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I have sensitive skin that dries out easily, and I go through a ton of lotion. Because I use so much, I've avoided the natural brands because of their cost. I've felt bad about it, though, b/c I know the fact that I use so much lotion means that I really should be avoiding the chemical-laden ones. However, I got a tub of WAHM-made skin cream as a gift, and I loved it. It made my skin feel amazing. My skin hasn't felt dry all day long. The downside is that I used the whole $10 tub at one time. (Good thing it was a gift, LOL.)<br><br>
So, I was wondering if anyone had an easy, inexpensive recipe for lotion or skin cream? The ingredients list on the tub says "spring water, shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, emulsifying wax (vegetable source), vegetable glycerin, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Preservative (2-Phenooxyethanol), Glycol Ethers. I think I've even read some very basic recipes like beeswax, olive oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter, but I don't remember where.<br><br>
I was also wondering if anyone can give me a recommendation for a place to get a good price for things like shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, etc.?<br><br>
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Well, you could just use straight shea or cocoa butter. That's what I do most of the time. Or, you could make a whipped butter by whipping (like with an electric mixer) shea butter with a small amount of liquid oil (jojoba, hazelnut, safflower...). Making real live lotion is more complicated and you have to either refrigerate it or add a preservative. Butters can be a little greasy at first, but they soak in pretty quickly and moisturize luxuriously. And cocoa butter smells like chocolate. yum.<br><br><a href="http://www.agbangakarite.com/" target="_blank">http://www.agbangakarite.com/</a> has great shea butter and cocoa butter, and they have a retail link for smaller amounts. I have also purchased cocoa butter at a local drugstore in a little push up tube, but I suspect it isn't fair trade.
 

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There are a zillion different recipes for it and various methods for making it. But, you really can just let it warm up at room temp, stick it in a mixing bowl and whip, drizzling in oil as you go until you like the way it looks/feels (I tend to quit when it looks like frosting).
 

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Most commercial moisturizers have a lot of water in them. Even the cream you mentioned has water as the first ingredient. A couple things about water: if you add water to a product you have to add a preservative. Also, it doesn't last as long on your skin. You may want to try a natural product without any water content. But, if you are using something w/o water, it really helps to have your hands just slightly damp when you apply - it helps it to soak in.<br><br>
I unfortunately don't have any suggestions on cheap sources for cocoa butter, etc. You might want to try <a href="http://moondancesoaps.com/product.mgi?id=143" target="_blank">this Body Butter</a> (or use while you search for a good option that you can make yourself), and I'd be happy to gift you some. PM me if you're interested.<br><br>
Jennifer<br><br>
Just wanted to clarify something. I don't own MoonDance Soaps, although I am friends with and work for the mama that does. I love her products and I love sharing them.
 

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Bramble Berry is a great place for cocoa & shea butters. 1# of cocoa butter is $7.75 and the shea is $6.90. Prices do change as conditions (weather and political) in that area of the world change.<br><br>
Here is the link to Bramble Berry:<br><br><a href="http://www.brambleberry.com/oils.html" target="_blank">http://www.brambleberry.com/oils.html</a><br><br>
They are great to work with. It is a woman-owned company and Anne-Marie is very green-aware. I recommend them highly! Located in Bellingham, WA.<br><br>
I just purchased almost $400 worth of soaping and other bath luxury-making supplies and had my order in just a couple of days. If you live nearby, or are going to visit, they have a retail shop, too, called Otion, with wholesale prices.
 

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I've always struggled w/ dry skin. It's actually better then it used to be and I'm about to try a new face wash recipe which hopefully will totally eliminate the dryness but I was so surprised when I looked @ the ingredients on my Kiss My Face lotion only to find a bunch of parabens. Parabens are a group of chemicals basically used as preservatives and knowing that plus other information I've read - you definitely wanna STAY AWAY from them. Aparently when I bought the Kiss My Face lotion I was either on cloud 9 or in a such a rush that I didn't even look @ the back. 'Thinking oh, Kiss My Face, they're supposed to be all natural.' (I read ingredients religiously!) SO...I got rid of that lotion, recycled the bottle of course and went back to my NF's market to find something else only to find that pretty much all of the choices (which 90% of them are supposed to be el naturale) had parabens in them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Ugh..so annoying. I can't stand when products claim to be 100% all natural when in fact they're far far from it! I guess their definition and my definition are 2 totally different things. Anyway, I decided not to buy anything and try to make my own. I'll be looking for any good recipes on this thread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I use <a href="http://www.chilli-chocolate.laurieashton.com/index.php?option=com_pccookbook&page=viewrecipe&cat_id=44&recipe_id=45&Itemid=26" target="_blank">this</a><br>
for my dd's bum after diaper changes. Every couple of times I rub some on the back of my hand and knuckles. It makes my hands really soft and I love it. I just used the recipe as a starting point and personalized it.<br>
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For many years now all I've used as a "lotion" is extra virgin olive oil. I put it directly on my skin right after a shower or bath. You don't need very much - just enough to seal in your skin's natural moisture. It leaves your skin with a really natural glow. The extra virgin olive oil also does not leave you smelling like a salad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Every time I'm at the gym I get stopped by at least 2 or 3 people asking me what I'm putting on my skin. I keep running into ladies I've told my secret to and many of them tell me they are now using it and absolutely love it. Best of all - it replaces some very expensive skin creams for the body.<br><br>
I live in Canada and for years I suffered from very dry itchy skin in the fall and winter. In the spring and summer my skin would break out from being too over moisturized.<br><br>
This was my exclusive mosturizer for my face as well - until I reached 39. I was then just starting to notice very fine lines around my eyes so I've been using Mary Kay products on my face since then...no more lines and absolutely no problems either. I still use the extra virign olive oil on my neck and body.<br><br>
In fact - I became pregnant for the first time at 40 - used the olive oil throughout my pregnancy and the only stretch mark I have was one the doctor made during an emergency c-section!
 

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I was actually going to suggest Olive Oil bc I am so dirt poor that thats all Ive got right now!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Ive been using it on my hands for a while now when I do the dishes, I get dry skin on my hands and was thinking of using it on my face next. Im sure there are other oils that are carrier oils for eo's. You know like grapeseed oil or I cant remember any of the other ones. Some are supposed to be good for different kinds of skin. Those on their own or with eo's might be an inexpensive place to start.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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interesting. maybe i'll try that. i would worry that it would leave my skin too oily but i guess as long as i just used a lil bit it wouldn't. i wish i would've heard about this <span style="text-decoration:underline;">before</span> i had my dd. i used cocoa butter religiously and still got stretch marks everywhere! it would've been nice to at least <span style="text-decoration:underline;">try</span> something different but i think it really just depends on the elasticity of your skin, yk. everyone's different.<br><br>
thanks for the tip..ill try it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">For many years now all I've used as a "lotion" is extra virgin olive oil. I put it directly on my skin right after a shower or bath. You don't need very much - just enough to seal in your skin's natural moisture. It leaves your skin with a really natural glow. The extra virgin olive oil also does not leave you smelling like a salad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Every time I'm at the gym I get stopped by at least 2 or 3 people asking me what I'm putting on my skin. I keep running into ladies I've told my secret to and many of them tell me they are now using it and absolutely love it. Best of all - it replaces some very expensive skin creams for the body.<br><br>
I live in Canada and for years I suffered from very dry itchy skin in the fall and winter. In the spring and summer my skin would break out from being too over moisturized.<br><br>
This was my exclusive mosturizer for my face as well - until I reached 39. I was then just starting to notice very fine lines around my eyes so I've been using Mary Kay products on my face since then...no more lines and absolutely no problems either. I still use the extra virign olive oil on my neck and body.<br><br>
In fact - I became pregnant for the first time at 40 - used the olive oil throughout my pregnancy and the only stretch mark I have was one the doctor made during an emergency c-section!</div>
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OOh, I was gonna say shea butter!!! It's perfect. Moisturizing without EVER being oily. It's great for exema and break-outs! I love this stuff! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Has anyone tried infusing Olive oil with herbs and then using it on their skin? I am very tempted to try it but it would nice if someone has already blazed this path before me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br>
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I haven't tried olive oil, but I have melted shea butter and added essential oils. Then I whipped it up and added aloe vera and almond oil and it was nice and creamy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Olive oil is what Mediterranean women use - the vitamins in Olive oil are great for the skin. Oddly enough, it soaks up in skin so quickly, it doesn't get very oily at all.<br><br>
I'm sure you can put herbs in oil in an airtight jar and keep that for a few weeks, like you do with herbal vinegars, and then strain the herbs out. I would think using essential oils and olive oil would be simpler.<br><br>
Palmer's has an Olive Oil lotion - which would inspire me to use cocoa butter and olive oil together. I've used olive oil before on my hair and skin and it's really good stuff. But yeah, I do understand that extra virgin olive oil does cost a pretty penny. Perhaps an olive oil mist would be good too - distilled water and olive oil.<br><br>
You can buy olive oil in bulk at farmer's markets and of course, the standard bulk places - Costco, Sam's, etc.<br><br>
I saw some recipe for olive oil and honey at some point. Lemme see if I can find it...<br><br><a href="http://www.bastyrcenter.org/content/view/422/&page=3" target="_blank">http://www.bastyrcenter.org/content/view/422/&page=3</a><br><br>
Olive oil and honey is also a good hair conditioning treatment.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I haven't tried olive oil, but I have melted shea butter and added essential oils. Then I whipped it up and added aloe vera and almond oil and it was nice and creamy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"></div>
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this sounds great, I'm going to try it...I love shea butter but would really like it to have a creamier consistancy.
 

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You don't even have to melt the shea butter - you can whip it up as is (kind of like creaming butter in a recipe... whip it, add some oil, whip some more. I stop when it sort of looks like frosting).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">interesting. maybe i'll try that. i would worry that it would leave my skin too oily but i guess as long as i just used a lil bit it wouldn't. i wish i would've heard about this <span style="text-decoration:underline;">before</span> i had my dd. i used cocoa butter religiously and still got stretch marks everywhere! it would've been nice to at least <span style="text-decoration:underline;">try</span> something different but i think it really just depends on the elasticity of your skin, yk. everyone's different.<br><br>
thanks for the tip..ill try it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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As depressing as this is--it really DOES depend on your genes.<br>
I also used shea butter throughout my pregnancy. And I look like a road map.<br><br>
My friend has an (almost) 2 year old, and just had twin girls. I saw her belly the week before she gave birth. And NOT ONE mark. It almost looked like a fake belly because it was no un-marked.<br>
And yes, my jaw dropped open, and yes, I told her I hated her.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
How do you have twins without stretch marks?? And she said she didn't use any creams. She said her mother was the same way. Obviously genetic.<br>
I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.<br>
Sad, but true.<br><br>
I'm going to try olive oil. LOVE THE IDEA! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> you ladies!
 

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Stretch marks may be genetic, because none of the women in my family (myself included) have them. However, ALL of us attribute our success to a product called Mother's Friend. We used the oil, not the lotion. Most don't appreciate the scent, but I believe it worked wonders for all of us.
 
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