It’s almost the holidays! Now that exams are nearly over, it’s time for me to start scrambling to make some inexpensive handmade gifts to show the people I care about them despite being on a small budget. Today the pin that I am reviewing is a soft, pink handmade lotion with vitamin E, coconut oil, and baby lotion. Winter is the worst time of year for dry skin and rough feet so moisturizing lotion didn’t seem like a bad idea for a holiday gift. So now…it’s time to make some lotion!
As you can see, the ingredients I used were slightly different – I went with what I could find at the local dollar store. However, they have the same basic ingredients – baby lotion, vitamin E, and coconut oil extracty stuff. Each bottle was $1, I need to go back and get more baby lotion though. To be honest, I was a bit off my crafting / DIY game when I decided to this project, but maybe that’s a good thing, since this is supposed to be a simple project.
The recipe is simple: Use twice as much baby lotion as the other ingredients proportionally. (I put the other two in later so it looks like there’s more of them, but I promise it’s just because they’re on top). Put the lotion in a whisking bowl. Get ready to whisk!
After whisking, it looks pretty much the same as the original tutorial, all nice and pink and lotion-esque. However, from reading the tutorial I thought it would smell like heaven, and it didn’t really have a strong scent at all.
Maybe I just don’t like babies or something, but I decided to add another lotion to give it a more prominent scent, because none of the three lotions I picked really had one. Cocoa butter smells a tad waxy to me (though it’s great for skin / stretch marks). This lotion is blue, so when mixed it created a pretty lavender color.
The jar and packaging seems to really make or break this project. It’s great to recycle jars, but you may just want to buy a cheap one from the store and some ribbon or a cute tag if it’s a gift. A mason jar would be great, and there are a lot of ideas on Pinterest on how to decorate those. Also, unless you buy several or bigger bottles, it doesn’t make a ton. (Though it’s still not expensive, I only ran out of baby lotion to make this batch).
The consensus: This pin has major pluses – ALL the ingredients can be found in the dollar store. It’s customizable; you can use different kinds of lotions to make a unique creation, or maybe add the recipient’s favorite scent. But my favorite thing about this lotion is how moisturizing it is. Using just a little covers a large area and it is great as a dry skin cream. I think it’s better quality than the “deeply moisturizing” foot creams for dry feet. It’s a little messy to make, but I think it will make a great gift!
What did you think of this pin review? Would you consider making this lotion yourself?