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Vanilla and Coconut Body Moisturizer

Updated on September 27, 2013
Vanilla and Coconut Body Moisturizer
Vanilla and Coconut Body Moisturizer | Source

Vanilla and Coconut ~

Whoever decided vanilla and coconut would make a sensual warming combination deserves a place in history. It has been jumped on by the commercial market and is commonly found in many types of products from perfume to body scrubs with a large range of price tags.

They are a combination I love and this recipe really pays homage to their wonderful aromatic notes by keeping other scents to a minimum so as not to overpower.

Both these ingredients are frequently used in cooking for their wonderful flavor and here I kick them up a notch to show how easy making your own body moisturizer is. Nourishing, protecting, softening, moisturizing and luscious. What more do you need?

Silky Smooth Skin

rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients
rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients | Source

Lip Balm or Body Moisturizer?

this rich luxurious moisturizer sets the same as a lip balm
this rich luxurious moisturizer sets the same as a lip balm | Source

Infused Oil ~

I decided to utilize vanilla beans and infuse them in jojoba oil. Check out the method on my vanilla bean body scrub.

I started this awhile ago as it takes at least a month to get it infused with the gorgeous beans and seeds.Trust me though, it is worth it!

Your other option is to buy Vanilla Absolute and not infuse the oil.

This is extremely costly and going the organic route can set you back $60 for 1/2 oz bottle.

Absolute is the best to use in Vanilla for skin care and fragrance and “buyers beware” is important saying to remember when purchasing vanilla.

If you see vanilla essential oil, walk on. There is no such thing.

Cut Vanilla Beans

ideal for infusing into oils and alcohol (vanilla extract)
ideal for infusing into oils and alcohol (vanilla extract) | Source

Allow it Set

quick and easy this is the ideal one treatment does everything recipe
quick and easy this is the ideal one treatment does everything recipe | Source

Exquisite Vanilla planifolia

growing in a greenhouse in Florida
growing in a greenhouse in Florida | Source

Vanilla and Coconut Body Moisturizer Recipe ~

47g coconut oil

22 g infused vanilla jojoba oil

10g castor oil

15 g beeswax

Double boiler (saucepan and measuring jug or glass bowl)

Small container 3-4 oz (pot, salve pot, jar or lip balm)

Spoon/spatula

Method:

  • Add the beeswax, coconut oil, castor oil and vanilla infused jojoba oil into the double boiler on the stove at low heat to melt. Stir occasionally.
  • When completely melted, remove from heat.
  • Pour into your container or containers carefully.
  • Allow to cool and set.
  • Pop on lid when solidified and store in a cool dark cupboard or the fridge. Remove from fridge 10 minutes before using to give it time to soften at room temperature.
  • This will last months if needed, approximately 4-6 months.

To Apply:

This is best applied when the skin is warm, just after a shower or bath.

Remove a small amount with a plastic spatula, cocktail stick or teaspoon. NEVER fingers!

What is gorgeous about this recipe is it is suitable for the hands, cuticles, feet, legs body, face and even the hair!

Coconut Vanilla Body Cream using Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Vanilla Absolute

Suggestions and Tips ~

  • Instead of using infused oil you can easily use:

22 g jojoba oil or oil of choice

20 drops vanilla absolute

  • Instead of jojoba you can use sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil or any carrier oil you feel will work. Use one low in fragrance.
  • Use the infused oil on its own as a body oil, massage oil or oil based perfume all in one delicious application.
  • Apart from this multi-functional moisturizer, if this is a combination you can’t get enough of why not make a selection of products? Lip balm, whipped body butter, perfume, body scrub, body oil and massage oil. It makes a perfect gift idea and is economical to make.

Tropical Coconut

full of skin and health benefits, one of the most versatile ingredients you should have
full of skin and health benefits, one of the most versatile ingredients you should have | Source

Think Ahead for Gift Ideas

perfect for teens, baby shower gifts, spa nights, last minute unplanned gift ideas for Christmas
perfect for teens, baby shower gifts, spa nights, last minute unplanned gift ideas for Christmas | Source

Food for Thought . . . .

The history of perfume is as old as the human race.

The past has unlocked such a wealth of knowledge that we use today. Perfumes and use of ingredients is one huge area. The Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs in fact many cultures around the world all have their own discoveries and uses of plants. It was through the centuries and more modern day technology that we started interfering with natures best and added chemicals and synthetic fragrance.

This recipe brings us back to basics with oils beeswax and vanilla beans which make up a beautiful fragrant moisturizer that can be made for less than $4 using organic ingredients.

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs

© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway

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      Kristen Howe 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Susie, what a great hub for clever homemade ideas. I love the way you think for using natural products for homemade body creams. Voted up!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Crafty!

      How annoying for your son, I recently got diagnosed with eczema on my left ankle area. In the summer it was so annoying and I would try different ingredients for soothing it. There are other waxes such as carnauba wax to use instead of beeswax when allergic to beeswax that may help. I often put some cold green tea or chilled cucumber to cool and reduce any swelling. Fingers crossed you will find something that does not make it more uncomfortable for him. Cooler months should help too.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      My son has excema. I put a lotion with beeswax on him, but now it's worsened on his legs. I just made an appointment with a doctor to discuss this, but I do want to try a natural remedy. Natural vanilla, beeswax, coconut oil sound so soothing and would probably really help his skin. Thank you for such a lovely Hub with detailed instructions.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      Luscious is certainly the right description for this! Delighted you enjoyed this one, appreciate your comment as always!

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      Claudia Mitchell 4 years ago

      Oh this sounds like a luscious combination. Around this time of year I always seem to use moisturizers a lot more. Nice hub. Thanks.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Cheers Samita

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vishakha,

      Cheers for the support, glad you enjoyed.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi oxyglowcosmetics,

      Thanks for dropping in!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Samita,

      Hope you try it out it is divine on the skin and smells wonderful, thanks for your interest and comment!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Toytasting,

      Glad you enjoy this combination, me too! Appreciate you commenting!

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      Toy Tasting 4 years ago from Mumbai

      This looks so good. I love the combination of vanilla and coconut. Thanks for sharing the information. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Elias,

      Delighted to see you found this interesting and maybe you might give it a go sometime. Thanks so much for taking time to check it out:-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi tobusiness,

      So glad you enjoyed this edible cream! Cheers for your votes and shares!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Hard to beat these smells I agree! Thanks for your enthusiasm, hope you get to make it and then you can use daily! Appreciate your support as always Rose!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      I know, I am addicted to this combination now Autumn is here!It is good all year actually but I always seem to favor certain scents at different times. Glad you enjoyed, hope you get a chance to try it out sometime since you are a fan too! Thanks for your continued support and commenting, always precious to me.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Cheers for the thumbs up, always a delight to receive from you:-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Alicia,

      Many thanks for your interest and for taking time to comment, so glad you enjoyed this, appreciate it :-)

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Great hub and instructions Suzie. It seems quite straight forward to make it on your own. And the combination of ingredients is perfect.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      This looks good enough to eat, heavenly. :)

      Voting up and sharing.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Vanilla and coconut are two of my all-time favorite smells and flavors! I would enjoy using this moisturizer every day. Thanks for another amazing recipe.

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      What a great recipe - vanilla and coconut. I love both flavors. Thank you for sharing another wonderful beauty hub.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another wonderful hub Suzie. Voted up,.

      Eddy,

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Vanilla and coconut sound like a lovely combination, especially in a moisturizer! Thank you for another lovely recipe for natural cosmetics, Suzie.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Love seeing your happy smiley face! Thanks so much for your lovely comment, lovely to hear my hubs make you want to rush to the kitchen and rustle up a recipe!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks so much you are always there for me! All is good busy but apt is rented and so far so good with my tenant. Appreciate your comment and always good to know I have your backing in my work! You must try this one although I tend to think about all my new potions!LOL For winter looming this is lovely and nourishing with warming scents.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Fantastic! I always feel like I need to go make these once I'm done reading your hubs. Great job!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi mbwalz,

      Thanks so much comment! This is best in the fridge or cool dark cupboard as the coconut tends to melt at room temp. You can test it if you like but if too warm it will go quite soft maybe runny. I always advocate never using fingers into balms, creams, foundation , anything really as germs, bacteria and water can be transferred ( especially scrubs or any product you use in the bathroom where you fingers may be wet) which will affect your product. it may turn rancid and bacterial will spread. Hope those clear up the questions for you. Cheers for your support and sharing!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rajan,

      Lovely to see you hope you had a wonderful trip, sounds as if you had a memorable stay. Thanks so much for stopping by here. Thank you for your lovely comment, it is easy to make, if I can do it . . . . anyone can! Cheers for your votes, share and pin, greatly appreciated :-)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love the versatility of this moisturizer..You can just start from head to toe and not have to open another container. Thanks for the great recipe as always...It will be shared...Hope you are doing well and life is good.

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      MaryBeth Walz 4 years ago from Maine

      This looks wonderful and with Christmas coming, seems like something I could make! I do have some questions though. Does it always stay in the cool place except when using? Why can't you use your hands?

      I'm very sensitive to scents and so this recipe is very appealing. I will look at your others too! Voted up and shared!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      So glad you enjoyed this and are a fan of these ingredients. Hard to not like vanilla and coconut! Appreciate your constant support and enthusiasm, it means so much my friend. Thanks for all the votes, sharing and pinning, have a great week ahead!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Many thanks , good to see you on schedule for your quota! You are awesome! I have 5 to do to get my quota for week here. Yesterday and most of today are gone as I was out yesterday and today in a few hrs I head to Dublin for a few hrs. MJ is good doing tiling next door when he wakes(here is 7.45 am and I have been up since 5.30 am) up! Have a great day my friend!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Shauna,

      Thanks for your comment. I actually did not realize about the change that happens with Editors choice hubs. I read it and forgot or did not really register. Tell, me Shauna, which is better to have? 2/3 of my hubs when I looked and counted were this. I can change settings if need be I read in the Learning Center. Thanks!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is just excellent information, Suzie. You make it all so easy with such detailed information that anyone can do it.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared, pinned and tweeted.

      Have a wonderful day.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Two of my favorite flavors Suzie, vanilla and coconut. I just might eat the stuff instead of putting in on my body. Another great addition. You really have been on a tear lately. Keep it going. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Just dropping by to say howdy. I still have to articles to write to meet my Monday quota. :) Say hi to MJ for me and hugs to you my dear. Well done.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Suzie, you are on a roll. I suspect many of your articles have been deemed "editors choice" because your HP name has been removed from many of your links. You go, girl!

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