Luscious Grandma Lotion

The older I become the dryer my skin.

I make this lotion when I make soap but sometimes I run out early and go to coconut oil. At those times I miss this lotion like crazy. My granddaughter Shaylee also uses this when she visits because it’s gluten free and works so well on her dry skin.

You will need: a canning jar, medium pot, container to pour lotion into when finished cooking.


1/2 cup – almond or olive oil

1/4 cup – coconut oil

1/4 cup – bees wax

2 tablespoons – shea butter (optional but I use)


Combine ingredients in jar and place jar in pot of water. Bring water to a slow boil then turn down to simmer once boiling, stir every few minutes, when all ingredients are liquid, turn heat to low and allow lotion to heat an additional 5 minutes. Pour into container (will be hot so be careful), refrigerate for at least 48 hours before using so the lotion can set.

Tips: I double the above recipe and pour into separate containers. One remains in the refrigerator until needed. The lotion has anti spoiling properties from the bees wax and coconut oil but shouldn’t be used at room temperature for more than 6 months.

  1. ingredients
  2. bringing water to a boil
  3. what the oil looks like when ready
  4. my favorite container filled with grandma lotion (it will turn white after cooling)
  5. grandma celebrating a new batch of oil because she was out

I use this on my face and body. It also has natural sunblock due to the coconut oil and bees wax. We don’t use sunblock because of all the bad chemicals.


Homemade Soap with Lye Just Like Grandma Made

Soap: Such a wonderful thing but the soap you buy is not so wonderful

I was a Dove soap user for years. Here are the ingredients: Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate Or Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate Or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

I don’t know what most of those ingredients are so I’ll just show you one: Tetrasodium Etidronate (better known as EDTA), is classified as a high human health priority and expected to be toxic or harmful. Please don’t get me started on Titanium Dioxide but you can read this article if you’re curious.

Yeah, I’ll say no to that. I don’t even want to take the time to read up on all the other ingredients so I’ll teach you make soap the way my grandmother did it minus the lard. This soap is sudsy and very gentle with nourishing oil for your skin. It’s the only bath soap we use.

Grandma’s Soap Recipe


40 oz – Almond or Olive oil

10 oz – Coconut oil

16 oz – Water

6.9 oz by weight – Household lye (found cheapest at your local hardware store)

Optional – 1 oz Essential oil for smell (I use nothing because I like it natural)


No children in the kitchen, use rubber gloves when handling lye and immediately wash with soap and water if you get any on your skin. It will also burn clothing so wear something old. Now get over your fear because it’s super simple if you follow these precautions.

You will need:

Immersion blender (I love my Breville blender but you can stir with a wooden spoon, it just takes longer), large cooking pot, 2 – wire cooling racks, 2 – silicone cupcake pans, large glass measuring cup (needs to hold at least 8 cups), kitchen scale & a piece of parchment paper


Combine oils in large pot. Fill the measuring cup with 16 oz (2 cups) water. Place parchment paper on scale and weigh (between 6.8 & 6.10 oz). Carefully poor the lye into the water (this is were the lye will burn if you touch or splatter it. Be careful). Mix the bubbling lye well with a metal spoon then carefully poor into oil. Add essential oil if you choose to use. Use immersion blender until ingredients thicken and turn white (saponification or chemical reaction has taken place and the lye is now soap and will no longer burn).

Place cupcake holders on wire racks. I use a small measuring cup to transfer soap into the cupcake pans and fill them as high as they can take. If you have leftover poor into a plastic dish. Leave soap in the pans and on the rack over night so it can harden. The following morning, remove soap from pans and place on racks to cure. Curing will take 4 to 6 weeks depending on dryness in the air. You want your soap good and hard.

  1. Ingredients
  2. measuring lye
  3. lye bubbling in water
  4. blending the oil with lye
  5. filled cupcake pans

*My friend Connie at Connie’s Random Thoughts (fiction writing blog) receives credit for the soap recipe. She invited me to her home and showed me how to make it. Connie grates a cake of cured soap, adds water so it devolves and uses as shampoo. It’s too oily for my hair but it may work for you.

I’ll be posting my lotion recipe next because I make the lotion when making my soap about every 2 months.