DIY: Lavender + Rosemary Lotion

5/12/2014


We are taking a little break from our Sunday Series to bring you a fun and fresh DIY! Hope you enjoy! 

Dry skin. I have it. This year the air has been really dry in San Diego. We don't get a lot of rain anyway, but we are in the the thick of it this year. As a result I'm pretty much constantly smearing avocado and coconut oil all over myself. But it's kind of weird pulling a jar of coconut oil out of your purse in public. People think you're weird. So just for fun, here's a little recipe for homemade lotion. For you. Or it would make a really special gift for a girlfriend, or sister or mom. If you try it, let me know what you think. Instructions are below!


LAVENDER AND ROSEMARY (OR SAGE) LOTION
What you'll need
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup of shea butter
1 cup dried lavender
1/4 cup dried (or fresh) rosemary
1 tablespoon of beeswax
1 tablespoon of aloe
Instructions
1. Make sure all of your pots, pans and utensils are clean before use
2. In a double boiler combine the coconut oil, the shea butter and the beeswax and cook on low heat, stirring to combine.
3. When they are fully combined, you'll have an oily mixture. Put in an airtight container and allow it to cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
4. In the meantime, boil the lavender and rosemary in a pan for 15 minutes to create a sweet smelling water (Use about 3-4 cups of water)
5. Strain out the flowers and herbs and reserve the water.
6. In an immersion blender or any blender place the now solidified cream in and slowly add in the lavender water, plus the aloe. Combine until everything is blended and creamy. At this point you can also add in a few drops of lavender oil if you feel it needs more scent. I added 4 drops.*
7. Place in a small container to store in your bathroom and you can also use a small glass pill container or washed baby food jar to keep in your purse.


Enjoy!

*You can skip the dried rosemary and lavender and just use oils. It does save time! ;)

All photos by Alexa Evans for Short & Sweet Blog 

SHOP: Coconut Oil // Shea Butter // Beeswax // Lavender Oil

17 comments:

Simply LKJ said...

Sounds heavenly!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I can smell it already. Bliss!

Katy Byrne said...

Oh thanks for sharing! Lavender is my favorite and you can never have enough lotion in Colorado. Have a great week, ladies!

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Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Oh wow, this is great!

Jillian Manesh said...

i bet this smells amazing! my mom loves lavender. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

birdie to be said...

This sounds amazing! I would love to try it!

Alison Dulaney said...

This looks fantastic! I love making homemade beauty products!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

How cool!! I never thought of making my own lotion! I love how easy it is and it would really make an amazing present!

Alex Hubbard said...

I bet this smells like a dream! Definitely going to try it myself!

preppylove said...

Such a cool idea to make your own lotion!!

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing DIY!

xoxox,
CC

Mary Jo Matsumoto said...

It looks like a yummy recipe for the skin Alexa. I've never made lotion, although it's been on my list forever - maybe this will be the final push!
xo Mary Jo

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

these photos are beautiful. i used to make my own lotions and scrubs at least occasionally, but it's been awhile. i'll have to give this one a try - i have really dry skin too.

Johanna said...

This is amazing and your photography is beautiful. Makes me want to whip up some right now. How do you like the consistency?

A Crimson Kiss said...

This sounds absolutely heavenly–especially after a long, hot shower!

Erin said...

This is seriously lovely! And I bet it smells heavenly and works like a dream. The more I hear about coconut oil, the more I might have to jump on the bandwagon! xo

17 Perth said...

Wow. This is super interesting!! Just might *need* to try it!