Use this DIY homemade lotion recipe to reduce the signs of dehydration in your skin. Lotion helps hydrate skin cells to improve the feel and look of your skin.

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Plant extracts in the lotion can also have anti-blemish and anti-aging effects on your skin while making you smell amazing.

First, we address why it makes sense to make your own lotion, then take a look at the benefits of each ingredient, and finally, you’ll get the recipe to try for yourself.

Why Make Your Own Lotion?

Why should you go through the hassle of making your own lotion when you can just buy one from the store?

Lotions made with carefully selected all-natural ingredients are sold expensively. Meanwhile, conventional lotions contain ingredients toxic to you and the environment.

Here are the major reasons for DIY lotion:

1. Saves Money

The lotion is a great product to “do it yourself,” since you save money doing so. All the ingredients you purchase will make many batches of lotion and last you a long time.

2. It’s an Eco-Friendly Choice

Making your own lotion also saves a lot of packaging over time and helps to reduce plastic use. Even natural lotion products made with eco-friendly ingredients are packaged in small plastic tubes and cardboard boxes.

If you consider how much material it adds up to in the long run, making your own lotion from bulk ingredients saves a lot of waste from being recycled or going to the landfills.

3. Uses Clean Ingredients

Lotion absorbs right into your skin. Lotions sold in stores today contain ingredients known to be harmful to human systems, including parabens, phthalates, aluminum, and “fragrance,” which is a blanket umbrella covering a host of potentially toxic ingredients.

By making your own lotion at home, you ensure all the good ingredients go in without any of the bad. You call the shots, without any unpleasant surprises.

Next, we’ll look at the benefits of these natural ingredients.

Ingredients in DIY Lotion

What goes into a great homemade lotion recipe? The answer is: ingredients that are proven effective and create an optimal texture for the lotion.

This recipe is a creamy and smooth lotion that feels amazing on the skin.

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has moisturizing properties and protective antioxidants that have been shown to protect against ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sun exposure.

The most concentrated type of fatty acid in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is an antimicrobial compound shown in one dermatology study to fight acne. By reducing inflammation in the skin, coconut oil also soothes irritation.

2. Beeswax

Beehive products from royal jelly to honey are used in skincare products because of their healing, protective and nourishing properties.

Known for its use in lip balms, beeswax is a rich source of micronutrients, including antioxidants that protect skin against free radical damage.

Beeswax moisturizes and softens skin without clogging pores, which makes it a great base in body and face lotion.

3. Shea Butter

Shea butter is a deep moisturizer highly compatible with sensitive skin. In one study, it was shown to improve skin health in children and adults with dermatitis and eczema.

Its high concentration of fatty acids, including stearic acid, helps lock in moisture in your skin. Shea butter is also used to help fade scars and reduce blemishes thanks to its natural skin-repairing properties.

4. Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E is an antioxidant, and the use of vitamin E oil on the skin has been shown to protect against free radical damage.

It has anti-blemish effects and is often used to assist in the healing or fading of scars. Using vitamin E oil topically over time could have anti-aging effects. The ingredient also acts as a natural preservative for the lotion, extending its shelf life.

Next, here’s the recipe so you can get started making your own natural moisturizing lotion.

How to Make a DIY Homemade Lotion

This lotion recipe can be used on your face or body, and it works for any skin type.


  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons vitamin E oil
  • ¾ cup water


Step 1: Melt the grated beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil altogether in a double broiler. (If you don’t have a double broiler handy, fill a medium or large pot 1/3 of the way with water and place a glass or metal bowl inside the pot. Bring the water to a boil and melt the ingredients inside the bowl.) Stir gently until completely melted and combined.

Step 2: Remove the mixture from the heat, add the vitamin E and water, and mix again until combined.

Step 3: Let the lotion cool off completely in the bowl.

Step 4: Pour the cooled lotion into a glass jar or a reusable silicone cosmetic tube.

This recipe will give you a natural homemade lotion that you can feel good about. It will keep your skin feeling soft and moisturized.

Next, some extra tips for creating your DIY lotion.

DIY Lotion Tips

Now that you have the ingredients and steps, here are a few more tips to help you make the perfect homemade lotion.

It Won’t Make Skin Oily

Despite containing coconut oil, this lotion recipe won’t make skin oily. In fact, the fats in this creamy mixture have therapeutic properties that balance the skin’s natural oil production.

It May Reduce Blemishes

The shea butter and vitamin E work to reduce blemishes, so daily use can help promote a more even skin tone.

You Can Add Fragrance with Essential Oil

If you want to add fragrance to your lotion, you can add 10 to 20 drops of essential oil into each batch. It could be a floral fragrance such as ylang ylang or lavender, or a more subtle note like sandalwood or frankincense.

Don’t Use Citrus Oils

However, you should avoid citrus oils on your skin because they can cause skin damage in sunlight. And, you should be cautious with any ingredient that is new. Test with small amounts and watch for reactions before using larger amounts.

This DIY homemade lotion recipe, like DIY shampoo and deodorant, is an excellent way to be eco-friendlier for the environment, plus control the ingredients in your toiletries. And, save on your budget.

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