I LOVE coconut oil! Not only do I consume liberal amounts of it, I also use it topically. Coconut oil has many health benefits when you eat it, but there are equally as many benefits when you apply it directly on your skin. It is unadulterated and free of harsh chemicals, has a high lauric acid content, is free of damaging vegetable oils, easily absorbed into the skin, aids in sloughing off dead skin, has long-term structural benefits, and is composed of triglycerides that convert to antimicrobial-free fatty acids that help fight infections when applied to the skin.
The one thing that always bothered me about applying coconut oil to the skin is its consistency. It is hard and not easily spreadable. The jar that I kept in my (cold) bathroom was usually rock solid. So to use it as a lotion I had to dig it out with a bit of muscle and apply it to my skin. It does melt when making contact with your warm skin, but it is rather messy and inconsistent. Somehow clumps of coconut oil managed to go flying across the room during application too. Like I said – a mess!
So I read about making homemade coconut oil lotion by whipping it to give it a fluffier texture –VOILA! I just had to try it. It was actually quite simple to do. You can make it by using just coconut oil alone, but I had some argan oil on hand and decided to use that too. I did not add fragrance because I find it irritating, but add it if you like a more scented lotion. All you need is:
- One cup of organic virgin Coconut Oil
- One teaspoon of Argan Oil (optional)
- A few drops essential oil for fragrance (optional)
- KitchenAid mixer