~ Food Has Power ~
I use oil instead of lotion and have for years. Coconut and olive oils are a good mix for me, too. I use whatever essential oil seems "right" to me. Usually it's a lavender, sweet orange and rosewood blend, and very mild.
I apply the oil sparingly after I shower, when my skin is still wet. It rubs in quite nicely. In fact, I have a theory that since lotion is simply emulsified oil and water, rubbing oil into wet skin creates a sort of emulsion as well. If you rub oil into dry skin, it's not quite the same - you get oily skin rather than moisturized skin.
I have eczema as well, and the oil helps alleviate the discomfort, but does not heal it. Stress makes it worse, as does winter. But I figure I need to figure out what to *eliminate* and that will cure my eczema.
Vanilla sounds yummy!