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.
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.
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!