Posts Tagged ‘ all natural ’

This Lotion Smells Like Fire, or “How To Make Lotion”

Now, this lotion that I’m going to share with you doesn’t actually smell like fire, but that’s what one of my friends little boys said after he put Vicks Vapor Rub all over his face. “This lotion smells like fire!” Yeah, I imagine it would. I imagine his nose was runny for a while too. For some sick reason I never get tired of the lotion smells like fire line.

This lotion doesn’t have any fire in it. It’s pure and simple and baby friendly. I had seen a lot of lotion recipes online, but I never did have all the right ingredients at the right time. So I made this up one day during Amelia’s naptime.

It’s a very precise recipe.

Whipped Shea Butter

Scoop some shea butter into a bowl. Add some coconut oil.

lotion ingredients

Soften these two ingredients by microwaving very gently, or placing the bowl into a bowl of hot water. Add a squeeze of sweet almond oil.

Now dump the liquid into your KitchenAid mixer and whip it, whip it good.

You can’t really tell from the photo, but I used the whisk attachment that came with my blender. It takes at least 5 minutes, but the oils start to turn white. As the air is whipped in, it thickens up just like whipped cream does. If you’ve ever made homemade whipped cream, you can make whipped shea butter. Even if you haven’t ever made whipped cream, you can make whipped shea butter. Otherwise known as…lotion that doesn’t smell like fire.

Here’s my finished product.

This was my second batch. The first was a little too stiff – not enough almond oil. It worked fine, I just had to soften it up in my hands a bit before I could rub it on Amelia. This batch is just about right, but it’s teetering dangerously close to too runny. It’s perfect if I store it in the fridge. Which is a good idea anyway, to prevent the growth of green fuzzies.

And there you have it folks! Lotion.

 

The Best All Natural Cleaner

Other than water. But this cleaner is made of mostly water, so maybe I mean to say “including water.” Whatever.

Are you confused yet?

I’m going to tell you what this cleaner is now.

Right now.

Ok.

It’s water. And vinegar. And orange essential oil. But if you don’t have any essential oil, just water and vinegar is totally fine. It’s great actually. The essential oil just kind of masks the vinegar smell a little.

Which is helpful if your husband says that the smell of vinegar reminds him of when the cleaning ladies used to clean his parent’s floors. So basically he associates the smell of vinegar with “clean floors” but he doesn’t like our clean floors to smell like vinegar. And men say that women are confusing.

But in all honesty, the vinegar smell goes away as soon as the solution dries. ┬áTry it sometime. I’ve been using this cleaning solution for the last 6 months and my house is still clean and odor (vinegar smell) free. I use it on windows, mirrors, sinks, counters, and floors. I’ve tried it in the tub, but it doesn’t quite do the job because HARD WATER, people. Just being honest. But for everything else….this cleaner is golden.

Here’s the very precise recipe.

  • 1-2 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar
  • 3 drops Essential Oil of choice. I like the citrus scents for cleaning, but it’s your world.

Dump it in a spray bottle and get to cleaning!