We spent a glorious morning recently at the Mayfield Lavender in Banstead. It is 25 acres of beautiful organic lavender and the perfect back drop for a family photo shoot.
We booked Laura Wetherall who has done photo shoots for our family before and is so wonderful and patient with my slightly unruly children and always manages to capture their individual personality.
My hair smelt of lavender for the rest of the day, and it gave me the inspiration for this weeks craft project – Lavender Lotion Bars.
Sprout suffers from really dry skin and I have been experimenting with different lotions without much luck. So I decided to make some of my own.
Lavender is the most used essential oil in the world and has been used for medicinal and religious purposes for over 2,500 years. It boasts a wide range of health benefits including soothing dry skin, a calming affect and a sleep aid. It is therefore an obvious chose for my lotion bars.
What you will need:
1/4 cup of Shea Butter
1/4 cup of Coconut Butter
1/4 cup of Beeswax
3-4 drops of Vitamin E Oil
10 drops of pure Lavender Essential Oil
Grate the Beeswax and melt with the Shea Butter and Coconut Butter. You can do this by heating the bowl over a pan of water or by microwaving using 20 second bursts. This will be very hot so caution should be taken not to burn yourself or others. (This is the health and safety bit – this is a project to do for the children NOT with the children).
Once melted add the Vitamin E and Lavender Oil.
Then carefully pour the mixture into your chosen mould. I went for moons and stars for this calming, sleepy time lotion bar.
These are so simple to make. The individual bars melt in your hand and I am sure you will find yourself rubbing any excess on your own skin once you have finished moisturising the little ones.
They would also make great gifts for the young and old. Add a bit of body glitter to make a great gift for those who like a bit of sparkle.
Please note I am not giving medical advice. If your children has any of the symptoms mentioned in this post you should seek advice from your GP before proceeding. Not all essential oils are suitable for children especially young babies. Also please do be careful the lotion can get very hot once melted prior to setting in the moulds, this is a project to do for the children NOT with the children.