Easy Homemade Lotion (only 2 ingredients!)
Are you looking to ditch the toxic creams and make your own lotion? Are you sick of buying expensive creams month after month? What if I told you it’s easier than you think? In fact, you can make an easy homemade lotion with 2 ingredients in 5 minutes – yes you really can! Not only is this homemade lotion super creamy and moisturizing, but there are so many incredible benefits to using it!
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Why would you want to make a homemade lotion?
There are four reasons why you should make your own homemade lotion. Let’s break them down for you.
Let’s go back to basics by using simple oils and butter that nature has provided for us – not harsh chemicals that do more damage to our skin than nurture it.
I can’t think of anything easier than whipping two ingredients together. There is no double boiler method needed for this recipe!
Once you have your ingredients, you can make this recipe at least 5 times (probably more). That’s only a few dollars per jar. Most organic, “clean” creams and lotions cost at least $15-20 for a 4-oz jar.
The most important part! There are no toxic ingredients in your DIY lotion. The majority of lotions and creams you find in the pharmacy are loaded with yucky, questionable ingredients.
Take Lubriderm for example (I grew up on the stuff and yes I’m cringing right now) – the first ingredient is water and the second is mineral oil. Ingredients are always listed in order from the highest amount in the product to the least amount. Water being number one means the product is mostly water and that calls for a lot of preservatives since water = mold.
Mineral oil is the second highest ingredient. Did you know that mineral oil is a by-product of petroleum distillation? Yup. I don’t know about you but I don’t really want anything with petroleum coming close to my skin. I’m not really into crude oil skincare.
The only two ingredients you need to make lotion
Our two superstar ingredients for our easy homemade lotion are raw unrefined shea butter and organic cold-pressed coconut oil.
Raw Unrefined Shea Butter
Raw shea butter is one of the most skin nourishing, moisturizing ingredients out there.
Shea butter is extracted from the nuts of the shea (or karite) tree native to Africa. It is cold-pressed from the boiled and mashed nuts. It’s really high in Vitamin A (natural retinol) and Vitamin E (moisturizing + healing) and forms a light protective barrier on the skin. It’s super moisturizing and anti-inflammatory. A true skin gem!
Shea butter and coconut oil go together like peanut butter and jelly. Seriously.
Coconut oil is a skincare rockstar. It’s high in Vitamins A, D and K – what that means to us is it’s super emollient, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and really high in antioxidants.
I love to use coconut oil as an all-over body moisturizer. I’m still a little bit iffy about using it on my face. I have acne-prone skin and coconut oil tends to break me out, but I love it so much that I use it anyway every now and then. The benefits are too good to pass up!
How to make an easy homemade lotion
This recipe couldn’t be any easier – hence the “easy homemade lotion” title.
Add your ingredients to a bowl and break out your hand mixer. You can add a few drops of essential oils (don’t do any more than 10-15) at this stage if you would like.
Start whipping it up until you reach your desired consistency. I usually go for about 1-2 minutes. Scoop into your jar and you are done! This makes about 4 ounces so feel free to double or triple the recipe depending on how much you need.
How to use your Easy Homemade Lotion
You can use this 2-ingredient moisturizer the same way you would use any moisturizer. Apply it all over! It feels great after the shower and it soaks right into your skin, never leaving a greasy mess behind.
How to use your homemade lotion for skin conditions like eczema, keratosis pilaris and psoriasis
I have keratosis pilaris (kp) on my arms and this homemade lotion is my saving grace. I apply it to my arms right before I’m about to hop in the shower, I shower, and then I will reapply if necessary but usually, I don’t need to.
Working backward like this is great for skin conditions because your skin won’t lose all the moisture it normally does when you shower. Doing it this way helps the skin retain extra moisture and you will see a noticeable difference. My arms are so smooth now!
The backward moisturizer method is really good for dry, itchy skin too. The nourishment from your homemade lotion will help protect your skin and sebum and hopefully balance it out. No more itchies!
Will you make this easy homemade lotion recipe?
I really hope you do. It’s too easy and too good to pass up. If you love DIY, check out my favorite easy homemade beauty products with essential oils!
Easy Homemade Lotion (only 2 ingredients!)