I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
Mother’s Day is next Sunday and I have a really fun (and easy) Mother’s Day gift idea that I wanted to share with you for making rhinestone monogrammed lotion pumps I also wanted to share this recipe for an amazing lotion that has pretty much changed my life the past few months. If you need a gift idea, this combination of lotion with the monogram pump is so easy!
So first, let me tell you about this lotion recipe because I have been so excited to share it with you guys!
A friend gave me a jar of this lotion for Valentine’s Day in a mason jar. I kept it by my sink and started using it every day and after a couple days, I looked at my hands and arms and could not believe how smooth and great they looked. I have the worst hands after growing up in the frozen tundra of Minnesota and have always been self conscious in how old they look after years of cold and dry weather. I have tried everything imaginable and nothing has ever helped.
After a couple weeks of using the lotion, my hands and arms began to look like they did in my 20’s (I’m in my 40’s). I know that’s so crazy to say that but the difference has been so incredible for me because they are smooth, very hydrated and so much younger looking. I called my friend Samantha and asked her what the heck she put in that jar!? She texted me the recipe and I could not believe what was in it, just a few inexpensive products;
8 oz. Vitamin-E Cream
15 oz. Baby Lotion
8 oz. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (not the liquid but the solid form unmelted) (only comes in a 16 oz. container so you could either double recipe or cut the solid oil in half from a 16 oz. container).
1 oz. Collagen Beauty Cream (optional** see note below)
(You can also use Aveeno baby lotion as a substitute if you do not want the baby lotion smell and I tried it both ways and while it’s still good, I prefer the original pink baby lotion better).
You mix the ingredients together in a mixer until it’s completely mixed together (I did it for about 5 minutes on high) and that’s it! I did however, add a slight tweak to her recipe and added 1 oz. of Collagen Cream because I wanted a little help with firming the skin on my hands and the tweak took the lotion to a whole new level by adding a little help with firming my newly hydrated hands!
Of course, since it was working serious magic on my hands and arms, you know what I was thinking right?! If it does this on my hands, what will it do on my face?!
Well…, I started using it on my face and it did the same thing! The lotion made a huge difference almost overnight and after a month, I just couldn’t believe the difference. Smooth, well hydrated and finer lines. To play it safe, not knowing if the lotion would clog my pores, I used the St Ives Oatmeal Scrub several times a week on my face. I had absolutely no breakout or anything other than absolutely amazing results.
Ok, now that I have told you all about the recipe (can you tell I’m a little passionate?), I wanted to give you a pretty monogram pump project for you to fill with this lotion and also a great way to give as a gift.
Any kind of soap pump should work for the lotion. I used a clear glass soap pump that I found in the bathroom section at Target. I know Kmart has great clear plexi-glass soap pumps as well.
All you do is pick up rhinestone sticker letters from your craft store and get a large letter for the last name initial (middle) and a sheet of smaller letters with the alphabet in rhinestones (first and middle initial). These rhinestone sticker letters have a much stronger adhesive than regular stickers, so it’s perfect for glass. (Be sure and clean the area that you are going to monogram with alcohol first)
Below is what they look like:
The trick to getting the lotion into the pump is to use either a plastic frosting bag or put lotion in ziploc bag (use a spatula) a snip the corner (like frosting) and squeeze into the pump. A funnel won’t work because the lotion is too thick.
Ok guys, you have to trust me on this lotion! It really is so awesome to have finally found something so inexpensive that actually works and I swear, has reversed time on my hands and face. If you do try it, please, please come back and tell me what you think!
Have a great week friends and thanks for stopping by!
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Laura J says
hhmmmm — sounds interesting! I’ll be following everyone’s comments . . . .
Cindy, I’m giving this one a try, I make my own lotion using my great Aunt’s recipe of vit E cream, Baby lotion and Vaseline. I use essential oils to add fragrance. Coconut oil sounds great. Love your blog
Thank you so much Delloraine! I forgot to add that the coconut oil in the mix has made my nails grow like crazy and they are even stronger. I had really dry and brittle nails and for the first time in years, my nails are so pretty and healthy looking. The trick is though to not wear nail polish so the ingredients can penetrate the nails.
If you do try the recipe, I would love for you to come back and tell me what you think! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Thanks so much for the great recipe! I can’t wait to use it and see improvement in my hands and nails. Where did you find the Collagen Beauty Cream?
I found the Collagen Cream at my local grocery store in the vitamin section. I also linked it on Amazon just in case you guys couldn’t find it. I’m not sure but a health store may have it as well. Yes!! I can’t wait for you to try it! Come back and tell me all about it after you start seeing the difference! xo
Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says
A little glitz is always fun. Love this idea.
Sounds like another GREAT idea! Love the look of the dispenser. Thank you for complete instructions and good pictures Can’t wait to try both the recipe and the dispenser. Enjoy your blog each week.
Jane C says
Thanks for sharing your recipe! I love tried and true ones. Looking forwards to whipping up a batch. How many ounces does your bottle hold? And is this recipe enough for just one bottle? Thank you for sharing! Love your blog….you always have some great ideas!!
Thank you so much Jane! I would say that the pump dispenser in the picture that I picked up at Target holds somewhere between 15-20 oz. I forgot to mention this in the post but I always make a double batch and put the remainder back in the containers of the vitamin e, baby lotion, coconut oil and collagen. I just wipe them out real good, remove the labels and use a spatula to fill them and to store. I now go through one batch a week because I also put it all over my body. I use the small vitamin e container full for my face.
If you start using this on a regular basis like me, save your empty containers as you use up a batch and run through the dishwasher on sterilize to re-use each time. Come back and tell me what you think! 🙂
Awesome. The coconut oil is an excellent source for inside and outside our body. Congrats and thanks for sharing.
Love the dispenser. What a great idea!!! I can’t wait to whip up my own batch of lotion. Thanks for sharing!
Gigi Garrett says
I just wroe you from your Blog – but you have actually answered my question – I wasn’t sure how much to spend for the Collagen Beauty Cream since I found so many with huge price range.
I AM A NEW FAN OF YOURS – will subscribe – thank you
Thank you so much Gigi for your kind words! Yes, please come back and tell me what you think! You’re gonna LOVE it! 🙂
Gigi Garrett says
Thanh you for the response and I will definitely let you know.
But one other question…..Ii bought a large container of collagen cream…..now…..is it just an ounce in a measuring cup or is it an ounce by weight?
Know this should be simple…..but seems I always have questions. But rather ask and do it right than to guess and not like the product.
Thank you again
two tablespoons = one ounce. Hope that helps Gigi and yes, come back and let me know what you think!
Gigi Garrett says
WOW – thanks so much for the prompt response – can’t wait to get the lotion made now – and will definitely let you know how it goes.
So happy I found you – loving your site.
Gigi Garrett says
Guess the other msg did not go through since I hadn’t put the http:/ before the website URL question.
Basically WOW – thank you for the prompt reply – that 2 TBSP = 1 oz of the collagen cream.
Can’t wait to get it made now.
So happy I found you – love your site.