Friday, August 31, 2012

makin' lotion + a little giveaway

for the past few christmases, i've made almost 100% of all the gifts i've given.  this started out being partially inspired by little house in the big woods (how refreshing is a kid being utterly delighted with a faceless doll and an orange for christmas?) and mostly inspired by a total lack of money, but i have really come to love the season of handmade giving, especially now that i've figured out how to do it mostly stress-free (hint: start in august).  i have gotten better at this each year, from spending the month of december in a whirl of panicked sewing the year before sho was born, to last year setting up a late-night assembly line in neesy's kitchen, busting out endless bars of soap and jars upon jars of lotion, lip balm, and body scrub.

they were all such a hit that we've decided to start selling them through our little native home shop, especially now that we have tables at three upcoming festivals.  so, the other night we pulled out our supplies and whipped up four quarts of lotion and fifty tins of lip balm like it aint no thang!  no, really, it wasn't.  i thought i'd share the lotion recipe with you -- only five ingredients and all of them pronounceable, plus this lotion is good.  and i say that having worn it through an entire michigan winter, where cracked and bleeding hands from the cold, dry winter air are grimly common occurances.    

to make a quart of lotion (this makes two pints, enough for a family and even some left over for gifts), you start with a cup of beeswax.  then add a cup of coconut oil - you can find this in the grocery store, in the olive oil section.  then add two cups of olive oil.  all of this goes directly into a glass quart jar.

put the jar in a saucepan, and fill it up with water until it covers 3/4 of the jar, being careful not to splash any water into the jar.  put on the stove over medium/low heat, and stir occasionally until it's all melted.




then let the lotion cool - you can speed this up by placing the jar in the refrigerator - and stir vigorously with a fork every fifteen minutes or so.  the liquid will slowly thicken and start to look more and more like lotion.  once it's cooled to room temperature, add one teaspoon (or ten capsules opened and squeezed out) of vitamin e oil, which you can find at health food stores.  this ingredient is optional and helps the lotion keep for longer.  then add forty drops of essential oil, whatever scent your little heart desires.  we used orange for half of our lotion and lavender for the others.  and bam, you made lotion!  it's quite thick, and has truly magical properties.  but don't take my word for it...win a jar!



i'd like to share a little of this awesome lotion, plus a tin of tinted lip balm, with two lucky readers.  just leave a comment below with your contact information, and i'll choose two winners via random.org on wednesday, september fifth.  for an added entry, 'like' us on facebook and leave a separate comment.  and i'll be giving away various body products as we make them, so stay tuned, and thanks a lot for reading!

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9 comments:

  1. It is my firm belief that homemade gifts, ones with thought and love, and true effort make the best gifts. I also start my xmas list in August, it is awesome to just sit back in December and truly enjoy the holiday, while I watch others freak out in the stores two days before xmas because they cannot find amnything good. Btw, I hope Sara is doing well.
    DM.

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  2. Lurker and fellow mom. I've been through the whole Little House series with my girls at least twice. love this recipe and would love to try the lotion.

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  3. I LOVE THAT LOTION! It's super awesome, I often get reactions from lotions, this one is just so simple, my skin loves it. Also, great for rubbing in between your hands and lightly frosting the tips of your hair during dry winter times. Makes life shiny. Thanks for giving me that gift, Sarah!

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  4. Love the lotion recipe. cant wait to try it for ourselves. I hope sarah is doing great and thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. I would love to try this lotion and the recipe looks actually really simple and easy to make!

    rocky.mart@yahoo.com

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  6. I like Native Home on facebook!

    rocky.mart@yahoo.com

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  7. Your lotion looks amazing. I hope I win. Thanks for the give away.
    notagraysky@yahoo.com

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  8. Nothing like homemade gifts! Before we were married, I knit my husband a sweater, and he loves wearing it, I suspect purely as an excuse to brag about my skills (even though it was a full year late, the result of cursing, weeping, and gnashing of teeth. Anyway, this lotion looks absolutely beautiful! And, from what I gather, it looks like and easy way to bang out a ton of gifts without a lot of heartache. Thanks for the giveaway!

    tinalynnemorgan@gmail.com

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  9. I like you on Facebook! I want to add "...and in real life," but I don't actually know you there. Regardless, you're pretty rad.

    tinalynnemorgan@gmail.com

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