Thursday, January 23, 2014

Winter Coconut Oil & Vitamin E Oil Lotion

The extreme cold we are having has made the air so dry that my hands and feet keep cracking.  Moisturizers help some but what I really need is protection from the drying air and this lotion recipe does the trick.
Coconut oil and vitamin E oil make great lotion
You will need coconut oil and Vitamin E oil.
Vitamin E Oil and Coconut Oil for lotion recipe
You will also need some way to combine them.  I used a immersion (stick) mixer/blender but a stand mixer with a whisk or even a fork will do.
Coconut oil and vitamin e oil recipe supplies
The recipe depends on how thick you want the lotion.  If you want a fairly liquid lotion try 1 cup coconut oil and 1 tablespoon Vitamin E oil.  For a thicker lotion cut the Vitamin E oil to 1 teaspoon.  You may want to start with a teaspoon and decide if you want a thinner lotion before adding more.  I also added some lemon essential oil but the essential oil is optional.  The coconut smells wonderful on its own. The lemon with the coconut smells like a tropical drink which made me think of summer and (since our high today will be below zero) that made me happy.
Coconut Oil and Vitamin E Oil ready to mix
Put the oils together and mix until fully emulsified and you cannot feel  solid coconut oil bits in the lotion.  If you are having trouble getting the solid coconut oil to blend nicely with the Vitamin E oil, warm them a bit. You can put the bottom of the mixing bowl into another bowl of hot water.  Make sure to not get any water into your mixing bowl. The heat from the water will heat the mixing bowl and melt any stubborn coconut oil.
Mix coconut oil and Vitamin E Oil for lotion add essential oil
Add your essential oils if using and mix until incorporated.  With my immersion mixer the whole mixing process was only a few minutes.  Store in an air tight jar.
Coconut and E oil winter oil
Use on your hands and feet as needed.  Remember this is not a moisturizer.  There is nothing in this recipe that will draw moisture to your skin.  This is a moisture barrier to prevent the moisture already in your skin from escaping to the dry air.  Also, since it is made of oil, it can make your skin slippery.  You may want to wear socks on your feet for a little while after applying.  This is a very healing lotion full of wonderful micro nutrients and other goodies that are good for you and your skin.

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59 comments:

  1. Hi! I am your newest follower... saw you on the blog hop. I was kinda hoping that you'd pop on by my blog and follow me back... we can be buddies! Have a lovely Sunday!
    -Sarah
    www.enjoyingtheepiphany.com

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  2. Who doesn't like coconut but it might help tone it down adding the lemon essential oil. I think I love lemon/or orange better. I've read that grapefruit fragrance will make you feel 5-10 years younger! This will firm up correct? I would like to make a batch to put in small 1" plastic hearts to give to my Sunday school ladies for Valentine's. Would this work--you think. A " few of them will probably say they are allergic but they would come up with something if I put chocolate candy in it too.thanks fr your idea. Happy year of the Horse Jan 31?

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  3. Thanks for a great tutorial! Not only my feet and hands cracking I have try patches on my face that I've been nursing. I can't wait to try this!

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  4. I have always loved coconut for eating and using it on the skin. I will be saving the DIY recipe - thanks for sharing. I will pin it and share it. Visiting from MMM Link Up

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  5. I keep seeing coconut oil everywhere! I guess I need to start paying more attention to it. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love coconut and could use this lotion right now. Can this be applied to the lips?
    http://pastriespumpsandpi.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Tameka! It sure can. The coconut oil is a food product and the vitamin E is a supplement. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Hi, I'm stopping by from Happiness is Home Party. I was curious - wanted to see how you make lotion. I've always loved the smell of coconut. I have to pin just in case I decide to give it a go. Thanks for sharing, Best wishes, Darlene

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  8. I use plain old coconut oil on my feet with socks overnight and it's awesome, really keeps my skin soft. Must try the addition of the vitamin e oil.

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  9. Hey there! I found you on the Social Media Sunday Hop
    www.gibmee.com

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  10. Thanks for sharing! Have you added any essential oil to your mixture? Stopped by from Bloggers Brags Linky.
    Visiting from….gurvygreen.com

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  11. My skin gets so dry in the winter. This sounds worth trying! I'd love it if you'd share this at my link party going on now! http://accidentallywonderful.blogspot.com/2014/01/accidentally-wonderful-wednesday-2_21.html

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  12. Wish I had seen your recipe a couple of weeks ago. I made another recipe that also contained baby lotion and aquaphor plus the coconut oil and vitamin e which made for a very greasy concoction. It does feel good once I get it rubbed in, and I've been using it on my feet and immediately putting on socks. I don't know if I should try adding more coconut oil and hope that it is less greasy or just consider I'll be doing a lot of rubbing of my hands to get it blended in.

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  13. Found you on the blog hop! New follower :)
    Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

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  14. I made this last year (without the lemon) and my dogs kept wanting to lick my hands and feet! lol! Have a great week!

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  15. Thanks for sharing this. I'm a big fan of coconut oil. I use it for everything. I'm going to try this I love tropical smelling products. I'm pinning this to my pinterest board.

    Kim` This Ole Mom

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  16. Thanks so much for the great tutorial. I use coconut oil straight after a shower before I dry off. It traps the warm water in my skin. Fabulous! I found you through Stone Cottage Linky Party!

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  17. Very good to know! Thank you for linking up to the Spread the Love Linky Party! I also pinned this!

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  18. I found your blog through the turn it up tuesdays and I am not following you via GFC, bloglovin, and google+. The more I read the more I want to try to start doing home-made products! I look forward to your future posts!

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  19. Great post! I have been using coconut oil for my son's hair and skin because of this extreme cold weather; however, I didn't consider adding Vitamin E to the mix. What a great idea! I'm going to work on mixing it tonight!

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

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  20. It's very dry here in Western CO so with the furnace running often our skins are even drier. I used Vit. E oil on my knee replacement scars and they are long ones, not pretty. I started putting the oil on the scars as soon as the scars were healed up enuf not to cause any infection. Have to watch not to get infections after knee replacements. I now have thin lines for scars, still visible but not as bad as they would have been had I not used it.
    I'm loving this lotion, my feet and hands get so dry and those painful cracks on fingers, ouch. I usually wear at least 2 pair of socks this time of year so my feet keep softer as I put a thick lotion on my feet every day after my shower then again before I go to bed when I put clean socks on again.
    Your lotion is certainly easy to make and I'll be making it as soon as I can get the ingredients.
    Found your post thru Hit Me with your best shot party, sure glad I did. Happy week

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  21. This is awesome! I am going to definitely try this! Thanks for sharing it on the Urban Naturale Link Up!

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  22. I've never made my own lotion but this look pretty easy! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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  23. This looks great, winter has been harsh on my skin - might have to whip some of this up! -Carole

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  24. Following your blog! I really needed this and this recipe really does look easy, thank you!

    http://kotonahandmade.blogspot.fi/

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  25. Great tip! I've been using either coconut oil or olive oil. I'm going to try this. I'm pinning it.

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  26. Thank you for sharing this! My skin is dry 24/7 and even worse during the winter months. Pinning this. Visiting from Turn It Up Tuesdays!

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  27. This weather has made my hands so rough. I can't wait to try this to see if it helps. Thanks!

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  28. Thanks for linking to Snickerdoodle Sunday! I love the sound of adding grapefruit someone else suggested - I can stand to use a few years lol! Love how simple this is and I am so dry and crackly, probably need to make a few jars myself. You make it sound so easy, I feel comfortable giving it a try!

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  29. Thanks for sharing at The Happiness is Homemade Party. You are being featured so make sure to come back Sunday morning and grab a button!

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  30. Hi! I am visiting from the From the Farm Blog Hop! Thank you for sharing this! This winter has been wreaking havoc on my skin! I have been using pure Argan oil, but it soaks right in. This lotion sounds like just the ticket to keep my skin moisturized. I love that this lotion has pure ingredients in it so that I can use it on my face at night!

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  31. Sounds like a little party for your hands and feet! Great for spa-evening! :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  32. Thanks for linking this up with us this week for MMM link up party! I look forward to what you link up this week! I hope you have a great week!

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  33. Newest follower from Ducks in a Row hop! Following you everywhere now... looking forward to your posts! Check out my blog: http://www.mamashighstrung.com

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  34. I live for coconut oil, so I am crazy about your recipe for winter coconut oil and vitamin E lotion. I made it immediately and love what it feels like on my skin.I'm enjoying many of your other healthy and helpful blog posts as well.
    I'm just pinning, tweeting and sharing!
    Thank you so much for sharing this with natural recipe us at the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I truly appreciate it!
    All the best, Deb

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  35. This looks great! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Four Seasons Blog Hop. I will be pinning this! I can't wait to give it a try.

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  36. Good morning! I love this simple recipe. You have been FEATURED @ Back to the Basics for Tuesday with a Twist this morning.

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  37. I need to make this. It looks perfect for dry, winter skin.

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  38. This looks luscious! Its still summer here in Australia but I'll be remembering this once winter arrives. Thanks so much for sharing at Thriving on Thursdays. I'm featuring this one at tomorrow's party.

    Anne xx

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  39. I love this idea of making your own lotions, so many have so much added stuff that it really is not helping the skin at all. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your lotion on Tuesdays with a Twist #44 this week. :-)

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  40. Pinning this! Thanks for sharing on The Jenny Evolution's Friday Flash Blog linky party. Have a fabulous weekend :-)

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

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  42. In this generation the main and big problem is how to make our skin healthy and beautiful. I am also a girl and I do agree that maintaining skin health is quite difficult and for that we use many beauty products but still we don’t get our desired result. In my situation I always prefer coconut oil because it actually works like a miracle. Most of us generally use skin softener and moisturizer to make our skin soft but using natural ingredient for skin is one of the best ways to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. If you want to make your skin healthy and glowing I think you should try coconut oil for your skin

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