Green Goddess Lotion
I call this Green Goddess Lotion because it contains Green Tea–a rich anti-oxidant used to combat aging. And, after spreading this lotion all over your body, you’ll feel like the beautiful Goddess that you are.
I created this lotion for dry, sun-damaged skin. If you’ve read some of my recent posts you know that I spent a lot of time in the sun when I was young. I can not imagine who came up with the idea of a diy sun reflector made with aluminum foil and a record album. During my college days in the Midwest, we’d skip class in the spring time to bake our bodies in the sun. We spent hours coated in baby oil with a foil-lined record album propped just so to reflect even more of the sun’s burning rays onto our young skin. Young, a little crazy, and so irresponsible! Now I drink lots of Green Tea and I also love to incorporate it in my skincare products for its anti-oxidant properties.
Skin damage occurs as a result of oxidation, a chemical process in which unstable molecules called free radicals steal electrons from healthy cells. On the skin, oxidative stress may show up us as wrinkles, thickening, discoloration and loss of elasticity. When it comes to skin, sun exposure is one of the most damaging causes of oxidative stress. Sunlight, as enjoyable as it can be and important for Vitamin D production, is a form of radiation, specifically ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV radiation leads to free radical damage and it can cause cells to mutate and turn cancerous.
Antioxidants like Green Tea are the best defense against free radical damage or oxidative stress. As the name suggests, antioxidants combat oxidative damage by sacrificing their own electrons to feed free radicals, but without turning into free radicals themselves. A diet rich in high quality, organic fruits and vegetables will give your body a daily dose of antioxidants. Personally, I like to up my daily antioxidant intake with the regular consumption of Green Tea truly my favorite antioxidant internally and topically!
In addition to the antioxidant power of Green Tea, this Green Goddess lotion includes lots of other organic ingredients to nourish your skin and counter sun damage and other forms of oxidative stress.
Green Goddess Ingredient Highlights
Calendula Infused Oil
I make this skin-soothing, herb infused oil myself (here’s the recipe), but you can also purchase it here. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is one of the most versatile and useful herbs for topical skincare. It is soothing to irritated, inflamed skin and aids in healing wounds, burns, boils, rashes. It is an excellent topical remedy for most skin conditions and all skin types. For daily skin care, Calendula helps to soften and smooth skin, reduce pore size, and clear acne.
Aloe Vera Juice
From the Aloe Vera leaf (Aloe spp), this juice is an excellent choice for sunburns, wound healing, and for daily use in topical skincare products. Topically is is anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and emollient and my dry skin loves it. It’s also anti-bacterial which makes it a good choice in acne products. Aloe vera juice can be found at most natural grocers.
This medium-textured oil comes from a small shrub (Simmondsia chinensis) that thrives in the hot desert sun of Arizona and California. I use Jojoba Oil in all of my lotions, creams, and facial oils because it penetrates well and leaves no oily residue. As it penetrates it carries all of the other luscious ingredients deep into your skin. It is considered an oil of choice for skincare products because of its similarity to the sebum produced by our skin. It is also very stable which helps to extend the shelf life of your diy products (which are probably and happily made without chemical preservatives). Organic Jojoba Oil can be found at Nectar or at natural grocers and supplements shops.
Also known as Immortalle or Everlasting, Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum (syn. angustifolium)) is a potent skin regenerative, used to reduce and prevent scarring, soothe inflammation, and repair sun damaged, or couperose skin. Hydrosols, sometimes called flower waters are created during the steam distillation of essential oils. They possess many of the same qualities as the essential oil, but are much less concentrated, making them well suited for topical use. In this lotion I used the Helichrysum Hydrosol which is available here, but you could also use the essential oil in place of one of the other essential oils in this recipe. For more about Helichrysum check out my recent blog on herbs for topical skincare.
Frankincense Essential Oil
This beautiful, sacred oil (Boswellia carterii (syn. sacra)) has a bright, citrus-like and somewhat peppery fragrance. It is one of my favorite essential oils for the skin and especially for mature skin. Frankincense is used to rejuvenate tired, sagging skin and helps to heal skin blemishes and wounds. It’s anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties make it a good choice for all skin types, but especially for acne, scarred, or damaged skin. You can purchase Frankincense Essential Oil here.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Derived from Wild Carrot (Daucus carota), also known as Queen Anne’s Lace, this essential oil has a strong, earthy and somewhat spicy fragrance. In skincare it is especially helpful for damaged, scarred, wrinkled, or inflamed skin–a perfect choice for sun-damaged skin. You can purchase Carrot Seed Essential Oil here.
Lavender Essential Oil
True Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) is one of the most versatile and widely used essential oils. Topically is is cooling and soothing to burns, including sunburn, and helps take the sting out of insect bites. It’s ability to balance the skin and soothe irritation makes it a good choice for all skin types and for all skincare products. You can purchase Lavender Essential Oil here.
Making your own lotion is not difficult, but it does require some attention to detail in order to get the water and oil parts to blend together without separating later. Read all the way through the instructions before you begin. If this is your first time, I recommend sticking closely to the recipe. After that, you can customize the lotion and substitute other oils and ingredients to create a lotion perfect for your skin.
1/4 cup organic Calendula Infused Oil
1/2 cup organic Jojoba Oil
1/2 ounce organic Yellow Beeswax
1. For a longer lasting lotion, before you begin, sterilize all of your equipment, as well as the containers and lids for the finished product.
2. Place the oil portion in a small glass, steel, or enamel pot (a double boiler is best). Add the beeswax and slowly warm over low heat until the beeswax is melted. Pour the oil/beeswax mixture in to a blender to cool. It will thicken as it cools, but should still be pourable. You can also place the blender in the refrigerator, but check frequently to make sure it doesn’t cool too much. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
3. In the meantime, prepare the water portion in a separate container and set aside. The water portion should also be at approximately room temperature.
4. Once the oil/beeswax mixture has cooled, place the lid on the blender and remove the small center cap. Turn the blender on high and slowly pour in a thin stream of the water mixture. When about two-thirds to three-quarters of the water mixture has been added, the contents in the blender will emulsify and thicken taking on the texture of a lotion.
5. Remove the blender lid and slowly continue adding the water mixture, carefully stirring the upper edges of the lotion to incorporated as much of the water as possible. It is not necessary to add all of the water mixture. Turn off the blender.
6. Add Vitamin E or other preservatives and essential oils. Pulse the blender a couple of times to incorporate these ingredients.
7. Pour the lotion into containers, cap, label, and enjoy! Store extra containers in the refrigerator to increase the shelf life. Use within 6 months.
You are going to love how soft and hydrated your skin feels with this lotion. If you have questions or want help customizing this recipe for your skin, be sure to leave a comment below. Better yet, give us a call or visit us at the shop in Prescott.
To your health,