Winter is horribly mean to my skin. It dries me out in ways I forgot were possible over the course of the summer. Calgary is never a humid place (even when it’s raining, which is quite the feat), but when winter arrives it somehow manages to get worse than it was. Again, an impressive, desert-like feat.
I whipped up this lotion as the temperature started to drop and any remaining trace of moisture vanished from the air like an epidermis-hating magic trick. It’s thin enough to sink in quickly, but loaded with aloe, great oils, and a mixture of chamomile and helichrysum essential oils to help calm and heal dry, irritated skin.
I used fresh aloe, harvested straight from the meaty tendrils of the aloe plant that a friend gave me. The chamomile is from South Africa, and it smells divine. Floral and sweet, but not overpowering or cloyingly sweet. The oils are jojoba and camellia, known for their moisturizing awesomeness. Last but not least, Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada), for skin healing wonders.
Healing Winter Lotion
10 drops South African chamomile essential oil
3 drops helichrysum essential oil
Once the emulsifying wax mixture 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). I love these tiny wire whisks, I use them all the time for DIY projects 🙂
Whisk in the essential oils. Add your preservative (though do check the instructions for your specific preservative—some have special instructions for adding to concoctions) and decant the mixture to three 120mL/4oz pump-top bottle or wide-mouthed jar. Enjoy!
This recipe makes approximately 300mL/10 fl oz of lotion.