Ok, so you know how some people get “hangry”? They get all kinds of cranky and irritable when they’re hungry, sometimes leading their loved ones to carry around granola bars to avoid their low blood sugar induced wrath. I think there is a dry skin version of “hangry”. Something like “fritchy” (frustrated + itchy) or “drad” (dry + mad). Ok, so my name ideas need work. But I think the theory is sound. Anyhow, that is where this Winter Wonderland body lotion idea came from. Those infuriatingly dry winter days where you almost wish you could shed your skin like a lizard and just start fresh. Well, thankfully we cannot (erk), but we can whip up awesome lotions, which lizards cannot do. In the end, I think I prefer our way.
I’m continuing my winter wonderland kick with this winter wonderland body lotion. A blend of fast-absorbing mango butter and safflower oil make up the oil part (along with our emulsifying wax, of course). The water part is rounded out with glycerin and silk, both of which help attract and hold moisture to the skin, combatting that infuriating itchy feeling.
A bit of silver mica and some blue indigo root bring that wintery aesthetic; a hint of snowdrift-like shimmer and a cool blue tint. The tint is much too subtle to turn your skin blue, but it does look rather lovely in the jar.
A blend of soft spearmint, warm benzoin, and fresh cajeput round out the lotion, giving it a subtly minty, fresh scent with a nice warm base note. The finished winter wonderland body lotion is non-greasy but wonderfully hydrating, and is guaranteed to kill the fritchies in no time. No moulting needed!
Winter Wonderland Body Lotion
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 emulsifying wax, mango butter, and safflower oil into a small heat-resistant glass measuring cup. Weigh the water, glycerin, and silk into another measuring cup, and cover that one with foil.
Place both measuring cups into your prepared water bath to melt/heat and hold; leave them in the water bath for thirty minutes.
After thirty minutes has passed, pour the water part into the oil part. Leave that measuring cup in the water bath for another three minutes to ensure everything is melted before removing the measuring cup from the heat.
Using an immersion blender, blend the lotion together. You’ll want to start with short bursts, working up to a constant blend. Blend for about three minutes, and then leave it for ten minutes before coming back to stir it with a flexible silicone spatula and blending it some more. You will notice some thickening at this point, but it’ll still be pretty thin.
Leave the lotion for another ten minutes, and then stir and blend it again—at this point, it should’ve thickened into a nice white cream and should be relatively cool to the touch.
Blend in your essential oils, mica, indigo (if using) and preservative (though do check the instructions for your specific preservative—some have special instructions for adding to concoctions) and decant the mixture to a 120ml/4 fl oz pump-top bottle or wide-mouthed jar. Enjoy your Winter Wonderland body lotion!