This is a natural organic lotion that I came up with after my oldest daughter was born. The final version of this lotion was so rejuvenating, repairing, and fast acting that I jokingly started calling it miracle lotion.
My husband loved using this natural organic miracle lotion too, and it actually worked to help fade some scars he had on his back for the last 15 or so years. I started giving it out to my other mom friends to try out, and next thing I knew the joking name "Miracle Lotion" stuck.
After I made the body butter, which was highly effective for me, I wanted to use the same natural organic lotion ingredients to make a less greasy version for the rest of my body. My husband prefers to use the body butter all over, for that "shiny" skin look, but I don't like to have any residue on my skin, so I use the body butter formula for my stretch marks and the lotion formula for everywhere else.
When I was pregnant with my oldest, I went eight months with no stretch marks. By the end of the ninth month, however, I had huge stretch marks and a lot of them. Later I found out it's fairly common to get all of your stretch marks in the last month of pregnancy.
I've always been semi-paranoid about chemicals in lotion, so during my pregnancy I mostly just used plain coconut oil as lotion.
A few months after my daughter was born, I'd lost a good amount of weigh, but my skin still looked pretty withered. I decided to go online and just look for a bunch of different things that would be good for collagen regrowth and repair (skin, hair, and fingernails are all made out of collagen).
Of course as soon as I started searching for stretch mark cures, everything that came up was basically an ad for some chemical laced product.
My husband is a medical doctor, so he always says to look at why things work the way they do. I remembered him ranting about people with bad skin not paying attention to their fatty acids, so I decided to look into that.
Which ultimately led to me choosing these ingredients.
Once I looked for fatty acids that were specifically good for skin, I started looking for raw, natural things that contained some of those fatty acids. I wanted to make a natural organic lotion, because I am conscious about how things are grown and how the ingredients interact with your skin before they are diluted, which is why I tried to find things as raw and unprocessed as possible.
Turns out, Shea butter has a wealth of nutrients for your skin. Actually, without adding anything else to it, Shea Butter could be a natural organic lotion by itself.
It's excellent for increasing elasticity in skin. Why is that important? Your skin is living and ages with the rest of your organs, so increasing it's elasticity can help prevent or fade age lines, scars, and even stretch marks.
Shea Butter's Fatty Acids:
Aloe is often used for burn relief, but it's actually great for a number of skin healing applications. Aloe contains several anti-inflammatory enzyme compounds. When you're trying to face stretch marks with a natural organic lotion, anti-inflammatory properties are extremely important. Whether internal or external, inflammation causes nothing but trouble.
Aloe is extremely soothing to skin (hair too), and can help it recover from a lot more than just sun damage.
Of course if you are trying to find natural organic lotion ingredients, something directly from a plant is ideal.
When choosing an Aloe Vera Gel, it's important to think about what is is supposed to look like. When Aloe Vera Gel comes straight from the plant, it has a slight greenish hue to it, and it is not completely solid. It's more jelly-like.
The crystal clear, firm Aloe Vera Gel that you get from Walmart claims to be 100% pure Aloe, but it's the wrong color and consistency. That tells me it either came from a low quality plant, or was subject to processing. (Perhaps both)
When I'm looking for Aloe Vera Gel, I always look for something that is the consistency of mucus. I know it sounds nasty, but that's what good aloe should look and feel like.
I exclusively use this aloe now. I found it on Amazon prime, so I can get it in two days. It's grown and harvested by a small family business, and they use only salts as preservatives. (Aloe is a fruit that with rot without some kind of preservative.)
An earlier version of this recipe was 50% Aloe Vera gel and 50% coconut oil. Your skin absorbs Aloe Vera very quickly, so when combined with the coconut oil it helps reduce greasy residue left by the coconut oil. At the time, I was trying to find a way to continue to use coconut oil without having the heavy residue sit on top of my skin.
Then I read about jojoba oil.
Jojoba oil is without a doubt the best oil for your skin. It's an excellent ingredient choice for a natural organic lotion, because it requires very minimal processing to extract from the plant.
Jojoba oil is chemically similar to the natural oil made by your skin and hair (sebum). This means jojoba oil contains most of the nutrients that your skin needs, and your skin and hair absorb it very quickly, without leaving much residue.
Jojoba shrubs are native to the United States and Northern Mexico. They thrive in the dessert and grow in abundance. That makes it very accessible and easy to grow as an organic product. There is no need for chemical growth accelerators to increase growth speed, so most jojoba oil is already grown organically.
Jojoba oil is actually not even an oil. It's a liquid wax that come from the berries, and makes up about 50% of their weight. Since it's a wax instead of an oil, it's a more stable compound, which means it almost never goes bad. Furthermore, it stabilizes other compounds it's mixed with, so it can act as a natural preservative on it's own.
When I made this natural organic lotion with aloe straight from the plant, (you have to separate the gel from the juice if you do that) in the version that I did not use jojoba oil, the lotion rotted after only a week or so. It turned a pinkish color and smelled sour.
Then I removed the coconut oil completely and used the jojoba instead, and even with the raw aloe (no preservative) the lotion kept for over six month. (Then we used it up, so I don't know how long it would have continued to keep)
Native Americans used to believe that jojoba oil was a gift from the Great Spirit, because it was so excellent for healing and grew in abundance.
I happen to share that belief. Since reading up about it, I've decided to make it the sole oil in my natural organic lotion. It's actually made it's way into a number of my homemade skincare products since then.
Before you even make this lotion, just put a little Jojoba oil on your hands and rub them together so you can see how quickly your skin drinks it up. Jojoba oil has become my very favorite natural organic lotion ingredient.
Essential oils have their name for a reason. Each one of them is extremely useful for something. Perhaps not everything can be improved by essential oils, but I have yet to find something.
The essential oils I recommend for this natural organic lotion recipe were not selected simply for their pleasant aroma. I strategically chose each one for it's repairing properties for your skin.
With a hand-mixer or kitchen aid, whip Shea butter and aloe together on low speed. This will be quite chunky at first. While still mixing, slowly pour the jojoba oil. Whip until the mixture is smooth and begins forming stiff peaks. (To amplify the effects) Add essential oils, whip until completely combined. The finished product should look similar to the picture on the right.
Store in sealed glass jar at room temperature.