SRC: Home Spa Recipes – Coconut Body Whip

Home Spa Recipes - bath salts, body scrub, whipped body lotion

by Holly on July 18, 2011

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.


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Fallon July 18, 2011 at 4:42 am

Coconut oil is amazing on the skin. If I cook with it, I always make sure to rub some into my knees, elbows and hands!

Lisa~~ July 18, 2011 at 6:32 am

I love that you chose the spa recipes, shows that not everything that you “cook” up in the kitchen goes into your belly.

I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

Cook Lisa Cook

Deanna July 18, 2011 at 7:51 am

I’m glad you were able to find something that appealed to you in my blog – even if it wasn’t a food recipe. 🙂

I’ve been meaning to reformulate a summer version of that recipe. It works great in Wisconsin in winter, but in summer it’s liquid unless kept in the fridge. And yah, using flax as the emollient probably contributed to greasiness, but it is a pretty heavy lotion anyway. Winter in Wisconsin = extremely dry skin.

Off to peruse the rest of your blog. July 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

That’s so awesome! I have a jar of coconut oil that needs to get used and I’m stoked to make this!

Shelby July 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I think its so awesome you made a lotion recipe! I really love this and am going to keep in in mind for gifts!

Kimberly July 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Wow … so cool to have chose a recipe like this! I’m definitely going to me be making it … and I can’t wait to see your recipe for the Sugar Body Scrub!

The Undercover Cook July 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Clever – cooking up lotion on a food blog! I bet it smells amazing!

BigFatBaker July 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I love this! I cook with coconut oil and have heard it’s great for the skin but I haven’t taken the time to try it. I really want to try this soon. Great job this month!

Tammy July 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm

This is cool! Cooking up a recipe for your skin. I just got sunburnt recently (not very hard for a red head) and I’m still peeling and itching.

I’ve just started getting into essential oils, too. There’s so much to learn that it seems overwhelming so I just study something when I catch some kind of ailment.

Kelly July 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm

What a great idea, this is fantastic!! I LOVE your blog by the way and I’m so glad to be a new follower! xoxo

Amy @ A Little Nosh July 29, 2011 at 9:44 am

I’d be smelling myself all day. Sounds heavenly. Glad to be part of SRC with you!

marla July 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm

This whip is making me crave a spa treatment big time! So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you.

Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy August 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I never would have thought lotion could be so easy to make. Going to have to try this!

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