6 DIY Lotion Recipes

6 DIY Lotion Recipes

DIY lotion is a must-have product in your all-natural care products bag. 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. This article goes through 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. None of the recipes requires forking out huge amounts of money. We hope you will enjoy making and using these DIY natural lotion recipes!

1. DIY Coconut Oil Nourishing Body Lotion

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What we love about this lotion is that the recipe is easily customizable. 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. That being said, here is the ingredient list for this DIY lotion – credit to WellnessMama:

Melt the first three ingredients in a mason jar placed in a saucepan filled with water. Stir until incorporated, then add the rest of the ingredients (remember they are optional,) stir for a few seconds more, and remove from heat. Finally, pour the lotion in another container – preferably one without a pump, as it will not work well with the texture of this nourishing DIY lotion.

2. Silky Smooth Beeswax DIY Lotion

This highly moisturizing lotion is great if you live in dry climates. It has a creamy, silky texture and loads of nourishing ingredients that will do wonders for your skin no matter the season. Here’s what you need:

Combine the almond oil, mango butter, cocoa butter, and beeswax in a heat-safe bowl and melt them together using a saucepan filled with water while stirring. Then, add the vitamin E oil, your choice of essential oils, and the distilled water (slowly,) stir some more, and use a hand mixer to thicken the lotion.

Note: You can also mix some distilled water with an charming DIY perfume and add it to the mix!

3. DIY Aloe Vera Lotion

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Beautiful, glowing, healthy skin in no time? Yes, please! It’s amazing how one ingredient can change the healing properties of a lotion. This DIY lotion for dry skin uses about two tablespoons of organic Aloe Vera juice, but they really make a difference and 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 want a lotion that’s not as greasy as the original recipe, remove one of the first three ingredients from this recipe by MyHealthyGreenFamily. 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.
  • Vitamin E oil – one tablespoon.
  • Aloe Vera gel – two or three tablespoons.
  • Optional: almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil – one tablespoon.
  • Optional: essential oils – see the first recipe for more info.

The steps to making this homemade aloe vera lotion facial, body or hand DIY lotion are quite simple. First, melt and incorporate the shea butter, coconut oil, and cocoa butter in a glass jar using a saucepan with water over medium-low heat. Then, remove the jar from the heat source, let it cool down, and add the aloe vera extract and the other optional ingredients.

4. No Coconut Oil Whipped Moisturizing DIY Lotion

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Coconut oil is an amazing natural ingredient which carries a host of beneficial properties, but overusing it may trigger an allergic reaction. As such, we looked for a DIY lotion recipe that doesn’t use coconut oil for a change. 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 what you need for this recipe by LiveSimply:

Melt the shea butter together with the oil of your choice in a jar placed in a saucepan over medium heat. Use the same technique as described during the DIY lotion recipes above. Then, pour the shea butter mix in a bowl, let it cool down, 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, then pour in the DIY lotion container you plan to use and enjoy the light creamy texture with each use.

5. Pure Cocoa and Peppermint DIY Tanning Lotion

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Cocoa and 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.

Melt the mango butter/cocoa butter/shea butter together with the coconut oil in a double boiler or a jar fitted inside a water-filled saucepan. Remove from the heat source when the ingredients are fully melted, then mix one tablespoon of the cocoa powder with the jojoba oil separately. Pour into the melted coconut oil and mango butter mix and stir while adding the rest of cocoa powder.

Then, prepare an ice bath: place a smaller bowl inside an ice-filled larger bowl and make sure it’s stable and place the entire mixture in cold bowl. Let it cool for 10 minutes, then remove the bowl from the ice cubes and whip the mixture while adding the peppermint essential oil to this fragranced DIY lotion. It shouldn’t take longer than two minutes for the mixture to become a creamy whipped cocoa peppermint DIY tanning lotion. Finally, pour the mixture in an airtight lid jar and store in a dry place, away from direct sunlight.

6. DIY Oatmeal Lotion for Eczema

This all-natural moisturizer that can soothe and moisturize skin with eczema, but works great for dry skin overall.

  • Shea butter – half of a cup.
  • Organic oats – a quarter of a cup.
  • Vitamin E oil – 2 tablespoons.
  • Optional: coconut oil – half of a cup.
  • Optional: essential oils of your choice – 5 drops.

Grind the oats in a fine powder, then heat the coconut oil just enough to melt it and mix in the essential oils and the shea butter. Add the oats and blend well until you get a smooth texture, then add the vitamin E oil and stir over low heat. Finally, place the lotion in a container and place it in the fridge for a few hours.


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; therefore, make sure you will actually use the product in the following month or so, as the natural ingredients hardly have enough preservatives to keep them usable for longer. 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.

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