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

175mL (5.9 fl oz) just-boiled water + 1 tbsp oats

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

146ml | 4.9 fl oz oat milk
4g | 0.14oz vegetable glycerin
½ tsp silk peptides

15 drops bergapetene-free bergamot essential oil
1 toothpick swirl vetiver essential oil
3 drops nutmeg essential oil
8 drops dark patchouli essential oil

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

To make the oat milk, pour the boiling water over the oats and let them steep for 20 minutes before straining out the oats. If you happen to have a muslin bag, a coffee filter, a sieve, or an empty tea bag on hand, I’d definitely recommend putting the oats in one of them for easy removal afterwards.

Once the oat milk has steeped, strain out the oats and discard, squeezing the leftover oats to get out as much oat milk as possible. Weigh out 146g (5.15oz) of the oat milk and set aside.

Combine the emulsifying wax with the avocado oil in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat.

While the oils are melting, combine the reserved oat milk with the vegetable glycerin and silk peptides in a small glass measuring cup and gently warm through.

Once the oils have melted, add the oat milk mixture. Heat through to ensure everything is melted before removing the pan from the heat. Whisk the mixture as it cools—it will thicken into a nice white cream (the thickening may take a few days if you are using a different emulsifying wax than emulsimulse/ritamulse).

Whisk in the essential oils and your preservative, and decant the mixture to a 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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