DIY lotion is a must-have product in your all-natural care products bag. There are plenty of DIY lotion recipes to choose from. Depending on your skin type, you can choose between homemade lotions that have a lighter texture, a more buttery texture, prevent rashes or stretch marks.
Here are four DIY lotion recipes to try at home. Each recipe is based on natural, organic ingredients so that you and your loved ones can enjoy great skin care without the added toxicity risk. Moreover, none of the recipes requires forking out huge amounts of money. We hope you will enjoy making these DIY natural lotion recipes. Impress your loved ones with these thoughtful gifts and let your skin enjoy the benefits of all-natural nourishing lotions.
1. DIY Coconut Oil Nourishing Body Lotion
What we love about this DIY lotion is that the recipe is easily customizable. The first three ingredients mentioned below make up the basis of the recipe. The following three are optional. As such, feel free to leave them out or swap the essential oils for others which match your preferences and needs.
For instance, if your skin is typically dry, try rose essential oil or geranium essential oil. If your little ones suffer eczema outbreaks every now and then, add lavender, sandalwood, jasmine or chamomile essential oils. You can enjoy the refreshing feeling of a glowing and energized skin by adding grapefruit, lavender or lemon essential oils. That being said, here is the ingredient list for this DIY lotion:
- Almond oil – half a cup.
- Coconut oil – one-quarter of a cup.
- Beeswax – one-quarter of a cup.
- Vitamin E (oil) – one teaspoon.
- Shea butter – one to two tablespoons (depending on the texture you’re after).
- Essential oils (pure essential oils, not water based or hydrosols).
How to Make the DIY body lotion
Once you see the step-by-step guide to making this DIY body lotion, you’ll forget that it ever seems so complicated to make your own care products. Here it is:
- The first three ingredients go into a large tight-lid mason jar. Because they’re more solid, they need to melt and fully incorporate. Place the lid on the jar. Nonetheless, you should let the mix breathe.
- Place the jar in a medium saucepan filled halfway with water.
- As the water starts to heat, remove the lid on the jar and stir to ease the incorporating process.
- Add the rest of the (optional) ingredients, stir one more time and remove the saucepan from the heat source.
- Pour the liquid composition in the recipients which you prepared for storing the nourishing DIY lotion. Please note that a lotion pump won’t work well with this amazingly moisturizing and nourishing body lotion.
This DIY body lotion recipe uses ingredients which are already shelf stable. As such, you can store yours for about six months. However, we’re confident it won’t last that long once you’ve discovered how great your skin feels upon using this all-natural homemade body lotion.
2. DIY Aloe Vera Lotion
It’s amazing how one ingredient can change the healing properties of a DIY lotion. This DIY lotion for dry skin uses no more than two tablespoons of organic Aloe Vera juice. Nevertheless, they really make the difference. A beautiful, healthy skin in no time? Yes, please. Here’s what you will need to make it happen:
- Coconut oil – one-quarter of a cup.
- Cocoa butter – one eighth of a cup.
- Shea butter – one eighth of a cup.
- Aloe Vera juice – one to two tablespoons.
- Optional: almond oil, jojoba oil – one tablespoon.
- Optional: essential oils.
The steps to making this facial, body or hand DIY lotion are quite simple:
- Put the shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil in a glass jar. Place the jar in a saucepan filled with water. Heat over low to medium heat until the ingredients are fully melted.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat source.
- Add the Aloe Vera juice only after all the other ingredients are fully melted and incorporated. The healing properties and skin health benefits of Aloe Vera can be altered if the juice suffers thermic processing.
- Optional: add the almond or jojoba oil and up to 20 drops of your favorite essential oils.
- Pour the content of the jar in the DIY lotion recipients.
This DIY all natural lotion can be used on the face, the hands and the body. Thanks to the Aloe Vera juice it’s not as thick as other lotions. However, if you feel it’s too fatty or greasy, remove one of the first three ingredients on the list.
3. No Coconut Oil Whipped Shea Butter DIY Lotion
Don’t take this the wrong way. Coconut oil is an amazing natural ingredient which carries a host of beneficial properties. Nonetheless, overusing coconut oil may trigger an allergic reaction. As such, we looked for a DIY lotion recipe that doesn’t use coconut oil for a change. Here it is:
- Shea butter – half a cup.
- Oils: apricot, avocado, jojoba, sweet almond – two tablespoons.
- Optional: lavender essential oil, carrot seed essential oil, tea tree essential oil.
This easy to make luxurious and creamy lotion is ideal to use on your face, body and hands. It has a soft, light texture that makes it easy to spread and rub into the skin without leaving that greasy after-feeling. Here’s how to make it:
- Melt the shea butter together with the oil of your choice over medium heat. Use the same technique as described during the DIY lotion recipes above.
- Pour the shea butter mix in a bowl, let it cool and place it in the freezer. Keep an eye on it as it isn’t supposed to freeze, just harden.
- When it has hardened, take the mixture out of the freezer and whisk using your mixer. Add the essential oils and keep whisking until you have a buttery whip cream.
- Pour in the DIY lotion container you plan to use and enjoy the light creamy texture with each use.
4. Pure Cocoa and Peppermint DIY Tanning Lotion
Cocoa or cocoa powder is a common ingredient used in a variety of DIY sunless tanning lotions. Most store-bought lotions that sell the perfect indoor suntan idea use a host of potential skin irritants and allergens. Making your own DIY tan lotion takes half an hour at most and requires nothing but natural ingredients. Here’s the proof:
- Mango butter – half a cup. Mango butter can be substituted for shea butter or cocoa butter. Nonetheless, the texture of this DIY lotion is lighter if you use mango butter.
- Coconut oil – half a cup.
- Jojoba oil – half a cup.
- Peppermint essential oil – two teaspoons.
- Pure cocoa powder – two tablespoons.
- Optional: vitamin E oil – two teaspoons.
Moving forward to the step-by-step guide to making your own DIY tanning lotion:
- Melt the mango butter/cocoa butter/shea butter together with the coconut oil in a double boiler (or jar fitted inside a water-filled saucepan). Remove from the heat source when the ingredients are fully melted.
- Mix one tablespoon of the cocoa powder with the jojoba oil. Pour into the melted coconut oil and mango butter mix. Stir while adding the rest of cocoa powder.
- Prepare an ice bath: place a smaller bowl inside an ice-filled larger bowl. Make sure it’s stable.
- Place the entire mixture in cold bowl. Let it cool for 10 minutes then remove the bowl from the ice cubes.
- Using the whisk tool on your mixer, give the mixture a good whip. Add the peppermint essential oil to the divine fragrance DIY lotion. It shouldn’t take longer than two minutes for the mixture to become a creamy whipped cocoa peppermint DIY tanning lotion.
- Pour the mixture in an airtight lid jar and store in a dry place, away from direct sunlight.
It’s not that complicated, is it? Apply this homemade tan lotion daily for a gradual, beautiful sunless tan.
It’s really a breeze to take on such projects as DIY lotion. Organic, natural ingredients may look expensive at first. Nevertheless, keep in mind that you’ll be using only a fraction each time. Moreover, most of them have a prolonged life shelf, which enables you to store them safely until you need another batch of your favorite care products. Overall, making your own DIY lotion or other skin care products costs just a fraction of what you would normally spend on store-bought alternatives.