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The Skirt Girl Super Lotion

I have had numerous requests, over the years, for my lotion recipe. I’m going to put it out there once and for all today. But I need to give credit where credit is due. In the interest of full disclosure I need to tell you how I came to it and let me warn you this is going to sound like a commercial. About 10 years ago a friend of mine told me that her daughter had a skin issue as a child and the dermatologist had told her how to make lotion. It had helped and she gave the recipe to me. It was incredible. I started making it for friends and family. I give it as gifts, occasionally. I have searched for something on the market that was as good but I always end up coming back to this. It keeps my skin super soft even in winter. I’ve had hives a couple of times and each time it was the only thing that would sooth my skin. A sweet, older lady was telling me about her dry, cracked heels. She had tried everything and had even gotten a prescription cream but nothing worked. I made her a batch and told her to use it each night before bed and when she got out of the shower. She came back to me within two weeks and said that her heels had not been that smooth in years. I have many friends with sensitive skin that love it. I am very sensitive to smells, so this is perfect. It has a very light scent. This past summer I decided to experiment with a high end face cream. It gave me such a rash!! Everything irritated it. I had to stop using all my normal products. I switched to a super gentle moisturizing cleanser. I needed some moisturizer on my face but couldn’t stand the thought of experimenting with another product. (You can read more about some of the products that I have tried, and what worked or didn’t work, here: Suddenly Sensitive Skin ) So I turned to my Super Lotion. It is a little heavy for my face, but I used it while my face was “healing” and it made my skin soft again so quickly. My mom uses it as a face cream all the time. I could probably tweak the recipe a bit more and make it lighter for a face cream, but usually I just use it as a body and hand lotion. I told you. That totally sounded like a commercial. It is not a miracle potion. It won’t promise to take 10 years off your face, brighten, tighten or plump. But it is good stuff. And before anyone goes off on telling me that any of the ingredients are bad and shouldn’t be used on your face or skin or whatever… I’m just saying this is what I use. I love it and I have loved it for 10 years. So…here’s what you’ll need: Plain Johnson’s Baby Lotion (the pink kind), Vitamin E Cream, Vitamin E oil and Vaseline. Like this…

15 ounce bottle of Johnson's baby lotion, Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E Cream, Vitamin E Oil, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

15 ounce bottle of Johnson’s baby lotion, Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E Cream, Vitamin E Oil, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Before we begin, a few words about these ingredients…I have tried different scents of the Johnson’s Lotions for the base. I have tried store brand baby lotions. I have tried the Calming Lavender & Chamomile. It did not calm me. It stunk. Literally. I tried the Shea & Cocoa Butter. No. I tried Aloe & Vitamin E…it was okay. I used the white Johnson’s 24 Hour Moisturizer…eh. Let me just say, nothing works as good as plain old pink Johnson’s Baby Lotion. The Fruit of the Earth brand Vitamin E cream is just what is readily available to me. It was what was recommended to me in the original recipe. I have used Gene’s Vitamin E cream in the past. Gene’s is yellow but it works well. It comes in a much larger container so make sure you measure it out and save the rest for the next batch. In this picture I have a store brand petroleum jelly. I, typically, get Vaseline but it wasn’t available at the dollar store that I was in at the time I was buying these ingredients. Did I tell you that I get all this stuff at the dollar store? Or WalMart? Or Target? Or Walgreens? Anyway, this no name petroleum jelly works just fine.

This next part is complicated…not really! Squeeze every drop of the Johnson’s into a mixing bowl. Then add the whole 4 oz jar of vitamin E cream in. Add about a cap full of the Vitamin E oil. DO NOT PUT TOO MUCH VITAMIN E OIL IN!! It will cause your concoction to separate. Honestly, this is something that I have added to the recipe that wasn’t called for in the original. So, you could do without it if you don’t have it. I just think it makes the mixture a little more velvety. As for the Vaseline…this is a judgment call. I use 3/4 cup, usually. If your skin is really dry and you are going to use it mainly at night, go ahead and use a full cup. Or if you try the 3/4 cup and it’s still too heavy, reduce it for you. This is YOUR super lotion. Don’t be scared to tweak!

Doesn't look like much yet, does it?

Doesn’t look like much yet, does it?

Now you are going get out the mixer. I have a Kitchen Aid and I use the..ummm….whipper thingy. Am I being to technical? Okay…here’s a picture:

Whipper thingy

Whipper thingy

Next you do what you do with a whipper thingy. You whip the daylights out of it.

And...we're whipping..

And…we’re whipping…

It’s going to start to fluff up.

Don't forget to stop it periodically and scrape up from the bottom with a spatula to get it all incorporated.

Don’t forget to stop it periodically and scrape up from the bottom with a spatula to get it all incorporated.

This next part is crucial. It is VERY important to remember. Do NOT lick your fingers or your spatula. By now this is going to look like the prettiest, fluffy, pink, birthday cake icing you have ever seen. It’s not. Fight the urge.

IMPORTANT! THIS IS NOT CAKE ICING!!

IMPORTANT! THIS IS NOT CAKE ICING!!

 

I know what you are thinking. “I have this giant bowl of lotion. What am I going to put it in?” Again…I have tried many options. You could use the lotion container that you just emptied, but it would be a bit small. You could use old Softsoap containers, but the pump on those can be contrary. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put this stuff in a repurposed pump bottle only to have the pump not work. So…my perfect vessel?

Ketchup bottle is perfect!

Ketchup bottle is perfect!

 

After you have washed out ALL of the ketchup, you are going to need a large freezer bag. Dump all the lotion into the freezer bag, zip it up and squish it down to one corner.

1 gallon size Ziplock freezer bag

1 gallon size Ziplock freezer bag

With scissors snip the very tip of the corner of the bag off. Carefully, pipe the lotion into the ketchup bottle.

Be careful to not cut too much of the tip of the bag or you will have a big mess!

Be careful to not cut too much of the tip of the bag or you will have a big mess!

 

I am sure that you could put a cute label on the bottle. In retrospect I wish I’d done that for you here. You know…The Skirt Girl logo on the front? Wouldn’t that be cute? Oh well, you get the idea. And it’s just us here, right?

The Skirt Girl Super Lotion (pretend there is a cute logo)

The Skirt Girl Super Lotion (pretend there is a cute logo)

 

If you like this post here are some others you might also enjoy:  Suddenly Sensitive Skin and Favorite Products or perhaps The Skirt Girl’s Green Smoothie

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