This decadent body lotion is just the thing for parched winter skin. It’s silky smooth and smells divine, and is loaded with skin healing goodies. I think you’ll love it.

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The base of this lotion is oat milk. Anyone who’s ever had chicken pox and an oatmeal bath knows that oats are soothing, and they’re loaded with polysaccharides that become gelatinous in water (that’s where the slightly thickened consistency of oat milk comes from). Those polysaccharides help moisturize the skin. Oat milk is also anti-inflammatory and helps combat itchiness.

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Avocado oil is a wonderful moisturizer. It’s a thick carrier oil that’s not well suited to straight-up application to the skin as it can be sticky, but it’s great as part of a lotion. It contains vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E, and beta carotene, and I find it to be quite luxurious.

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The scent blend is an intriguing mixture of bright bergamot, smokey vetiver, spicy nutmeg, and deep dark patchouli. You’ll definitely notice the base notes of patchouli, but they’re so intriguingly accented with everything else that the final effect isn’t at all “hippie” like. I adore this blend, and I hope you will as well.

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Avo Oat Milk Body Lotion

Water phase
2g | 0.07oz colloidal oatmeal
143g | 5.04oz distilled water
4g | 0.14oz vegetable glycerin
1g | 0.03oz silk peptides

Oil phase
14g | 0.5oz complete emulsifying wax (not beeswax!)
36g | 1.27oz avocado oil

Cool down phase
15 drops bergapetene-free bergamot essential oil
1 toothpick swirl vetiver essential oil
3 drops nutmeg essential oil
8 drops dark patchouli essential oil
1g | 0.03oz liquid germall plus (USA / Canada) (or other broad spectrum preservative of choice at recommended usage rate [why?])

Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a wide, flat-bottomed sauté pan.

Weigh the water phase into a small heat-resistant glass measuring cup. Weigh the oil phase into a second heat-resistant glass measuring cup. Place both measuring cups in your prepared water bath to melt everything through.

After about 20–30 minutes the oil part should be completely melted and the water part should be thoroughly dissolved. Remove the water bath from the heat, and pour the water part into the oil part. Stir with a flexible silicone spatula to incorporate.

Grab your immersion blender and begin blending the lotion, starting with short bursts so the still-very-liquid lotion doesn’t whirl up and spray everywhere. Blend for about a minute, leave to cool for ten, blend for another minute or two, and repeat this blend-cool-blend cycle until the outside of the glass measuring cup is barely warm to the touch and the lotion is thick and creamy.

Whisk in the essential oils and your preservative, and decant the mixture into two 120mL/4oz pump-top bottle.

A toothpick swirl means I just want you to dip the tip of a toothpick in your vetiver essential oil, and then swirl that into the lotion. That will be more than enough!

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