This simple summer lotion gives you a bit of a shimmery sun-kissed boost, and comes together in a flash.  It’s lightweight, making it perfect for warmer days, and you can choose how much shimmer you want.

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Really, it’s just a basic emulsified lotion with added mica for some colour a sparkle. I chose safflower oil for the oil base for something that absorbs quickly.

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The water base is a blend of honey, glycerin, and water (or aloe vera juice, if you have it on hand). The honey and glycerin help give the lotion a bit of an extra moisturizing punch by attracting moisture from the air to your skin.

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I used a blend of gold and bronze micas in my lotion. I found I liked the effect of 6 pinches (three of each)—it’s a pretty mild shimmer, but definitely noticable in the sun. I recommend working slowly if you decide to go above and beyond 6 pinches to avoid accidental blinding sparkleyness.

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Summer Shimmer Body Lotion

7g | 0.25oz emulsimulse/ritamulse (or other complete emulsifying wax—not beeswax!)
18g | 0.63oz safflower oil

3g | 0.1oz raw honey
2g | 0.07oz vegetable glycerin
70g | 2.5oz water or aloe vera juice (not gel!)

4 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops eucalyptus essential oil (globulus or radiata)

3/8+ tsp bronze and/or gold mica (I use these tiny measuring spoons to measure out such small amounts)

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Weigh out the emulsifying wax and safflower oil into a small saucepan and melt over medium heat.

While the waxes and butters are melting, combine the water, honey, and vegetable glycerin in a small glass measuring cup and gently warm though.

Once the oil part has melted, add the water 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 the micas. Transfer the mixture to a 120mL/4oz pump-top bottle (I used this one from Saffire Blue).

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