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07 July 2014

DIY Coconut Oil Lotion

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Today we will be making what I affectionately refer to as "Beach in a Jar".  This creamy oil mixture has the smell of the beach without being an overwhelmingly coconut scent and it goes on like buttah.   This mixture is NOT a typical lotion that you might put on your hands.  Rather, it is a thick oil that is perfect for your skin after a long bath, or perhaps even while AT the beach.  I love to take a little dab of it for the back of my neck or forearms where I can smell that deliciousness all day long.

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Portions of this post have been previously published on Crafts Unleashed.

Let's start at the beginning though, shall we?
You will only need a few basic supplies for this DIY luxury.

Scented Creamy Oil Mixture:

Your Jars:

Let's hop into the kitchen shall we?  This simple little mixture takes no more than 5 minutes to whip up and is the perfect chore to do while waiting for the pasta water to boil.  Warm up 2 cups of coconut oil in the microwave, just 10 seconds at a time until it goes from a solid to liquid.

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Add the oil to the mixing bowl with about 1/2 a cup of olive oil and 15-20 drops of your fragrance oil.  Start the mixture off on the lowest setting, otherwise the liquid oil will go EVERYWHERE.  You want to incorporate a lot of air into the oil, so as soon as the oils have mixed and start to cool, go ahead and crank up the speed a few notches.  Keep it whipping until it looks like this:

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UPDATE: Some people have had problems getting the mixture to harden up, particularly in the summer when room temperatures are warmer. 
The key is to COOL the coconut oil down if it is too liquid and to use a smaller amount of olive oil (less than 1/4 cup) or more coconut oil (up to 3 cups).  

Once creamy, you will want to carefully ladle the mixture into your little jelly jars.

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Once you have filled the jelly jars, I just let the bowl sit out for the evening instead of washing it.  The smell is pretty divine :)

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Onto packaging...I used the Cappuccino Baker's Twine Mix for my jars, pairing the black with the red life preservers and the darkest brown with the navy preservers.

Baker's Twine Amy Renea

Aren't they cute?  They come 2 to a pack and the pack is under $1.50.

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When adding your topper to the jar, simply cut a circle of muslin, burlap or scrap fabric about 1 inch wider than your lid.  
I tie the string around the top rim very tightly, then slide it down over the lip of the lid to secure.

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Simply trim up any loose edges, attach the life preservers with 2 little stitches (or hot glue!) and get ready to enjoy the beach!

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Make your own coconut oil.
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Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
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5 COMMENTS:

evaphlegmatic Thursday, November 06, 2014  

Dear !
Thank you for sharing this.
I have a question: where or how do you keep it to have it creamy ?
I mean if you leave it in a warm place it will become liquid, right?
Thank you for answering!
Bye,
Eva
from Hungary

Amy Renea Friday, November 07, 2014  

Hi Eva! You would have to keep it quite warm to keep it creamy or else add chemical stabilizers. The mix naturally hardens back at room temp (between 60-75 degrees F), but not as hard as the original coconut oil. It is like a very thick lotion.

If you want a softer lotion, you would have to add other ingredients, but this whipped oil has the benefit of being spreadable, but still free of chemicals. Hope that answered the question -- if not -- please feel free to ask more!! :)

evaphlegmatic Sunday, November 09, 2014  

Thank you !
You are very kind and helpful!

have a great day!
Eva

Alaina Monday, September 28, 2015  

Question, is the day at the beach fragrance oil safe for the skin? I noticed it said fragrance oil on its bottle, which usually means its meant for candle/oil diffuser use rather than topical use. I had some fragrance oils that said not to apply them to the skin on their bottles a while ago, and I'm curious if this brand is different. Thanks!

Amy Renea Monday, September 28, 2015  

Hi Alaina! Thanks for the question :) It is marketed as a soap additive by the company that makes/sells it, and I used it personally as part of this lotion/oil. However, if you are concerned about fragrance oils, you could definitely opt for essential oils like coconut and even almond to get a beachy alternative.

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