I can’t believe it’s already time again for another edition of the Secret Recipe Club! This Summer is seriously just flitting on by!
This time around I was given The Mommy Bowl for my assignment, written by Deanna. Her blog is primarly gluten-free, and some allergy free, and very health conscious… which is really just about the exact opposite of what I do here. It’s definitely not that I have anything against that, but I just don’t have the knowledge or the energy to learn all about alternative types of cooking and baking at this point. That is actually why I’m grateful there are so many others out there now who are doing this type of blogging. It makes my life easier for those times when I do want to find something along those lines, without having to feel like I have to learn a whole other language – others have done the heavy lifting for me!
That said, I actually went through Deanna’s entire blog, and while there were some food recipes that interested me, I was most interested in a recipe she shared for making lotion at home using coconut oil and a few other ingredients.
We recently started buying some essential oils, mainly in an effort to help the kids with their various health issues by taking advantage of aromatherapy and the other benefits of essential oils (cleaning, relaxing, and much more). I’ve always been fascinated by essential oils, but haven’t ever had the time or ability to look into using them. Again, I don’t really have the time to devote to learning all the ins and outs of the wonderful world of essential oil.
Anyway, since I don’t really get out and about much (as in to the spa or anything like that at all really) I’ve been making sugar body scrubs for the past few years here at home. I decided it was finally time to share my favorite recipes. We are actually heading on vacation to visit my in-laws farm in Northern Idaho at the end of this week, so in honor of our impending vacation and the theme of relaxation, I thought I would share some homemade spa recipes with you this week.
To kick things off, I made a version of Deanna’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion – my only changes were in the type of emollient I used since I couldn’t readily find any guar gum and the alternatives were expensive. I was able to find most all the ingredients I needed either at Whole Foods or the local health store and grocery store if I didn’t have it in the pantry already. The lotion I made still seemed a bit oily by the time I was done, which could have been due to the use of flax seed as the emollient instead of the guar gum, but I don’t really know. The oil absorbed nicely into my skin, and though the lotion tended to melt a bit and soften significantly if left out in a warm room, I actually preferred to use it from the refrigerator – especially since I had a bit of a sunburn which meant that the lotion felt fantastic nicely chilled. It was more of a lotion bar texture once chilled, but you could always process it again and whip some more air into it.
I hope you’ll come back later this week for the other recipes – I’ve got a Sugar Body Scrub as well as a Salt Body Scrub or Bath Salts.
Coconut Body Whip
Adapted from The Mommy Bowl
Makes about 1/3 cup lotion
1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil (it looks more like shortening than oil at this point)
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
6 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons ground flax
6 drops essential oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a microwave-safe glass measuring cup heat the coconut oil till partially melted (about 20 seconds on high) then stir to finish melting gently.
In a small saucepan (or stainless steel measuring cup that can go on the stovetop) stir together the ground flax seed and the water. Bring to a gentle boil and continue boiling until thickened, about 3 minutes.
Add the flax seed mixture to the melted coconut oil. Whisk in the almond oil, glycerin, and essential oil. Whisk gently to combine well.
Use a fine mesh strainer over a clean glass container and strain the liquid lotion mixture into the clean bowl to strain out the remainder of the flax seed. Place the container in the refrigerator to cool and solidify completely – about 1 hour. Once it is solidified, scrape the mixture into a small food processor and process the lotion till light, whipped and creamy. Keep the lotion chilled.