What's in your lotion?

I love using hand and body lotion that smells good, but for years, lotion and I did not get along. The ingredients in pretty much any lotion I used would cause my hands to burn and hurt when I applied it, especially in the winter when I really needed it. It was a constant struggle between hands that hurt due to chapping and applying lotion to those hurting hands that made them hurt more. For the most part, I would grin and bear it one way or the other. Some lotions marketed as fragrance free or all natural still contained ingredients that made my skin crawl…literally.

Looking into what some of those ingredients are, revealed a list of some chemicals to avoid. These include: 
  • Parabens
  • Pthalates
  • Retinyl palmitate
  • Triethanolamine 
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Fragrance/Parfum
  • Petrolatum
Wow! That’s quite a list! I had to ask myself: Am I really going to have to carry around a list of ingredients to cross-check my hand lotion product every time I go to the store? Chances were slim, so I just needed to find a product I could trust that would be good for me and wouldn’t change over time. 
My decision on a safe lotion to use came down to one that I knew would be natural – goat milk lotion. The downside to using this natural product is that I missed the smell. Along came essential oils. I played around and discovered that I could add essential oils to my unscented goat milk lotion to create my own custom scent. Now, I tend to rotate between Peace & Calming and Valor, two of my favorite blends. Rather than mix up a whole bottle’s worth, I put a few squirts in a travel jar and then add 2-3 drops of essential oil and mix with a toothpick or wooden modeling stick. 
I’m not a big lotion user, so this little travel jar lasts me a couple of weeks to a month. Give it a try and let me know what you think.  

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