3 July 2014


I'm not gonna lie. One of the best things i enjoy at this moment is spending my days at the beach. Something i didn't quite appreciate last year. Like already said in a previous post, i'm taking in every single second. And swimming, sunbathing is what i live for right now. 

My second favourite, is returning after a long day at the beach, taking a cold shower. And that second you feel cool and fresh, right before your skin starts to burn and your feeling like you're burning from the inside. I know what you're going to say. I'm avoiding the dangerous hours from 12 - 4 and sunbathe only either early in the morning, or in the afternoon. 

Yesterday i discovered the very awesome after sun yogurt spray by Korres, but thought i should try making a body lotion to stay cool after the shower, since i'm all about organic stuff lately. Between you and me, i liked the challenge, since Korres is as organic as i need ;) 

For the base, i used 50% shea butter and 50% my favourite rose body lotion. Amongst everything being great for insect bites, dry skin, skin rash it's great for skin peeling after tanning, sunburn and skin damage from heat

Olive oil, is one of my favourite ingredients to use. Wether it's in my salads, on my hair or on my body. It's simply magicalUsing olive oil on the sunburn keeps your skin moisturised and usually prevents the skin from peeling. If you got a really bad sun bur  rub olive oil on the burn until it is moist. Don’t wash it off immediately. Wait a couple of hours until it doesn’t feel as oily.

We've got aloe's all over our house. It's the only plant that i have ever had, and it has lived, producing many babies. I feel like we definitely have a mutual love. Aloe is the number one ingredient for sunburns. It's basically perfect for everything. When i was about 5 and living with my grandmother in Russia, i'd cut an aloe leaf, and put it wherever i got injured - which was quite often, since i was  the female version of Dennis the menace. 

You can use some ready aloe gel, or you can cut a leaf in half, and scratch out the pulp. You can also have both. I went with the real thing. 

Coconut oil, works wonders as a moisturiser, and with a burnt dry skin, that's exactly what you need. So what i did here, was leave a couple of lavender flowers for about an hour in the coconut oil. Once you dip them in, and squeeze them just a bit, you can smell the lavender right away. 

3 tbs body lotion of your choice
3 tbs shea butter
2 tbs aloe vera pulp or gel - or 1 and 1
4 tsp olive oil
1 tsp 
1 lavender blossom grated with your fingers 

Mix everything together, et voila! I like keeping it in the fridge, so it's really cool to soothe the skin right away. It smells divine and works like magic. On top of everything, it could be a perfect summer gift. 


Giulia Duch Clerici said...

this sounds incredible! i want to do it right away!

Vic Mae said...

I absolutely LOVe the photography in this post! <3

Alexandra | folk & fest said...

These photographs are beautiful and such a wonderful idea ! I'll have to try it sometime :)

Latrina M. said...

CORINA!! This is absolutely fabulous. You amaze me, girl. :)

Perfect timing too! One of my goals for this month is to create a lavender body lotion and so this is just perfect. I will be trying this. :)

I loved this so much, C.The imagery is gorgeous too!! xoxo

P.s. I swear by all of these ingredients too! Especially aloe. My gma has so many of those plants at her house, we used them all the time as a kid.

Christina said...

Τι ωραία ιδέα!! Εχει λίγους μήνες που ασχολούμαι να ψάχνω φυσικά καλλυντικά και τα συστατικά τους, ιδιότητες του κάθε λαδιού και πλέον κοιτάω να αγοράζω όσο το δυνατόν πιο φυσικά προϊόντα. Ακόμα δεν έχω πάει τόσο θάλασσα για να καώ αλλά γενικά θα θελα να έχω υλικά για να φτιάχνω τέτοια σκευάσματα, έχω πάρει πόσα έλαια να μπουκώνω τα μαλλιά μου στις βιταμίνες!

Eleni | My Paradissi said...

Aloe vera and olive oil, my royal remedies too! They actually make wonders!
The lotion you've made looks awesome girl! And I can smell it all the way to Crete! xoxo

Maja Molière said...

I am so intrigued! Will have to try it!

Sophia said...

I've never thought about making lotion before, I'll have to try it out!

Jessica (Coco & Mingo) said...

Yes! Definitely will be needing after sun lotion this summer :) I love aloe and it's my favorite for after sun! These are all so great, C! The coconut oil and lavender one sounds just divine! Thank you for such a great DIY post, lovely!! xo

Steph said...

This looks so good! Must try!



Fashion Follows Her said...

Right there with you... I'm using the Korres sunscreen at the mo but the after sounds great! http://fashionfollowsher.com/

Neela said...

This looks lovely, I'll have to try it especially in this Texas heat! I like how your photography also tells the story of how to make the lotion, very beautifully done :)


Kate Amunrud said...

These are very much like the things I make! Love these.

Kevin O'Gara | Thou Swell said...

So great for the summertime, when it's easy to get too much sun :) Can't wait to try it out!

Stephanie23 said...

Oh my gosh. Where was this post x2 wks ago!!! Saving the recipe now!!! I can only imagine the smell mixed with the silk, velvety, yogurt. Instead of Olive oil, can I substitute the olive oil for Coconut oil. I'm in love w organic coconut oil. Use it for cooking, hair, and skin. Just didn't know about sunburns. Plus I love the smell.

Dmast said...

What rose lotion is ur favorite? I really enjoyed this post

Jasmin Donaghey said...

This looks so good! Must try it in the summer time!

daf said...

looking for something to soothe my skin after radiation treatments, this may do the trick!

Cate said...

What's the brand of your favorite rose lotion?

Brittany Williams Martin said...

Would love to try this! Thanks for sharing!