

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    1. Tess, here in NYC I love going to Integral Yoga. They have so many things you can buy in bulk there, it is amazing!

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  4. But what temp do you store it at? I would assume it kind of melts in the heat and definitely gets harder when cold? Or does the whipping prevent that? I was expecting there to be beeswax in the recipe to help stabilize it.

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    1. I'm wondering the same as well. Kind of like a lot of deodorant recipes I've made and tried over the years. They all looked great when stored but didn't hold up when pulled out of the fridge.

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    2. Hi Hannah, I keep it in my bathroom and it doesn't melt so room temperature is fine.

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    3. I would like to know this as well, I live in the desert so it is really warm here in the summer. Do the ingredients remain combined ?

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  7. I am going to have to give this recipe a try. I am always buying store bought lotions and creams and never really like them. I am getting into making more of my own things to be more frugal and this is just another to add to my list. Thanks for this recipe!

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  8. Great video and recipe! I just wondered if that handmixer wont stand on its back so you don't smear cream on the table each time you put it down :p and I wonder if you make your own sun protection cream?

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  9. Awesome. Thank you for sharing. Sometimes I use just Sheabutter, but thats too rich, so I would love to try your bodybutter!

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  10. Could you please write the ingredients? As I'm Spanish and I don't understand what did you said.
    Many thanks. ;)

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    1. Equal amounts (she uses ¼ C or ~60ml each) of Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, and Sweet Almond Oil.

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  11. Another great video! Can't wait to whip up a batch once I'm done with the lotions I have. I hope you make deodorant next ;-)

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  12. Love this, but next time could you show the product in use? That way we could see just how well the lotion applies versus trusting it's great, what with all the many DIY recipes out there? Would love that!

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  13. You know if you hold the essential oil bottle upside and wait a few seconds the drops come out perfectly by themselves so you have more control over how many drops you actually use and you don't have to shake the bottle and get oil on your hands!

    ALSO how well does this work not whipped?

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  14. Do you use unrefined Shea butter?

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  15. My mom and I want to make this, but we were wondering, can you get Shea Butter at traditional stores like WalMart?

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    1. If you can't find locally, look online @ Amazon, Mountain Rose Herbs, etc.

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  16. I like the idea of using natural ingredients for body products, but I am wondering if this really reduces trash. I can buy a lotion at the store that comes in one recyclable bottle, or I can buy four different ingredients that each come in a recyclable bottle or jar to make your lotion. Is there a way to buy the ingredients without the extra trash/recycling? I don't think there are any stores near me that sell these in bulk. How do you buy the ingredients? I know you don't really consider recyclable materials as trash, but a plastic lotion bottle is just as recyclable as four glass/plastic jars. I guess maybe the cap isn't? I have been struggling with this question for a while, especially when I am grocery shopping. Thanks for your help.

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    1. Consider the ingredients!
      Also the basics from which this is made are also great for other uses.

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    2. Liana, I totally hear you on this point. So much of being able to (easily) live plastic/waste free is influenced by the community in which you live. I was so spoiled in Vancouver with The Soap Dispensary, where I could buy just about any ingredient in bulk refill for recipes like this one, but I've moved to Australia and haven't yet found the equivalent. Still searching...

      Couple suggestions for you:
      1. Coops are often full of packaging free options.
      2. There is a bulk app (free) that people can find and share info about bulk stores all over the world. The more people that use it, the better it will be! https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/zerowastehome-bulk/id609834348?mt=8
      3. If you can't find these ingredients packaging free, you could get some friends together, and make a large batch and everyone brings their own container to take theirs home. That way you could buy the separate ingredients in larger quantities.

      Aside from the trash point, I agree with the above poster and think there is some real benefit in making your own goods. You'll know exactly what is going on your body, and when you do find a place that refills in bulk, you'll already have the practice of making your own stuff. When I started making my own, it led me to experiment with all sorts of ingredients I never would have otherwise considered. I have completely revamped my whole face and body routine. It's simpler, cheaper and my skin is better, and I think most importantly, I understand what works for my skin and can adjust seasonally.

      Shout out to all the good people who are running refill stores - legends that are making it so much easier for the rest of us.

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    3. Thanks for your help. I have been testing out a DIY deodorant, which I really like because the deodorant stick I was previously buying is not at all recyclable...I don't think. The ingredients used are very similar to the ingredients in this lotion, so I think if I can just buy them in larger quantities, I can justify making more of my own body products. I hope that someday I will find a supplier that sells these ingredients in bulk! For now I am shopping at Whole Foods.

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  17. I just found your blog and I absolutely LOVE you! I find your lifestyle very inspiring and I salute you! To live a life like yours would be impossible for me, but you still inspire me and this body butter went on my to do-list immediately!
    Too bad I live in this teeny tiny country where I can't buy the ingredients in bulk..

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  20. I just made this a few days ago, and I love it! It smells great, and feels great on my skin. I keep it in my bathroom and it's in the 70's here (Fahrenheit) and the body butter has stayed whipped and combined perfectly. I love how it melts on the skin. Thanks for this simple recipe. There are many body butter recipes out there that have so many ingredients but this one, I already have the recipe memorized.

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  21. Whipping is mixing them, so ... what is the purpose of melting and then freezing the ingredients?

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  22. Hey you are so great!!!
    Nice blog.
    Does a video for shampoo follow?
    Greetings from Germany
    Katrin

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  23. You are always so inspirational dear! Keep it up!

    Hugs Gittemary.com

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  24. H Lauren,
    I love your whipped body butter
    Can you use your body butter as a daily face cream?

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  25. Second that. Sounds great but maybe a bit heavy for the face?

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  26. An ayurvadic friend once told me not to put oils on my body that I wouldn't put in my body. For some reason, that made me a little more conscious of the lotions I used but I didn't really have an alternative. When I saw your recipe, I was super excited to try it. Unfortunately, it gave me a bad rash and my eczema returned. Perhaps my body is too accustomed to conventional moisturizers. So bummed that this didn't work out for me.

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    1. The other possibility is you were allergic to one of the oils. That's what happens if I'm allergic to something I put on my skin.

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  27. Hi Lauren!

    Great recipe! If I find all the ingredients in Poland I will definitely make it :)
    But I have to ask: I hope that you didn't put this hot balm, which was in a fluid form directly to the fridge?
    It will increase the electricity consumption and this is definitely not good to the environment.

    I'm waiting for more your recipes and ideas,

    Sylwia from ecorationality.blogspot.com/

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  28. Awesome recipe! Can't wait to try it!

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  29. Nice!! It is very helpful and informative article.I keep my skin hydrated all year long with sakare's body lotions. Replenish your body's moisture, as you protect and nourish your skin.

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  31. Thank you so much for this recipe! I love your blog.

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  32. Hi!

    I need to ask if you had a cream recipe to other skin types (conbination/oily), and how to make a good natural shampoo.

    Thanks!


    Valeria

    Rancagua, Chile.

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  33. My mother has been making us use this combination for years. We are african this is not new for us but great video

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  34. Coconut oil and cocoa butter are very comedogenic. Almond oil isn't that bad but shea butter is the only ingredient that isn't comedogenic. Comedogenic means that it will clog pores and cause breakout, so if you're acne prone you might not want to use this.
    Love your blog by the way!

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  35. Just subscribed to your YouTube channel. You have some amazing ideas. I've been trying to simplify my life for ages, and even though I've been pretty good at getting rid of a lot of things I didn't need and not buying more, you still have some other tips I'm going to use. Thanks :)

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  36. Is this a body butter or a body lotion?

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  37. Can I use almond butter instead of almond oil??
    Also, how do you make deodorant?
    Thanks and best wishes from Europe :)

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  38. Hi Lauren, first of all I have to say you're really inspiring!! I'm a student of environmental engineering and I'm always thinking what I can make to help the planet and ourselves, and you give the perfect example! congrats :)
    I'd like to know what you use to wash your hair, it's something you made by yourself?

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  39. I made this and it was easy enough but when I went to put it on, it was a little grainy which surprised me. I melted everything in a water bath..... but what caused the graininess... and does it always feel very oily when you apply it? It did feel good after a while.. sank right into my dry skin - but was too oily to do anything else until it sank in fully.

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  40. mine will not whip into a fluffy mixture. Just looks like liquid. Help?

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  41. I got the same problem, my body butter stays liquid no matter how long I mix it. What am I doing wrong ? :/

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  42. Hey Hi lAUREN just one quick question, why do we need to wait until is completely solid by putting it into the fridge, can it be done by just whipping it when its temperature is mild (ambient).
    For those whose body butter is liquid I suggest using sweet almond raw butter instead of oil, is what i use instead!!

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  43. You have to set it in the fridge before you whip

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  45. Hi! Thanks a lot for your idea and sharing it with world. I have noticed that coconut oil makes my skin dry and if I leave it overnight on my hair it smells not so good and brings a dirty feeling. I hope that your recipies are so well made, that the negative effects are balanced with the variety of ingredients.

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  46. You can avoid all of the chemicals and the doing it yourself part and with this all natural 2 ingredient shea butter lotion by Ozone Layer. It has nothing unnecessary in it, just shea butter and rosemary leaf extract. You can get it at Amazon or their website. http://www.amazon.com/Ingredient-Shea-Butter-Lotion-Fragrance/dp/B01693QXCA/

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  47. Hi Lauren ,

    I'm living in Argentina and my english is very bad, so is it possible to PUT THE NAME of ingredient on your blog, I have to type them in english them translater to spanish!
    Thank u for your help.

    Sandra

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  48. Hi!! Please add lettering with ingredients name's in the future videos! I love your recipies but sometimes is difficult to understand the name and letterings is good for deaf people, too.

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  49. Maybe its better to wait until your oils are cooled down before you put them into the freezer.

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  51. Ummmm.. again, you don't show the packaging your ingredients came in.......

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  52. Is Whole Foods a good place to buy the ingredients? I live in Philadelphia and I want to make sure I get organic ingredients without creating waste.

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  53. Hi, I made this lotion today. It is incredibly greasy and leaves a shiny, oily glow long after applying it. Maybe omitting the almond oil would help? I'm not sure. I'll keep tweaking.

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  56. Hey Lauren, I went to Integral today and while they had a great selection, I didn't see any beauty products like the ingredients here in bulk. Have you been there recently? Did I miss something?

    They did have olive oil, soap, and all purpose cleaner in bulk which was super cool.

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