Who doesn’t love a little shine? Don’t we all long to sizzle our beloved on a special day? However, store-bought shimmering body lotion costs a lot and most importantly, is chemical-laden. Want to prepare a simple and easy shimmering body lotion that doesn’t hurt your pocket or skin?
Shea Butter – 4 Tbsp.
Coconut Oil – 4 Tbsp.
Essential Oil – 15 Drops
Mica – As needed
Zinc Oxide – As needed
In a double boiler, melt the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil Together.
When both melt and combine well, remove from heat and set aside.
Refrigerate the mixture for a few hours – the mixture should become fairly solidified, but not very hard.
Now, add the mixture to your blender and whip in medium – high.
When you are whipping, add in the essential oil, mica and zinc oxide.
When the ingredients combine thoroughly, transfer to a sterilized jar.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
I used Shea Butter, because I have acne or pimples when I use Cocoa Butter. If you have dry or normal skin and aren’t acne-prone, Cocoa Butter works well and smells heavenly too!
You can substitute any oil instead of Coconut Oil like Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Oil, etc. The oil that works well for your skin is what you have to add for the recipe. Coconut Oil works for all skin types, easy to get, affordable and very good for your skin. It doesn’t leave me with acne, so I prefer that.
Essential Oil is typically for fragrance, though it has loads of skin benefits to offer. Choose one that works for your skin type. I prefer Lavender for the aroma and skin benefits and also because it soothes my skin and mind. It curbs acne, premature ageing, blemishes, etc. That’s an added bonus.
I have added Zinc Oxide in the recipe for coverage, though it is optional. Make sure you buy Non-Nano Zinc Oxide if you are planning to use it. If you are adding Zinc Oxide for coverage, check here to know more about the right quantity for adequate coverage. You can substitute Titanium Di Oxide for Zinc Oxide for coverage.
As for Mica, it is for shimmer. You can go with neutral white mica, or choose golden, earthy pink, brown, pink or even wine, depending on your skin tone and preference. Usually, a spoon or two would suffice for the recipe. You can check the shimmer and add more or less for the recipe, when you are preparing it at home.
I prefer heating a portion of the coconut oil separately (in case it is solidified) and then, mixing the mica and zinc oxide to prevent lumps and then adding it to the blender. However, even if I skip that step, I find that after blending the lotion comes out well. So it is your choice.
Last but not the least – don’t want to go through the hassle of preparing the entire recipe? You can use any natural body lotion as a substitute for the lotion part of the recipe. You can also try an alternative natural body lotion from our recipes listed here, here and here. In that case, you can skip all the steps and just add Mica for Shimmer – mix it to your favorite lotion and voila, you’re done! You can also use your mineral foundation powder or eye shadow for shimmer.
Stay tuned for different variations of the recipe to suit different skin types. Don’t have time for DIY Recipes as you are overwhelmed in both work and home front? Try Gaya Cosmetics for high-quality mineral makeup products.