Lotions and creams are the mandatory first layer we wear next to our skin these days. It is difficult to survive without cream when harsh everyday conditions such as the sun, air-conditioning, pollution and chlorine, all combine forces against the skin. With today’s lifestyle a readymade solution is necessary; after all, one can’t rub oil on one’s body and go to school or work. However, there is a glitch in the skin creams and lotions available in the market. They are loaded with harmful chemicals that one should rather run from than apply on skin. Also, the more effective creams tend to cost the earth.

One simple solution is to make your lotion at home. That way you could ensure what you apply on the skin in completely harmless. This could be stored in the fridge for up to three months. To avoid mold from growing on the surface, use a spoon or a spatula to take the lotion out of the container (this should ideally be practised with any cream stored in a tub).  Also, if the fridge hardens the cream too much, the container could be placed in a bit of warm water or under the sun to obtain the desired consistency.  Homemade creams are safe to be applied on babies and it is easily absorbed. It repairs the skin to restore a beautiful smooth glow. Also, it takes only about 10 minutes to make the cream which is definitely a plus.

Lime body butter
Pour half a cup of coconut oil into a mixing bowl and refrigerate to obtain butter like consistency. Then, add one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, two tablespoons of freshly extracted aloe vera gel and 20 drops of lemon essential oil to this. When extracting aloe vera gel, ensure to remove the yellowish parts. Make sure the creamed coconut doesn’t melt in the bowl. Take an electric mixture with a wire whisk attachment and whip the ingredients on high speed until it starts looking like whipped cream. Next, put the body butter in a glass jar and cover tightly with a lunch sheet. Store in a refrigerator.

Coconut oil moisturizer
This could be used instead of body butter to relive the skin of its dry and flaky surface. Also, it prevents wrinkles, saggy skin and age spots. Coconut oil has the additional advantage of not hardening in the lower temperatures. Pour two cups of coconut oil into a mixing bowl. Place this in the refrigerator to solidify into a cream. Then, cut up the coconut cream into smaller cubes and whip with a mixer. The mixer should be turned high. Continue to whip until all the coconut gets all fluffy.  This is the body butter, place in a glass jar and use daily.

Homemade lotion
Take three tablespoons of beeswax (available at most Ayurvedic drug stores) and put it inside a container that could be heated. Then, pour three-quarter cup of olive oil on top of the beeswax. Place this container in a water bath. Next, place the whole contraption over a cooker until the water boils. The trick here is to let the beeswax melt in the olive oil. Continuously stir until syrup like consistency is obtained. Then, remove from the cooker and let it cool for a few minutes. Next, pour three-quarter cup of rose water into the blender, turn it on high and very slowly pour the olive oil-beeswax mixture while the blender is working. After a few minutes you could see an emulsified butter being formed in the blender. Blend until a beige coloured cream is obtained. Store in jars and keep in the refrigerator.

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