A few years back, I received an email from a reader named Nige in South Africa. He wrote in asking if had any leads on a DIY version of an in-shower lotion. Back then, I had never even heard of such a thing! But I didn’t want to let Nige down, so I did some research into the subject. I found out that an in-shower lotion is a type of body lotion that you apply in the shower, while your skin is still wet. Intriguing!
After reading up on it, I decided to accept the challenge of coming up with my own version of an in-shower lotion. From the get-go, I had a couple of requirements I wanted this particular lotion to meet. First, the lotion would have to be nice and thick. (I figured that a thicker, more substantial lotion would be better than a thinner one that could be easily rinsed away.)
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The second requirement I had for my lotion was that it should contain good, natural ingredients, but not so many that it would be tedious or time-consuming to make. I love making my own natural health and beauty products, but I don’t have all day to spend doing it! :-)
And I’m happy to report that I was able to come up with a lotion that fits both of those requirements! It’s simple to make, has a thick and luxurious texture, and leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated after your shower. Give it a try!
Moisturizing In-Shower Lotion
Start by adding the shea butter, beeswax pastilles, and coconut oil to a mixing bowl. Place the mixing bowl over a pot of simmering water on your stovetop to create a double-boiler. Stir until all ingredients have melted and are well combined. Remove the melted mixture from the heat, and let it sit for a half hour or so to let it cool down and solidify slightly.
When the mixture has returned to more solid consistency, use a hand mixer to whip it up for a minute or two. Using a hand mixer rather than a spoon help to incorporate more air into it, which produces a fluffier lotion that’s easy to apply.
Next, add the jojoba oil, aloe vera gel, and lavender essential oil (if desired) to the lotion. Mix again with your hand mixer until the lotion reaches your desired consistency. I like the addition of the lavender oil, both for it’s skin-friendly properties and its calming scent!
Finally, transfer your lotion into a bottle for storage. This amount fit perfectly in a 4oz plastic squeeze bottle. (Tip: An easy way to transfer your lotion into the bottle is to use a ziplock bag. Scoop the lotion into the bag, then just cut off one of the corners and “pipe” the lotion into your bottle.)
Using Your In-Shower Lotion
Go about your normal shower routine. Once you are clean, smooth the lotion over your wet skin, let sit for a minute, and then rinse clean. Then you can get out of the shower and dry yourself off as usual. A little bit of this lotion goes a long way on wet skin, so even a small bottle should last a while! (But if it doesn’t, you can always double the recipe next time you make it.)
I think you are going to love this stuff! It’s simple enough to make, and it will leave your skin feel amazingly soft and smooth.