Coconut oil is having a moment right now, you guys. Suddenly it’s used by everyone for everything. And rightly so, because it’s apparently pretty amazing. It’s full of vitamin E, antioxidants and healthy fats, and can be used in countless different ways. I’ve used coconut oil in hair masks, lip scrubs, cookie and cake recipes, body scrubs, and I’ve recently been experimenting with using coconut oil for oil pulling (so far so good) and makeup removal. Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy recipe for Whipped Coconut Oil Body Lotion.
This stuff can be whipped up (ha ha) in minutes, smells great, and is super moisturizing on dry skin. Also, a little goes a long way, so although this recipe doesn’t make a ton of lotion, it will last. I tend to concentrate it on spots where my skin is dryest – my elbows, and knees, specifically, then rub the excess wherever else I need a little more moisture. In addition to the coconut oil, this body butter also aloe vera gel which makes it extra soothing, a bit of olive oil for added moisture and to aid in producing the smooth consistency, and a few drops of lemongrass essential oil. The lemongrass oil gives the body butter a great scent, and lemongrass comes with its own long list of health benefits as well.
- 1 Cup Organic Unrefined (or Virgin) Coconut Oil (do NOT melt it first, it must be in its solid state!)
- 2 Tbsp Organic Aloe Vera Gel (I use Lily of the Desert brand)
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 5(or so) drops Lemongrass Essential Oil (or any essential oil of your choice, really). This step is optional.
Add the ingredients to a mixing bowl. Use a hand- or stand-mixer to whip the ingredients on high for 7 or so minutes until they’ve reached a whipped, airy consistency. Remove you lotion from the bowl and store it in a glass container at room temperature. Apply it after a shower for supple, moisturized skin.
I really have to recommend using only organic, unrefined coconut oil for just about all of the topical things you plan to use coconut oil for (this includes oil pulling). Refined coconut oil can have “other” things in it that you might not want to be absorbed into your body through your skin.
I’m thinking Key Lime Coconut Oil Body Butter next!
Recipe adapted from Healthy Homemakers.