Why We Make Our Own Lotion
I know you are sitting there asking why in the world would a person want to make their own lotion. Trust me when I say; We were out of options. 

 First off, have you seen the ingredients list on the back of lotions you buy off the shelf at the store?  Google some of the chemical names, you will be shocked. Well actually, more like applaud, at what some of these ingredients do to your body. Like for real, how are they even allowed to still be on the market? Oh yeah, greed!

Second, if you have a child that suffers from severe eczema good luck finding something on the shelf at the store that helps.  I was at my wit's end and needed a lotion that would not burn or sting when my child used it. It is torture listening to your child cry when you are trying to help heal their cracked skin, using the only methods you have ever know. 

I can't tell you how many bottles of lotions we bought and weren't able to use. I had our pharmacist come out and read every bottle of lotion to see if he could find a product that didn't contain alcohol. Alcohol was the chemical that was burning her skin.  Needless to say, they all did. Usually in the top five ingredients. As we know ingredients are listed with the main ingredients listed first down to the least used ingredient.  Even the products labeled for eczema contain alcohol. Who thought that was a good idea? Obviously, somebody who doesn't suffer from cracked skin, or severe eczema. 

Knowledge is power.  To start you have to find out why the eczema is there.  If your doctor isn't helping or listening to you, find another.  

I am not sure how or when we discovered Coconut Oil. But coconut oil was heaven sent. Thankfully she wasn't allergic to coconuts (she has a tree nut allergy) For the first time in years we finally started to see some healing of her eczema.  She was able to lather herself up with coconut oil which in turn started to hydrate the skin so it could heal. 

We used plain Coconut Oil for a few years before we were introduced to Young Living. Start with what you have and where you are. Of course, now that we have essential oils in our home we add essential oils to our lotion and lotion bars. The best part is everyone can pick their own favorite essential oil. Total win for mom!

DIY Lotion

2 ounces shea butter OR cocoa butter
2 ounces beeswax pastilles
3 tablespoons coconut oil
10 drops of essential oils of your choice (optional)
To start you need to melt down the Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, and Coconut Oil. Once you have that done. Add 10 drops of your favorite Young Living Essential Oil.  Mix or Whip it until everything is well blended. You have successfully made your own lotion!

If you would like to see the process with pictures check out my blog post all about DIY Lotion Bars! If you need help getting your own Young Living Essential Oils, you can order your kit here
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