Sunday, May 13, 2012

Silky Smooth

How to Make Handmade Hand Lotion

In a survival situation or when shit hits the fan, we will not have that much lotion or something to help   skin around anymore.  So we looked up and googled how to make home made lotion. So here is something we found and decided to try.
Hand Lotion Ingredients

How to Make Homemade Hand Lotion

1 1/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup emulsifying wax (Don’t use beeswax, here’s an easy homemade beeswax lotion recipe)
1/4 cup olive oil
24-36 drops essential oil
I buy my emulsifying wax  & essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. For $6 you get enough emulsifying wax to make, oh, about 15 or more batches of homemade hand lotion. In a pyrex measuring glass I combine the olive oil and emusifying wax and microwave for 1 minute until it is all melted. The temperature on this reads about 155 degrees.
How to Make Hand Lotion
I have found that our coffee mugs hold almost exactly 1 1/4 cup of water, so I fill is up and microwave that for 1 minute or until about 120 degrees. While that is heating up, I add the essential oil into my melted wax/olive oil mixture.
How to Make Hand Lotion
Then pour the hot water into the wax/olive oil mixture and watch it turn milky white. At this point the temperature is about 125 degrees. I then pour the hot lotion into wide mouth pint size jars and let cool overnight. The next morning you’ll have a fresh jar of homemade natural hand lotion!
How to Make Hand Lotion

Why make homemade shampoo?

Do shampoo manufacturers have your best interest at heart?  Perhaps you believe they do, but since you’re here reading this article we’ll assume you think otherwise.
The long and short of it is simple.  No one cares more about your pocket book or your hair than you.  That’s why you’re here.  That’s why you want to make your own shampoo.  And that’s why you want to make more of your own products.  So do we!

How to make shampoo

You will only need 2 ingredients and one of them is free.  Never mistake simplicity for ineffectiveness.  I double dog dare you to make, use, and compare this shampoo.  After you’re convinced I want you to share the information with every one you know.  That is what is all about!
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda -  Buy Baking Soda in bulk because  it saves even more money.
  • 1 cup water – Like I said, one of the ingredients is free.  Use whatever kind of water you wish – we use tap which is English for “out of the sink.”
We mix ours in double batches into an old shampoo bottle.  Feel free to use whatever container you like doubling up on ingredients until it’s full.

How to use

Simply shake the bottle before each use and gently massage into the hair and scalp for a minute or two and rinse.

How much does it cost?

I’m glad you asked it’s one of my favorite parts.
  • Cost = approximately $0.06/ounce depending on how much you pay for your baking soda
If an average bottle of shampoo is a 16 ounce bottle this shampoo will cost you less than a dollar.  Not too shabby.

Safe for all hair types

This shampoo is completely safe for all hair types and will not strip your hair of it’s natural oils, unlike most commercial shampoo.  But if you color your hair it may strip the dyes out.
Be sure to question the safety of store-bought shampoos, along with any other products you buy – and always understand the ingredients of the products you use.
If you have questions read the comments below or ask anew… and share this recipe with everyone you know!

Tips for controlling static

  • Be sure you’re trimming your ends every 6-8 weeks, less split ends = less static.
  • Try shampooing less often (maybe 3x/week).
  • Use less heating elements (blow dryers, flat/curling irons, etc.).
  • Try massaging in a Tbsp of olive oil once/week then rinsing.
  • Another treatment to try is Avocado w/lemon juice – mix, smash into hair, let sit 30 mins and rinse.

Tips for controlling oily hair

  • Do occasionally – mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar. Work it into hair and let set a few minutes while showering.  The egg binds with the hair oil. Rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Be sure to shake the mixture vigorously to ensure the baking soda is completely dissolved into the water.
  • Massage baking soda shampoo into your scalp for at least 2 minutes.
  • Give your hair a few weeks to adjust to the change (like 2-3 weeks or more).

Tips for thickening shampoo

  • Blend up some whole oats in a GOOD blender  then mix with baking soda and water. Different people like different consistencies so add oat flour slowly until desired thickness is reached.
  • Mix corn starch with the baking soda and water (add enough for desired thickness).
  • Use both oats and corn starch, try this mixture: 1 c. warm water, 1 Tbsp. baking soda, and equal parts cornstarch & oatmeal flour to thicken (approx. 3/4 Tbsp each).

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