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DIY: Make Your Own Natural Lotion

When it comes to buying products that go directly onto your body, it’s a tricky job making sure you aren’t loading up on a bunch of, well, junk. That’s why it’s important to always be on the hunt for the best handmade products and instructions for making things yourself (if you have the inclination!).

DIYing beauty products is really fun and a great way to spend an afternoon with girlfriends. You won’t believe how easy so many of the products you use every day are to make. Last week, we talked about deodorant and this week we’ll be teaching you how to make your own lotion!

Lotion is extremely easy to make–it requires just three basic ingredients and only takes about ten minutes. Like many DIY products, it’s easy to customize your lotion, so if you’ve got specific needs due to your skin type or you just want a certain scent, you can make it!

We’ve seen tons of variations on scents out there, but a few personal favorites are chamomile, peppermint, wintergreen and ginger for athletes (sore muscles!), coconut for your face, and rosewater and almond oil for normal, everyday use. Of course, there are other hugely popular scents like lavender, vanilla, tea and mint. Do a little research, sniff some essential oils and see what’s right for you!



  • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil (option to infuse with herbs)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil, 2 tablespoons shea or cocoa butter, essential oils, vanilla extract or other natural extracts. You can customize your own lotion by adding your favorite essential oils or using shea or cocoa butter in place of the coconut oil (this will give you more of a body butter thickness).

Steps to make it:

  1. Combine ingredients in a large jar.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a bit of water (an inch or so) over medium heat.
  3. Make sure you have a lid on the jar and then put it in the water. This way, the ingredients start to melt.
  4. Shake or stir occasionally to make sure everything stays even. Once everything is melted and looking good, you can convert it to whatever jar you’ll be keeping it in.

Voila! Use exactly as you would regular lotion, but don’t keep it longer than six months. If you’d prefer to try out bars, which are even less time-consuming and often last longer, check out this easy lotion bar recipe! Interested in learning more about making lotion with herbs? Check out this story. You can also hit up two other recipes which take a slight different direction – one from Instructables and one from Wiki How.

Would you ever try making your own lotion? What scent would you choose? Do you try to buy natural beauty products? Let us know in the comments below! 

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  1. Exlon

    Posted by Exlon on September 6, 2013 at 19:12

    I’m sorry, I had to smile at the “Viola!”

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by on September 6, 2013 at 13:01

    This looks really cool!

  3. Patience

    Posted by Patience on September 5, 2013 at 18:14

    I have a question, where do you buy beeswax and coconut oil? I’m not sure where to look!