I got up today and felt like I want to make some granola for snacking later. I started gathering all the ingredients together on the kitchen counter and when I looked at the oatmeal I remembered that I have never posted pictures and recipe for my oatmeal cocoa butter honey milk lotion.
I’m almost out so I couldn’t taka any decent picture with the lotion inside the jar. It lasted for about 3 weeks and there is about one week more left in the jar. You have to know that I use it a few times a day just because I made too much and I don’t want it to go to waste.
With milk and raw honey and nothing to preserve it (not counting keeping it the fridge and a bit of the lemon juice) I know that my lotion wouldn’t be good after 2 months. It is how it works with homemade lotions.
Next time I’m going to use just half of the amount of the ingredients so I don’t have to worry about it going bad.
I love how simple it is to make and how safe it is even for my kiddo who likes to try (means eat) my lotions from time to time.
I don’t mean she eats it like a regular food 😉
Every time she sees me putting it on she wants me to put it on her, too. Of course whenever I put it on her she licks a little bit of it. At least I feel comfortable with her doing so. I wouldn’t if that was a commercially bought lotion.
Now if you interested in the recipe.
- 2 tbsp. oatmeal
- 2 tbsp. citric acid (I used fresh lemon juice)
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup almond or hazelnut oil or coconut or olive oil (or mix of few of those)
- 1 oz. cocoa butter
- 1 oz. emulsifying wax (CAN NOT BE SUBSTITUTED WITH BEES WAX)
Soak the oatmeal in 1/2 cup of water overnight. Blend in the food processor until smooth.
Heat the milk in a pot. Do not boil. Remove from stove and transfer it to a glass jar.
In different pot, over medium low temperature melt the cocoa butter, wax and honey (over double bath) with the choice of your oil until fully dissolved, stirring continuously. Do not let the mixture reach a boil.
Pour the melted oil mixture slowly into the glass jar with milk and water, stirring constantly until the two mixtures are combined. Add the citric acid. Add blended oatmeal. Stir vigorously with sterilized spoon. The mixture will become more creamy while cooling down. It will take about an hour. Don’t forget to stir the mixture every 5 to 10 minutes with the spoon until completely cold.
Store it in the refrigerator.
If you want when the mixture cools down you can add vitamin E and your choice of essential oils.
One more think:
all the homemade lotions don’t have strong preserving and anti-bacterial ingredients, so it is very important to avoid the bacteria getting inside the jar where you keep your lotion. I NEVER touch it with my hands/fingers. I always use a clean plastic spoon (which I re-use washing them in dish washer after each use) to scoop out the needed amount of lotion.
Keeping it in a cool, dark place as well stretches the shelf life – I keep mine in the fridge.