There are some items that are easiest to tackle first when eliminating plastics from your bathroom: soap, cleaners, face masks... Lotion is not one of those. Making lotion requires emulsifiers and preservatives, meaning its DIY-ability is comparatively difficult (see our post on What to Buy and What to DIY). And it can be hard to find already made lotion in plastic-free packaging.
Potential DIY swaps include body oil or body butter.
Pros: they are about as natural as it gets and easy to make.
Cons: they just don't have the same luxurious feel as lotion.
The solution to the lotion quandary? Whipped body butter. Try it. Seriously. You won't regret it.
Here's a recipe that we love.
- 2 parts shea butter
- 1 part coconut oil
- 1 part almond oil (or jojoba or sunflower)
- Essential oils (optional)
- Measure the volume of your container by filling it with water then pouring the water into a measuring cup
- Divide the volume by 4 to get 1 "part"
- Melt solid ingredients in a double boiler (or a mason jar suspended in water)
- Remove from heat and add liquid oil and essential oils (if using)
- After mixing, allow to cool in the fridge for roughly 30 minutes until chunky
- Blend with a hand mixer or stick blender
If you have a favorite oil or butter for your skin, try it out! Get creative. There are a lot of variations of this recipe out there, and it's pretty hard to get it wrong. If you make this recipe, or an altered version of it, we'd love to hear about it! Reach out on Instagram, drop us a comment, or send us a picture!