You can never be too picky about what you put on your baby’s skin and for me, you can bet that commerical, chemical and preservative filled lotions don’t make the cut. I honestly didn’t know what I was going to do until I found this homemade baby lotion recipe.
You wouldn’t feed those chemicals to your baby, so why would you put it on their skin? Skin – any skin, but especially baby skin – is very absorbent. If you rub it in, it’s going to make it’s way into the body.
And so, I make my own lotion. Incidentally, this is the same lotion I often use on myself. It’s an excellent facial moisturizer because it absorbs quickly, and you can adjust the ratios for your specific skin type. Oily skin? Use more aloe vera gel. Dry skin? Add more coconut oil. Acne problems? Add some tea tree oil.
As you can see, this homemade baby lotion recipe is very simple, and very easily customizable. It’s a great blend because coconut oil, as oils go, absorbs into the skin quickly, and the aloe vera gel helps it absorb much more quickly so that it doesn’t feel greasy at all.
There is some controversy about whether homemade lotions should be kept at room temperature for more than just a few weeks, so I’ll just say that I’ve kept mine out on the counter top for a couple months at a time with no issues at all. I do however usually add some sort of antibacterial essential oil to it, even if it’s just a few drops. If you do store it in the refrigerator, the texutre will be closer to a lotion bar than a creamy lotion. (See picture below).
Lavender essential oil is an excellent addition to baby lotion – especially if your baby has a difficult time sleeping. Lavender is so relaxing – and it just happens to be one of those aforementioned antibactierial oils!
Homemade Baby Lotion
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup aloe vera gel
- Essential oil - several drops (optional)
- Gently heat coconut oil until just melted - but not hot. Pout into a blender or food processer (or use a cup and stick blender for easy clean up!) with cold aloe vera gel and essential oil, and blend until creamy and well emulsified.
- Scrape into a container with a tight fitting lid, and store either at room temperature, or in the refrigerator - whichever you prefer.
- That’s all there is to it!
Have you ever made your own lotion?
Notes: Since writing this, I’ve learned that keeping it at room temperature only works if your room in 75º or below – the melting point of coconut oil. So if you keep your house really warm, you will definitely want to store this in the refrigerator!
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