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

21g | 0.74oz emulsimulse/ritamulse (or other complete emulsifying waxnot beeswax!)
30g | 1.05oz camellia seed oil
20g | 0.7oz jojoba oil (USA / Canada)
4g | 0.14oz Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)

100g | 3.5oz distilled water
116g | 4.1oz aloe vera juice (not gel!)
9g | 0.3oz vegetable glycerine (USA / Canada)

10 drops South African chamomile essential oil
3 drops helichrysum essential oil

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Weigh the emulsifying wax, camellia seed oil, jojoba oil (USA / Canada), and Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada) out into a small saucepan and melt over low heat.

While the emulsifying wax mixture is melting, combine the water, aloe vera juice, and glycerin in a small measuring cup and gently warm. Whisk to combine.

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.

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