Welcome to a new week! This winter has been so uncharacteristically mild here in the Northeast – I can hardly believe it’s almost February and we’ve had just one snowstorm so far!! It’s heavenly for this summer-loving girl……not so much for my ski-bunny babies! I hope the winter hasn’t been too rough on you thus far either!
No matter the season, I am a hand-and-face-cream addict, always trying to combat the elements and keep my skin hydrated. A few years ago I started making my own sugar scrub, which is an amazing exfoliant that is especially great for DIYers who are constantly scrubbing paint off their hands 🙂 This coconut oil is another fantastic way to keep your winter face and body moisturized. Keep a jar in your kitchen for your hands, or use it all over when you get out of the shower (let it absorb for a few minutes before you get dressed), and on your face and lips before bed. I have super sensitive skin and one of my kids is eczema-prone, so I love how gentle this little concoction is.
NO chemicals, NO weird ingredients, just 3 good old fashioned, real ingredients that are soothing and therapeutic to itchy, dry skin:
COCONUT OIL + VITAMIN E + LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Here’s how to mix up a batch for yourself (or maybe your favorite ladies for Valentines!)
Find a jar. I hoard small glass jars from the recycle bin and am especially fond of the size, shape and lid of my favorite jam, Bonne Maman (your fave too?) This jar holds 13 oz. – adjust your ratio of ingredients according to the size of your container. Mason jars are good for this too.
The ratio of ingredients that I have found to be effective are:
Per every 3 oz. of liquefied coconut oil, add 1 vitamin E capsule + 3 drops of essential oil.
This is my personal preference and you can adjust those amounts however you’d like!
Melt the coconut oil. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so to mix it with the other ingredients, first spoon it into a microwaveable measuring cup and microwave for about 30 seconds, then whisk to liquefy it. Loosely packed solid coconut oil will reduce by about half when liquefied. I poured it into a mixing bowl.
Add vitamin E. Use scissors or a pin to pierce the capsules and squeeze the contents into the oil.
Add lavender essential oil. I have used essential oils from various companies and recently tried Rocky Mountain Oils. The Hungarian Lavender is quite a bit stronger smelling than regular lavender so I use it sparingly. Regular lavender oil is great if you have that on hand. Add the essential oil a drop at a time until you are happy with the strength and whisk to combine the coconut oil, vitamin E and lavender really well.
Pour the concoction into your jar. Go ahead and use it on your hands. Massage it into your cuticles and take a moment to enjoy the scent and feel of it.
The liquid will eventually return to a solid state (you can put it in the fridge to expedite this, but it’s not necessary), When you put it on your skin, it warms up and becomes a clear oil again.
Quick to make and so nice to give! My cutie pie nephew is going to make some with me to give his mom, grandma and teacher for Valentines Day 🙂
As with the sugar scrubs, if you give this as a gift, it’s a nice touch to include a little spoon for scooping it out (particularly helpful when you get to the bottom of the jar). When I made sugar scrubs for gifts one Christmas, I bought a package of cute, decorative tea spoons and included one with each jar; espresso spoons are really small and perfect for something like this too. I ordered these spoons for Jimmy to include with his Valentines gifts.
These copper ones are cute too! Makes me think coconut oil or a sugar scrub would be a fun thing for a group of tween girls to make at a birthday party and take home with them with one of these.
You could probably find little decorative spoons like this at Homegoods or Marshall’s Boutique.
This oil is wonderful for taking off makeup, softening up your feet (slather it on and then put socks on before bed), shaving your legs, soothing a wind-chapped face after a day on the ski slopes or at the beach – I use it all the time. A little goes a long way. One caution – it’s not ideal to put on near your eyes before applying makeup, unless you’re going for a goth look with your mascara 🙂
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Get the “recipe” for my raw sugar scrubs here!
I’ll be back on Wednesday along with the My Five Favorites team and a special guest host to chat about how we show a little love around Valentines Day! Thanks so much for stopping by today.
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