A mom friend and I joke that when you become a mom, you immediately turn into a hippie, or try to. ;) All jokes aside, I do try to steer clear of chemicals especially when Calista was a newborn. Calista was blessed with her mama's super dry skin and we tried everything. Coconut oil, straight shea butter, every lotion/cream under the sun... I even layered them and would seal it with Vaseline or Aquaphor. We even tried the miracle bath of breastmilk. Nothing. I mean really, how hard could it be to take a freshly bathed baby and lock in the moisture? Answer: HARD.
That is how we ended up with this homemade body butter that has now replaced my face lotion, body lotion, and pretty much anything we used to use. I still love my Origins Plantscriptions face cream, but this usually goes under it. As for Calista, I still typically put Cerave or Aquaphor on top of this body butter to create a seal.
1/4 cup organic unrefined coconut oil
1/4 cup 100% raw pure shea butter (Got it on Amazon)
1 tbsp Vitamin E oil
10-12 drops lavender essential oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Usually the shea butter and coconut oil are solid, so I simply warm it up in a jar in hot water or use the microwave.
2. Place all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and mix for 5 minutes. When done, pour into container of choice.
*Note: I studied all the Pinterest recipes and couldn't make mine look fluffy like lotion. Since I had warm oils it stayed in liquid form and created a slight whipped effect. I tried placing it in an ice bath and continued to whip and it did firm into a nice solid that melts right when I put it on. I think you can skip this step and simply pour into a jar of your choosing and it will solidify on its own.
**This is also my anti-itch belly stretch mark lotion even if it's all genetics anyway. ;)