It's not really my lotion recipe. I work with a nurse who gave the recipe to me. One of her patients gave it to her. This nurse (the one with whom I work) has worked in Hospice for years and years before she came to the clinic. The family that shared the recipe with her was taking care of a lady who was bedridden for almost ten years. They found this recipe somewhere and made this lotion -- which kept her from ever getting one bedsore.
Now lotion alone won't keep people from getting bedsores. People who are bedridden need extra special care helping with position changes at least every two hours and getting clean after they use the bedpan. Lotion can't be substituted for that kind of TLC... but it's still a great supplement for skin.
So if the winter drys you out-- if you work somewhere that you have to wash your hands all of the time -- if you're ready for those yucky callouses on your heels to go away -- if you just want an excuse to make a mess -- if you'd like to go where no man has boldly gone before -- if you just like lotion -- if you like to play with the hand mixer -- if you just want to -- if you dare -- etc, etc -- Go ahead and make the lotion already.
All of the following ingredients can be purchased at Family Dollar in the lotion/hygiene section for a dollar each. (This is not to be confused with the Dollar Store.) You'll need the following ingredients, a big mixing bowl, hand mixer, and lots of little jars to put the new lotion. I ended up putting the excess in a big gallon-sized sandwich bag. But if you want to be more couth than that, get some baby jars or something. You can reuse the smaller containers that vaseline comes in, too...
My Fancy Lotion Recipe
2 jars store-brand Vitamin E cream
2 store-brand baby lotion bottles
1 jar of the store-brand vaseline
1. Dump above into a large mixing bowl. I found
that cutting apart the baby lotion bottles helped me to get a bunch more of it
out. And get a bigger mixing bowl than you think you're going to need or
it'll be messier than you thought.2. Mix. Don't overheat the hand-mixer.3. Put the new lotion that you made all by yourself
into little jars. You can reuse the vitamin e cream jars and vaseline jar
again. Or you can buy fancy jars at an antique store...4. Apply to skin. It absovbs quickly. For
best results, apply after bathing. For dry, cracked heels apply after
bathing and before bedtime (sleep in socks).5. Tell me how great it is.
Yes, it's really that easy. Now go make it.