This is embarrassing…but I’m just gonna say it. I have ugly feet. Which sucked when we lived in Houston, but was more of a problem now that I’m wearing slippers and socks constantly. Rough feet get caught on these things. Weird, but true. Skip to the directions to make your own Foot-Softening DIY Lotion with Lemongrass.
Foot-Softening DIY Lotion with Lemongrass
So I’ve been working hard to try and pamper my feet a bit (if I’m gonna wear socks, they might as well help moisturize my feet, right?!). I have yet to find a store bought lotion that works the way I want it to, so I’ve been experimenting with different lotion recipes over this winter, and I think I finally found a winner.
This lotion is super emollient (that means it’s heavy duty), and while you can use any oils you like to scent it, I am currently completely and totally obsessed with lemongrass.
I’ve been diffusing it all winter because it makes the day feel a little brighter, and as I was whipping this up, my bottle was still on the counter, so in it went (and thank goodness!).
This is BY FAR the best-smelling lotion ever (IMHO).
It’s super easy to whip up (HA!) using either a stand mixer (if you have one) or a handheld mixer (like mine).
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can let your kiddos help with the process by gathering and measuring ingredients.
DIY Lotion with Lemongrass
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter
- 12-15 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 2 4-ounce mason jars, or 1 8-ounce mason jar (make sure the jars come with tight sealing lids)
- handheld blender
Measure out both butters and your coconut oil (better yet, let your kids help!).
Add the mixed butters to a small glass jar or mixing bowl.
Create a double boiler by placing the jar or bowl into a small pot with two inches of water and bring to a very light rolling boil.
Allow all of the ingredients to melt together until there are no lumps.
Be super careful to not allow water to get into your lotion base, as this will shorten the life of your lotion by attracting mold and other nasties.
Once everything has melted, remove your lotion base from the stove.
Pour your mixture into a larger glass bowl and allow it to cool for a few minutes (2-3 should be enough).
Add your essential oil (I chose to use Lemongrass essential oil) and gently stir to combine.
Place your lotion in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours, until your lotion becomes cloudy and hard-ish to the touch.
You can either spoon your lotion straight into its jar, or you can do the Devo thing and Whip It, Whip It Good….
To create a whipped lotion, grab your mixer (handheld or stand will work), and whip your lotion on low speed to start.
Slowly increase the speed until no solid chunks remain in your whipped lotion.
Using a spoon, place your whipped lotion into a jar or jars.
Remember that there aren’t any preservatives in this lotion, so be sure to use it up within 3-4 weeks.
Not a lemongrass fan? That’s totally okay!! I’ve made this recipe with just about any essential oil you can think of! Lavender, Grapefruit, Thieves, even Peace & Calming are all awesome scents.
Because this lotion is super emollient, a little goes a long way.
To use this, start with a pea-sized amount and allow to melt into your skin, adding more if needed. I love this for my feet, elbows, knees, and legs (you know, the parts that get super dry).