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Natural Home-Made Lotion How To & Recipes

Dear Creatives, I have been seeing homemade hand lotions & lip balms floating around the web for quite a while. Swooning, pinning, planning & finally making some. I thought I would share the results with you along with the recipes I used.

Here are the products I used to make the homemade hand lotions all were purchased at our local health food store, but there are plenty of online resources. I will share more on that later.  One of the products Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil was one that I was sent to test out to see how I like it. Yes, I do! & it was perfect timing to have it on hand to create these hand lotions & creams.

I made sure to wash & dry the jars I was going to use. Having all your items along with area clean is important & having your items set up makes it so much easier there is no time when you are melting & stirring your ingredients! Down the road I’d love to buy a few pretty jars in cobalt blue, even smaller for making batches half the size. The jars I used were 4oz. jelly jars wide mouth.

Use the recipe melting all the ingredients into the pot, stirring the entire time until all is melted. Then pour into clean jars. Do not move once in the jars or it will leave marks on sides of jars with lotion when dried. So pretty. If you have small children make sure to put them far from the edge of your counter. It does take awhile to cool.

Here is what it looks like as it cools. These two I made more of a hand cream. To make the lotion you place the cooling ingredients into a clean bowl deep enough to use a mixer in. When it is near this cooled point you whip it good! lol

It looks like this. Oh, yes & if you are impatient you can pop the bowl in the freezer, but keep an eye on the bowl you don’t want to forget it!


Then into the clean jars. This will go a long way, be sure your hands are clean when you use it. Great for hands & legs, not for face.


I wish I could send you a jar. This is really easy to do. You can get all your items together & make it at home in a few hours with cooling time. They would make great gifts anytime. It does have a bit of oil to it but soaks in very quickly. We have super dry air here so this is perfect for summer & winter’s here.


I have this great homeopathy book. I read that you can put herbs in oil & infuse them for two weeks to make infused oils. We have sage, peppermint & rosemary…. I might have to try that, of course when I do I will share. Store at room temperature for up to 3 months, or in the refrigerator for 6 months.

hand made lotion - body butter

hand made lotion - body butter

Lotion is intended for hands, legs & feet.


  • !#1 Recipe
  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (unrefined)
  • 1/4 cup apricot kernel oil or almond oil
  • 2 tsp grated beeswax
  • 10,000 iu of Vitamin e oil from capsule * I used approx. 3/4 tbsp. Vitamin e oil from a bottle that had a dropper.
  • #2 Recipe
  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 tbsp vitamin e oil


  1. Recipe 1 & 2 ( see note at bottom about #2 )
  2. prepare all your jars wash & dry
  3. gather all your utensils
  4. put your ingredients into double boiler if you have one or other pot
  5. stir over a low heat until entirely melted
  6. pour into jars
  7. let cool
  8. #recipe 2 steps are all the same until melted then add into a large mixing bowl, let cool when getting darker in color losing clarity whip with mixer & spoon into jars.


Notes & Disclaimer: use 04oz. wide mouth jelly jars or beauty jars you find online. make sure your hands are clean prior to using to keep product clean non refrigerated 3mo. refrigerated 6mo. Research & study your recipes, use at your own risk, not for face.


Recipes used from or adapted from plus a few more:

This is the same coconut oil I used in my recipe that I sampled!

On sale at a great price if you’d like to try making your own lotion, of course larger sizes are available! (visit Tropical Traditions site for more options on both shown products & more)

Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label – 1 pint




& if you want to purchase a pre-made unscented lotion & add your own infused oil this could be an option:
Special Price! 8-oz. – Moisturizing Lotion – Unscented

Have you ever tried making homemade lotions or other beauty products?

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.


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  1. says

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    • Fawn says

      Hi Tonia, Yes, you should try! I made a bunch for gifts, along with myself & may try it again. I want to make some essential oils to put in or get some.

    • Fawn says

      The scent is more of a light cocoa, I didn’t add any essential oils to them this time. Maybe next batch. Thanks for your visit & hope to see you again soon!

    • Fawn says

      I think that if you had a dryer complexion you might try in a small area & see how it does. It has more of a oil feel until it soaks in. I would do a bit more research if looking to make a lotion for your face. I don’t have a good recipe to share for that but, might have to look myself & post when I find out.