Even though we live in a climate with warmer weather, I still go through my annually annoying dry skin nightmare every year when the furnace goes on. I continually slather on various types of creams and lotions and I swear some of them make me itch more than if I'd not used them at all.
Well, my sweet and beautiful friend, Loren, over at The Magoos News posted a recipe in November (http://themagoosnews.blogspot.com/2010/11/homemade-lotion-recipe.html) for a concoction that combines 3 simple ingredients and, people, I have not had one episode of dry skin mania this winter. Not one! It feels rich and creamy and even Hubby is sold on it and has insisted that it's helped his psoriasis. The Johnson's Baby Lotion that I bought has shea and cocoa butter and smells absolutely wonderful. My skin feels so good all the time that it just amazes me.
Here's the funny thing. I gathered all these ingredients together on my kitchen counter, got out the hand mixer and a big Tupperware bowl and started blending. This was in early December when Hubby, the Granddaughter and YD's BF were in the garage getting out our tubs of Christmas decorations. They all came trooping into the kitchen and I had the mixer going full speed. And they're wondering what kind of special treat is in store for them because normally when they see a big bowl of creamy white stuff being mixed it means lemon meringue pie or cake and frosting or something equally great. You should have seen their faces when they realized it was just a big batch of lotion.
Loren mentions that this recipe makes a lot of lotion. She was right about that! I refilled the baby lotion pump bottle and every one of the 4 Vitamin E containers as well as several other empty lotion bottles we had sitting around. You can't beat the price. I bought everything at Walmart and figured out that the cost for 49.5 ounces of this lotion mixture came to exactly $13.68, which is a terrific deal. I also bought several of these little travel bottles at Walmart for just under $1.00 each so we'd have them for our suitcases, cars and desks ...
The trick to filling all these small-mouthed containers is to scoop the lotion into a big ziploc baggie, then snip a corner and pipe the lotion in just like you were decorating a cake. When Hubby saw how much lotion this made, he said we'd have enough to last about 16 years. Now that we've been using it for a month, I think that's exaggerating just a bit ... we only have enough to last 12 years!!!
I am so grateful that Loren posted this recipe and I wholeheartedly recommend it as my favorite cure for dry skin, although I now plan to use it all year long, not just during the itchy winter months. When you pop on over to The Magoos News for the ingredients, please tell Loren that jayaycee said "Hi!"