Homemade Coconut Oil Aftershave Lotion

I hate shaving my legs. It isn’t fun, takes time when I could be doing something else, and leaves my legs dried out. I know that if I did a quick shave in the shower every day it wouldn’t seem that bad…but I don’t. Let’s face it, there are some things that are just never going to happen. So instead of changing how and when I shave, I just decided to make some homemade lotion to use on my legs once they are smooth and hairless.

A friend gave me some homemade lotion several months ago that I used when I finished shaving. I enjoyed using the lotion, but it had a very strong smell and left my legs feeling oily for at least a day afterwards. I used the lotion anyway and just recently ran out.

I started scouring the internet looking for a good lotion recipe. I quickly realized that most called for beeswax or shea butter that I didn’t have on hand. I really wanted to just use what I already had in the house, so I narrowed my search. I finally landed on The Radiant Life Blog where I found a recipe using only coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and essential oils.

The recipe suggests whipping the oil to get more air into it and make it fluffier. I made the lotion on a pretty hot summer day, so whipping it was pointless. Everything was a liquid sitting at room temperature, so I opted to put it in the refrigerator. Yes, this makes it harden up, so I use a little spoon to scoop it out and my body heat melts it nicely as I rub it on.

In the future I may try to add a some honey to the recipe to see how I like that. For now, I am enjoying my new aftershave lotion.

Coconut Oil Lotion
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup coconut oil
  2. 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  3. Several drops essential oil of your choosing
Instructions
  1. Soften coconut oil, if necessary. Mix all ingredients and store in a sealed container.
Notes
  1. You can whip the coconut oil first to create a texture more like traditional lotion, but hot temperatures will liquefy the oil and cause it to lose the whipped consistency.
Adapted from The Radiant Life Blog
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