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5 Natural Lotions, Plus a DIY Recipe

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5 Natural Lotions, Plus a DIY Recipe

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. With the most popular (and oftentimes cheapest) drugstore products being the biggest offenders, we often can’t blame people for not knowing any better. That’s why I’m always on the hunt for the best handmade products and instructions for making things myself. In the past, I’ve covered making and buying handmade candles, laundry detergent, lip balm, deodorant and eye shadow. Now, let’s talk about lotion!

Lotion is extremely easy to make, because it only requires three basic ingredients and only takes about ten minutes to take. 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 specific scent, you can make it!

I’ve seen tons of variations on scents out there, but a few of my 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 tea, mint, etc.


Remember: 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).


  • 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

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.

Viola! 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! (I also like this 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.

On the next page, check out five of my favorite natural, handmade lotions currently being sold online!

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Lo Lankford

Lo Lankford is a recent Los Angeles transplant after a decade in the Big Apple. In her "spare time" (ha!) she used to run a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn and helped save over 400 dogs. Otherwise? Nerd'do well, whistle blower, proud hillbilly from the sticks.


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6:47AM PST on Jan 25, 2014

Nice, but your list of ingredients includes beeswax. There was another article on Care2 that advised us to leave the bees alone--their honey, their combs, their environment. Alternatives??

3:21AM PST on Jan 25, 2014

Thank you :)

10:04AM PST on Jan 17, 2014


6:52PM PST on Jan 2, 2014

There are so many natural alternatives now ;-)

2:45AM PST on Dec 20, 2013

Thank you :)

6:23AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Given the rather cold temperatures where I live, I have experimented with three of organic coconut oil to one of rice bran oil - melted it as recommended and stirred it till cold - so far, so good!

1:53AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Am going to try these recipes just as soon as I can - many thanks.

3:47AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Thank you

11:32AM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing

10:18AM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

great gift idea, thx!

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don't have a water retention problem, but you never know when the knowledge will come in handy!

Thank you for the article.

Make a cup of tea.....


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