Remember Luster’s Pink Oil Moisturizer? I say remember because anybody with any knowledge about natural hair care knows to stay far far away from that stuff! Mineral Oil City!! Not to mention the fact that it is funnnnnky! I hated the smell of that crap but I LOVED the way it made my hair feel. So so soft! I was a little sad when I found out that mineral oil is bad for your hair, but since I couldn’t stand the smell of LPOM anyway, it was an easy habit to break. What’s my point? Well, being the ingredient junkie that I am, I bought some Lanolin (pure, natural) a few weeks ago without knowing how I was going to use it. It’s just been sitting around, looking all lonely because once I opened it, I found that’s it’s just a bit more sticky than I anticipated. I tried mixing it with some aloe to use on my feet and the result was not pretty at all. It was a clumpy mess! So it sat for a while longer…
Well, after a while I had the brilliant idea to see how it melts. So I melted a little and started adding some stuff and viola! I made my own oil moisturizer, minus the mineral oil and stinky smell. In fact, it smells quite delish!! A word of warning though. Some people are allergic to lanolin, so if you have issues with it or sheep’s wool, this is a recipe that you may want to avoid. (And for all you anilmal lovers, the sheep are not harmed during the lanolin extraction process. Lanolin is extracted from the shorn wool.)
For once, I actually measured the ingredients. Yay me!!
6oz Pure Aloe Vera Gel (like for sunburns, but clear. I use FOTE)
2Tbsp Pure Lanolin (beeswax can be used as a substitute. See tips below)
2Tbsp Coconut Oil
Melt the lanolin until it’s liquid. Add the coconut oil and aloe and stir well. Mixture will be a creamy lotion with a consistency similar to the vanilla icing that you drizzle over cinnamon rolls. Apply to wet or damp hair to seal in the moisture. (You’ll be amazed at the softness and the shine!)
1. You can use whatever type of oil you like. My 1st batch was made with Olive oil, but the coconut version smells wayyyyy better.
2. It’s a bit oily, but if you’ve ever used LPOM, you already know that. Day 1 was the worst, but after a couple of days, a lot of the oiliness went away. (Soaked up by the pillowcase, no doubt, lol!)
3. Lanolin can build up, so this is not something I would recommend for frequent (daily) usage if you’re a no-poo (like moi). Every few days with a co-wash between uses and you should be fine. Otherwise, you’ll probably need to clarify. I’m likely only going to use it after my henna / bentonite treatments as a leave in moisturizer. (Once a week)
4. If you’re sensitive to lanolin, beeswax can be used as a substitute (I used 1/2 of a 1oz stick). You’ll need to add more oil and mix it with the beeswax really well before adding the aloe and you’ll probably need to use a handmixer to get it nice and smooth (I did).