How are you, my friends? Are you finding ways to take care of yourself? Are you having coffee with a friend this week? Tackling a project around the house? Reading a good book? I would love to hear how you are giving a little time back to yourself this week!
One of the things on my goal list last week was to make body butter lotion out of coconut oil. I have loved what coconut oil is doing to my dry skin, but it was difficult for me to scoop out a little of the melted oil from the bottom of the narrow glass jar. I had to figure out a solution!
When I began using coconut oil on my face, I used refined oil because it didn’t have a scent. I wanted smooth skin without smelling like Miss Hawaiian Tropics! 😉 I read several places that unrefined coconut oil is actually much better for you – so I decided to give it a whirl.
I found a shorter/wider glass jar at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 (plus the weekly 40% coupon), and I was all set!
I initially put the full jar of coconut oil into the mixer and turned it to high. The oil melted and didn’t whip! I called my trusty and knowledgable friend Joanne, and she advised me to put the melted oil into the refrigerator until it had solidified. It didn’t take long to harden, and then I returned the oil to the mixer. Using the whisk attachment, I mixed on medium-high for a few minutes. I watched as it turned into a thick lotion!
The jar has been sitting on my bathroom shelf since I made it last week, and it hasn’t once turned back to liquid! I love reaching into the jar and slathering on the yummy oil!
Honestly, it doesn’t have a strong scent – just the lightest hint of coconut. I can most definitely live with that! It doesn’t compete with my favorite Japanese Cherry Blossom lotion or perfume when I want to wear them. My skin only feels oily for the first couple of minutes as it soaks in, but then I’m left with soft and healthy-feeling skin all day! I’ve been reapplying the oil at night – just like I used to do with my old Neutrogena body oil – and I feel and smell nice as I’m going to bed!
My friend Bee told me that if you add a little Shea butter to the mixture, it stays solid and is even creamier. I didn’t have any on hand, but this sounds like a lovely thing to try! It didn’t cost much – only the jar and oil – and I think that I’ll end up saving money on beauty products while I’m treating my skin to something a little more natural! Ahhhhh… *happy sigh*
What do you think? Would you be willing to try making your own coconut oil butter? Have you ever made your own? I’d love to hear all about it!
I snapped this pic before my Beloved left on deployment – He bought these for us to work through together while he was gone this summer. We have been having such a good time comparing our funny answers, and learning more about each other! I would highly recommend doing them with YOUR beloved for a date night, or even when you have to be apart!
How are you taking a little time for yourself? I would love to keep in touch this week as we work together to take better care of ourselves! You can find me on Facebook and Instagram, and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest group board ~ Taking Care of Ourselves!
Let’s do this, my friends! I’m going to try really hard to take better care of myself while my Beloved is deployed, but I could use your help. We can take just a little time to care for ourselves, and we’ll be stronger wives, moms, and friends because of it! You’re not alone… We can do this together!
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