This recipe for DIY gingerbread body lotion is easy and smells delicious and perfect for Christmas time! There is nothing like slathering some homemade whipped body butter on your hands in the dry months. Made with coconut oil and shea butter.
Still using store-bought lotion? Once you’ve tried making your own from scratch you’ll never want to go back! It takes a few minutes of prep, you get to customize the ingredients and its costs a fraction of the cost. The best part is, you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin. No chemicals, or toxic fragrances in this lotion!
I get really bad cracked, dry skin in the Winter (probably doesn’t help that I wash all of our dishes by hand). So I need a lotion that really does the job! This lotion leaves my hands feeling soft and rejuvenated and smelling like a gingerbread cookie.
Gingerbread lotion makes a great addition to Christmas gift baskets or teachers gifts. Sharing is caring and I bet your friends and family will be asking you for the recipe so they can make their own!
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What You Need To Make This DIY Gingerbread Body Lotion Recipe
- Shea Butter – softens your skin, and tones and soothes. Shea butter is also known for its anti inflammatory properties making it a wonderful ingredient for homemade skin care products.
- Jojoba Oil – has healing properties that make it helpful with acne and other skin blemishes.
- Coconut Oil – helps protect your skin by providing antioxidants as well as minimizing signs of aging.
- Beeswax Pellets – adding beeswax to your lotion helps to make it feel less greasy on your skin while still moisturizing.
- Ground Ginger – the main ingredient that makes gingerbread cookies spicy and wonderful!
- Ground Cinnamon – ground cinnamon brings another yummy spicy element to this lotion, perfect for Christmas time.
- Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil (optional) – adding a drop of two of cinnamon bark essential oil makes this lotion smell even more like gingerbread, but feel free to leave it out if you have sensitive skin as it may be too strong for certain skin types.
- Vanilla Extract – adding vanilla just helps bring out the cookie flavors even more. I like to use my homemade vanilla extract in this recipe.
Supplies You Will Need:
- double boiler (a glass bowl on top of a saucepan will work too)
- stand mixer or handheld beaters
- glass jars or containers to store your lotion in
Is Making Lotion Easy?
Making lotion takes a few ingredients you might need to go out and purchase, but most everything this recipe calls for is probably already in your pantry.
Its a quick process to make a large batch that will last all Winter at a fraction of the cost of all natural store-bought lotion.
How To Make Non-Greasy Homemade Lotion
Adding a few teaspoons of beeswax pellets, arrowroot powder or cornstarch to your lotion mixture before melting it will help make your homemade lotion less greasy.
Can You Make Homemade Lotion Without Beeswax?
If you don’t want to use beeswax in your homemade lotion, just leave it out. Your lotion will be a bit more greasy as a result. Another option for a non-greasy lotion without beeswax is to substitute arrowroot powder in its place.
How Long Does Homemade Lotion Last?
Homemade lotion lasts about 6 months at room temperature.
How To Make Homemade DIY Gingerbread Body Lotion
- Using a double boiler or a glass bowl on top of a pot with a few inches of water in it, heat the jojoba oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax over medium low heat until there are no solid bits left.
- Remove from the heat and add the ginger, cinnamon, vanilla extract and cinnamon essential oil (if using) stirring completely.
- Let the mixture cool to room temperature and then place in the fridge for an additional hour until it has started to harden, but is still soft to the touch.
- Using a stand mixer or handheld beaters, whip the lotion mixture until it is light and fluffy, About 3 minutes.
- Store in a sealed glass container for up to 6 months.
Tips For Making DIY Gingerbread Body Lotion:
To Use : Rub on any areas of your skin that need moisturizing. Keep away from your eyes and sensitive areas since the cinnamon in it ay cause irritation.
To Store – Store at room temperature in a glass container for up to 6 months.
Variations and Substitutions – The cinnamon oil can be left out if you have sensitive skin.
The beeswax is optional, but does help to make this lotion less greasy.
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