This coconut oil lotion is my go-to lotion because it is gentle on the skin, absorbs well into the skin, and it is super versatile in its uses. It is vegan, gluten free, additive free, BPA free, all natural, and if you so choose, organic. This coconut oil lotion is a lifesaver!
With only four ingredients, this lotion is simple and quick to make, and a tiny amount goes a long way! It is great for everyday use or only on the days when cracked skin appears in your lips, hands, and feet, and you can keep a bottle in your purse, car, bathroom, baby bag, or anywhere else you may need because the coconut oil does not spoil or go rancid when left at room temperature.
One of the great things about coconut oil is its ability to absorb into the skin and not leave a greasy feeling on the body while its antibacterial and antifungal properties cleanse out impurities that may be stored in the skin’s pores. In addition, when the coconut oil is combined with vitamin E oil, tea tree (melaleuca) essential oil, and grapefruit essential oil, the lotion becomes a strong moisturizing and purifying cream.
Why coconut oil?
Alongside its multiple other uses in cooking, health, and home, coconut oil absorbs readily into the skin and hair because it is a saturated fat made up of medium-chain fatty acids, which hold moisture in the skin and hair cells. Also, the lauric acid present in the fatty acids of the coconut oil has antimicrobial properties that aid in cleaning the skin and pores. Coconut oil also has high levels of naturally occurring vitamin E that boosts the skin’s healing and anti-aging processes.
Why tea tree essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, and vitamin E oil?
First, tea tree essential oil is naturally antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial, which means that it aids in cleaning the skin and removing any infections, germs, or bacteria that could be harmful to the body. Second, grapefruit essential oil is a disinfectant and skin toner, which means that it helps to tighten the skins pores. Third, vitamin E oil specifically blocks free radicals that are harmful to the body and speed up aging, which creates more youthful looking skin.
Yet, with so many coconut product options on the market and all the different uses for coconut oil, what kind of coconut oil would be the best to use when making this lotion?
Ideally, the coconut oil used for skin care and other health products should be “unrefined” coconut oil because the nutrients have not been pulled out of the oil through the refining process. Unrefined oil could also be labeled as “cold-pressed.” “raw,” or “extra virgin” (or simply “virgin”) oil. Although it can be overwhelming to try and find the best oil while standing in front of 10+ options in the supermarket or health store, if you scan the labels for the previous keywords, you can quickly find the product you want. However, I have found it simpler to order my favorite coconut oil from Amazon, and the brand that I use can be found here.
As for my essential oils, I order from the Mountain Rose Herbs or Bulk Apothecary websites because I trust the quality of their oils and absolutely love their huge selections, but I know many people get their oils from companies like Doterra, Young Living, or simply Amazon. As long as you trust the purity of the oils you are using, go for it! Here and here are some suggestions for some good essential oils found on Amazon. Also, here is the Vitamin E Oil that I use.
Additionally, if you are unsure about quality of the essential oils you are using, there is a super quick and inexpensive test you can perform that will show you if your supposedly pure essential oils have been combined with a carrier oil. Hopefully, this will not be the case!
All you need is a paper towel, your essential oils, and to carefully watch for two key elements. Place a few drops of the essential oil you are testing on the paper towel and wait for a few minutes while the oil soaks into the towel. First, the oils should never leave an “oil ring” on the paper. Essential oils are water soluble, meaning they should not feel oily when applied to the skin, and if an oil ring is left on the paper, it alerts you to the fact that your essential oils are combined with a carrier oil like olive oil, canola oil, or grape seed oil. Second, pay attention to the color the essential leaves on the paper towel. While there are a few exceptions, like lemon essential oil having a yellow tint and cinnamon bark essential oil having a brownish color, most essential oils should be clear. If the essential oils leave a strange color on the paper towel, that is another clue that they may have been combined with a carrier oil. Even though essential oils combined with carrier oils will still work, the effect may not be equal to the strength of a pure essential oil that has the full, concentrated strength of its healing properties.
Here are some more ways that my husband and I use this marvelous lotion:
My husband, Jake, loves manual labor and is quite the handyman around the house, and his actual job uses his hands a bunch too. Needless to say, his hands get pretty beat up, and this lotion softens any scabs that are on his hands from cuts that happen while he works. Just a dab of this lotion takes away the tight, splitting feeling of a scab that is healing and pulling tight.
Also, we both use this lotion as a lip balm and moisturizer! It gets super windy where we live, and the wind tends to cause severely chapped lips, particularly in the early spring and late fall. This lotion heals the chapping quicker than any other lip balm that we have used!
Another great application for this lotion is speeding up the healing process from a sunburn. On our last trip to the beach, Jake and I both ended up sunburned after one particularly bright day, and this lotion provided the moisture that the burnt skin needed so desperately. In addition, the additional vitamin E oil in the lotion helped to heal the sunburn even quicker.
If you try this lotion, let me know! I would love to see your comments and ratings on this post. In addition, you can tag photos of your experiments for me to see on Instagram using #shalomhomestead.
Best wishes and shalom, friends!
- 2 cups Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp Vitamin E Oil
- 8 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- Place all the ingredients in an electric stand mixer bowl (or use a handheld electric mixer and a glass bowl).
- Using the whisk attachment, slowly increase the mixing speed to medium-high as if you were making egg whites.
- Continue mixing for 8-10 minutes. The lotion should be forming soft peaks and look very smooth.
- Turn off the mixer and remove the bowl.
- Carefully spoon the lotion into a glass container with an air-tight lid such as a wide mouth pint canning jar with a metal lid.*
- Store in a location with a consistent temperature.**
**Because the lotion is made from coconut oil, if the temperature become cold, the lotion will harden, and if the temperature gets too warm, the lotion will melt. However, the lotion can still be used; the consistency will simply be altered! If the hardened or melted lotion is undesirable, the lotion can be whipped in the mixer again.