If you are like me, you might apply lotion to your hands several times a day. I use it nearly every time I wash my hands, and I apply body lotion daily after showering to get smooth skin. Commercial lotions contain chemicals that may provide hydration in the short term, but they can make the problem worse over time.
Common ingredients in body lotions include parabens, alcohols, petroleum products, and aluminum. These chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin, and among the least of their effects, they can cause skin irritation, dryness, and allergic reactions. In short, your body lotion could actually be causing your dry skin and other problems. Fortunately, there are various body lotion alternatives that can be used when they are needed.
Homemade lotion bars
Lotion bars are literally bars of lotion, kind of like soap, but you simply warm them with your hands and rub the lotion into your skin – no need to rinse! They are cute, and can be carried in your purse inside a little tin. Plus, they are easy to make using ingredients like beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil. See this slow cooker lotion bar recipe for instructions. If you desire a little fragrance, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Homemade whipped body butter
If you prefer a lighter, creamier body lotion, you might enjoy my homemade whipped body butter recipe . It uses a mixture of coconut oil and shea butter that is melted, cooled, and whipped to create a light body butter. It is similar to body lotion, but because it contains no water, it will have a longer shelf life. The body butter has a slight shea butter scent, but you could add enough essential oils to mask the scent if you desire. Optionally, you can also add some vitamin E oil to act as a preservative.
These are just a couple of the numerous recipes available for your homemade, non-toxic body lotion. Even though they are pretty simple to make, if you prefer something even simpler, you could just keep a jar of coconut oil in the bathroom to use as a body or hand lotion.
Toxicity Report 2012