2 Ingredient DIY Lotion Stick

With winter weather settling in, your skin can really take a hit in the moisture department. Between cold air, biting wind, and a drop in humidity, it’s no wonder our skin suffers during these dreary winter months! To ameliorate your troubled skin, give our DIY Lotion Stick a whirl.

The Why


I have always battled dry, cracked skin. On top of that, my sensitive skin makes trying new lotions a shot in the dark as to whether they’d provide relief and moisture or pain and irritation.

-Stefani, Daily Mom Team 

The great part about this lotion stick is that there are no questionable ingredients. You can feel confident using this for yourself, your spouse, your children, or anyone with sensitive skin with less chances of harmful reactions.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil readily absorbs into your skin. In fact, if you drizzle (or scoop) some on your skin and rub it in, you can get a quick fix of moisture. The only problem is that sometimes this moisture doesn’t last as long, making coconut oil alone inadequate for thirsty, winter skin.

Beeswax

Because it’s a wax and not an oil, using beeswax in conjunction with coconut oil helps to form a barrier of protection on your skin. It helps keep the coconut oil from rubbing off so quickly, and even helps your lotion stick application last through a hand-washing or two! And with kids in tow, there’s usually lots of hand-washing happening, so anything that can keep hands moisturized through that is simply miraculous.

The How


Hardware

Twist-Up Containers
These 2.5 oz deodorant containers make the perfect application tool for your lotion stick. The clear plastic makes it easy to see how much is left, while the round shape will keep anyone from knowing that you didn’t buy these in a fancy boutique.
Stainless Steel Vessel
If you only want to try a little of this lotion stick at first, you can use a stainless steel measuring cup on your stove. (Just be careful!) For larger quantities, you’ll want to use a stainless steel saucepan.
Metal Spoon
You don’t need any deformed plastic spoons, or wooden spoons absorbing the oil and wax and becoming ruined, so stick with a metal stirring utensil.
Kitchen Scale
The easiest way to measure ingredients for this recipe is to measure by weight using a kitchen scale like this Stainless Steel Food Scale from OXO. 

Ingredients

1 Part Beeswax
Pastilles are so much easier to use than a block that you have to grate. We love these Natural and Organic pellet options.
3-4 Parts Coconut Oil
Keep in mind that coconut oil by itself will start to liquefy around 76 degrees, so this needs to be balanced with the solid beeswax and your local climate. If you live where the winters are mild, a 1:3 ratio will be perfect to keep the lotion stick from becoming too soft, yet pliable enough for application to cooler extremities like elbows and feet. If you keep the thermostat low or live where winters are colder, you’ll probably want to use the 1:4 ratio to keep the lotion stick pliable enough for winter use.

Directions

  1. Put the saucepan on the scale and tare (return to zero) the scale.
  2. Pour or scoop in the appropriate amount of coconut oil. (For one 2.5 oz container start with 1-1/2 or 2 oz of coconut oil.)
  3. Tare the scale again.
  4. Add the beeswax pellets (½ oz for one container).
  5. Melt these ingredients together on the stove top over low or medium-low heat. (Low and slow is the name of the game here.)
  6. When combined, let cool slightly, then pour into your container(s).

If you want to use this lotion stick recipe for the entire family, stick with a “scentless version”— although this will have a slight coconut and honey fragrance. Alternatively, if desired, mix in your favorite essential oils after the mixture has melted and cooled slightly and mix together thoroughly.

Need more natural skin tips? Check out 3 Simple Tips for Calming Angry Skin and Easy DIY Lip Balm.

Photo Credit: Stefani

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Stefani

Stefani was raised in California; with her husband hailing from South Carolina, they've settled in the middle and are now raising three Texans. She loves classical homeschooling, great books, period dramas, modifying recipes, simple living, deep thinking, and cuddling up with her family to watch silly YouTube videos.

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