DIY Body Lotion with Lavender and Patchouli

Interested in switching to a natural body lotion to avoid toxic ingredients? You can search for the perfect product at your local health food store or online, but itíll be difficult to find a reasonably priced, high-quality natural lotion. Your best bet is to make it yourself. Itís simple to do, and you probably have more than half the supplies already.

Why Lavender and Patchouli?

Besides the fact that youíve probably got the supplies, you canít beat the healing benefits of high-quality essential oils like lavender and patchouli. Lavender has been shown in study after study to be effective in reducing anxiety and promoting well-being.

If you struggle with acne, whether on your face or other parts of your body, then youíll be excited to know that patchouli has been shown to have antibacterial properties. More specifically, one study showed that the use of patchouli reduced the amount of Propionibacterium acne present, which is linked to the formation of acne.

Patchouli isnít alone in its acne fighting power though. Lavender†is also a great skin cleanser. Lavenderís calming effects soothe the skin and protect it from irritation, which decreases your likelihood of getting those unappealing spots.

Besides skincare, these essential oils pack the power the fight bugs too. And as we head into summer, youíll want to be covering yourself in some form of bug protection, especially since the weather has been all kinds of wonky and insects are expected to be unreasonable this year. Patchouli, mostly in the undiluted form, but nevertheless, has been shown to repel insects for up to two hours.

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Tools & Supplies

Enough about the benefits of this great-smelling DIY body lotion. Letís get to the good stuff already. Hereís what you needÖ

1) Coconut oil

2) Shea butter

3) Olive oil (or other liquid oil)

4) Beeswax pellets (like these)

5) Lavender and Patchouli essential oils

6) Small or medium sized pot with enough water cover jar at least halfway

7) Chopstick or another stirring tool

8) Glass jar for melting ingredients and something like a lid to sit it on in the pot

9) One or more dark containers for the final product


  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp beeswax pellets
  • 18 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 12 drops of patchouli essential oil

The entire process should take about 30 minutes, plus time for the lotion to cool and set. Once youíve gathered your supplies you can get started by adding the water to the pot and setting it on the stove. Donít turn on the heat just yet.

Measure your ingredients and place them in the glass jar. Do not add the essential oils. These will be added at the end. Place the jar full of ingredients into the water.

natural body lotion pot on stove

Ensure that the jar sits on top of a lid. It can be anything thatís safe to be in boiling water that will keep the jar from sitting on the bottom of the pot.

Turn on the heat and allow the water to come to a boil. You donít want water splashing out. So as the boil intensifies you can lower the heat.

Stand at the stove to stir the ingredients as they melt and to hold the jar steady. The last thing you want is the jar to tip off the platform and into the water. Itíll take time for the shea butter and the beeswax to melt. Constant stirring speeds up the process.

Once the ingredients have completely melted you can turn off the heat and remove the pot from the burner. Remove the jar from the water placing it on a paper towel or other surface. Be sure the surface isnít cold, as you could run the risk of cracking the glass jar.

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Allow the mixture to cool just a bit. Then youíll stir in your essential oils.

Now itís time to pour the mixture into your chosen container. Preferably, youíll have a container thatís dark, as essential oils are light-sensitive. You can choose one large container or several small containers. It just depends on how you plan to use the lotion. Will you keep it for yourself or give it away as a gift?

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How to Use Your DIY Lotion

One of the biggest complaints of oil-based lotion is that it leaves you feeling sticky. On top of that, it can take a while to absorb. You can completely bypass these problems if you just add water.

The combination of oil and water has two great benefits. First, your lotion will go farther and last longer. Second, water helps your skin to quickly absorb the lotion. Which is the primary means for eliminating that post-lotion sticky feeling. Just apply the lotion with†damp hands, and you’re good to go.

Image Credits: All photos by Paula Jones.


Peggy B
Peggy Babout a month ago

I think patchouli smells like musty old rags.

Anna R
Anna Rabout a month ago

thank you for sharing

Marie W
Marie W1 months ago

Thanks for this post

Renata B
Renata B4 months ago

Beeswax is made by bees to build their homes. Would you like if someone infinitely bigger than you are came to steal the bricks and timber of your house?

Ann B
Ann B6 months ago

several years ago Yankee Candles were patchouli scented candles at halloween-- of course they DC'd it..wonder if it is the same smell??

Olivia M
Olivia M6 months ago

thanks for sharing

Caitlin L
Caitlin L7 months ago

Thank you

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Marija M
Marija M7 months ago

tks very much

Dennis Hall
Dennis Hall7 months ago

Thank you