Whipped Grapefruit Coconut Lotion

March 24, 2014

coconut lotionSo it’s officially spring, and while the weather is trying to catch up with the rest of us, we all have to worry about getting our lives in order. Every time I get on Pinterest these days, I see a flood of inspiration to get fit for bikini season. . . Not that I’m not totally on that band wagon, but yea, I’m not. I kind of post recipes about food, and sugar, and well, not exercise routines, and though I commend your efforts dear friends, I’m going to be the one sitting in the corner opting for chocolate striped popcorn instead of the yoga practice I said I was going to do about a week ago. I’m just being honest. Although I do feel the need to focus a tad more on my physical self and do some sit ups or crunches or something active spring time also brings for me this intense hatred for my pasty white, awful spotty skin. I tan pretty easily in the summer months and my skin is smooth and hydrated, but after months and months of cold, dry, wind exposure, my skin aches for some serious attention. So here is where I started to formulate a plan to not only rehydrate my skin, but to cool the redness and nourish it with healthy vitamins. I have made whipped coconut lotion before knowing that coconut oil, although super tasty and nutritious, is also amazing for your skin, but I wanted to go a step further and really work with what our skin needs.

Coconut oil is a great base because it is so good for our skin (read more here.) To touch on a few benefits: It contains vitamin E, offers some of its own UV protection, Antimicrobial and Antibacterial properties. . . Need I go on? Now let’s move on to Aloe Gel, shall we? Aloe gel is that goopy stuff you find when you cut a piece or leaf of the plant open. It cools the skin on contact which is great for burns; it’s a strong antifungal, has excellent moisturizing properties and helps to fight against stretch marks and fine lines. I mean Cleopatra even used it and if a famous dead person used it then it has to be legit, right?!?! Are you convinced of the goodness of this stuff yet? Ok good, because if you weren’t this would be awkward moving forward. Anyways, I know you all may not have been expecting me to post a recipe about lotion, but since you are still learning about me and my world of crazy, I will just let you know right now, I’m a little different. My Sister and Dad would call me a hippy, I personally lean more towards a naturopath when it comes to my body and I want to make as much as I can from scratch so I know first hand what I put into my body, and yes, our skin absorbs what we put on it, so be careful and choose wisely. Make sure you get extra virgin coconut oil if you want it to be less refined, but if you don’t like much of a coconut smell, then you can go with the more refined version. I found my pure aloe gel at the grocery store in the organic body care section, and I love it for my kitchen burns and for recipes like this, I use it every day, and my skin has gotten so much better in the last couple of weeks. Bonus, you can also use it as a makeup remover for your eyes, which we ladies know can be extra stubborn. So just have fun, throw everything in the mixer and lets do this thing!

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Whipped Citrus Coconut Lotion
Very easy to whip up, crisp scent and it gives you a perfect healthy glow!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 20 minutes
  1. Place all ingredients in your mixer, and whip on medium high speed.
  2. Once the ingredients have incorporated and started to soften, scrape down the sides of the bowl at regular intervals and continue whipping until it no longer has solid oil bits. You will notice the texture is creamy and very light compared to the oil before mixing.
  3. Pour into a mason jar, or your desired lotion jar and enjoy.
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