So, with a large number of aloe plants my mother-in-law gave me, and more peeking up around those plants, I have been researching things to do with aloe. I have the stuff I need to make soap, just waiting on a day my back is more inclined to tolerate standing at the stove for the long stirring step in hot process soapmaking. I also have the stuff needed to make my own lotion, and found a small batch recipe here.
So, I just gave it a try. It will need some tweaking, but my first attempt was:
1 oz (by weight) olive oil
3 oz (by weight) coconut oil - solid at current room temp
30 g wax (clear cheese wax, I used a vegetable peeler to slice it off the block)
35 g aloe gel - one large fat leaf's worth
|first batch of aloe lotion|
We're supposed to be riding the weather roller coaster ... a couple days in the 80sF, then rain, then chance of frost immediately behind the rain. This has been the pattern the previous winters, and from listening to the locals it's perfectly normal. When the cold hits, and hubby lights the wood-burning stove, the new lotion will get its stress test as that is when my skin gets SO dry and itchy.
Even if I end up not liking the "feel" of this first lotion, it will still make excellent udder balm for the goats. It even looks like Udder Balm.