With a canister or jar, a piece of wire, a novelty ring, and a wooden spoon, you can make your own apothecary jar. I made one in just a few minutes and filled it with my new favorite homemade lavender coconut body oil. The canister was an impulse buy. I could have used the old green glass jar I bought a few years ago from the thrift store, or the old brown jar a friend gave me last year, or the red candy jar that I stuck in a closet last month. Come to think of it, I have a bad habit of collecting jars and bottles and I need to get around to doing something with them. Yes, I think I will make more of the apothecary jars and fill them with oils, bath salt, sugar scrub, washing powders, body butter, face mask, and muscle rub. What a great gift idea!
Homemade Coconut Lavender Body Oil Recipe
By the end of the summer, my skin is in bad shape — dry, itchy, sun-damaged, and wrinkly looking. Lotion is not going to cut it. I need oil.
It’s simple to make a lightly-scented body oil. I am very sensitive to fragrances and have a hard time finding fragrance-free products that I like. I love natural earthy, woodsy, herbal, or citrus fragrances, so adding a few drops of my favorite essential oils to a coconut oil base is a perfect solution for me. The combination of coconut oil and essential oils is nice, soothing and calming. My skin benefits from the oil, and my nose appreciates the faint scents.
- Coconut oil is a solid below 76 degrees Fahrenheit, and becomes a liquid when above 76 degrees. No need to heat up the oil, simply put the oil outside in the sun on a summer day to liquify.
- After the oil turns to liquid, pour into your DIY apothecary jar.
- Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and stir well.
- Allow the oil to cool and return to a solid state.
What Kind of Coconut Oil?
Shopping for coconut oil can get a little confusing. Raw, unrefined, refined, organic, pure, cold-pressed, expeller pressed, and unhydrogenated are some of the terms I saw on the containers. I don’t care for all of that. If I am going to cook with the oil, I might want to buy an organic, raw, unrefined oil, but since I want to wear it on my skin, I know that I want an odorless oil. I don’t want to go around smelling like a coconut. Don’t let all of the fancy terms steer you wrong. A good ole regular brand of refined coconut oil will do. Look for it in the cooking oil section in any grocery store.