Homemade Soaps and Lotions to Revive Your Skin this Winter

bars of homemade soaps on top of each other and next to epsom salts and lavender

More and more people like the idea of making their own homemade body products: it lets you avoid added chemicals and it decreases the waste you generate from store-bought products, lessening your impact on the world.

This week the Grand Estates Woodland Blog brings you a few homemade recipes to try out. Whatever your reasons are for making it, we know you’ll enjoy it and feel good knowing exactly what’s in your products. We hope you get a chance to mix up one of these recipes and hydrate your skin this winter here in Magnolia, TX.

Beginner Soap

This beginner soap is great for a first timer. For this recipe, you’ll use olive oil, coconut oil, lavender essential oil (or another scent), lye, and water. Soaps fall on a scale of more conditioning or more cleansing. The blogger says this one “falls on the conditioning end of the spectrum.”

And what is lye? Lye is “a strongly alkaline solution, especially of potassium hydroxide, used for washing or cleansing.” Chances are you have some of these ingredients on hand. If not, go to your local store and find these ingredients to make your very own homemade soap. They also work perfectly as gifts.

Lotion Bar Recipes

Lotions bars are a convenient alternative to regular lotion. They are great for travel and won’t get your bag messy if there’s a spill. A combination of coconut oil, beeswax, and either cocoa butter or shea butter is the main base for these bars.

For a chocolate chai tea lotion bar, you’ll need your base (using cocoa butter), cinnamon, and nutmeg. It produces a warm and yummy smell you’re sure to love. For a peppermint bar, use the base (using either cocoa butter, shea butter, or mango butter), peppermint essential oil, and matcha (optional).

Some people don’t like the waxy feeling of beeswax in their lotion, so if that’s you, you’ll like the rose lotion bars. You’ll use shea butter, cocoa butter, almond meal, and rose water.

Lavender Lotion

This is a great lotion recipe to use before bed for softer skin. Gather up shea butter, coconut oil, and lavender essential oils for a recipe that’s simple to make. Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until soft peaks form. Transfer it into smaller containers to keep.

Have you made any homemade lotions or soaps? What tips do you have for us? Let us know in the comments.