Along with homemaking soap I've been experiementing in homemaking other bath products as well. My first experiment (before the soap even) was making homemade lotion bars.
Jonas' skin needs to be kept smooth and moisturized to help the excema. His doctor and dermatologist both recommended Aquaphor. Truthfully the Aquaphor does a great job of keeping his skin smooth and protected. The product's main ingredient is white petroleum jelly. So my problem with using such large amounts of Aquaphor (at least once a day and after every bath) come from more ecologically-minded reasons.
So I started researching alternatives. For a while we used straight coconut oil. We also tried using straight olive oil. Both are great natural moisturizers, but both are liquid in a warm room temperature, so we had some issues with application. I'd heard of "lotion bars" and decided to research them.
I use 1 part by weight of coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax. I priced beeswax at our local craft store, and I was able to get it 1/3 of the price per pound by purchasing it through our beekeeping supply company. Plus it supported local economy instead of a big box.
The bars are not the best thing for all-over coverage, so my next experimentation on the radar is for some sort of body butter lotion variation.
But as for today we are simply enjoying using these products as a family. And I want to give the opportunity to one of YOU to try them out as well.
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