By Charlynn Avery
I look around myself in the kitchen. Pots, pans, glass measuring cups, a digital scale, essential oils, beeswax and a whole lot of oil take up all of the available counter space. The music flows and the aroma of cocoa butter fills the room as I am immersed in one of my favorite activities — experimenting with new DIY body care recipes.
A simple solution to dry skin
My goal on this particular occasion was to create my own lotion bar to travel with. As a frequent traveler who doesn’t like to check a bag, I have my liquids all under control with the exception of lotion. Prone to dry skin, I have been moisturizing my skin since I was a child, and lotion or a skin care oil is something I cannot live without. Natural oil is my preferred method of moisture these days, but flying with the quantity that I need is a hassle and (can be) messy. A simple solution was introduced to me several years ago by a dear friend. We were traveling for a month out of the country and didn’t want to check bags, so she made lotion bars — whoa! What a perfect solution.
I spent a few years after that purchasing others’ lotion bars, and finally made it a priority to make my own. I found the process to be so easy and, in addition to making body butter and lip balm for several years, I now have a new item to add to my bag of natural skin care tricks.
Why homemade lotion bars, lip balms and body butters are worth it
Beyond travel, why should we make our own lotion bars, lip balms and body butters? There are many motivations out there – comb the DIY blogs and you will find loads of recipes and stories of folks trying to simplify their skin care, reduce costs and use organic products to keep it natural. For me, it is all of those things as well as being proactive in my own natural skin care. The better I understand myself, the better products I am able to make that are specific to my own needs. And it is fun, aromatic and deliciously messy to do!
The recipes on our new Homemade Balms, Bars and Butters page are for you to take and run with. Swap out the oils and essential oils, but keep the ratios the same. In some cases, adjustments can be made – but (and I am speaking from history) if you adjust too much, you might end up with something you can’t actually use. Take charge of your products and your skin care and get creative in your kitchen whipping up your very own body butter, lip balm or lotion bar.
What are your favorite homemade skin care products to make?
About the author: Charlynn Avery, aromatherapist and educator for Aura Cacia, is on a quest to change the way we look at health and healing in the U.S. She has spent her career practicing and teaching in the arena of holistic health and wellness as a licensed massage therapist, and currently holds additional certifications in Holistic Nutrition, Thai Massage and Life Coaching. Although she loves natural healing, she loves spending time in nature even more. An avid traveler both for work and pleasure, she can often be found getting her U.S. National Park Passport stamped or reading a good book in an airport.