Using body lotions doesn’t just give your skin a nice and beautiful glow. The ingredients that are used to make lotions each have a specific purpose. By making your own natural lotion, you can ensure that you’re using nature’s gifts in order to restore your skin moisture, to give it a clean and smooth appearance, but also to cleanse the pores and have a happy and healthy skin.
Even if you feel like you don’t have the time to make your own natural lotion, each of the recipes below takes minutes to put together. These 44 recipes are here to show you how you can bring the very best ingredients used in the skincare industry to your kitchen and mold them at your fingertips, to ensure that you too are treating your skin right.
Aloe Lotion Ingredients
Aloe vera lotions aren’t just good: they are amazing at hydrating the skin, leaving it smooth and velvety. But aloe vera has been long used to treat burned and damaged skin, so you know it’s an ingredient with plenty of skin-care benefits for several situations.
- 1 cup aloe vera gel
- 1 tsp. + 1 TBSP beeswax pastilles
- 1/2 cup almond oil or jojoba oil (or any other liquid oil)
- 1 tsp. vitamin E oil (optional)
- 1 TBSP shea butter (optional)
- essential oils of choice
To make your own aloe lotion, you will first have to melt the shea butter, alongside the almond oil and beeswax. You can use the bain-marie method, which implied putting the ingredients in a clean bowl over a pan of hot water, so that the heat can melt and blend them. Stir the ingredients together and then remove the mixture from the heat.
The next step requires using either a regular blender or an immersion one, in which case you will have to place the melted ingredients inside a mason jar. When this mixture has cooled to room temperature, you will notice that they start hardening around the edges.
If you want to add vitamin E to the recipe, pour it over the mixture, together with the essential oils of your choice. Regardless of the type of blender you’re using, start it on the lowest setting and begin mixing. Slowly add aloe vera gel until the mixture is homogeneous. You will have to use a spatula to scrape the mixture off the edges and into the container, all whilst you keep blending.
When you’re done, you can store the lotion in a clean container, which can be kept in the fridge for a maximum of six weeks.
Homemade Lotion: A Non-Greasy Moisturizer
Here we have a recipe that’s perfect for your body and your hands. It has a creamy consistency, and a blend of ingredients that’s perfect for dry or damaged skin. This lotion is quickly absorbed by the skin, and is made with light ingredients that won’t give your skin that oily look most people try to avoid.
- 1 cup pure aloe vera gel, distilled water, or strong-brewed herbal tea
- ½ cup grated beeswax,
- ½ cup sweet almond, grapeseed, or jojoba oil
- 1 tsp. Vitamin E oil
- 15 drops essential oil
Take a medium-sized down and mix together the essential oil, vitamin E, and aloe vera gel. If the mixture isn’t coming together, you can consider placing the bowl on top of a warm water bath. When the mixture is ready, set it aside to allow it to reach room temperature.
Use a glass measuring cup to which you add oil (jojoba, sweet almond, etc.) and beeswax. Using the bain-marie technique, place the cup in a pan of gently boiling water, stirring the ingredients together as the wax melts.
Put the beeswax mixture inside a blender and leave it there to cool. When you notice that this blend has cooled down, but is still soft, add the aloe vera mixture in slowly. Blend the ingredients together, but stop every once in a while to run a spoon or a spatula around the sides, making sure that all ingredients are incorporated.
Continue mixing for about 10 to 15 minutes, until the blend has reached the desired consistency. When done, put the lotion inside a clean jar. It can be stored in the refrigerator for weeks.
Lotion Bar #1
If you want an upgrade from regular body lotion and switch to a lotion bar, we have a recipe that’s made with moisturizing and nourishing ingredients. By using ingredients such as shea butter, this lotion bar is skin smoothing, boosting the skin’s collagen production.
- 3 Tbsp. Beeswax
- 2 Tbsp. Cocoa Butter
- 3 Tbsp. Shea Butter
- 4 Tbsp. Sweet Almond Oil
- 2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil (helps preserve oils)
- 10 drops of Essential Oils (optional)
- 1 quart-size glass mason jar
Take a clean mason jar, and place all the ingredients inside, minus the essential oils. Place the jar inside a pan with boiling water, and mix until all the ingredients have created a homogenous mixture.
Once the ingredients have been mixed together, remove the jar from the hot water, and leave it to cool a bit. While still soft, add the essential oils and mix the contents of the jar once again.
Using the silicone mold of your choice, pour the mixture inside and allow them to set and cool.
Homemade Lotion with Frankincense, Lavender & Peppermint Oils
Olive oil is rich in fatty acids, which makes it an important ingredient in a healthy person’s diet. However, the benefits of olive oil are way more extended. It turns out that olive oil can prevent sun damage, being a perfect ingredient in lotions for solar protection. Thanks to a little something called squalene, olive oil can hydrate the skin, but also acts as an antioxidant that fights free radicals.
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 10 drops frankincense essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
Using the bain-marie technique, place a bowl inside a pan with hot water, and add the beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, and olive oil inside. Stir the ingredients until the mixture has blended and melted.
Remove the bowl from the pan, and then add the essential oils. Leave the mixture to cool and, using a hand blender or a mixer, blend the ingredients for a couple of minutes, to give the lotion a more creamy consistency.
Natural Anti-Aging Body Lotion Recipe with SPF
The damage that UV sunlight causes our skin is something most of us tend to overlook. In time, the effects of direct sunlight become more visible, and while everyone enjoys a nice than, nobody likes wrinkles or damaged skin. Here is a recipe based on the benefits of zinc oxide that add solar protection to a body lotion that can be applied every time you leave the house.
- ½ cup unrefined Shea Butter
- 2- ½ Tablespoons Apricot Kernel Oil
- 2- ½ Tablespoons Argan Oil
- 1 teaspoon Non-Nano Zinc Oxide
- 5 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
- 5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- 5 drops Geranium Essential Oil
- 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
The first step in creating this amazing anti-aging solution is to make sure that the shea butter is smooth. For this, you will need a mixer to whip it up. Then, add the argan oil and apricot kernel oil while continuously mixing.
Grab a spoon and mix in the zinc oxide, and the mixer will most likely blow it away. Go back to your mixer, and now blend in the essential oils. Continue mixing until the consistency is fluffy.
Those of you that want more SPF can add an extra two tablespoons of non-nano zinc oxide.
Homemade All-natural Pumpable Lotion
Oats have a surprising number of benefits when it comes to skincare. The high content of lipids and protein make oats great for skin moisturizing, while the antioxidants are believed to help with aging skin. Oats can also help with reducing the itchy sensation caused by many different skin conditions.
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of oats
- 1/2 cup of almond oil (olive or jojoba work too)
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 3 tbsp. beeswax
- 1 tbsp. vitamin E oil
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
- Young Living essential oils (optional)
Grab a clean bowl and place the oats and water inside. Cover the bowl and leave the oats to soak in water overnight (about 12 hours should do the trick).
The next day, drain the oats, but don’t throw away the water. Using a spatula, make sure that you get all the juices out of the oatmeal. After that, you can eat the oatmeal, throw it away, or do whatever, because you won’t need it for this recipe. Then, take half a cup of oatmeal water and save it for later.
Take another bowl and add the honey, beeswax, coconut oil, and almond oil inside. Microwave these ingredients (you can melt them in a bain-marie as well), but make sure that you stir them from time to time.
To quickly cool the oil, place it inside the refrigerator for about 45 minutes, or in the freezer for about 15.
After that, mix the oatmeal water with the oil mixture, plus whatever other essential oil you might be using in this recipe. Use a mixer for the best results. Mix until the blend is thick and looks like a lotion.
Use an empty and clean lotion bottle to store, preferably one that has a pump, for easier application. To keep the lotion fresh for longer, consider storing it in the fridge on really hot days.
Coconut Oil Lotion
Coconut oil is one of the kings of healthy skin. It has antimicrobial properties induced by the fatty acids inside the oil, helping the skin stay protected in the face of microorganisms. It also helps reduce inflammation, which is present in a lot of different skin disorders and conditions. Coconut oil is also believed to be able to treat acne, because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
- 2 cups of virgin coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil
- 6 to 10 drops of essential oil (your fragrance of choice)
Mix the vitamin E oil and coconut oil with a hand blender for about five minutes. The end result has to be homogenous and have a texture rich in volume.
Add the essential oils of your choice and mix for another 30 seconds. Use a clean container to store the mixture, and always keep the lotion is a cool place, away from direct sunlight.
Homemade Glycerin Lotion Recipe
Glycerin is in the top three most used ingredients in the cosmetics industry. It is an important element of good lotions and moisturizers, because studies have shown that it can bring great benefits to your skin. Glycerin is a humectant, which means that it can take in water from deep inside the skin and pulls it to the surface. Glycerin is generally combined with ingredients that can trap moisture to the skin’s surface.
- 4.5 oz Coconut Oil
- 1.5 oz Emulsifying Wax
- 16 oz Distilled Water
- 8 oz Glycerin
- 10-15 drops Essential Oils (in the fragrance of your choice)
Place the emulsifying wax and the coconut oil inside a clean bowl in a pan of hot water. Heat until the ingredients have melted, and stir them using a spoon.
Remove the bowl from the water, and then add glycerin, distilled water, and the essential oils of your choice, if you want to add a particular fragrance to the lotion.
Once everything has been mixed together, pour the content into clean jars or bottles. Make sure that you use the lotion every day, for the best results.
Cooling Mint-Aloe Body Lotion
Aloe vera has always been used to treat skin problems. That’s because the plant is rich in polysaccharides, which are compounds that aid in skin repair, helping generate new skin cells. Since aloe vera gel is mostly made of water, it can hydrate the skin, whilst helping it lock in moisture. Because it can stimulate fibroblast activity, aloe vera is also a booster of collagen activity, making the skin more elastic.
- 1/4 cup grated beeswax
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
- 1/8 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
Place the coconut oil and beeswax in a clean bowl over a pan of hot water. Heat and mix the ingredients together until they’ve both melted and blended together. Make sure that you don’t overheat the ingredients because you want to preserve the benefits of coconut oil.
Remove the bowl from the heat, and grab a hand whisk for the following step. Add the essential peppermint oil and the room-temperature aloe vera gel into the mixture, and whisk thoroughly.
Allow the lotion to cool down to room temperature (it should take between two and four hours), and then whisk again if you want the lotion to have a fluffier consistency. Due to the fact that aloe vera will evaporate in time, expect the lotion to become thicker as the days go by.
Homemade Body Lotion
This homemade body lotion is looking to bring together the benefits of great products like coconut oil and shea butter. Great for dry skin problems, but also efficient at cleansing the skin and helping it trap moisture, the ingredients in this lotion are meant to give your skin a healthy glow, while also ensuring that it has a pleasant scent that lingers throughout the day, particularly because of the well-chosen mixture of essential oils.
- 5 tbsp. Shea butter
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. almond oil
- 1 tsp. jojoba oil
- 5 drops lavender oil
- 10 drops lemon oil
- 5 drops ylang-ylang oil
Grab a clean mixing bowl and place all the ingredients inside. Take a cream beater (could be a whisk or a mixer) and mix all of the ingredients until you end up with a homogenous fluffy lotion.
Place the lotion inside a clean container and use it as often as you want.
DIY Organic Baby Lotion Recipe
A baby’s skin is extremely sensitive and should be treated as such. Carefully selecting the ingredients that can be part of a baby lotion can be daunting, particularly if you don’t know what effects these ingredients have on the skin. Below is a formula that’s safe to use inside a baby lotion, but you’ll have to research the essential oils you want to add to the mixture, to make sure they’re ok to use. Take note that if your baby is under three months of age, you shouldn’t add any essential oils to the mixture.
- 1/4 cup organic cocoa butter
- 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon organic beeswax pastilles
- 2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil
- 5 drops of essential oil that’s safe for babies
- Clean container to store the lotion
Grab a clean glass down and place it inside a pan of hot water on the stove. In the jar, place the beeswax, coconut oil, and cocoa butter. Stir the mixture to make sure the ingredients all melt and blend properly.
Once the mixture has melted, add the vitamin E oil and the essential oil that’s baby-safe. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and then pour the lotion inside a storage container.
If you want the lotion to have a fluffier texture, you can whip the ingredients up after they’ve melted.
Handmade Lotion – Body Butter
Natural lotions are slowly growing their fanbase, because of the health benefits of ingredients that aren’t processed or created in a lab. Since nature has always given us the elements we need to survive, extracts and oils that are used to make natural lotions are pretty much everything we need to make sure our skin stays healthy.
- 1/2 cup cocoa butter
- 1/2 cup Unrefined coconut oil
- 1/4 cup apricot kernel oil or almond oil
- 2 tsp grated beeswax
- 10,000 IU of Vitamin E oil from capsule
- 1 cup shea butter
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup almond oil
- 1/2 tbsp vitamin E oil
For the first recipe, place all the ingredients inside a bowl that goes over a pan of hot water. Mix the ingredients together on low heat until they’ve melted. Pour the lotion inside one or several empty containers and allow them to cool before using.
For the second recipe (to make the body butter), melt the ingredients using the same bain-marie technique. When the ingredients are melted, place them in a large mixing bowl. Allow the mixture to cool until the color darkens, and then use a mixer to whip the ingredients. Since the results will have a thicker consistency, use a spoon to place the butter inside clean containers.
Honey isn’t just delicious, it’s also a great skincare product ingredient. Chronic skin conditions are often treated with products that are based on honey. You must have tried a honey face mask at least once up until now and witness how it leaves the skin glowing. Honey is an ingredient that can help the skin heal faster, but it also helps acne scars fade.
- 5 tbsp. emulsifying wax
- 1 tbsp. liquid lanolin
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp. honey
This is one of the easiest and most straightforward recipes for body lotion: just place the ingredients in a bowl on top of a pan of hot water, and mix them until you get a smooth result. Place the lotion inside a clean jar and store it in a cool place.
Silky Smooth Beeswax DIY Lotion
People that live in dry areas have to use a body lotion. It helps the skin trap moisture, preventing cracks and damages that don’t just look bad, but also cause discomfort. The recipe below has a very creamy texture, feeling really pleasant when rubbed against the skin. It also gives you the freedom to customize the scent by adding the essential oils that you like most.
- ¾ cup of almond oil
- 1 tbsp. of vitamin E oil
- 1 tbsp. of mango butter
- 2 tbsp. of cocoa butter
- 1 tbsp. of beeswax pellets
- 1 cup of distilled water
- 30 to 40 drops of your favorite essential oils
Melt the following ingredients inside a clean bowl (either in a microwave or in a bain-marie): beeswax, cocoa butter, mango butter, and almond oil. Gently stir the ingredients, then add the vitamin E oil. Slowly pour in the essential oil and distilled water, while mixing gently the entire time.
When the ingredients have melted and blended, feel free to use a hand mixer to whip the lotion (this process changes the consistency and makes the lotion thicker).
Non-Greasy Homemade Lotion Recipe
When you have oily skin, using lotions or cream can be a real nuisance, because it makes your body look all sticky and greasy. To prevent that from happening, people buy lotions that are specially designed for oily skin, which feature ingredients that are quickly absorbed by the skin. The lotion recipe below isn’t just for oily skin, but also helps those who are sensitive.
- 1/2 cup Distilled Water
- 1/2 cup pure Aloe Vera Gel
- 1/2 cup Grated Beeswax or Beeswax Pastilles
- 1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Jojoba oil
- 1 tsp. Vitamin E oil or Rosemary Extract
- 16 drops Essential oils in the fragrances of your choice
Use the bain-marie technique to melt the beeswax. In a separate bowl, mix the aloe vera gel and the water, and then bring this mixture to the same temperature as the beeswax.
Take the melted beeswax and combine it with the coconut oil inside a food processor or blender. Mix these two at a slow speed, and then add the water mixture on top of it. Pour the water mixture slowly, and you will see how the lotion starts to emulsify. You might have to stop the blender from time to time and scrape the sides of the bowl.
Blend the mixture until it reaches a consistency that you are happy with. This process may take up to 15 minutes. Then, put the vitamin E oil inside, together with the essential oils of your choice.
When the lotion is ready, place it inside containers and store them in a cool place. The lotion should be good for about three months.
Homemade Lavender-Chamomile Sleepy-Time Lotion Recipe
This recipe is a bit longer and more complex than the others you’ve read so far. It is a calming homemade lotion that uses the power of chamomile and lavender to induce a state of relaxation that can put you to sleep. The recipe uses chamomile because of its anti-inflammatory properties. For a long time, chamomile tea has been the go-to method of traditional medicine as a solution to relaxing the body and helping people sleep. Lavender, on the other hand, is known to reduce anxiety and helps people relax.
- 5 tbsp. lavender buds
- 5 tbsp. chamomile flowers
- 3 ounces of solid coconut oil
- 6 ounces of infused liquid jojoba oil
- 1 and ½ ounces of grated beeswax
- 8 ounces of distilled water
- Chamomile or lavender essential oil
The first step requires infusing your oil. To do that, you will need a double boiler. Put 5 teaspoons of lavender buds and 5 of chamomile flowers inside, plus jojoba oil. As the water is gently boiling, infuse the oil for about two hours, and stirring every now and then.
When the oil is done infusing, strain it by using a clean cloth (if you have a fine mesh strainer, even better). You can then throw away the herbs.
Turning to the double boiler method again, combine 3 ounces of solid coconut oil with the grated beeswax and six ounces of infused jojoba oil. Melt the mixture and stir in order to blend all the ingredients together. Remove the bowl from the heater water and allow the mixture to cool to body temperature. In order to keep the texture smooth, stir the mixture from time to time.
When the concoction has cooled down, bring 8 ounces of distilled water to body temperature and place it inside a blender. Gently add a thin stream of oil into the water, with the blender turned on a low setting. A few minutes in, you should notice that the mixture gains a creamy texture, which will get smoother the more you mix it.
Those of you that plan to add essential oils to the recipe, pour in just a few drops, so that you can gradually increase the fragrance up to a point where it feels enough for you.
Good Night Lotion
Want a relaxation lotion that’s easier to make compared to the previous one? The Good Night lotion isn’t just faster to make, but also requires fewer ingredients. The ingredients are 100% safe, which means that you can use the lotion on children if you want to. It’s based on the benefits that coconut oil and lavender have on the skin, soothing the senses and reducing anxiety up to a point where you are ready to fall asleep.
- 1 tbsp. Shea butter
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. avocado oil
- 2 tbsp. double-strength magnesium oil (mix 1 tbsp. warm water with 2 tbsp. magnesium chloride flakes)
- 1 tbsp. beeswax
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
Using the bain-marie technique, melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter in a bowl placed on top of a hot water pan.
Once these ingredients have melted, remove the bowl from the water and add the magnesium oil, avocado oil, and the essential oil into the mixture and stir.
Then, turn to a blender to mix the ingredients until you’ve created an opaque and thick lotion. Transfer the lotion into a clean container and use it every time you’re looking to induce a state of relaxation.
Lotion for Leg Cramps & Growing Pains
Growing pains are quite common amongst children, particularly when they have growth spurts that cause aching joints and muscle pain. To reduce inflammation, you can use this lotion, which is based on magnesium oil and aloe vera gel. The recipe also contains arnica, which is excellent in treating inflammation.
- 3 ounces Arnica & Comfrey Infused Oil
- 1/2 ounce Beeswax
- 1/2 ounce Stearic Acid
- 1.5 ounces Shea Butter
- 1.5 ounces Magnesium Oil
- 1.5 ounces Aloe Vera Gel
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
- a few drops of peppermint & lavender essential oil
The first step in making your own growing pain lotion is to infuse the oil made from comfrey and arnica. Add two tablespoons of each plant’s leaves in a jar. Cover the leaves with six ounces of sunflower oil. Place the jar on top of a pan with gently boiling water, to improvise a double boiler.
Leave the jar with the plants and the oil on low heat for about two or three hours. You might have to check the pan to see if the water evaporates and add some more if so. Also, make sure that the oil doesn’t heat too much, or you’ll fry your herbs. When the oil is done infusing, use a strainer or a clean cloth to transfer the liquid into a clean jar.
Now it’s time to make the actual lotion. Using the same double boiler method, mix ½ ounces of stearic acid, ½ ounces of beeswax, and three ounces of herbal infused oil in a bowl placed on top of a hot water pan. Leave the mixture on low heat until the wax melts.
Turn off the stove and add 1.5 ounces of shea butter, mixing continuously until it melts. Remove the bowl from the hot water and leave it somewhere to cool down to body temperature. You might notice a thin layer on top, but the mixture is still liquid underneath.
As you’re waiting for the wax mixture to cool down, mix together in a separate bowl 1.5 ounces of aloe vera gel together with 1.5 ounces of magnesium oil. Put the bowl in a pan of hot water that you previously used to melt the wax, just to warm it up a bit. You don’t need to light the stove.
Once all the mixtures are down to body temperature, it’s time for them to meet. Use a hand mixer in the oil mixture while you slowly add the aloe vera and magnesium. Stir the mixture for about five minutes, then stop the mixer to add the arrowroot powder, plus any essential oils you might want to add.
Continue mixing for four more minutes, until the lotion has a thicker texture. Overall, the lotion should be a bit thicker than pancake batter. Pour the lotion into a clean container and enjoy a natural cramp and pain lotion.
2,000-Year-Old Lotion Recipe
The following recipe is based on ingredients that you know can’t fail. Almond oil has plenty of vitamin E and is a great moisturizing agent, making sure that your skin doesn’t run dry. Raw honey also helps with most types of skin, but also acts as a UV barrier in SPF body lotions and creams. The formula uses rosewater for a pleasant fragrance, but also beeswax, which is one of the most used stiffening ingredients in the cosmetics and skincare industry.
- 1 tbsp. of raw honey
- 8 tbsp. of grated beeswax
- 200 ml of almond oil
- ½ cup of rosewater
By placing a clean bowl over a pan of hot water, melt the almond oil together with the raw honey and beeswax. Once the ingredients have melted, remove the bowl from the water and start adding rosewater, one drop at a time.
You might notice that the cream begins to bead. If this happens, stop adding rosewater and continue stirring, as the lotion will cool down and gain a nice texture in the end.
Once the lotion has reached your desired texture, pour it in cool jars and store it until you’re ready to use it. It’s normal for the lotion to go lighter in color as it cools down, so don’t panic if that happens.
If you have oily skin and would love a really light, but really hydrating lotion, this mixture is bound to give you what you’re looking for. The almond oil in the recipe below can be substituted for olive oil, if you find it easier and have some lying around the house.
- 2 tbsp. of Grated Beeswax
- 1/2 Cup of Sweet Almond Oil
- 2 tbsp. of Vitamin E Oil
- 2 tbsp. of Cocoa Butter
- 3/4 Cup of Water
Using the well-known double boiler method, proceed to melting your cocoa butter, your almond oil, and beeswax. Then, add vitamin E to the mixture.
Add water to a blender base. With the blender turned on, add the oils to the mixture. Make sure that you pour very slowly, until the lotion has reached a creamy consistency. When you’re done, pour the mixture in clean containers and store them in the fridge.
Ultra-Moisturizing Basic Lotion Recipe
The recipe below is a bit more complicated in the sense that you’ll have to be super careful when and how you add more ingredients to the lotion. Since some of them are heat-sensitive, it’s very important to add them into the mixture at just the right time, to get the best results.
- 70 g distilled water
- 40 g floral hydrosol like chamomile, rose, or lavender.
- 3 g aloe vera gel
- 3 g glycerine
- 20 g organic grapeseed oil (infused with herb of choice)
- 20 g organic sunflower oil (infused with herb of choice)
- 8 g BTMS
- 8 g cetyl alcohol
- 4 drops Vitamin E oil
Cool phase ingredients:
- 6 g leucidal
- 4 g panthenol (Vitamin B5)
- 8-12 drops essential oil of choice (optional)
Improvise a double boiler and heat the grapeseed, sunflower oil, the BTMS, cetyl alcohol, and vitamin E oil. Simultaneously, heat the distilled water, glycerine, aloe vera gel, and floral hydrosol. Make sure that both of these mixtures are kept at 160 degrees for 20 minutes, to kill any bacteria.
Mix the oil and water ingredients in a mixing bowl, making sure that you add the oils first. Use a hand mixer, and you will notice how the mixture will thicken up.
As the mixture cools down to about 80 degrees, add the cool phase ingredients. Mix continuously until the lotion has a fluffy consistency. Add it to clean containers and use it any time you like.
Best Homemade Lotion
The recipe below is great for moisturizing the hands and the body, and it only contains three ingredients. The arrowroot powder or the beeswax pastilles are mere suggestions, for those who want to have a thicker lotion, with the consistency of hand cream.
- 1 cup pure shea butter
- 1 cup pure coconut oil
- 1/3 cup arrowroot powder or 1-2 tsp. melted beeswax pastilles
- 75-100 drops of lavender or other essential oil
Before you start mixing the ingredients, make sure that you melt the shea butter either in the microwave or by turning to the bain-marie method. It would also help of the coconut oil was a room temperature, in a solid, but soft state.
That being said, add your ingredients in a large bowl and use a hand mixer or a whisk to beat them up. Once the lotion has reached the consistency of your choice, feel free to store it in a clean container.
DIY Whipped Lavender Lotion with Coconut Oil
Here is one more natural homemade lotion that can be used up to six months. It brings forth the benefits of cocoa and shea butter, but also of coconut and apricot kernel oil. The recipe below should give you about 20 oz of lotion, to use on your delicate skin.
- 2 pounds of apricot kernel oil
- 1 pound of coconut oil
- 1 pound of shea butter
- 4 ounces of cocoa butter
- 8 ounces of beeswax
- 1 cup of distilled water
- .4 milliliters of lavender essential oil
- .4 milliliters of grapefruit essential oil
Over a double oil, mix the following ingredients: beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, and apricot kernel oil. Stir the mixture until the beeswax has fully melted and blended in.
Remove the mixture from the heat and leave it to cool until it becomes harder. You should notice a shift in color: from bronze to pale beige.
When the mixture is cold, grab an electric mixer, turn it on medium speed and mix the lotion until it has the consistency of whipped cream. Add water in slowly as you mix. When the lotion is at your desired consistency, add essential oils to the mixture.
DIY Natural and Organic Baby Lotion
One of the best things about using baby lotion as an adult is that you know it’s safe for even the most sensitive and problematic skin. Baby lotions should always be focused on organic ingredients, which are basic enough to leave out any potentially harmful substances, but natural enough to moisture the skin and keep it nourished and healthy.
- ⅓ cup organic coconut oil
- ⅓ cup organic butter (shea, mango, or cocoa butter)
- ⅓ teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
- 5-10 drops essential oil (lavender or chamomile)
If you want the tick version of this lotion, melt the butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Remove the mixture from the heart and add in the oils.
For those who are fans of the whipped option: mix the soft butter, coconut oil and oils until the texture of the lotion is fluffy.
Buttery Soft DIY Baby Lotion Recipe
Good for adults, even better for babies, here’s a recipe that will put your skin at ease. It’s a great lotion for mild irritations, which can treat even newborn skin, thanks to the natural ingredients in the recipe. It takes just a few minutes to make, but can last for months to come.
- 1/2 cup of organic shea butter
- 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. of organic Sweet Almond oil
- 1 tbsp. of organic Aloe Vera gel
- 5 drops of Cedarwood essential oil
- 5 drops Lavender essential oil
Using a hand mixer, whip the shea butter for about a minute on the mixer’s highest setting. The goal is to get rid of the lumps. Once done, add aloe vera gel, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil and continue to mix for 30 more seconds on a high setting.
Before adding in the essential oils, use a spatula to scrape the mixture off the sides of the bowl. After adding the essential oils, mix once more, with the mixer set on a medium speed.
Mango Mango Body Lotion
Ready to take your natural lotion alchemy knowledge to the next level? We have a more complicated, but somehow more rewarding recipe in store for you next, so pay really close attention to all the steps if you want the end result to be perfect.
Heated water ingredients:
- 52.17g | 52.17% distilled water
- 20g | 20% aloe vera juice
- 2g | 2% vegetable glycerine
- 4g | 4% sodium lactate
- 2g | 2% panthenol
- 1g | 1% hydrolyzed silk
Heated oil ingredients:
- 4.33g | 4.33% Polawax
- 2g | 2% sea buckthorn fruit oil
- 5g | 5% mango butter
- 6g | 6% apricot kernel oil
Cool down ingredients:
- 1g | 1% natural mango fragrance oil
- 0.5g | 0.50% liquid germall plus
Simmer one inch of water on low heat inside a saute pan. Weigh the ingredients listed above in the heater water phase and make a note of the weight. Do the same with the heated oil phase ingredients, in a new and clean glass measuring cup.
Then, place both of these batches of ingredients in the double boiler to melt them. It should take about 20 to 30 minutes for the oils to be melted and the water to be dissolved.
Remove the mixture from the double boiler and weigh the water ingredients with their glass measuring cup again. Now, you have to add hot distilled water to bring the weight back up to the number you got before heating. Once that is done, pour the water mixture into the oil one and stir using a clean spatula.
By using an immersion blender, mix the oil and water ingredients together for about a minute, then set it aside for ten minutes. Repeat the process until the glass measuring cup that holds the ingredients is barely warm. The lotion should be creamy and thick when ready.
When the lotion has cooled down, you can add the cool down ingredients, and stir to incorporate them.
How to Make Vegan Lotion
It’s recipes like these that really show us how simple it is to give up store bought lotion in favor of something we know in natural, because we put the ingredients inside it ourselves. This vegan lotion takes less than half an hour to make, but it’s 100 percent natural and safe to use by every family member.
- 1/3 cup Shea butter
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. jojoba oil
- 2 – 6 drops of essential oils
On low heat in a double boiler, place ⅓ cup of shaved shea butter. When in flake form, the butter will melt faster. Put the oils inside the double coiler and mix them until the butter has completely melted.
Remove the mixture for the heat, then add the essential oils of your choice. Keep mixing until you get a homogenous mixture.
Pour the mixture in a heatproof container with a lid. As the lotion cools, mix from time to time to make sure that the ingredients won’t separate.
DIY Silky Body Lotion
This silky body lotion is probably the easiest one to make. It takes less than 15 minutes, and combines only natural ingredients that are good for your skin. The essential oils are the ones that add fragrance to the recipe, so don’t be afraid to go with a scent that you really enjoy wearing throughout the day.
- 1 cup Lily of the Desert aloe vera gel
- 4 tbsp fractionated coconut oil
- 1 tsp. vitamin E oil
- 10-20 drops essential oil of your choice
Add the coconut, vitamin E oil, essential oils and aloe vera gel in a large clean bowl. Whisk the ingredients together either manually or by using an electric mixer.
Continue mixing until the lotion has the very same consistency as lotions you buy from the store.
Homemade Whipped Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil Lotion
This recipe is based on the huge impact that coconut oil has on the skin. It is rich in lauric acid, which can protect your skin against bacteria. It’s quickly absorbed, so there are no oily residues. To enhance this lotion, we are going to use vitamin E oil, which heals the skin, as well as a few drops of your favorite essential oils, just to give it a nice fragrance.
- 1 cup virgin coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- a few drops of essential oils
Place the extra virgin coconut oil in a bowl, and put the vitamin E oil and essential oils on top. By using a mixer, blend the ingredients together for about seven minutes using a high speed setting.
Making My Creamy DIY Body Lotion
If you want a natural lotion that smells like summer nights, the following recipe brings together the aphrodisiac scents of ylang-ylang and lavender. To really feed the skin cells, it also contains cocoa butter, together with moisturising and healing almond and coconut oils.
- 1/2 oz Beeswax
- 1/2 oz Cocoa Butter
- 2 oz Coconut Oil
- 2 tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil
- 4 tablespoons mineral water
- 1/2 teaspoon Lavender essential oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Ylang Ylang essential oil
Using a double boiler, melt the cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut and sweet almond oils on how heat. Grab a whisk and gently pour the water inside this mixture, whisking the entire time.
Remove the ingredients from the stove and continue to mix. The concoction should cool down to body temperature. Continue mixing as you add in the essential oils.
Stir until the lotion has cooled down and reached a creamy consistency, to prevent the water and the oils from separating.
It’s perfectly normal to be skeptical about store-bought lotion that’s labeled as being natural, yet is filled with plenty of ingredients that you can’t even pronounce. The true natural lotion will always be the one you prepare by yourself at home. It’s the healthiest blend to use on the skin, pretty much as cooked food is the healthiest one for you (based on the principle of knowing what YOU out inside the recipe).
- 1 tbsp. vitamin E oil
- 1 tbsp. grapeseed oil
- 1 oz. grated beeswax
- 1-1/4 cups almond oil
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup water
Place a double boiler on low heat and melt the coconut and almond oil together with the beeswax. Remove the mixture from the stove and allow it to cool down.
Grab a separate bowl and mix the rest of the ingredients together. When the previous blend has cooled down, pour the new mixture on top of it, mixing it with either a blender, a mixer, or a whisk.
Ultimate DIY Lotion Recipe
The following recipe is looking to provide with with a solution for overly-greasy skin, which can often occur when you’re using a product with ingredients that are just wrong for your type of skin. It’s made with shea butter, which is quickly absorbed, carrier oil that acts as a diluting agent, and the essential oils that you best like, to give it that natural fragrance that you can proudly wear.
- 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
- 1/2 cup carrier oil
- 1/2 tbsp nourishing oil (argan/jojoba)
- 1 + 1/2 tbsp beeswax pellets
- 1/2 tbsp raw Shea butter
- 10-12 drops of the essential oil of your choice
Inside a double boiler, melt the beeswax and shea butter, mixing them together. When these two ingredients have melted, gradually add in the others and continue to stir.
Remove the mixture from the heated water and allow it to cool down for about two hours. The mixture should have a solid, but malleable consistency.
Grab a hand mixer and mix the ingredients until the lotion reaches the desired consistency.
Natural Homemade Lotion For Eczema
Eczema doesn’t just make your skin look bad, it gives you an overall sense of discomfort that makes you feel bad inside your own skin. While eczema is something that doesn’t have a permanent cure, personal hygiene is very important, and there are some general rules to help you contain it. One of those rules is to keep your skin moisturized at all times. And, if you don’t want to take your chances with store-bought ingredients, you can always turn to an amazing natural recipe, like this one.
- 1 1/2 cups of Oil
- 1/4 cup of solid beeswax
- 2 tbsp. of Butter
- 20-40 drops of Essential Oil
- 1 tsp. of Vitamin E
On medium heat, double boil the butter blend of your choice together with the beeswax and oil your most like. Allow the mixture to melt and remove it from the stove. Stir from time to time, as the lotion cools down.
When the lotion has reached a temperature that makes it safe for you to touch it, add the essential oils of your choice, plus the vitamin E.
Homemade Natural Body Lotion Recipe
Easy peasy lemon squeezy: that’s how everyone likes their lotion recipes to be. This one right here use a mere five ingredients that you have to melt and mix together. You can add the essential oils that you like the most, to give it a special fragrance that penetrates the skin and gives you your YOU scent.
- 1 tsp. of beeswax
- 1 tsp. of shea butter
- 2 tsp. of coconut oil
- 4 tsp. of olive oil
- 2-3 drops of essential oils
Double boil the beeswax and shea butter over low heat to melt them. Remove them from the heat, and then mix in the olive and coconut oil. Mix the ingredients together, and then add the essential oils.
DIY After-Sun Lotion
The best thing about being in the sun is that we get plenty of vitamin D (and a tan, for fans of caramel-like skin). The sad part is that the sun’s rays are quite damaging, as they burn and dehydrate the skin. If you’re the kind of person that will literally fall asleep on the beach, then you need a refreshing and soothing lotion that you can apply to relieve that sunny-ache. And we’ve got just the recipe for you.
- 3 tbsp. Aloe Vera gel
- 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp. Cocoa Butter
- 15 drops of Lavender essential oil
Heat the cocoa butter and coconut oil so that they can easily be mixed together with the other ingredients. When the mixture is complete, add it to a container and store it in the fridge (for a maximum cooling effect).
Nourishing Foot Lotion Recipe
In our quest to make our faces, hands and body look shiny and healthy, we often neglect another very important skin region: that of our feet. They take us from point A to point B and they bear our entire weight throughout the day. You’d think they deserve some pampering. So, here’s to you, feet!
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 tablespoon grated cocoa butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon beeswax pastilles
- 4 tablespoons avocado oil
- 30 drops lavender essential oil
Double boil all the ingredients, except for the essential oils. Stir occasionally until all ingredients have blended together.
Remove the mixture from the heat and continue to stir for about two more minutes. Add the essential oils of your choice and give your lotion one last stir.
Grapeseed Oil Lotion
If you’re looking for a lotion with an oily texture, but one that is still light and doesn’t leave a greasy residue, we’ve got just the recipe for you. Grapeseed oil has plenty of skin benefits, evening out its tone, making the skin more elastic and soft. It can also protect against sun damage, since grapes are some of the most powerful antioxidants known to man.
- 3 tbsp. beeswax/emulsifying wax
- 2/3 cup grapeseed oil
- 2 tsp. coconut oil
- 4 tbsp. water
Double boiler time again: place the wax on low heat until it melts. Then, add in the coconut and grapeseed oil, as you continue to mix.
Take the mixture away from the stove and let it cool. Mix in the water and then add the essential oils of your choice, if you want to add fragrance to the recipe.
Whipped Magnesium Lotion
Magnesium chloride can be a wonderful ingredient to add to a body lotion. While there are magnesium supplements on the market, the subject of whether magnesium oral intake affects the digestive system or not is up for debate. That being said, you are left with one more option, absorbing magnesium through the skin. A lotion such as this one can help you reduce anxiety and stress, to help you get a better night’s sleep. It can relax the muscles, as well as push your body to make more collagen.
- ½ cup of magnesium flakes
- 3 tbsp. of boiling water
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. of beeswax pastilles
- 3 tbsp. of shea butter
Fill half of a coffee mug with water and boil it inside the microwave. Take three tablespoons of boiling water and place it over the magnesium flakes. Mix these until the flakes have dissolved.
Grab a clean bowl and double boil the shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil. Stir them until they have melted completely. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool for five minutes.
Pour the dissolved magnesium flakes over the melted ingredients, and then blend everything together using an immersion blender.
Hand & Body Lotion
If you want a lotion that’s great for both hands and body, here is a recipe worthy of your attention. While it may seem that it has way too many ingredients, consider the fact that they are all natural and each serves a very specific and not at all neglectable purpose.
- 16 oz of warm water
- 1 tsp. of glycerin
- 2 tsp. of stearic acid wax
- 2 tsp. of beeswax or emulsifying wax
- 1 tsp. of jojoba oil
- 1 1/2 tsp. of grapeseed oil
- 1 tsp. of sweet almond oil
- 1/2 tsp. of apricot kernel oil
- 1/2 tsp. of hemp oil
- 3/4 tsp. of Rosemary Oil Extract or Grapefruit Seed Extract
Heat the oil on a medium-low heat, inside a double boiler. Place the waxes in the bowl, melting them. Remove the mixture from the fire and add warm water. Pour it slowly on top of the oils.
Stir the entire time, making sure that the mixture doesn’t solidify because the water is colder compared to the oils. When the water and oils have blended, add the extracts and the glycerin.
Add the essential oils of your choice and keep mixing throughout the entire process.
Homemade Aloe Vera After-Sun Lotion
While everybody loves to have fun in the sun, our natural source of light isn’t always our best friend. It’s easy to develop a sunburn in the warm seasons, and what better way to hydrate and heal the skin than to use a lotion that’s based on aloe vera – the wonder plant?
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup aloe vera gel
- 5-8 drops peppermint or lavender essential oil
Inside a double boiler, heat the following ingredients: olive oil, shea butter, and beeswax. Stir to make sure that the ingredients blend together.
When all the ingredients are in liquid state, pour them into a glass blender and leave them to cool down for a couple of hours.
Now go back to the blender, and use a spatula to scrape the contents off the sides, if need be. Turn on the blender on the lowest setting and gently mix in the aloe vera gel. Continue blending until all the ingredients are blended and you notice a fluffy texture.
Now you can add in the essential oil if you plan on using it in this recipe and mix thoroughly.
Olive Butter Softening Body Lotion Recipe
Simple, straightforward, but absolutely natural and beneficial to your skin: this is the best way to describe this lotion recipe, for all those curious to see how easy and practical it is to take skin care matters into their own hands.
- 1 tablespoon Extra virgin coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons beeswax
- 2 tablespoons Camellia Seed Oil
- 4 oz Olive butter
- 4 tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil
Using the double boiler method, melt the beeswax, and then add the oils and olive butter. Mix the ingredients until the mixture is homogeneous. Once it cools down, the lotion will become thicker.
Peppermint DIY Lotion
One more natural lotion for you, only this time, you’ll be using it to pamper your feet. The peppermint essential oil is a healing ingredient that’s perfect for muscle tension in the soles of your feet. It is combines with shea butter, which can repair dry skin, and coconut oil, which helps with cracked heels.
- 1/4 cup of Coconut oil (measured solid)
- 1/4 cup of shea butter
- 5 tbs. magnesium oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
In a double boiler, mix the shea butter and coconut oil, heating them over a medium heat. When the two ingredients have melted, remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool.
Once that happens, pour in the magnesium and peppermint oils, and whisk the mixture to combine it. Put the mixture in the fridge for about two hours so that it becomes solid.
Then, remove it from the fridge and mix it some more, but using a hand mixer this time. At this point, you can add more peppermint oil if you want a more intense fragrance.
Nighty-Night Magnesium Lotion Recipe
This natural lotion recipe is focused on the benefits that magnesium has on the body. Magnesium is essential for a healthy body, as it helps regulate the digestive system, eases anxiety, but also gives the body energy. However, a person’s daily magnesium intake is generally low (unless you are on an insanely-healthy diet), so using a lotion such as the one below could make a difference in your day-to-day life.
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 2 tbsp. of magnesium chloride flakes
- 5 tbsp. of avocado oil
- 5 tbsp. of emulsifying wax crucial for combining water and oil; beeswax will not work.
- 24 drops of Nighty-Night kid safe essential oil blend (you can use plain lavender as well)
Using the double boiler method, warm the emulsifying wax and avocado oil in a clean bowl. Grab the hot water sup and dissolve the magnesium chloride flakes. When the flakes are dissolved, add them on top of the avocado and wax mixture and whisk them all together.
Add the Nighty-Night oil into the mixture and give it another whisk. Pour the lotion inside air-tight containers. Apply about half a spoon before going to bed.
Whipped Body Butter
Body butter is a delight to the senses. While it may seem oily and greasy at first, it can really nurture the skin and keep it healthy and fed, but also gives it a nice glow. The recipe below is a mixture of two delicious butters: cocoa and shea, with the added benefits of almond and coconut oil.
- ½ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup cocoa butter
- 2 tablespoons almond oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 15 drops Snickerdoodle fragrance oil
- 15 drops Brown Sugar fragrance oil
Using the double boiler method, place a clean bowl on top of heater water. Inside, melt the cocoa butter and shea butter until they’ve blended together. Then, add the coconut oil and almond oil into the mixture.
When all these ingredients have melted, remove them from the heart. Add fragrance oils to the mixture, gradually adding them until the scent is as strong as you want it to be.
Leave the mixture to cool down until it’s solid. Grab a hand mixer and mix the butter up until it reaches a fluffy texture. Place the butter in clean containers and apply to your discretion.
If you stuck with us until the end, you’re now a guru in natural lotion recipes, which means that you value the money you spend, as well as the health of your skin. Have you ever tried making your own lotion up until now?