Luxurious Homemade Lotion Recipe

Homemade natural lotion recipe with only three ingredients

If you are still using store bought lotion on yourself or your family, there are super easy natural alternatives that are fun to make! This recipe has three basic ingredients and literally takes ten minutes to make!

Homemade Lotion Recipe all natural and easy to makeWith this recipe, you can customize your lotion to your skin type and desired scent. The basic recipe is an ultra-moisturizing water-free version that last for years without preservatives. If you want a softer and less moisturizing lotion, scroll down for the aloe based version below.

NOTE: This is an improved recipe since many people were having trouble getting the temperatures exactly right to get the lotion to emulsify (as per the comments below). This recipe will not have any of those issues!

Homemade Lotion Ingredients

How to Make Lotion

  1. Combine almond oil (or any other liquid oil), coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler or a glass bowl on top. If using shea or cocoa butter, add it as well.
  2. As the water heats, the ingredients will start to melt. Stir occasionally as they melt to incorporate.
  3. When all ingredients are completely melted, add vitamin E oil (if using) and any essential oils or scents like vanilla.
  4. Pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (8 ounce) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
  5. Use as you would regular lotion. This lotion is ultra-moisturizing and more oily than water-based lotions so you won’t need to use as much. It also has a longer shelf life than some homemade lotion recipes since all ingredients are already shelf stable and not water is added. Use within 6 months for best moisturizing benefits.

Note: A little goes a long way! This lotion is incredibly nourishing and is also great for diaper rash on baby, for eczema and for preventing stretch marks!

If you want an even easier solution, make these easy Lotion Bars! Only three ingredients, take less time to make and last longer.

Aloe Based Homemade Lotion

If you’d prefer a lighter lotion recipe, this aloe-based version is much smoother and not as greasy. Unlike the version above, it does not have an indefinite shelf life and should be used within a month since it does not contain any preservatives. This recipe is adapted from the recipe I’ve used for years from Frugally Sustainable.

Aloe Lotion Ingredients

What to Do

  1. Melt the beeswax, almond oil (or other liquid oil), and shea butter (if using) in a double boiler or glass bowl over a pan of water.
  2. Remove from heat and pour into a blender or mason jar (if using an immersion blender).
  3. Let cool to room temperature. You want it to be room temperature and just barely starting to harden around the edges. This will help make sure that the lotion emulsifies correctly.
  4. Add the vitamin E (if using) and any essential oils.
  5. Start blending on low using a blender or immersion blender. Very slowly, start adding the aloe vera gel until incorporated. Use a spatula to wipe down the sides and re-blend a few times until fully incorporated.
  6. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to six weeks.

Homemade Lotion Variations

There are endless variations, but some of my favorites are:

  • Baby Lotion– Infuse the oil with calendula and chamomile before making the lotion
  • Cooling Muscle Rub-Add peppermint, wintergreen, and ginger for sore muscles
  • Anti-aging Face Lotion– Use argan oil and add lavender and patcholi essential oils
  • Lavender and Vanilla Lotion– Add a few drops of lavender and a little natural vanilla extract

Best Pre-Made Natural Lotions

If reading all that just convinced you that you’d rather just buy a natural lotion than go through the trouble of making one, there are also some great pre-made options. (And no judgement… that’s how I felt the first few times I thought about making lotion and toothpaste too!).

These are lotions that I’ve personally used and love and that have safe ingredients and a good rating with the Environmental Working Group:

  1. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Lotion– I’ve never found a product I didn’t like from this company
  2. Shea Moisture Head to Toe Ointment– Similar to the first recipe above- no liquid and very moisturizing
  3. Nourish Organic Body Lotion– Fragrance free and very highly rated by EWG
  4. Shea Moisture Olive Oil and Marula– Smells amazing and works really well!
  5. Nature’s Baby Organic Unscented Lotion– Also very highly rated unscented lotion

Ever made your own lotion? How did it go? Let me know below!

Homemade lotion can save money and help you avoid toxic chemicals. Use this no-liquid recipe with almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter and oils.

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  1. Vitamin E is NOT a preservative it’s an antioxidant.  An antioxidant will help the oils have a longer shelf life before they go rancid but it will do nothing to keep bacteria, mold and yeast from growing.   To keep the user safe you need to use a preservative.  A paraben free one I would suggest is liquid germall plus at the rate of 1% of the total weight added once the lotion has cooled down.  Keep in mind mold grows and is present long before it’s visible to the eye, so that’s why it’s extremely important to keep the user safe while using your product.   I would also suggest that you use a proper emulsifier such as emulsifying wax or BTMS instead of beeswax.  This is thick and is more of a body butter or a cream rather than a lotion.  I would suggest you join a forum (forms that are about learning to make soap also cover making lotions, there are many to pick from so pick one that works for you) to learn more about making these types of products.  Not just for the ingredients used but also for the safety reason as well.   Your users will appreciate you taking more time to learn how to do this right rather than copying many of the bad recipes on the net. 

    Good Luck and have fun.

    • I actually took a class on this a while back and was taught that Vitamin E at this percentage will give the lotion a much longer shelf life. As the goal here is a completely natural lotion, I definitely wouldn’t recommend Germall plus- as it contains propolyne glycol, which multiple studies have shown to be harmful. BTMS has some possible health concerns as well, and I wouldn’t recommend it either. I really appreciate your time and consideration in commenting, but with all respect, I actually run a natural products company and have some experience with all this…

      • Wow, the guest is worried about mold more then putting chemicals on their skin.  Maybe it is they who should be doing the research on such things.  
        This recipe is exactly what I have been looking for.  I have been using just plain coconut oil (a bit to thick for me) and almond oil (a bit to thin for me).  I will make this, I think it will be a good compromise in thickness. Thanks for watching out for our health Wellness Mama

        • If you’re not concerned about molds and fungus then you need to learn a little more about them. These types of recipes with no preservatives ( Vit. E is not an all spectrum preservative) are fine if made in small batches and used fairly quickly. As far as “chemicals” go….everything is chemical, even water.

          • Everything is a chemical for sure. When we say “chemicals” we mean harmful chemicals and not air and water.

          • “These types of recipes with no preservatives ( Vit. E is not an all spectrum preservative) are fine if made in small batches and used fairly quickly.”

            Recipe makes less than 8 ozs. Looks like there’s nothing to worry about here lol.

          • What about adding meadowfoam and helichrysum to the mix. Majority of therapeutic Essential oils are antimicrobial and last about a year if stored properly. Lavender can be used as 3%-5% dilution for babies, even 1% dilution works. Check the site Edens garden for great oils. Thx for the recipe!! I’m attempting to create a lotion this weekend. I use therapeutic essential oils and would rather use a carrier lotion, I found this post in my first search! Thank you. I’m searching for beeswax now. David

          • Mold IS a valid concern. I had mold once in a body butter I made after four months, BUT I solved this problem by making smaller jars and sharing with my mom. 4 oz is a lot easier to go through than 8, and we both get to enjoy healthy beautiful skin. 🙂 If you don’t have a buddy to share with, I think you could also solve the mold issue by using a clean tool to take the lotion out of the jar rather than just dip fingers in, which now I’m saying it, I’m going to do that anyway! 😀

          • No water no mo,d or fungus to worry about. The recipe is actually a cream. Lotions contain water. No water no preservative is needed.

          • Fungus(mold) and bacteria hardly thrive in a fatty environment. I think this cream/lotion if made is small batches is very safe to use if one does not have allergies to any of the ingredients.

          • Exactly. This whole “natural” thing can be quite misleading, everything comes from nature. Just like you decided to mix your oils the scientists decided to add some additional functional groups break bonds, create new bonds to improve on the initial material. Lets not demonize innovation.

          • everything may be chemicals even water, but, some are natural and some are synthetic, guess which ones cause the most harm, nature made or man made? and the processing and handling is another issue in many chemicals. if mold is an issue, wouldnt keeping it cold and only keeping small amounts for the week out be a good suggestion? it is what i do with deodorant.

        • I used the olive oil , bees wax, recipe. Did not have almond oil so used more olive oil in its place.
          The mixture melted down nicely. When I bottle it into small bottles is became semi-hard. Can not get it out of the bottle; does not spread .
          Can this “lotion” be saved ????

          • I make lotion (my own but slightly similar recipe) to use on my customers in my salon. I make smaller batches, keep it in a sanitized pump bottle, and store any extra in a sealed container in the fridge. Occasionally if the lotion gets cold sitting on the counter, it doesn’t want to pump out of the bottle. I warm it up by putting the bottle in warm water for several minutes. You could try warming your bottles of lotion up in a bowl of warm water, pouring it out, then adding more oil to the mix to make it pourable or put it in jars and use a clean spatula to remove the product from the jar. My lotion lasts for months with no mold this way. I would sterilize the bottle but the plastic won’t hold up. Am ordering a glass bottle to try.

          • No water no mo,d or fungus to worry about. The recipe is actually a cream. Lotions contain water. No water no preservative is needed.

          • Yes. Heat at a very low temp in the microwave short bursts then pour
            It into jars. Add a bit more body butter and whip it up prior to putting in a jar. Or a hot water bath to melt it down to make it pourable.

          • This recipe is NOT a lotion. It is a very lovely cream- some what solid. I like this recipe very much; but am disappointed she labeled it incorrectly. This will not work in a pump style container as a lotion will. Put it on jars.

          • remelt it and put it in a small mason jar

          • You posted this a long time ago so you may have figured this out already or the recipe might have changed but it says olive oil OR almond oil.

          • The bees wax hardens as it cools try warming the bottles in hot water pour it out and try to reformulate it by adding more Shea and maybe even whipping it with a hand mixer put it in a wide.mouth container so it doesn’t get stuck. Hope that helps.

          • You can remelt by putting the jars in boiling water. It will melt and allow you to pour them all into a bowl and adjust your ratios. Beeswax = hardness.

          • I want to know if I can add Lanolin to this mixture and if I have to warm it up as it is quite hard to squeeze out od the tube.
            Also, I use NEEM! This is the MOST INCREDIBLE natural product and really helps for eczema, dry skin and even acne!!! The smell is horrible, but onse you mix it with all the other oils and a few drops of rose or geranium it is all good to go.
            Please would you reply.
            South Africa

          • Just whip it with a hand mixer, the consistency will be lighter.

          • Yes melt it again and whip it with a hand mixer. Also, I add a little more oil or a little less beeswax for a softer consistency.
            Don’t throw it out! It can be saved!

          • I made this recipe exactly as it says, but added a step at the end after it completely cooled. I simply got out my immersion blender and “whipped” it up. This made it much creamier and easy to squeeze out of a squeeze bottle. It is also light enough to go through a pump bottle after doing this step. So, it doesn’t have to stay semi-hard at all.

        • Lisa G, did the oils you used offer different lotion consistencies? I am looking for a lotion recipe that will work well in a squirt bottle so I can toss it in my bag and have it on the go and that won’t need to be refrigerated. The thick consistency wouldn’t be very practical for me. I found a recipe for a thinner consistency that called for water, but I have concerns about the water being a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

      • Wellness Mama, Thanks for the tips!! Going to try this out over the weekend and see if I can make some holiday stocking stuffers!

      • Hello question
        To add calendula and chamomile should it be powder or flower base. I am making this for my baby boy who suffers from extreme dry skin. Any other suggestion please help thanks it’s my first time making anything.

        • I think she means adding those in essential oil form to the lotion recipe as stated above.

          • I should hope not EO’s. Essential Oils are not recommended to use topically on a child until two years of age!

          • Jenni,
            There are alot of EO’s which are perfectly fine as long as they are diluted properly, such as lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile, tea tree, grapefruit seed, and even peppermint. Obviously the last 3 EO’s I mentioned need to be a lot more diluted than the previously mentioned EO’s. but many oils such as grapefruit seed oil and tea tree oil are very good at curing ailments such as diaper rashes caused by thrush. No you should not ever but pure essential oils directly on a baby or toddlers skin, but if they are diluted properly with a carrier oil or a moisturizer, they can be very useful. I don’t understand why people get so upset about essential oils, but they are completely okay with putting products like Johnsons Baby Wash on their child which contains ethanol, along with many other fuel based chemicals. Heck, I’ve even heard of people putting petroleum around their baby’s mouth to help with rashes caused by slobber, do people not realize that is a fuel based product? or do they just not care? Not saying you would ever do that, but it makes me upset that there are people who do.

        • I made a modification of this recipe and steeped dried, organic calendula leaves in the the warm olive oil for a while. I also added a mixture of bees wax and emsulifying wax and the resulting lotion is very smooth.

          • where do you get emulsifying wax? I am very new to all of this and I want to try it out but have no idea where to even get some of this stuff such as beeswax. And the mold thing isn’t a factor? That kind of freaked me out! haha

          • What is in the emulsifying wax?

        • Hi
          I would suggest 100% pure organic coconut oil. Really good to use instead of lotion as well.
          My baby boy now 7 months has sensitive skin and I noticed baby wipes are the biggest problem. I now use coconut oil resolved in warm water and wipe with a cloth, problem solved he hardly ever has problems, I wish I used it with my other 6 children. Also in his bathwater I put 1 tbsp. of coconut oil instead of bath products.

          • I went thru HepC treatment and due to the interferon, now have psoriasis, a know side-effect. I’ve tried home-made lotions, and soaps. My new go to is Extra Virgin Coconut Oil applied directly to my skin. My all over body rashes are disappearing and the itching is significantly lessened. I use it directly on psoriasis, and it helps to lessen those patches as well. I can use essential oils with no problems, but the fragrance oils cause skin irritation big time no matter what the fragrance. So if you decide to add oils for pleasant smell, try just the essential. They are more expensive, but I’ve found much more agreeable with my skin.

          • i can’t find where to do an individual comment, so i hijacked someone else’s. I just made my first batch of coconut oil moisturizer using 16oz of Trader Joes’s extra i whipped it in my kitchen aid stand mixer on the highest speed for the 6-7 minutes and all i got was a very thin liquid, i went ahead & added 1tsp of vitamin oil & melted beeswax i got online & put about 2 tbls & mixed it by hand, but the wax solidified & i had to fish out pieces of solid wax. Where did i go wrong? Thanks

        • I have been told that NEEM oil is good for dry skin

          • Heat it up (pot warm water .change container?

          • Neem oil works great but it stinks to high heaven lol

        • You can Infuse calendula and chamomile flowers in the liquid oil on warm in your crock pot over night or in a quart jar in the sun for six weeks. Make sure the flowers are dry before infusing. Strain the oil after infusing and then incorporate it into the recipe part for part for the liquid oil. I make a calendula, plantain, and comfrey leaf infusion in avocado oil for my skin healing butters and soaps. An olive oil blend with lavender and chamomile is really good for dry baby skin and soothes a cranky disposition as well!

        • Depending on how quickly you want to make it, you can “steep” calendula and chammomile in whatever liquid oil you’re using (olive, grape seed, almond, sesame, etc…), strain the bits and pieces out, then use like normal in the recipe. You can steep the botanicals in one of two ways: 1) time (put your herbs in a jar, fill with oil, and let set for 4-6 weeks) or 2) heat (steep the botanicals and oil over heat, much like you would make tea). Hope this helps!

        • everything may be chemicals even water, but, some are natural and some are synthetic, guess which ones cause the most harm, nature made or man made? and the processing and handling is another issue in many chemicals. if mold is an issue, wouldnt keeping it cold and only keeping small amounts for the week out be a good suggestion? it is what i do with deodorant.

        • I put calendula flowers in a jar with olive oil and let them infuse the oil for couple months then strained the flowers out to use them in this recipe.

      • Mama,
        You said you “took a class on this a while back”.
        Do you have any other education or qualifications?

        • I think asking for the qualifications of a person or efficacy of any product homemade or otherwise on the internet is moot. It is up to the individual to be diligent and seek out what is right for them. Just like any store bought product, there are those that will not react as intended with EVERY individual. You are the one putting the ingredients together and no one is forcing you to change from your regular regime. If you want to use chemicals you can not even spell or pronounce because the FDA says it is safe and you trust them then that is your prerogative. I was raised with my Great Grandmother making homemade everything (a practice passed down the generations). Bottom line, if you don’t think these recipes are for you then don’t use them……simple. Thank you for sharing your recipes with me Wellness Mama. Nice to see there are still some healers left within the younger generation. I have even re-written some of mine based on your posts.

          • Natural is best and it’s fine if you don’t want the product to have a long and reliable shelf life. I, for one, don’t want my products to go rancid, especially hair care products.

          • Cassandra, do you share your grandmothers recipes? I’m very interested in ‘all things homemade’ especially ones that have been around for generations 🙂

          • Well said! btw, to anyone who does a little reading on herbs and essential oils knows that many of these have their own antimicrobial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Even beeswax has antimicrobial properties. SO, if someone is worried about microbes and fungi, they can always be sure to add the herbs and essential oils known to deter those terrible things! Of course, since these are small batch recipes, they won’t last long when used regularly. On one DIY site I use it is recommended that the majority of the lotion (or other body care item) be kept in the refrigerator to prolong shelf life, taking out only enough to use for a week or month at a time, as needed. If it’s still in the fridge after a year, throw it out and start fresh! easy-peasy.

          • Well said. There are always going to be skeptics. Everyone needs to make their own choices. Information such as this is given with the understanding that it may not work for everyone, nor is it a miracle cure. If you don’t like the recipe, don’t use it. Go to the store and buy a bottle of petroleum instead.

          • As an alternative to spending 100.00+ for creams to control my psoriasis, I have tried several home remedies with great success, I have tried this cream and love it. I also use a salve made especially for psoriasis that contains honey as well as beeswax, and also neem oil. The honey helps with the mold issue, as honey has a very long shelf life. Thanks, Wellness Mama! There will always be doubters, but know that there are many more of us that you have helped, and we are grateful that you have shared with us!

          • I love this. I agree. <3

      • Hello, I made a batch last night using jojoba oil, coconut oil , beesawx and some essential oils. I I’ve let it cool over night and there’s a hard layer on top and the rest seems really hard too. My conclusion is that I messed up the ratio of oils to beeswax. Now I suppose what I m asking is can I melt it back down to add more oils or did I waste these ingredients. Sorry I had to reply to another post I couldn’t find the individual comment box. Thanks I hope to hear back from you soon!!

          • Help, I made this over the weekend. It is more like the lotion bars but just sits on top of the skin and doesn’t seem to soak in at all. What did I do wrong?

          • Hi Katie!
            I have a question for you. I made the lotion bars. I used equal parts of coconut oil, beeswax and coco butter, and of course lavender essential oil. I really don’t like this in bars. I was thinking I would melt it back down and make more of a body butter to put in small jars as gifts. Could I just add more oil to the recipe when it melts? How much would I use? In my first recipe, I used 1 cup of each of the 3 ingredients. And I have a huge bottle of grapeseed oil that I don’t use for anything. Can I use that? Have you ever used it? Or would it be better to use almond or olive oil? Thanks!

          • Thank you for this! I just made it last night and I had the same issue… I think I added too much beeswax. It came in little bars so it was hard for me to measure.

            Happy to know I can remelt and add more oils! 🙂

            I did rub some on anyway though and I loved it!! Thank you for posting this easy recipe!

          • is it possible to make a natural lotion without beeswax because beeswax are raw here in our country..

          • Sorry to reply on a reply but I can’t find where to post my own comment. Is this lotion meant to be creamy? I’m trying it tonight and am hoping for creamy. Thanks!

          • Hi there! I made a batch of your lotion (my first time) & love how it feels on my face however it is hard as a rock:( not sure what I did wrong. If I melt it down again, what can I add to make it easier to spread? Would shea butter work? If so how much would you recommend? Thanks so much!! My husband loves it too!!

          • This was my question as well. So after I melt down my cream (lotion), how do you suggest that I solve the problem of how much oil to add back in? I followed your recipe, however I know I added too much beeswax. I was thinking of adding a tablespoon of coconut oil. What are your suggestions! For future reference, where do I find the comment box?

          • It would depend on how much extra beeswax you added. You might want to try adding a tablespoon of a liquid oil like almond or avocado to help create a smoother texture.

          • Hi! I made this for the first time and it came out as a vaseline consistency. Did I do something wrong? This is exactly the ingredients I used:

            1/2 cup olive oil
            1/4 cup coconut oil
            1/4 cup beeswax
            2 tbsp Shea butter

            Thank you!!

          • You can try adding more of one of the oils, it can help thin it out until you get the consistency you desire 🙂

          • I also will try this recipe today, so if I go wrong now I to know I can remelt and try again, thanks Wellness Mama, love everything you do…all Natural, My kind of life.

          • Thank yoi for your generosity in knowledge. I have learnt a lot from your blog.
            God bless you and yours

        • I had the same problem just last week. I just warmed it a little in hot water so it could be worked, and whipped it with my hand mixer while I added more jojoba oil into it a little at a time – so I could see when it was the right consistency. I also tried adding cornstarch to it to give it a silky finish on the skin it makes it feel less greasy. I had a very hard time finding any recipe that helped with amounts per lotion, so I just added it and mixed it until I liked it. I ended up with a ration of 2 cups lotion base to 1 of cornstarch and it was like yogurt in consistency. It feels wonderful. Good luck , and dont throw that good stuff out! 🙂

          • Is it 2 c lotion to 1 tbsp. corn starch?

          • Hi Blu, does it not feel gritty with the corn starch? And how would arrowroot work? I prefer arrowroot to corn starch.

        • I have made chap stick (some use for dry skin) for the last few years, same ingredients just different amounts, if you cant melt it down and adjust you can use it as a thick cream for your hands or chap stick. Hope this helps.

        • I made a batch of the lotion and poured equal parts into two little mason jars. One jar has a consitency slightly thinner than lotion, the other is more like a shampoo/conditioner consistency. They both came from the smae batch though. What did I do wrong or what can I do to thicken it up a little?

        • I used Katie’s recipe but I substituted 1/2 Jojoba and half sesame oils for the almond and olive oils. I also used equal parts beeswax and shea butter. Once my coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter were melted I transfered the into a tall emersion blender jar and slowly poured my other oils with vit E and essential ols combined. I also added a tablespoon of arrowroot (next time I’ll use a bit more). I whipped it up and came out with a very smooth non greasy cream. I shared it with my mom and daughter in law and we all love it. Thanks for the base recipe! I couldn’t have done it without you, Katie!

          • Yolanda, is this the correct recipe that you used?
            1/4 c. jojoba oil
            1/4 c. sesame oil
            1/4 c. coconut oil
            1/4 c. beeswax
            1/4 c. shea butter
            melt all, then blend in:
            1 tsp. Vitamin E
            1 TB or more arrowroot powder

            I’d love to try your version but wanted to verify I understood you right.

          • Hi Tricia,

            Actually I meant I used equal parts of beeswax and shea better and coconut oil, not all equal parts. So it was 1/4 cup beeswax
            1/4 cup shea butter
            1/4 cup coconut oil, combined them in a jar and melted them over low heat. Once they were all melted and combined I poured them into a tall emerrsion blender jar, allowed them to cool but not harden. Mean while I combined the coId oils in a measuring cup.
            1/2 cup sesame
            1/2 cup Jajoba
            I measured my arrowroot powder and chose and measured out my EO’s. When hot oils were cooled I poured in cold oils and blended well till fluffy and creamy. Then I added the vitamin E and EO’s and mixed again. Lastly, I added the arrowroot, (just under 1/4 cup has worked best so far. This really does make a super silky, mostly non greasy cream.

        • Yes, I also made this as a hand lotion, which is what I was looking for to carry in my purse in a squeeze bottle….. this is a cream, and not a hand lotion. Now I have fairly solid cream in my squeeze bottles and now what? I don’t want to melt it down because it has essential oils in it. I realize I should have read the comments BEFORE making it, lol, but too late for me. What can/should I add to the bottle to fix this. Btw, LOVE your page. Thank you so much! I come here for just about everything.

        • An oil.of antioxidants,.,warm it up
          Blend the oil n blender 2 soften them?

      • I was taught the same thing about Vitamin E in my esthetics class when I became an Esthetician. It is used to keep it from going rancid. This is such a small batch that you’re going to use it before anything grows. I have a thing about making sure my hands are clean before I dip down in my lotion if I have to use my hands or get a tongue depressor to get it out with. Thanks WM for all your good info!

      • Doesn’t coconut oil have antibacterial properties itself?

        • Yes, coconut oil has antimicrobial properties; I would think that it is the perfect ingredient for a lotion!

      • Thank you Wellness Mama. I really appreciate your all natural recipes .


      • Wellness Mama, what can I use instead of vitamin E oil and GSE? I ask because I live in a small country far away from USA and I can’t find the oil and GSE.

        • Actually those ingredients are optional, so you can make it without… or experiment!

        • An oil.of antioxidants

      • I’m making this right & I don’t know how much calendula should be used & what essential oils would be good if I’m using as a face lotion? Help!
        Thanks, Taylor

        • Generally you use 1 oz of dry herb to 8 oz oil. Don’t use fresh herbs . the water in the herb will cause it to spoil. Calendula is nice for a face lotion as well as rose hips and wild carrot seed ( which is queen Anne’s lace seed, yes the weed!)

      • All I have to say is Good for you!!! What the awakening of humanity needs is the most natural products available, that can be made from the plants of the earth and locally sourced materials with none of the chemicals used by the Elite in their products that poison us every day.

        Thank God you are smarter then the average bear. I approve!

      • When giving this as a gift, is there a time frame that you would recommend that I tell my family to use the lotion within? Thanks for a great site!

      • Hi!
        I made this recipe and I love it but I keep finding that it gets chunky once it cools down. Is this normal or should I be doing something else? Please let me know.

      • Vitamin E would be a good preservative in this case because there are only oils. If there was water, then yes, you would need a preservative, but in this recipe Vitamin E is a good preservative 🙂

      • could you please tell me what course i can do to make my own scrubs and moisturisers.. I am from Melbourne make my own scrub at home but clearly only get 7 days out of it as i dont no how to preserve it longer…can you suggest

      • I wouldn’t worry too much, vitamin e is most def. a natural preservative. Can’t wait to try this lotion! I’m thinking I’m going to try “whipping” it w/ a mixer

      • Hello Wellness Mama,
        Thank you for all of your sharing! I’m in France and I took a class on transforming medicinal plants into tinctures, lotions, etc. with an herbalist who prepared phytotherapy preparations for pharmacies for years. He had us use “vitamin E” or “grapefruit seed extract” as a preservative for our preparations.
        I’ve never had a problem with mold or fungus in my balms or creams. I keep them in the fridge. I’ve even forgotten little pots that somehow got lost and 6 months later they had no mold, no fungus and no rancidity. 🙂

      • Hello! I was just wondering if you use the solid almond and coconut oil, or if one or the other is in liquid form. not sure if that made sense, thanks in advance.

      • Hi
        We just made this and it is pretty solid…more like lip balm texture than lotion..did we do something wrong…?

      • I have a Question. What would i have to do to make it pumpable?

      • Hi! Can you convert this to a weights recipe please? There are like 50 or more comments asking ‘What is half a cup in weight?’. Converting this to weight instead of volume will help so many people I think. However, it is interesting reading the comments about how to convert it in to a cream or lotion or for what type of problem, etc.

        When I’ve made hard soaps – and I’ve made a few now for the last 2 years – I always write down the weight of the oils and butters, etc, and the date I made it. That way I always have a record I can refer to for ease and knowledge/understanding. 🙂

      • I’ve made this a few times, changing the EOs for personal preference. I love it. And so have the people I’ve given it to. Never had any problems with it. Keep up the good work, Mama!

      • Thank you for teaching us this. I’ve recently decided the best thing for me to do will be to make my own lotion. Will this be good for a face lotion? Would it make sense to refrigerate it?

      • How much EO should I add in order to get scent? I am using calendula and chamomile and lavender. Thank you!

    • Information is one thing, being rude is quite another. Good luck and have fun.

      • I quite agree! The solution to the problem of mold (or bacteria or any other spoilage) is to simply mess LESS product… some amount that you can us up quickly. This way, you don’t have to add harmful ingredients to your product. 8-]

    • Thank you for taking the time to post this recipe. I never even thought one could make lotion. I Will try it!!

      • I am going to do this!!! I think its a fantastic idea to go natural.. too many chemicals in our lives. My granddaughter has eczema and I heard coconut oil is great for that.. soooo.. this is how I got to this page. LOL. Thank you so much for the information.

        • Susan, I am wondering how the lotion worked on your granddaughter’s eczema. I just received all the ingredients to make the lotion. My 7 months grandchild is suffering from the same problem. I will appreciate any one comments.

          • Coconut oil was note enough for my son. It, and most other oils, were too thin. We started using just shea butter. He is almost completely clear within a week of starting it. A lot of times eczema is a sign of an underlying sensitivity or allergy.

          • My daughter has eczema and she is allergic to coconut. Make sure coconut oil would be safe for your granddaughter.

          • My granddaughter had eczema badly. When she was about 12 my daughter put her on vitamin D3, and the eczema cleared up. They had tried everything, both from the doctor and from friends. She hated having it, and now is doing fine. Most people are deficient in vitamin D, so I’m sure this was good for her body in general, too, not just for the eczema.

          • Calendula works wonders on eczema. It’s a type of marigold flower. You can steep the flowers in the oil before making the lotion or add ground calendula seeds. I’ve been using it on my daughter for 6 months… clears it in 2-3 days.

            My mix is shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, calendula infused oil, lavender eo, and vitamin e.

    • Vitamin E is a preservative; perhaps you meant to say it is not an antimicrobial? For that, you can use grapefruit essential oil at 0.5-1%.  To use vitamin E as an antioxidant, and thus, a preservative, the best thing to use is T-50 Vitamin E at 0.04%. One can also use rosemary essential oil at 0.15-0.5% to preserve. Happy lotion making!

      • Vitamin E is not a preservative, it is an *antioxidant* which means it will not prevent mold, bacteria, or fungus, but will keep the oils from going rancid. Essential oils are also not preservatives on their own, even if they have some preservative properties. And most importantly, grapeseed extract is not a preservative! The only studies that showed that it worked as a preservative used grapeseed extract contaminated with parabens. Using grapeseed extract will preserve a lotion about as well as prayer, unless it is contaminated (it often is), and in that case you may as well just use normal parabens.

        However, like someone said above, you don’t need a preservative in this recipe because it doesn’t have any water in it. I promise I know what I’m talking about, I formulate natural cosmetics for a living.

        • Can you please recommend a preservative and an antioxidant for homemade soap? Thanks.

          • handmade soap does not need a preservative.

        • These comments were made when the recipe *did* include water, she had since changed the recipe probably so people would stop arguing about it.

        • She said grapefruit extract not grapeseed. I think grapeseed is from grapes not grapefruit so they’re different.

          • I meant grapefruit seed extract, I made a typo. Regardless, you should treat a lotion like this recipe like unpreserved food; it should be kept in the refrigerator and if it is older than 5 days you shouldn’t use it. Otherwise you are endangering your health.

          • All of the ingredients are oil based and have a shelf life of several years… there is nothing to preserve.

        • hi banana
          do you have any recipe’s for making lotions suitable for people that want to use Halal Products

          • Hi Lesley! Vegan lotions without alcohol should be suitable for those looking for Halal products 🙂 So most of these should be good. Good luck!

          • Actually, I said vegan, but I meant vegetarian without alcohol. Beeswax is fine 🙂

        • I am interested in a discussion on natural preservatives and organic ingredients for a thick lotion cream base

        • To Banana
          I’m interested in your opinion on a few things. I’m just getting started with this. Could you please post where I can contact you?
          Also, Thank you wellness mama for your wonderful recipes& knowledge!!!pammy

      • Thanks for this amazing info. y’all! I just made a body butter and it smells to shea-buttery. has anyone tried this recipe? It is less shea butter than I just used and am wondering if the smell is more mild.

        • I have the same issue, the coconut smell is too strong. Maybe because I was using extra virgin coconut oil which preserved the most scent of coconut oil. I want to know should I change it to refined coconut oil, is it gonna fix the smelly issue?

          • Yes, refined coconut oil has no smell and in my opinion, the exact same consistency as virgin coconut oil. However, many people believe there is a loss of nutrients and beneficial properties once the oil gets refined. Hope this helps :-)0

        • I didn’t like the smell of shea butter either, so I switched to mango butter. Much nicer.

      • Can this recipe be whipped? Thanks!!

    • I also agree that there needs to be another preservative in this.  I also own a natural lotion company and have had my products tested in a lab to determine shelf life.  Vitamin E will extend shelf life slightly, but what you will want to do is add Grapeseed Extract to incorporate a proper preservative to prevent bacteria growth.  For home use, this is not required, but if you intend to sell the products, you will want to check with your local department of health to determine what the law is.  Shelf life on my products is actually 6 to 18 months depending on the product.

      I would however like to say that the person who commented first needs to learn proper manners.  There is a proper way to portray information and they did not achieve this.  Thanks for the recipe, and I wish all of the people that visit your site the best of luck with this endeavor.

      • Yes I agree. The poster was unnecessarily rude.

    • Products like this one in the recipe, made with oil and beeswax (no water) are  quite self-preserving and certainly don’t need chemical preservatives. I’ve been making products like this for years with out using any preservative. 

      • Yeah I’m not sure why people are freaking out. I don’t need a preservative.

    • I’m a pharmacist and I do a decent amount of compounding lotions and such. Wellness Mama is right here, since the product is not made with water, an antimicrobial preservative is not necessary. Now I would never sell a product without such a preservative, simply because of liability, but the chances of having microbial growth in this product (if maintained in a tightly sealed container) is minimal, and I consider an acceptable risk for my personal use.

      Grape seed extract, parabens, and Diazolidinyl Urea are all good preservatives, but each come with there risks and are only necessary if needed for your peace of mind.

      BTW, thanks for this recipe Wellness Mama!

      • Thanks for posting Annie! I appreciate a pharmacist is reading this blog! 🙂

      • There may be this answer in the comments here but there are SOOO many comments! Wow! I read for a while. 🙂

        How many drops of essential oil or tsp of vanilla should be used to be safe for my face and baby skin? Thank you Wellness Mama!

        • Essential oils are not recommended to use topically on a child under two years of age.

        • Some essential oils are safe for babies. I know the brand that I use certainly is safe. I make 3 oz. batches and use 10-20 drops.

    • Mold does not easily grow in products that have no water in them. If someone wants to add Germall to their products, they may as well buy commercially made ones. Germall is not good for you. Also, if you don’t add water, you don’t have to use emulsifiers in this. I don’t think you have a lot of experience with natural products so you should hold your comments on people’s posts so others don’t get confused and be harmed by your bad advice. Just sayin’…

    • This guest needs to realize the information they are putting out there. Many of the things they said are clearly proven wrong and I must agree with what Wellness Mama has to say. I wish Wellness Mama was my actual Mama.

    • Ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs are TOO EXPENSIVE! Any other suggestions?

      • Try they have herbs and other natural stuff I get most of my stuff from them 🙂

      • I use Bulk Apothecary for my oils and butters in large quantity. They also have all the essential oils and containers you would need for lotions or lip balms. Very reasonable prices! Shipping gets me sometimes but considering I’m buying 40 lbs of coconut oil at a time I guess it does cost a bit to ship! LOL. If you watch closely, they do run free shipping and 20% off sales frequently.

      • I’m late to the party, and maybe no one will even see this, but regarding the cost of oils, I would be afraid of buying oils that were cheap! I purchase quality, therapeutic grade oils that are third party tested, direct from the company to ensure that I am buying pure, unadulterated essential oils.

        One wants to think that there are “not nice” people out there, but the sad fact remains… 🙁 I am even nervous when I have to go to my local natural food co-op for certain oils such as Jojoba or Almond oil because the company I buy from does not sell them. I look for EOs that can even be ingested and are backed by a guarantee. If the company is willing to stand behind their product, I believe that the product is probably safer in the first place.

        Just my two cents 😉 Happy experimenting toward life using what nature is happy to provide for us!

    • Is there a way to make it not so thick for a pump bottle? And is there something else you can use for a sub for the coconut oil if someone is allergic to it?

    • does it go on the hands?

    • You are right about one thing, this is a lotion stick, or balm or body butter since it is not an emulsification of oil and water, it is not a true lotion. That being said… since there is no water she doesn’t need ewax. That’s what is good about body butter is you can use beeswax with all of it’s healing properties.

      This website is about staying away from toxins and your germall suggestion is not suited for a safe, non toxic recipe. It is also unnecessary since this recipe, again, doesn’t have water, the vit E is enough for the oils. It will have a long shelf life, I would throw away what I haven’t used after a few months and make more. That’s why at home creations should be in small batches. I would rather deal with germs anyway, even mold, even yeast, than put germall on me. Here is what says:

      “Again, watch out for these: Germall Plus, Germall II and Germal 115 (preservatives), when making your lotion. I constantly find claims that they are safe in homemade lotions all over the place. They are the main cause of eczema and contact dermatitis in skin care products (according to the American Academy of Dermatology). According to this very informative web site again<<<, this product has the ingredient DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, sometimes just called Urea (as well as others not quite as bad), which has been linked to cancer and a LIST OF EFFECTS AND HAZARDS TOO LONG for me to list here in the areas of- cancer, neurotoxicity, organ system toxicity, reproductive toxicity, skin irritant, penetration enhancer, and cosmetic restrictions in other countries. This ingredient contains government warnings that it is hazardous, yet time and time again I find web sites selling this product as- safe for homemade and natural creations, so the people selling them who don't do their homework think they are doing the world a service with their homemade lotions and soaps and they are not."

      germall is NOT natural and NOT safe.

    • Can I use vitamin E capsules instead of vitamin E oil?

        • Thanks! I had the same question.

    • Re- Liquid Germall Plus – NO NO NO.

      I couldn’t read this first post however 2 years old without posting also the MSDS on that product mentioned as preservative.

      Please do not take this person advice and put that product into your clean lotion or creme.

    • If you are concerned with bacteria there are perfectly good natural antibacterial oils available that can be added to the lotion … Lemon and lavender are the top 2 that come to mind… But I’m sure there are several more… I agree with the post that this is ment to be a natural product for those of us who don’t have much ( if any ) faith in the FDA and their health standards ( if they are doing such a great job why are so many of us sick?)and we are looking for alternitives
      Research is nessicary … So everyone… Do your research … Look to multiple sources … Then make an informed call

      Mold is more of a concern to some than others… I have never had a problem personally… Just use within the allotted time and add some lemon oil (not juice) or lavender problem solved

      Thanks for the recipe… 🙂

      • Some people who sell lotions and shampoos use that method. I saw one lotion company who used only that. The only problem is those oils like honey work on themselves without a problem but once it’s contaiminated(especially with water) it can grow bacteria & mold. [Bacteria can even grow in salty conditions or in a vaccum.]

        However glycerin is a natural preservative. I’d like to pass this idea along we should all work together create a glycerin preservative method that works:

        We need 60-70% of it to work as a preservative. I was thinking we add an anti-humectant(joboba oil, beeswax, etc.) to cancel the humectant each time if that is possible. We can also use solid rain(the stuff from Mexico that collects water in soil for farming) to collect the glycerin each time we use a lotion or product with 60-70% glycerin. Without touching that much glycerin. This is useful for dry powders. I’m not sure if we could separate glycerin from lotion.

        If we could get something to work we could have our natural, effective, safe preservative:

    • Hi,

      How much quantity does this recipe make please?

      Thank you


    • Vitamin E (tocopherol) is a preservative as listed by the FDA. It is s used as a preservative for fats (usually chicken fat) in pet food, and when tocopherol-preserved chicken fat is used it must be specified in the list of ingredients.

      “Preservative”, “antimicrobial”, and “anti-oxidant” are not mutually exclusive chemical properties. That is to say that just because something is an antioxidant, doesn’t mean it is not also a preservative (and vice versa). In fact, many antioxidants are good preservatives because they bind free oxygen radicals that would otherwise interact with less stable components. “Preservative” can have many different meanings depending on what you are trying to preserve and against what.

    • No preservative necessary due to the fact she is not adding water to this anhydrous recipe.

    • I also add GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) oil or Rosemary oil to my foot balms, as a boost to protect from microbes….

    • As Veronica also mentioned, this recipe does not contain water. Preservatives are generally only required for water-containing recipes since bacteria, yeast, etc. need that to grow. Vitamin E will delay the onset of rancidity in oils, and that should be good enough for this recipe (but be warned if it’s stored in a jar or something where water is likely to be introduced–then you’ll need a preservative).

      That being said, your priorities are messed up if you are more concerned about the propylene glycol than the diazolidinyl urea (a formaldehyde releaser; I’d rather have the parablens, who I think have a worse reputation than they deserve; phenoxyethanol, as found in Optiphen, for example, is another one you may want to consider).

    • I would suggest you relax…..seriously

    • I love the recipe. I am an all natural gal and have been looking for how to make all natural lotion. But what if your allergic to coconut or almond oil? What do you suggest?

    • Wow!! I am really taken aback by your rather rude (IMO) comment . Not that what you had to say was not valid however it comes off as very hostile and bossy. Katie aka WelssnessMama has been for myself and my family a lifechanger. Her website has been a go to for anything DIY, NON GMO , etc etc for me and a lot of other people. And she is sharing her experiences and what has worked for her. Her experience and knowledge is invaluable and very appreciated.
      You should consider maybe softening your very bossy attitude. And double check your info because unless you have a degree in chemistry I (and I am sure I am not alone) am not interested in what you have to say when its said in such a condescending manner ..
      have a great day!!!!

    • Nice thanku lotsssssss

    • You don’t need a preservative as there is no water in the product.

    • If using pure essential oils, mold won’t grow!! I think you need to do your research, yourself. Best Regards

    • My vitamin E oil has mostly soy bean oil. Do you think that is bad to add to this?

    • Dear Faithy, Your remark towards Wellness Mamma and her wonderful recipe sounded pretty snotty!! I have made my own creams for myself and others with Vitamin E as a preservative which is told to do by many “experts” that make them for sale from what they were taught. I have been using my own creams for years with no side effects and no apparent mold, so I don’t consider it harmful in any way to preserve the shelf life by using it. I also use beeswax and all is great!! I also don’t refrigerate any of it and don’t need to. I use mine up to a year with smell, texture and appearance the same. Thanks you wellness mama for all the life-goodness you share!! 🙂

  2. I’ve never made my own lotion because I’ve just been using straight coconut oil.  So thanks for the recipe!!  I think that the fact that it’s not technically preserved (according to the previous commenter’s post) doesn’t bother me, since my family would go through lotion fairly quickly.  If I were going to sell it, then yeah, I’d probably look into those issues, but for us and close family/friends, I am really excited to have an easy recipe to get around to making sometime soon!

    • When selling lotion I just tell buyers ,no preservatives so it is truly all natural. That’s what they are buying it for. lotions should last for 3 months safely.

  3. Thanks for this recipe

  4. Sweet!  I have been using straight coconut oil as moisturizer (and Hubby now, too!) But it’ll be nice to have something a little different!  

  5. I always make my own hand lotion, lip balm and even shaving lotion for hubby, Love the scent of the essential oils

  6. I have a gluten allergy and have been told to stay from Vitamin E oil because it often comes from wheat. Do you have any thoughts on this, or can you suggest something to replace it? Thanks!

    • You could replace with about 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract (GSE) or just store in the fridge 🙂

    • There is no such thing as a gluten allergy.

      • Katie what do you mean by no such thing as Gluten Allergy ? is it an allergy to a certain ingredient such as wheat, and they are labeling as Gluten ?

      • Katie, you might consider reading about celiac disease. There are people who have horrendous reactions to it, even anaphylactic shock, while others don’t see reaction for an hour or even up to 24 hours. Gluten is a protein found not only in wheat, but in other things like soy, barley, rye, and a ton of other things. For someone with celiac disease, even having it on their skin can cause a reaction.

        There is also gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance. Those are not true allergic reactions, but is the root cause for a very large number of autoimmune issues. Going gluten-free can make a huge difference in quality of life for a lot of people.

        Hopefully you will take this with the kindness it is offered and you will view it as an opportunity to learn and grow, and to find a little more compassion for those who ask about gluten-free ingredients.

        Peace 🙂

      • Not sure where you get your information, gluten allergies are very well documented I do think many people think they have an allergy when it is actually just an intolerance, but gluten allergies are definitely out there

  7. Yes!  Lotions were the first personal care item I ventured to make, about 5-6 years ago now.  Though I do use e-wax to make a more-easily spreadable lotion and butters when making more of a salve for extra-dry areas.  I especially like to use avocado and jojoba oils in lotion…they absorb so well.

    • At the risk of sounding really dumb: e-wax?? What exactly is that??

      • e-wax – Emulsifying wax, look on amazon for it =D

  8. My co-worker & I are really looking forward to trying this recipe. About how much does one batch make?? Thank you!!!

    • About 3/4 to 1 cup depending on how thick you make it and how much it emulsifies.

      • How can I make this lotion more like a liquid lotion than a butter? I would like to use it in a pump and prefer the less heavy/greasy types. I love rose water in general, is this something I could add and if so would it hurt the shelf life or allow for bacteria to grow?? Perhaps you have some other alternatives… Thanks for all the info, I’m changing out my personal and household products one natural recipe at a time! Loving this!!!

      • Pleas tell me how many drops of lavender essential oil to use? I mixed up two batches at once and added 15drops of the lavender essential oil, is that too much?

  9. Thank your for the recipe, Here’s my question I have dry skin every where except my face. My hubby has combination skin. What oils can I use? I do realize that I will need to make 2 batches.

    • For dry skin almond, avocado or coconut would work, and for combination I’d stick with almond or olive. The herbs you use make a big difference too… chamomile is moisturizing for dry skin, calendula is more clarifying… together they balance well though.

  10. Can I use this on my face? I just went to the dermatologist today and he prescribed metrogel for my perioral dermatitis. Is there an herbal solution?

    • It doesn’t have sulfates or steroids, which would agitate the PD, but I’d probably still use plain coconut oil, or nothing, until you clear it up. A lot of times perioral dermatitis is caused by hormone fluctuation or an autoimmune allergy, so making sure your diet is really clean will help more than anything. I’ve also heard of using a sea salt and water mix to scrub or rinse to help it go away.

    • The only thing that “cured” my perioral dermatitis (that the dermatologist attempted to treat for nearly a year with various prescription lotions, gels and pills) was cutting out fluoride … most of which I was getting from drinking a great deal of green tea!  I now drink only herbal teas (Tulsi, made from Holy Basil is my favorite) and use Jason’s non fluoride toothpaste in combo with Oral Wellness drops. 

    • I agree that plain coconut oil is great for those who suffer from any kind of dermatitis, eczema, or inflammation as coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial. Because of this it also has a shelf life of at least 2 years! Good stuff.

      • Refined coconut oil does have a long shelf-life. But if you are looking to get the best benefits from using the oil, it is better to use the “fresh” unrefined oil, which works much better on skin and tastes better for cooking, but could turn rancid if stored for too long. You could also make it at home, using coconut milk. Let me know if you need the recipe for making coconut oil at home, and I will be happy to post it here.

        • Yes please. Can I get the recipe for making coconut oil. I’m based in ireland.

  11. how much does this make?

    • “About 3/4 to 1 cup depending on how thick you make it and how much it emulsifies.” 🙂

  12. What ratio of essential oils to lotion do you use?  Do you have a specific measured amount?  (As in teaspoons or drops, not grams, please.)  And what do you suggest for preventing mold and bacteria?


    • I usually use 20-30 drops of essential oil… oils like lavender, tea tree, rosemary and thyme will prevent mold and bacteria.

  13. I’ve been using coconut oil lately, and it works really well, but this sounds fun too! Actually, I went to the allergist this week, and told him I use coconut oil for my eczema…he looked at me like I was crazy and then asked me why. I  told him I prefer natural products to chemical cocktails. He didn’t seem amused.

    • I get amazing reviews from my pinetar soap bars. I use it for myself and on my 6 year old for his ezema. he hasnt had a breakout of ezcema in almost two years! I am looking into making lotions that have same charictoristics as my bars of soap. Only thing to be careful with coconut oil, although it is amazing, It can dry out the skin.

      • Hello. Interested in the pinetar soap recipe. I have several family member who have ezema. Ts could be the answer to my famiies ezema. Thank you!

        • To make your own Pine Tar soap, use “Kiln Burned Pine Tar.” One company that sells this is Auson. Open kiln pine tar, which is sold as a hoof care product for horses, often contains creosote.

          Here is a general recipe for Pine Tar Soap:
          • 50% olive oil
          • 25% coconut oil
          • 15% pine tar
          • 5% Shea butter
          • 5% castor oil
          • Distilled Water
          • Lye (NaOH) – I use Rooto brand from Ace Hardware

          I use ( to calculate the weight of water and lye based on the amount of oils that I use. Make sure to include the pine tar under the “Oils, Fats and Waxes” section. If you have not previously made lye soap, be very cautious when using lye, as it is dangerous. Never use it around children, please.

          You can find other recipes for pine tar online, utilizing pine tar anywhere from 5-25% of the total oils. I recommend you stir it by hand, instead of using a stick blender, as it traces very quickly.

      • Hi! Can you please share with us pinetar recipe?


        And also for everyone…i have a very very very dry skin..what’s the best lotion recipe for my case..

        Thanks again

        • I also have extremely dry dry skin. If you have any solutions for a nice face lotion as well as body lotion for folks like us, I’d appreciate it! I made two batches of the cocoanut oil lotion: 1st with beeswax, 2nd without beeswax and whipped. The second batch went on nicer, but still sometimes felt like it may not be enough. Any tips? Having super dry skin makes it tough to find the right moisturizer. Any help would be great! Thank you!

  14. This is great!  Thanks for this.  Can’t wait to try it!

  15. Can you share the ingredients and amounts needed for the baby lotion?

  16. I have a couple questions. 
    For the oil, can I use part calendula oil and part coconut providing I keep the total at 1/4 cup? I’m assuming it would make a thinner lotion.

    Also, how much does this make?

    • It makes almost a cup, and calendua oil would work great.

  17. would citrus oils be ok in this, or do you think it wouldn’t be as moisturizing.  also would it irritate sensitive skin?  i just love the smell of citrus, and would like homemade natural lotion with that scent.

    • It would be fine, even for sensitive skin, just don’t use it right before going out into direct sun, as it can make you skin slightly more sensitive

      • Thank you for all this information.
        I would like to know what should I use after micro dermabration peeling?
        After laser skin rejuvenation and laser hair removal?
        If you have any recipes, please let me know thank you

  18. Just made this with emulsifying wax & almond oil!  So excited I used orange and lemongrass essential oils because we are entering mosquito season in south texas.  Mountain Rose Herbs is the best place to get products you can trust to be pure and high quality.

  19. Hi. I’m so keen to try this on my son who is 1 and suffers from mild eczema. I’ve been looking for something completely natural that I can just slaver on before he goes to bed. I’d like to try the baby cream you suggest but he may also have a gluten allergy (I’m getting it checked out) and noticed on an earlier post you proposed GSE as a replacement for vit-E oil. Would GSE also be OK for a young eczema sufferer? Also, would this cream be OK on his face? Thanks in advance for your advice. 🙂

  20. yep… GSE should be fine, or you could leave it out if you are going to use the lotion pretty quickly as coconut oil will naturally inhibit the growth of bacteria. You can definitely use this in his face too.

    • I must disagree with Wellness Mama on the antibacterial, antimicrobiodical properties of both coconut oil and vitamin E in lotions and creams.  While Vitamin E is an antioxident and will prolong the shelf life of products, it does not inhibit growth of mold and bacteria in lotions and creams. I highly doubt that a person would no more buy or use a cream in which mold and bacteria were found to be present than they would buy a carton of cottage cheese with mold growing on the top.  Coconut oil, when ingested, has been found to be effective in preventing h. pylori, a bacteria which lives in the stomach lining and digestive system of humans and which is one of the causes of stomach ulcers.  But please note that h. pylori requires an antibiotic specific to the bacteria to get rid of it.  Read up on your facts.

      • Coconut oil can be effectively used to treat bacterial skin infections and is even effective against acne or athletes foot due to its naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial properties In the natural products realm, it does provide some protection against bacteria and microbes without the chemicals. I’m yet to find any commercial emulsifier or preservative that doesn’t contain a questionable chemical. On a purely anecdotal note, I’ve had lotions and deodorant I’ve made with coconut oil last over a year when I’ve forgotten it in a drawer or cabinet without having any change in smell or color or any indication that it had started to grow mold. Like a reader mentioned, I”d rather take my changes with the possibility of mold than with the assurance of a chemical in the commercial versions.

        • Me too!

  21. I just made this today and it feels so good. I made this in a processor and not all the water was emulsified with the oil. So I’m worried that the oil and water will seperate eventually. I’ll use it up quickly so I’ll try again soon. I’m wondering if you have better luck in a processor or blender?

  22. This is the first recipe for lotion that I’ve tried.  It leaves my hands a little more “greasy” than I’m used to with off the shelf lotions.   I went by the instructions but the water didn’t seem to incorporate as well as I thought, so i heated it up again this time with the water and whipped again in the food processor.  Seemed to hold together better.  Hope this is ok..  Any way to not have it so “greasy, oily” feeling?

  23. Yes I make my own lotion my recipe is a different I also whip it once its back to solid state. I use ot for my hair and skin. Coconut, shea, cocoa, tamu tamu oils, vitamin e, aloe vera gel some other stuff I can’t remember at the moment.

    • would you use grapefruit seed extract and lavender and rosemary?

      • I’ve read things about grapefruit seed extract that has really put me off. Apparently grapefruit seed extract in itself has no preserving properties, but the process used to make the GSE involves many different synthetic chemicals, which are present in small amounts. It’s these traces of harsh chemicals that act as a preservative. So I stay clear! Rosemary extract is great though (although shouldn’t be used in conjunction with Vitamin E oil). Not sure why, so much more reading to do 🙂

  24. Hi Wellness Mama, I just have to say that I just found this site, and am absolutely in love… Im all about being as natural as possible, in everything I do, diet, cleaning, etc… anyways… so I really like this recipe, and I’ve been using just plain coconut oil, but then I found this, I was wondering if  there was something I could substitute for the beeswax, because for the life of me I can’t find it anywhere, and really don’t want to have to order it online and wait… any suggestions?

    • Do you have a farmers’ market? If there’s a honey seller there they probably have beeswax. Or check and see if there’s a local apiary. They’d have it, too, I’d think.

  25. I can’t wait to try out this lotion recipe and some of your food recipes as well.  I also like your food photography.  What has kick started me into living a more natural healthy life is the Paleo approach to nutrition (specifically the Paleo Recipe Book).  Based on what you shared on your ‘start here’ tap I know that you are very familiar with it the Paleo Diet….sounds like you live by it. 

    Your blog is great, and it is inspiring to me because I just started a blog  Eventually I want it to be a hub for people to share in the journey for eating and living well.    Check it out if you get a chance, would love any feed back you can offer.

    Thanks again,

  26. Ok. I admit it; I love the smell of Love Spell by Victoria’s Secret. It is cherry blossom and peach. I have never made lotion but would love to try. Does anyone know how I can make it smell similar to Love Spell? Thanks! Linda

    • brambleberry (dot com) has a lovespell ‘type’ fragrance oil. But please note that fragrance oils are not all natural. 🙂

  27. I don’t have a food processor. Could I mix it in my Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the setting on high? Also do I need to use distilled water or can I use regular water that has been boiled? I’m trying not to buy things in plastic and distilled water usually comes in plastic.

    • Boiled is fine. I haven’t tried a kitchen aid, but it would probably work….

      •  Am I losing my mind? I don’t see any water in this recipe other than the waterbath that the mason jar is set in. Several people have posted about ‘the water not emulsifying completely’ and for the life of me, I can’t fine water in the recipe at all.

        • The recipe was actually updated because so many people were having trouble with the liquid containing version.

          • I love this recipe! I made both this and your sunscreen recipe. One question, both are a little “clumpy” when applied. Any tips to make them more smooth?? Thank you!!!!#

      • Hi, I am really trying to sort my skin out and thought to start with my face. I have uneven skintone and was wondering is there a natural way to get rid of it? Thanks

  28. My 7 year old daughter and I just made our first ever batch of lotion. FUN! Thank you so much for all your information that you share.

  29. I really want to try my own lotion.  I am using coconut oil that I whipped with vitamin E.  It has gotten harder, but still works and I love the smell.  But I would like something a little thinner.   I am hesitant to use my blender because of the beeswax – afraid I won’t be able to clean it all out.
    Does it clean out?  Or do you have a blender you use just for beauty products?

    • I have a separate one now, but you can get it out as long as you do it quickly. As soon as the lotion is out, use paper towels to wipe as much of the blender out as you can before you ever get it wet. Then, wash quickly with really hot, soapy water and you should be able to get it out.

  30. Being allergic to nuts (and having a sensitivity to coconuts) can you recommend any other oil?  I was thinking jojoba or something – but would like whatever it is to help with the shelf-life, etc…  Thanks for your recipe!

    • Jajoba would work, and with the vitamin E, would have a pretty long shelf life.

  31. Love your recipe! Great lotions. I have a question…I use aloe Vera gel& colloidal oats in. Refrifgerated they hardened but melt quickly when warmed in hands, but they turned watery if left out unrefrigerated. I supposed it is water separating from the oil. I would love the consistency of stored bought lotion but I would have to add emulsifying wax I guess. Any suggestions?

  32. Where do you find things like vitamin E and beeswax? Health food stores? I’d like to start making a lot of our own skincare products. At the moment we mostly use stuff from Lush or Burt’s Bees but I think I’d have a lot of fun making it myself.

    Is making one’s own products cost-effective? It seems that people willing to put in the effort to be healthier often have a lot of extra cost involved. Obviously health is more important, and I am also using very expensive products as it is, but have you found that making your own provides good value cost-wise?

    • I buy all my ingredients (except Vitamin E) from Mountain Rose Herbs in bulk and since I use them all in multiple recipes I save a lot. I get the Vitamin E from Amazon. When I completely switch and make our own lotion, face wash, shaving cream, hair gel, hair spray, lip balm, etc, it is a lot cheaper, but it is more expensive if i try to do it halfway and buy some of the organic products instead of making them. I’ll also be posting a lotion bar recipe soon and that is a good 2 in 1

  33. Question and comment:)

    Question is how do I make it easy to apply when refridgerated? Mine is waaaay too hard after staying in the fridge, even when I add more water to the mix.

    Comment, this lotion is wonderful. When you put it on a sunburn it soothes so well and really helps with the healing. Great recipe!!!

  34. Thanks for the recipe, can 
    Liquid Lethicin be used a a preservative?

    • I’ve never used it, but it probably could. Personally, I’d stick to vitamin E oil or rosemary essential oil to preserve..

  35. Do you recommend refined or unrefined coconut oil for cosmetic purposes?

    • Either one… Unrefined is better but either is fine 🙂

  36. Hi Wellness Mama, I made this lotion and it is perfect for the dry parts of my body but for the not dry areas it is to much. What do you recommend I do to make it not so rich for my not so dry areas? Thanks so much! I did the rose and almond oil blend. Love it! Excited to make other blends.

  37. I am trying as quickly as possible to remove all products in my home that contain harmful chemicals and your website has been an absolute dream!  One question I have for you is have you tried to make your homemade lotion for your face and add zinc oxide?  I don’t leave home without my sunscreen but want to get rid of what I am currently using because of the chemicals.  Thanks so much for everything you do!  I have sent your link to several like-minded friends.

  38. Has anyone used this to treat eczema?  I buy expensive lotion for my daughter to keep her eczema at bay.  Her body lacks natural oils the protect her skin.  I am looking for a cheaper way to keep her skin hydrated (other than $16 a bottle!).

    • 2 years later…

      Just wanted to let you know that my daughter has almost full body eczema and this lotion was amazing on her skin. I noticed a softening of the scales within 20 mins of application.

      For reference I steeped green tea and peppermint leaves in the oil and then added peppermint and lavender essential oils at the end of the recipe.

  39. My husband uses Gold Bond Medicated Lotion, as it is the only thing that helps his dry skin. We use my homemade castile bar soap for years and have been using plain coconut oil as a lotion for months now, but his skin still is itchy and dry. The ingredient that makes Gold Bond Medicated work for him is methol. Is this an okay ingredient to use? If so, how much would you start with? If it’s not okay, what would you suggest to add that would cool his skin? I was thinking some sort of mint EO, I have spearmint and peppermint on hand. Oh, and thanks for all the great recipes, your website is awesome! 

    • Hiya! in my entire family, we all have really sensitive skin and scalps. We recently switched over to organic shampoos and conditioners that have Tea Tree oil and they are simply divine for dry skin and they leave soothing cool and clean feeling. I recommend going with a tea tree oil if you can find one.

  40. Just want to add to important points being made here about preservation (because they can’t be stated often enough):  

    Vitamin E is NOT a preservative.  Grapefruit Seed Extract is NOT a preservative.   Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant that will help prevent oils from going rancid too soon, as well as being good for your skin – BUT –  it cannot prevent fungi or bacterial invasions in formulas.The only preservative in GSE  (Grapefruit Seed Extract), is what’s been added to it in order to preserve the GSE itself.  It, too, will NOT preserve or protect your products from invading gremlins, so please be careful and do some research on the subject.

    If in doubt, make your product using whatever you believe to be ‘natural preservatives’, then submit it to a lab for testing.  I know it’s a topic of hot debate, but it’s better to be safe, than sorry.

    As yet, there is no such beast as a ‘100% natural, organic preservative’, although chemists around the world are no doubt working on creating one, but until then, it’s a matter of researching each and every chemical used in various preservatives to determine which one is best suited to the product you desire to make, and which one doesn’t contain chemicals you prefer to avoid, or  might be allergic to.

    Happy crafting!

  41. We just made some lotion with a recipe similar to yours (with beeswax). We used green tea as an antioxidant and tea tree oil to help preserve the lotion mixture (it is a natural antibacterial and antifungal oil and is really great on psoriasis and exema). We made up a bottle for a guy friend with those ingredients plus lavender and cedarwood oils for a nice soothing earthy scent. To me it smells like fresh soil when you’re gardening… love it. Instead of using a blender, we used my Kitchenaid mixer (yes, I will have to wash it a few dozen times before I make any cookies lol). It seemed to work pretty well. We used almond oil so it was a bit runny but it keeps your hands feeling soft for quite a while and it works just fine in a pump bottle. I think I know what we’ll be giving everyone for holiday presents this year.

  42. Oh, also… if you’re worried about mold and such, store in the fridge. I live in Southern California where it’s pretty dry so I’m pretty sure I’ll use it up before it goes bad.

  43. Hi Wellness Mama – this is awesome!  How much zinc oxide would I add in order to make this a sun lotion?  I know you have the bar recipe but in those cases where I can’t keep the bar in a cooler and I don’t want it melt, would I need to use this recipe plus zinc oxide in order to make it correctly as a sun lotion?  Thanks so much in advance!

    • You could add 1-2 tablespoons to this recipe depending on how much coverage you want

      •  Thanks!  What does 1 TBSP & 2 TBSP equal for spf protection? 

  44. I just discovered this page today in search of a recipe for bug spray……so glad that I did.  I will be trying both the bug repellant and this lotion recipe. I have to say from my own experience that anything organic is better than the commercial alternative. Both of my sons have exzema and my husband suffers from psoriasis and most commercial laundry det., soaps and lotions usually break them out to a degree. Simply switching to the homemade laundry det. has made a HUGE difference in the kids. I have been using it for over a year. Oatmeal baths, diet changes and taking my older boy off all his prescriptions have made all the differnce in the world to him. Not only was the medicine not working; it was suppressing his appetite and making him have horrible mood swings because of the steriods. I obviously haven’t made the lotion yet, but I don’t think that any mold growth will be a concern for me. I can’t keep enough lotion in this house, and if you do find that the lotion does get moldy use it up faster, make a half of a batch or share it with someone to use it up before it goes bad. After witnessing first hand the skin reaction to the crap they put in products that are advertised for people with sensitive skin, I am far less concerned about the mold. Thank you for sharing your information.

  45. I just made this lotion today and I was wondering if there is anything I can add to it to thicken it up a bit and make it a little less greasy.  Although, I did find that the grease is absorbed pretty quickly by the skin.   If I can find some zinc oxide, I’d like to make this into a suncreen as well, but i was concerned that the oily effect would actually attract the sun and burn just as a tanning oil would do. What do you think?  Thanks so much for sharing all your all natural body and home care recipes.  I’m currently in the process of transitioning my family into all natural homemade body care and your blog has been very helpful.

  46. Thanks for posting, this looks great! Ok, I have a big question. I’ve looked up many recipes for all natural homemade lotion. So the one thing I keep seeing over and over, that just doesn’t sit completely right with me is using distilled water. WHY? I know, I know, regular water has impurities… but so much that it wouldn’t be ok in lotion??? I have a GREAT well, not city water, I don’t feel like a few added minerals are going to hurt my lotion. Is there a reason I’m just not understanding as to why distilled water is so important? I really don’t like the idea of paying for WATER or a distiller to distill my own. I have great water! Thanks again for posting and I’m hoping you can shed some light for me on this baffling seeming obsession over distilled water (not just your post – all of the recipes I could find).  🙂  THANK YOU!!! 😀

    • That is usually recommended just to make sure there aren’t any bacteria or fungus that could cause the lotion to go bad. YOu could accomplish the same thing by boiling the water first 🙂

  47. My girls cant wait to make Christmas gifts with ya this year (lotions, chapsticks, etc)! There is something about home made gifts that just feel so wonderful and I love that it is affortable and you can make it as cute as you want to.

  48. Can you use olive oil for this lotion?

  49. I received a jar of homemade lotion from a friend. Was not told how old it was or to refrigerate. I used it three or four times a day and started having some breathing problems. I had filled several smaller containers with the lotion and had them around the house to use easily. When I started having problems I noticed the jar container looked like it had bubbled up in the center and then started having black mold… I stopped using…what the of poisoning can this cause or any bacterial infections?

    • Do you know what the ingredients were? I’d definitely throw it out if you’re seeing mold! When making homemade lotions it is important to make sure there are some preservatives, natural or otherwise. Have the symptoms gone away since you stopped using it?

      • Wellness mama, I would like to thank you for this awesome recipe. It really helps me to survive the harsh winter in Canada. My first try was successful. I used it up in two weeks. I have a problem with my second and third try though. I noticed white-small-sand-like things that are everywhere inside my lotion jar. It is covering all the empty space in my lotion jar. I found this is weird as it appeared the day or two after. I cleaned every equipment and even boiled it before. I am not sure where do I do wrong. Is it possible that the white spore like things in my jar means that my lotion is spoiled or is it just some residue of oil or something like that?

  50. What about using powdered aloe vera in the lotions and other recipes you have shared?  is there any issues that might come up using it in this form rather than the gel?

    • I haven’t tried it so I don’t know if the same properties are maintained in the aloe or not. Mountain Rose Herbs also has a rosemary antioxidant that smells great and is a great preservative.

  51. I just finished making this lotion and it turned out good.  A few tips:  I did not let the oil mixture  cool completely or it would have gotten hard (I think), but I did heat the aloe mixture up just slightly in the microwave for about 20 seconds so the two mixtures were about the same temp. Also, I used a hand minxer for the blending step. It is WAY easier to  clean the metal mixers that you can toss in the diswasher than sit and try to get all the grease out of your blender, that takes forever.  As far as the greasiness of this lotion, I find it to be just as greasy using grapeseed oil as it is using coconut oil.  I plan to use it up, as the aloe will be good for the summer sun-kissed skin. 

    • Sorry, sorry, sorry.  This comment does not apply to this lotion recipe.  I had two tabs open and I accidently commented on the wrong tab, but i don’t know how to delete this comment.  I will say that I did make Katie’s lotion recipe above and I enjoyed it very much.

  52. I doubled your recipe, using rose water and almond oil. It emulsified quite nicely but left quite a bit of water to be poured off. I’d say close to 3 tablespoons. Any ideas why this happened?

    • A few people have had trouble with this. Mine worked great when I made it, but I’m trying to remake and see if I can figure out how to improve it so others don’t have this struggle. I’ll keep you posted…

  53. With baby #3 on the way this is a much-needed recipe.  Thank you so much for taking the time to share. When I think of the lotions I used on my first two children (out of ignorance) I cringe.  This should work well for the new bambino and my 5 1/2 year old who suffers from eczema. 

    • Thanks 🙂 I’d definitely try it on the one with eczema. It has done wonders for several friends whose kids have had eczema!

  54. I just made a batch and it is wonderful! I have made bars before with the same ingredients and love them.  Ive never thought to try less beeswax to make it softer! Love it! Thank you

  55. hi! I love the sound of this recipe and your lotion bars- so easy! I’m at the beginning of my journey of homemade products for my family. there seems to be some evidence out there that vit e oil can cause cancer so im a little wary of adding it a lotion.what is your understanding of this? what would the shelf life of this lotion be without vit e oil? is there an alternative natural preservative that I could use? thanks!

    • Since there is no water or liquid in this recipe, you don’t need the Vitamin E oil at all, so you can just leave it out…

      • Great! Ok I’ll try that then.  I’ll let you know how it goes! Do you have any information on Vit E as a carcinogen? I have already bought a bottle but haven’t opened it and am wondering whether I should return it. I know it helps to improve the appearance of the skin, but not sure if it is worth the risk – if there is even a risk… Thanks!

        • Externally, it should be fine. The cancer risk is mostly taken internally, especially in artificial form or not from food.

  56.  You and others keep mentioning percentages, such as 0.5%, 1%…I don’t quite understand how to translate this into drops, teaspoons, tablespoons, gallons, and so on. Say I was using this exact recipe, not cutting it or doubling it, and wanted to use GSE as my anti-microbial; how much of the GSE would I use?

  57. Hi,

    I really want to make this new receipe! I have been making the previous one but also have had trouble with getting the water to blend in properly and often finds it separates when you rub it into your hands although it is the best cream I have ever had for my kids. This new one looks ideal.

    I need to order online the beeswax as I have run out and also some Shea butter. Can you roughly tell me the quantities in weight (grams) instead of cups?



    • 4 ounces of each should be plenty of each one… not sure what this is in grams though. Can’t remember the conversion off the top of my head 🙁

      • I was scrolling through to see comments about how hard it came out (new – no-water – recipe) when I saw your reply and wondered if I was measuring wrong. I bought the organic 100% beeswax in pastille form so just used a measuring cup for the 1/4 cup. With 1/4 cup coconut oil (was a little tricky and next time I might warm it a bit for a better measurement) and 1/2 cup sweet almond oil, I added 1 teaspoon Vit E oil and 2 TBLS African Skin Solutions Premium Grade A Unrefined Shea Butter. It set up more like a show wax consistency than what is in your picture. We love it (might research the Zinc option a bit though as we live in FL) but for the next batch should I weight the beeswax and go for 2 OZ, whip it all up before pouring from the mason jar, or what in order to have a softer consistency?

  58. I’ve researched a few homemade lotion recipes and quite a few recommend mineral water as an emulsifier. I made your recipe, and it seemed like it didn’t emulsify (I did not use water).  It just seemed a little oily and less lotion like (but strangely its a thicker oil because its not suitable for a pump as you said).  I’m wondering if I made it wrong?  Would you recommend using water in the lotion after the heating process using a wisk?  Thank so much!!

  59. The recipe really worked out well. I also tried it with Avocado oil.

  60. I just tried the new lotion and I really didnt like it.  Could you please post the original recipe? Thanks!

  61. How many drops of essential oil are safe?

    • Really depends on the oil. On average 15-20 is fine

      • I have Allergy reaction to coconut oil I break out in a little red bumps all over my face and hands and body when ever I use it. Is there another oil I could use other than the coconut Oil? I’m looking so forward to making this lotion! Thank you in advance.

  62. Made a Orange Honey Lotion today and love it. 
    coconut oil 
    Jojoba oil 
    a very little bit of vitamin E oil 
    Orange essential oil 
    and beeswax all melted down 
    I have a question I don’t like the there are little mini chunks of beeswax left on my skin how can I avoid this ? Thanks so much

    • Beeswax is the hardest to melt and needs a higher temperature. I make hard soap at the moment, but am looking at other things to makes. Anyway! To melt beeswax just place a small amount of a lighter oil (olive, hemp, castor, etc) in your heated pan first and then add the beeswax cut in to small pieces. It does not take that long for the beeswax to melt completely. Once melted then add all the other oils and butters. You can be sure then that the beeswax will mix without lumps. Remember though, only use as much heated is necessary to melt stuff and don’t burn any of it.

    • Melt the beeswax first in an oil that is already liquid at room temperature. If I use 5g beeswax then I melt it in 10g liquid oil. As soon as the beeswax has melted then add all the other oils in the order specified. It will stop you having lumps of wax. I had your problem too when I first started making hard soap bars. But that problem is history. Helps I hope?!

  63. Can the lotion be stored in plastic? I would like to send some to my mother and don’t want to mail in a glass container. thank you!

  64. How do you add green tea to your lotion?  

  65. I have made a lotion similar to this and love the feel. However, I did NOT like the smell. I did not want to use essential oils b/c I’m trying to get pregnant and want to avoid them for now. The smell of beeswax is fine for beeswax but not for me. I see your option to add vanilla extract. Does that mask the smell of the wax? What EO do you use?

    • The vanilla does mask the smell of the wax. I use lavender or citrus oils.

  66. Where does one find beeswax for this project. Can I use the bee wax from honeycomb?

  67. When I tried the recipe it didn’t emulsify and turn out very hard, more like the lotion bars. I followed the recipe exactly. I still use it, but I don’t think I’ll make it again unless you have some tips for what I might have done wrong or could change. 

  68. Can I use cocoa butter lotion in place of cocoa butter? And if so can I use any lotion in place of the butters?

    • You could sub in other lotions, but depending what was in them, this recipe wouldn’t be completely organic then. The thickness of the lotion would also affect the consistency of the finished product…

  69. I really liked this lotion. But I put alot of peppermint essenial oils in because I didn’t like the beeswax smell though

  70. Thanks for the recipe.  I recently made the lotion and I followed the recipe exactly and now the lotion is extremely hard… maybe a little softer than the beeswax before it is melted (really hard though).  I used 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup coconut oil, and 2 oz of hardened beeswax (which should equal out to 1/4 cup correct?)… and one teaspoon of Vit. E.  What did I do wrong and why isn’t it a buttery consistency or typical lotion consistency?  Can you give me any suggestions??? Thanks!

    • I’m not completely sure on the weight conversion with beeswax. My guess is that 2 ounces (though 1/4 cup with liquid) is considerably more with beeswax. Did you measure with a dry measure at all?

      • The 2 oz was the dry measure.  Beeswax doesn’t come in liquid form does it?  Should I use less with dry measure (maybe 1 oz or 1/2 oz)?  I am just not sure how to adjust the recipe to make it how the picture shows at the top of the post

        • Two ounces is probably about three large tablespoons… I’d measure it out, but I’m out of it myself and waiting for more to come in…

          • 2oz of beeswax is the measure of weight, 1/8 Lb, not volume. 1/4 cup is a measure of volume. If you use a 2oz block, it will yield MORE THAN 1/4 cup of melted beeswax.

      • I prefer to use weight instead of cups, so I figured out the conversion into grams (and ounces), to maybe end the confusion.
        I used:
        97g almond oil (3,4 ounces)
        43g coconut oil (1,5 ounces)
        35g beeswax (1,2 ounces)

        I think the consistency is completely fine, not too hard, not too soft.
        (Sorry for the weird numbers, but I was using up the rest of my almond oil – I also think this is ever so slightly more than the half cup/half cup/quarter cup amounts in the original recipe)

        • Going to remelt some lotion bars I made Sunday , and use less beeswax. Thanks for this! Writing these ozs down. Thank you Wellness Mama also !

    • I had this same exact problem! I used beeswax in the form of a bar and just cut off what seemed to equal the 1/4 cup. Should I have melted it first to measure the right amount? Other than needing a knife or spoon to get it out of the jar, I love it! But would love a softer texture. My mother-in-law loves it and wants me to make her a jar, so I want to do it better next go around. Thanks!

      • I’d use a cheese grater and then measure half a cup of that. Also, because of the natural ingredients, it will be somewhat temperature dependent

  71. I made this today. I had a 2 oz block of beeswax but quickly realize that would be too much so I used 1 oz (half block). This turned out as a body butter for me, the consistency of palmers cocoa butter. I used a scented oil, not an essential oil (sugar cookie…yum). I love this body butter for after shaving my legs! I happen to love this type of consistency, so it turned out great. Oh, and I used 76 degree coconut oil.

  72. Can we actually use the powder inside Chamomile capsules in place of the chamomile flowers? (So we can skip the step of infusing the carrier oil with chamomile flowers – if we want to have chamomile lotion? ) Do you know if it would have the same effect?

    • It might be a little gritty, but it should work

  73. Thank you so much for the recipe. I made a small batch using only the basic recipe (omitting the optional items for this first attempt) using soy wax flakes (I already had some on hand) and it turned out really well. I am already looking forward to making a larger batch using some of the additional ingredients.

  74. Is this vanilla extract cooking vanilla?

  75. Is there a substitute for coconut oil? I am allergic to coconut (and all other nuts) and cannot stand the smell of it.

    • You can use olive oil, though it will change the texture/smell somewhat. Grapeseed oil could work too.

      • Wouldn’t you have to use a type of oil that is solid at room temp? Or an emulsifier to achieve the consistency? I love grape seed oil, but I’m curious would you achieve the same consistency results if that was the oil used?

        • Sorry, I’m in a brain fog this morning… you are right. If using a liquid oil, reduce by 1/2 to get the same texture.

  76. I have been making this recipe for months now. I made it two times with your previous recipe, and once with the new one, and I’m about to make it again right now! I absolutely LOVE it. I was able to put it in a plasitc flip top bottle. I do have to squeeze pretty hard – but I’m fine with that. I took it with me on a family beach trip, and my mom and aunt used the lotion to massage all the girls’ hands and feet! My aunt is a naturopathic and LOVED this lotion as well. I sent her to your blog, btw! 🙂 Thank you for this AWESOME recipe. I think the only question I have is about the beeswax. Last time I made this, I was weighing my beeswax to what I thought would be a 1/4 cup (2 oz), then I decided to to shred it so the melting process would be easier. But then when I added the shredded beeswax, it was almost twice as much as the 2 oz I weighed. So should I use 1/4 cup of shredded, or 2 oz block? Does that make sense? 🙂

    • probably about 1/4 cup shredded, but you could reduce that if you want it to be more “squeezeable.” You could also add a little more of a thin oil like olive or almond to make it easier to squeeze too…

    • I was having trouble with the block beeswax too, and decided to melt it all down and pour 1/4 C into cupcake tins. Now, when I need to make a recipe, I just pull out the little “cake” and use it that way. Same with the butters.

  77. I don’t care for this one either! It is very greasy and even though I used essential oil, it smells like olive oil…also, a tub works better than a jar because you have to scoop it out…Olive oil is expensive & I’m not sure if this was a $$ saver like the deoderant….I will be watching for tips on improving the hand lotion recipe…tks! for all of your recipes…

  78. Mine turned out super hard. 🙁 It’s great but it isn’t exactly what I was looking for as far as ease of use. I’m using a block of beeswax that isn’t easy to measure by the cup – I used 2 oz instead of 1/4 cup, so maybe my weight was off. What do you think? I’m going to try to remelt everything today and add more coconut oil and shea butter.

    • I would guess it was a difference with the beeswax. It is on my to-do list to measure weight and volume next time I make this to clear up the confusion…

      • Yeh! Haha!! Doing measurements by the cup has created hell. When I do anything I weigh it in grams and also makes notes on what the weights were and the dates I made a batch. This helps me eliminate any confusion, plus if I come across a batch with a number on it that I forgot about I can look up the details I need including the date made. Honestly, these simple procedures save me so much time and help clarity. But I am enjoying reading the comments! Thanks everyone for posting.

  79. Hi Katie! I just made this last night while making my laundry detergent and beach waves spray 😉 I woke up this morning and the lotion was hard, almost like my lotion bars. I used regular beeswax, so maybe it’s harder (I had to melt it down since I couldn’t find pastilles locally. Anyway, should I just reheat this and add some coconut oil? Is there anything wrong with reheating? thanks a bunch!

    • Reheating won’t hurt it at all… you can even add a smoother oil if you want a more creamy texture. There seems to be a lot of variation in beeswax and I”ve ordered several different brands to try to figure it out so I can post it!

      • great! thanks so much. I know there are so many variations with ingredients and I just need to try different things. I’m just afraid of doing something “wrong” with heating 🙂 I really appreciate all you do!!! And certainly do not expect you to know EVERY type of variation out there 🙂

        • It’s a little hard to ruin oils with reheating unless you turn your back on them. My rule of thumb is to heat a little and then stir to disperse the heat, then repeat this. I remove it from the heat for a couple minutes to allow the heat to disperse while I stir, then add more heat and repeat. If the oils are harder when cool than I want I simply put it all back on the heat, remelt it and then add more liquid oil and let it reset. I weigh all the oils and butters, etc as I go and then pop the new info on the ingredient list so that in the future I know exactly what to mix and in what amounts so I don’t have to do the remelt and ‘experiment’ process. I’m surprised if people do not do the recording of weights and types of oils when they do a batch. Once you have the ‘key’ weights of oils it does not take much to tweak the amounts to reach slightly different but more appropriate recipes. It’s just cooking at the end of the day – like a cake you eat.

      • Hi WM – In regards to this, what other kind of oil could I add? Mine is lotion bar consistency and I followed the recipe to a T! 🙂 Thanks – love your site! 🙂

  80. I have been looking (with no luck) for soap and lotion products that do not contain any coconut (I’m allergic to it and trying to eliminate any exposure to see if there’s an effect on chronic health problems). Is there another type of oil that would be a functional substitute for the coconut oil in your recipe? I know coconut oil is evidently the greatest thing ever for lotion and soap, since every recipe and product has it…Thanks!

    • You could just leave it out and add 1/2 and 1/2 each of shea butter and a liquid oil like almond oil to make up the difference and it should work…

      • Thanks! I’ll try that. Doing it that way actually means I’ll be able to get everything I need really easily – my ex-fiance/roommate/good friend is a bee keeper, so this will be my first try at using the beeswax for something, once I get it strained/clean enough. 🙂 Do you have any recipes for just a regular bar of soap? I saw the household cleaning recipes, but nothing for the body. And thanks again; I have the feeling I’ll be trying out several of your recipes in the future.

      • Hi! I have the beeswax pastilles. How much is 1/4 cup in grams or ounces?? Thanks!

        • I don’t know… it is on my list to measure by weight next time. If you have it, the pastilles can be measured with a 1/4 cup measuring cup…

          • I have just a piece of beeswax and it is so hard to handle it when it is liquid. But I will try to make the recipe anyway. Thanks!

  81. This is a great idea! How many ounces does recipe make??

  82. Tried it out Sunday. Love it!!! Came out a bit liquidity, was a little worried about it being too oily but after 5 mins the lotions had completely soaked it 🙂 I would like to try to get it thicker next time…wondering if adding more beeswax would work….

  83. If I use this lotion for diaper cream will it effect the absorbency of cloth diapers?

    • It might…I just stick with pure coconut oil based recipes for diaper cream with cloth diapers… you can just add some zinc oxide powder to coconut oil for a good diaper cream.

  84. Do you think it’s possible to make this less greasy by adding more beeswax?

    • Hm, I think it felt so greasy because it was still a little warm – I let it cool off some more and used a tiny dab of it on my hands and wrists, and it hydrated my skin quite nicely (I get really, really dry skin, and it cracks very easily and painfully), and left my skin soft and smooth. Still a bit greasier than I’d like, but I now see why adding more beeswax probably wouldn’t help 🙂
      My lotion was Lavender-thyme scented, because I happened to have a bottle of lavender oil and thyme-infused olive oil from when I made salad dressing.

    • Yes, though this is a naturally very moisturizing recipe, so only a little is needed and it will feel oily if more is used…

    • I made the lotion for the first time and found it fun and easy. I do have a quesiton though, My lotion that i made was very thick and very heavy like wax and the color was almost yellow, did i do it wrong or is it suppose to look like that? When i use it, it is very nice and feels like body butter.

      • I have the same problem 🙁

  85. Oh, I forgot to mention before, that I used this as chapstick today, and it was great for that, too!

    • I’ve used it as lip balm too and it works great for those chapped lips of mine!

  86. How much vanilla extract would you add for one batch?

    • You should add about one to two tsp. Sometimes it varies because it depends on how strong you want the scent to be. First try one tsp. and if you think you’d like it stronger, add a little more.

  87. Great recipe! I made it exactly as instructed and it came out quite hard. I scooped it into my mixer and beat it for a few minutes- now its like body butter. Perfect!

  88. Hi, I was wondering, can you use regular vanilla extract that you would use for cooking into the lotion bars? I’ve just ordered everything I need off amazon but I don’t know if I need a special type of vanilla extract.thanks!

    • You can, you just may have some issues with it mixing in all the way, but it should still work…

  89. I just made my first batch, but it seems a bit too greasy for my liking. Texture is great, not too hard. Any suggestions to cut down the greasy feel? Could i add arrowroot powder or something else, or decrease the amount of oil?

    • Just decreasing the amount of oil will make it slightly less oily, though you definitely won’t need as much of this as you would regular lotion…

  90. Thank you so much for this recipe. I’m very excited to try it. I’m confused after reading a few posts. I ordered the 1 oz. bars of beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs as suggested. Do I need to first melt the beeswax and measure the liquid form for the 1/4 cup in your recipe? I can’t simply use 2 of the 1 oz bars – correct? I need to melt it first? Thank you so much.

  91. Just made it and it’s cooling on the counter! It certianly looks wonderful, though I am wondering about the greasiness…

  92. HELP!!! My lotion are much too liquid-y. The top is super hard and then under that layer its liquid-y. I’ve done this recipe before and not had an issue, figures its when I want to give them to people they mess up. How can I salvage them? Should I refrigerate them? Should I boil them again and stir better? Should I boil them again and add more beeswax?

    • What amounts of each ingredient did you use? You should be able to just remelt and stir well to fix it.. perhaps add more of the butters or beeswax if the proportions were off

  93. I used the recipe here and used grapeseed oil infused with vanilla beans I had leftover from making vanilla extract. It was greasy and did not absorb well (not terribly surprising as it’s nothing but oil) I went to the craft store to try and find emulsifying wax, even though it’s not natural (something I wasn’t very happy about, but what else could I do?) and the employee I talked to just so happened to make her own lotions. She said to get the water and oil mixture both to about 100-110 degrees, and use an emmersion blender while slowly drizzling the water into the oil mixture. I used a candy thermometer to get the temps right, and about 1.5 cups of distilled water for the recipe listed above. She also suggested using a little cornstarch or arrowroot powder (I used about 2 teaspoons) to help the lotion absorb into the skin better and not leave a greasy feeling.
    When I got home, I tried it, and it turned out perfectly. It looks and absorbs like storbought lotions and smells lightly light toasted vanilla and coconut without any of the harsh perfume scent.

  94. Hi! I’ve now tried all three of your lotion recipies and this one is definitely my favorite! However, mine turned out mostly solid. It melts in my hand and I’m able to ‘scrape’ some out of the jar with my fingertips easily enough, but I was expecting it to be a bit thinner. Any suggestions? Should I add more oil? I did have the lid off the jar quite a bit as I was melting it (trying to do a few too many things at once 😉 ). Would that make a difference? Thanks for your help!

  95. i’m interested in using the almond oil & rose water combo. but, since there is no water in the recipe, what is the rosewater replacing or how much do i use?

    • Sorry for that…. that was the old recipe and the liquid was removed when I updated the recipe. You could use it, but would need to emulsify by adding the oil to the warm rose water slowly…

  96. Hello Wellness Mama, I have two questions:#1. How long would you say the shelf life for the above lotion recipe would be before I should discard the remaining? #2 For the lotion bars, what is the best suggestion for storage and will they melt if wrapped in saran wrapping? Thank you.

    • Both will last indefinitely if kept in a cool, dry place and saran wrap is fine, as long as they are not stored above 75 degrees…

  97. Thanks this is a great post! I recently made my first salve of coconut oil, cayenne pepper and turmeric for my sore joints. The turmeric acts like topical aspirin while the oil and turmeric help reduce inflammation. The only down-side, turmeric can stain. But super fun to make 🙂

  98. First off , Thank you Wellness Mama for sharing with all of us. It is so refreshing to see that people still care out there for others.

    My daughter and I are beginners in making our own lotions and are excited. We tried our first batch but we were confused with the amount of beeswax. We have it in a pound bar and shredded it. Also the shea butter in different recipes. We weren’t sure if you had to melt it , then measure or measure the shredded beeswax. ? The first batch came out hard and we cant get it to spread???? Too much beeswax??? What to do??. Thank you for any help you could give us.

    • I usually either use beeswax pastilles, or grate it with a cheese grater (very carefully!). If your attempt came out to hard, you can re-melt and add more of a liquid oil to make it thinner, or even beat it with a mixer to make a whipped version:

      • Thank you so much for taking the time to answer.  Will try.
        Have a great day

  99. Have you ever used cooking powders like cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, coco powder, etc. for scents? I am looking for a recipe that is all natural (edible safe) and don’t think you should ingest essential oils. (thinking about children that put there hands in mouth)

    • I haven’t, but don’t see any reason they wouldn’t work…

  100. Just made this last night, as coconut oil alone wasn’t cutting it (I get extremely dry hands in the winter). Scented mine with Bergamot and Lavender oils. Will absolutely be making this again! I used Shea Butter and Vitamin E oil. I was only able to find Calendula leaves instead of oil…will infuse the olive oil with calendula before making the next batch. Thanks for a great recipe!

  101. WONDERFUL post! I found you while searching for lotion recipes. Never have I thought to use a mason jar for melting my bath product ingredients. This tip is genius. Thank you for posting this! I look forward to giving it a go! ~Jen

  102. Made your lotion recipe for the first time! Love it, my normally dry and cracked hands, especially my thumbs are soft and whole! Also about three days after starting to use the lotion I went to the dermatologist for my yearly “spot” check. Almost immediately she made a comment about how well I take care of my skin, it is so soft! I told her I made my own lotion, she seemed impressed! Thanks for the recipe!

  103. Can I substitute grapeseed oil for the almond or olive oil? Also the measurement of beeswax, is that liquid or solid? Lastly how much essential oils would you recommend? A couple of drops? Thanks!

  104. My husband is allergic to coconut oil, the smell will make him sick and if I wear it, he cannot come near me. What can I use instead?

    • Any liquid oil like almond, jajoba, etc just use 1/3 less

      • Thanks so much!

      • For my understanding, why do you use less of the other oils?

        • You can use the full amount, it will just make a thinner final product…

  105. Just wondering how much calendula and chamomile to use if making this for baby?

  106. I just ordered all the supplies for this and I am wondering if you can recommend another source for supplies. Dealing with MRH was a pretty bad experience and I would like to avoid using them again. Any suggestions?

    • So sorry you had a bad experience with them! I’ve also ordered from Amazon, and surprisingly, they now carry a lot of good organic options for the supplies and at reasonable prices…

      • This was a great experiment. I love the smells of everything together and love the texture on my skin! My itchy winter dry is non-existent. I was looking to get some new essential oils to add the next time and make a couple batches as gifts. Thank you so much for the post and for your response! Take care.

  107. Is this okay to use on my face? Could hyaluronic acid be added? Thank you!!

    • I am wondering the same thing, can it be used on the face? I dont want my kids to have acne problems.

  108. Hi, can you put this in an old lotion bottle. I am currently making a lotion with emulsifying wax and water and can put it in an old lotion bottle. What are your thoughts on emulsifying wax? Thanks so much.

  109. Hello Wellness Mama
    I have tried to make the cream but it turned out way too filled with wax. Do you have any tips or suggestions on how I should improve ? please write back!

    • You can re-melt and add a liquid oil like almond or olive to thin it..

  110. Just thought I’d add my two cents. I use this recipe with a few alterations. I add a tablespoon or two of aloe vera gel and some vitamin e oil, and I use grapeseed oil instead of olive or almond. I don’t use cocoa or shea butter, or any essential oils. This mix has to be mixed in a blender or food processor to truly emulsify. I have absolutely no idea how this would mix without that step! And it is challenging to clean your processor afterward so keep that in mind. But my skin really, really loves this stuff!

  111. Thanks to the recipe. I made it last nite. The lotion is more like bar texture. I was expecting it to be soft so I can put it in a squeezable bottle. Should I reduce the beeswax?

    • That will help, though this is a thick lotion…

    • from a comment I saw farther up…I attacked my lotion with a mixer and “whipped” it…It is much more manageable now. We’ll see how long the “whipped” texture last though…

  112. tried this and love it! It melts easily into the skin 🙂

  113. Wellness Mama…would you recommend this for a face cream? I made it (and like it) but not sure about the wax for use on my face (new to this homemade stuff)

  114. I tried this recipe last night…results..amazing! I love it and it worked great on my very dry skin, for the first time in my life, I woke up this morning and my skin wasn’t dry and itchy. It was actually still moisturized! Thank you, I am looking forward to trying many more of the skin recipes on this sight!

  115. Thank you for the recipe. I have tried it and I love it. I have now made more to share with my friends. All natural oils feel different then the chemical filled lotions in the store. As for me I like the thicker better absorbing lotion over the cancer causeing thin slimy stuff they sale for rediculous amounts of money in the store. Your skin will absorb this lotion. Yes it takes longer but it is healthy for your skin. I had Ezema before I discovered this lotion and other lotions just made it worse. even the medicated ones at walmart.

  116. Hi, I absolutely love your blog. I just made the lotion with coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax. Is this okay to use as a face moisturizer? I plan to use it as lip balm too.

    • How do you use the beeswax? Mine is in thin solid bars, do I melt it first and then measure it?

  117. I may have posted this twice, if so sorry. I love your blog. Just made the lotion with coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax. Also added lavendar essential oil. Can I use this as a face moisturizer? I have very sensitive and dry skin. Been using tamanu oil at night and aveeno and ponds during day. I would like to ditch the aveeno and ponds for something natural.

  118. How many drops of the essential oils do you use for this recipe?

  119. I made this lotion but its too thick !! I love the feel when you manage to put in into your skin but its stick… Any suggestions? I used exactly the amount that it says, or I should have liquefied everything to measure it? My beexwax was in little pieces, and I measured the coconut oil in its natural heavy form. Thanks for suggestions !!!

    • I too would like to know if I need to melt the bees wax and coconut oil first, then measure out the amount needed for this receipe. Thanks

  120. I tried this recipe, but I don`t get lotion, it totaly hardens 🙁

  121. Hi! I have a question about the beeswax. What are it’s benefits in this lotion? Wouldn’t it act as a barrier, blocking poors (sp?)?.

    • It is a thickener… it can be left out but I’ve never had trouble with it blocking pores at all…

  122. I just made the first batch of this today, and immediately I was impressed! Been wanting to try this recipe for a little while and finally got to it, thank you so much for making it so easy to make our own lotion! I used lavender infused organic olive oil (picked the herbs myself, too ;), added a little lavender and vanilla bean to the oil as it was heating up to give it a bit more of a kick scent wise, strained, then I added all the other ingredients, plus 1/2 tsp. of food grade non gmo vegetable glycerin.
    The consistency of it is very nice, it’s a little oily, probably because of the olive oil, but it’s supple and smells so nice. This recipe is a keeper! Thanks Wellness Momma!

  123. I’ve been trying purse coconut oil, but my skin is still really dry. Went googling specifically for DIY natural body lotion. We moved to the high desert of NM a year ago and our skin is crazy dry. I need something and want to try this recipe. A couple of Qs:
    1. Do you live in a dry climate? If you do not, would you add anything?
    2. I’d love to use this on my face, but when I used coconut oil on my face as a moisturizer, I became very brown (like it was a tanning agent) and this exacerbated my pregnancy mask (left over from 6 babies 🙂 ). Have you ever seen this?
    3. When you say chamomile is soothing for dry skin, how would you add it?
    Thanks so much!
    Off to search for your sunscreen recipe. My next DIY item.

    • I’d add tallow for dry skin instead of the coconut oil… You can infuse the chamomile flowers in to any of the oils before using…

      • Thanks! Already made a batch with the regular formula (added all optional ingredients: shea butter and Vit E oil. Will look for tallow for next batch if this isn’t moisture infusing enough. Thank you for responding. I will be blogging about all 3 recipes (body lotion, sunscreen, and face cream) next week.

  124. How long of a shelf life on average will this recipe have? I just made it, and it is wonderful!

    • A couple of years since there is no water…

  125. What can you do for itchy skin? I try to use just coconut oil but I’m so itchy and the weather is so dry here in AZ.

  126. I am adding items to my cart and since I am new at this I have a tendency to want to take what looks the most easiest route. I have added Beeswax pellets, calendula and chamomile powder instead of flowers. Will these work with the lotions and baby powder? How much do I need. Here is my cart:eo_la_s1 1oz Lavender (Spike) essential oil organic *HM*$15.00$15.00 o_ap16 16oz Apricot Kernel oil$11.50$11.50 ca_p44oz Calendula Flower powder organic$7.25$7.25 cha_p8 8oz Chamomile Powder organic$9.75$9.75 but_s8oz 8oz Shea Butter organic$8.00$8.00 but_c8oz 8oz Cocoa Butter organic and fair trade$8.00$8.00 but_m8oz 8oz Mango Butter$8.75$8.75 bee_p1 1lb Beeswax Pastilles. Do I have enough of everything? I am so excited and I hope that you are still responding to this post as I see it is pretty old. I am due in 3 weeks and would like to get started on the lotion, baby oil and baby powder projects before the baby arrives.

    • That should be enough of everything and the powders will work, but I usually powder even more to make a thin enough texture by putting in the blender…

      • Thanks! One more question about the difference between the apricot kernel oil and the almond oil. Can I substitute one for the other? Is there a difference in texture or smell or anything that might call for me to adjust the recipes?

  127. have you ever mixed in vegetable glycerin? if so, how much should be added?

  128. Can you tell me how to use the beeswax? The stuff I bought from Mt Herb is in bar form, do I melt it?

  129. Thank you for the recipe Wellness Mama. I never thought I would even consider making my own products for my babies but the more educated I become the more sense it makes.. I am 2 months away from having twins and I would like to try to make your baby lotion for the first time. I was going to try the lotion first without making adjustments (as I have no idea on what to adjust), here are my questions… 1) I saw a post on a whipped version of your lotion recipe, I do want a nice and easy lotion to use since I will have my hands full soon. Would you recommend the whipped version over the original lotion recipe? 2) With the lotion recipe you recommend the Calendula Flower and Chamomile flower for a nice baby lotion. I am not confident in my ability to use the flower so I was going to use the powder – How gritty will this make the lotion and how much extra should i use (I saw your response in previous posts about the powder) and 3) Can I use the flower powders with the whipped recipe and finally 4) Should I use any other essential oils for scent or will the flowers provide enough scent?? Thanks in advance for your help.. I am really hoping this works for my family so I can begin making for all of us 😉

    • I’d infuse the powder if you can, but if you grind it finely enough, it shouldn’t make it too gritty. You can definitely add to the whipped version and do that instead. Typically I try to stay away from essential oils with babies since they are so concentrated. Congrats on your twins! How exciting…

      • Thanks for such a prompt response.. How exactly do I infuse the powder? I will do that if thats what you suggest.

  130. I liked this recipe, it’s easy to make, I definitely going to try it. Today I made a body lotion, but it was a disaster, it came to greasy and the essential oils didn’t hold up. What do you think it happened?

  131. I have a water component to mine, but then mind are more like body creams. Usually I use apricot kernel oil, beeswax and coconut oil then add a hydrosol or super pure water and essential oils. Creamy deliciousness.

  132. How do you do this with rosewater and almond oil? and do you have to put E in it?

  133. Thanks for the recipe. I don’t use animal products, so could I use substitute beeswax with 1/4 c shea butter for dry-ish skin?

    I’ve never had a problem with acne before (I’m 32) but I started to use tinted moisturizer and some makeup recently and have started to get pimples and red-tinged boils with white tips, presumably due to clogged pores. I also changed my regular face moisturizer (Avalon Lavendar) around the same time, so playing detective has been hard. Therefore I’ve been looking for natural makeup cleansers and was wondering if this can be used everyday to cleanse makeup? I don’t really wear makeup everyday but I might certain weeks.

    Thanks in advance!

    • you can sub… it won’t be as thick but will still work…

  134. Thanks for the recipe!

    I don’t use animal products, so could I use substitute beeswax with 1/4 c shea butter for dry-ish skin? I’ve never had a problem with acne before (I’m 32) but I started to
    use tinted moisturizer and some makeup recently and am getting pimples and red-tinged boils with white tips. I also changed my regular face moisturizer (Avalon Lavendar) around the same time, so playing detective has been hard. I’ve
    been looking for natural-er moisturizers and was wondering if this would exacerbate my new pimply problem.

    Thanks in advance!

  135. Help! Made this lotion for a wedding and it’s coming out crunchy. I made 60 jars. Please tell me I can salvage it some way.

    • Crunchy? What ingredients did you use and how much of each?

      • I used as the recipe stated, olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin e and Shea butter in the suggested quantities. I’ve made this before and the lotion was absolutely creamy, but this time it’s crunchy. I broke it up with a fork and I’m hoping it doesn’t set hard again.

  136. Do you have an alternative to coconut oil I’m allergic?

  137. How much vanilla extract do you put in?

  138. I want to make this with Calendula and Chamomile for my baby. Do I get this in powder form? What does “infuse with herbs” mean? And when would I add the Calendula and Chamomile?

    • Whole flowers are better if you can get them (dried). You heat the oil over very low heat with the flowers in it and simmer for at least half an hour and then strain out the oil to use…

      • Ok thank you!

  139. Calendula and Chamomile. should they be an essential oil or more of a tonic (with alcohol)?

    • Essential oil or infused oil but no water or alcohol based tinctures.

  140. What’s the difference between this and whipped shea butter?

    • YOu can use almond or olive or another oil, just use about half as much in place of the coconut oil…

  141. What’s the difference between this and whipped shea butter recipe?

  142. Do you know of a substitution for the coconut oil for this lotion? One of my children has severe allergies (not just sensitivity, he gets hospitalized frequently due to severity). I’ve really been happy with plain olive oil soap for him and looking for a lotion option. I use a thin layer of chickweed oil to moisturize his skin but would love a less greasy, less liquidy option. I’m thinking maybe it won’t become a solid without the coconut oil? Thank you for posting a great recipe! Looking forward to any suggestions you might have.

  143. I tried this and it turned out with the consistency of coco butter. I followed the recipe to a T. How can I make it creamier?

    • Add more of a liquid oil like olive or almond

      • Roughly how much and should I whip it as it cools instead of pouring it into the containers?

  144. Hi i’m not sure which oils to use but i do like the baby powder smell can you recommend any essential oils that make that smell or comes closes to that smell?

  145. I added a little bit of coconut oil and mango butter to this recipe and I also used grapeseed oil and emulsified wax, which made my lotion green (which is ok for me). After melting and cooling this recipe, it was a little too liquidy so I heated it back up and added another 1/4 cup of beeswax. Much better! Great recipe!

  146. i just made this… just waiting for it to cool and solidify. i put a little extra coconut oil and a little less olive oil, and i used lemon extract for scent. the combination of the lemon and coconut smells very good. the beeswax is lending a bit of a sweet smell as well. i really hope that i like it since i have skin issues and have a hard time using traditional lotions.

    • i also opted to use the vitamin e oil but no shea butter since i honestly can’t stand the smell of it.

  147. Ok I just made it and I am so excited. Thanks so much for this recipe.

  148. I am just now looking for easy homemade moisturizer recipes. I have fallen in love with coconut oil! I love your recipe (without water or preservatives!) and I’m thrilled to try it. My skin is dry and sensitive so I was wondering which essential oils you would recommend adding to your recipe? You may have already answered this question and I just have not seen it in the comments. My apologies if you have. Thank you for your great research, information and for sharing it all, including this recipe! Cheers,

  149. Hi. I tried your recipe with cannabis infused grapeseed oil & coconut oil to include shea butter & added essential oils of peppermint & eucalyptus. Wow! Its silky smooth & great for sore muscles. Thanks for the easy recipe. This one is going in my book.

  150. How do I infuse the almond oil with chamomile?? Im sorry im very new at this..

    • Just add the chamomile flowers and heat over low heat for at least 30 mins…

      • Thank you very much! I have a 7month old baby girl and I’m trying to make as many homemade things for her. She is breaking out a little bit on her face. Do you have any ideas what I could make for her?

  151. Hello
    I tried the lotion recipe on this page. I followed it exactly but the lotion is too runny. I am in the Caribbean where it is always nice abd warm even hot at times. So oils do not usually become frozen in the bottles . With these conditions should I increase the amount of beeswax in the recipe?


    • Yes, probably increase the beeswax as our house is normally in the low 70s and that is what I am gauging the consistency from..

      • Thanks Wellness Mama for your response.
        I did increase the beeswas and it is much better. Are they any side effects from using too much beeswax? If so can I use lecithin to aid in emulsifying the oils? Which lecithin is better to use in making creams or lotions the liquid lecithin or the granules?
        I put in 6 drops of the essential oil Jasmine but I am not getting that fragrance coming out. I am not sure how many drops of the essential oil would be safe. Please guide me in this regard.

        • I made mine with lavender for baby and put 30 drops of oil.

  152. I love this idea! I have severely dry skin and this sounds perfect. Would it be okay for me to add vegetable glycerin as well?

  153. I was just wondering what you would recommend as a replacement for Vaseline as a liner on the bum for those first couple of days with new baby and meconium poops. Will this cream work? Or would I be better off using plain coconut oil?
    Thanks in advance for any advice!

  154. I made this today and added lavender and vanilla. It came out smelling a lot like a high dollar organic store bought brand but at a fraction of the cost. I was wondering if goat milk and/or honey could be added somehow.

  155. Thank you! I’ve been looking for a recipe like this. Is there anyplace you recommend for Beeswax and other organic ingredients?

  156. Has anyone tried to “can” this? I wanted to make it and give it away at Christmas.

  157. This is my first time making lotion and my lotion is very thick. Is there any suggestions on how to make it thinner, it will be used on the face mostly.
    Thank You

  158. I know that the author has altered the recipe to prevent contention concerning adding water to the lotion so that it doesn’t need to be ‘preserved,’ but I still would like to add my opinion here.

    I have absolutely no clue as to why this woman is being attacked this way concerning preservatives. It is so ridiculous. We, who are looking for such recipes, are interested in using all natural products. Yes, pharmacist, we are almost ALL aware that parabens preserve; they also pollute and poison the body over time. There IS a reason why parabens are used, but there is also a reason why we don’t want to use them. If you think that only using parabens as a preservation method is safe, then why even bother using a natural method? Just go to the supermarket and pick up a chemical-ridden moisturizer there: Problem solved.

    So there’s an expiration date on the recipe…so what? If it smells moldy, throw it out and make some more. It’s not rocket science. I, for one, really find it to be a relief that there are lotions that can go bad because it means that they are natural. We EAT things that can grow mold; if you want to eat something that doesn’t rot or mold, go to ‘McDonald’s’ as opposed to eating an apple. If it grows mold, don’t eat it. Same concept here.

    Thanks for your recipe, as it is appreciated by those of us who want a natural alternative to the chemicals.

  159. This is disgustingly greasy and it will not come off of my hands. I am very upset that I even attempted this.

  160. Hello, I was hoping you could help me with how to tweak this recipe. My mom and I have extremely sensitive skin (eczema). It is all over our body (on our scalp as well). Our skin will be sore and pinkish to red. We tried extra virgin organic coconut oil but it broke us out. Is there anything that you know that would be particularly good at soothing our skin and what I could substitute the coconut oil for? I am not sure how to infuse herbs into olive oil, or even what herbs to add. Any help would be great! I am finally at the point where I am looking into making my own soap and lotion for us! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    • Olive or almond would work, just use a little less…

  161. I’m not sure why my previous comment hasn’t posted, but I was hoping you would be able to help me tweak this lotion. I am just getting into soap and lotion making due to my mom and my’s extremely sensitive skin. It will turn pinkish to red and look extremely sore (and it is.) I have been diagnosed with follicular eczema which will irritate all areas of my skin (especially after shaving.) Our scalps are affected too. I was wondering what herbs I can infuse the oil with that may help soothe our skin (and also how to infuse it with oil.) We have tried coconut oil, but it has irritated our skin so what can we possibly substitute for that? THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  162. Is this supposed to be blended afterwards? I followed the direction and my lotion is just a liquid still 🙁

  163. I looove your website! Can you tell me how many ounces this recipe makes?

  164. Hi have a question I made my own mosturizer with aloe Vera gel mix with tea tree oil and lavender oil with grape seed oil which I kept in a little glass container. I was just wondering should I have to put this in the fridge? Or it should it be find in a room temp?

  165. Would Sunflower seed oil work in this recipe ?

  166. Thank you so much
    for posting this! I was so excited when I found this! I tried to make this two
    days ago and I used all the ingredients you have listed above, including all
    the optional ingredients. However, the lotion turned out to be waxy and have a consistency
    of cold coconut oil. I tried to add more olive oil to see if I can thin it out
    and make it more lotion like, but it didn’t change anything at all. I see that
    you said we could use shea/cocoa butter in place of the coconut oil for more of
    a body-butter consistency. But since I have already made the first batch, I
    don’t want to waste it. Is there any way to fix that? Thanks

  167. i assume this is 1/4 C solid coco. oil?

  168. Thanks a lot, I’m wanting to attempt making my own lotion but was worried it would be too complicated your instructions were immensely helpful!

  169. Would Teatree Oil act as a preservative? Just curious

  170. For the record, BENZOIN essential oil IS a natural preservative. It has a very sweet scent, and it’s VERY thick, but benzoin is all natural, and can be used as a preservative. However, Vitamin E is fabulous for the skin.

  171. Hi Katie, I just made this recipe (doubled using olive oil, beeswax, refined coconut oil and Mother’s Special Blend as a replacement for just E oil, and I put a few drops of citrus essential oil.) The problem is that it is very hard, not whippy like the picture of yours above – did I do something wrong? – Thanks, Leah

    • same thing happened to me and i followed it exactly.

  172. I’m allergic to nuts, coconut, Shea and gluten. Do you have any idea wheat I can use as substitutes? I am desperate. Think you.

  173. Sorry but it is cream not lotion. It does not contain any water:)) nice one

  174. I love this stuff! I made it without the shea, and it seemed a little greasy, but that went away after a few minutes. I finally ordered some raw shea and added it (had to reheat it to make it mix) and I love it! I use this on my baby too, it helped with her diaper rash after only two uses. My man even uses it to keep his tattoos looking fresh and on his freshly shaved head every day! It’s a keeper!

  175. Hi, thank you for sharing this easy, manageable recipe. Would this wok well as a hand lotion? I need one for work — I wash my hands quite a bit all day and my current lotion is actually very drying…

    I’ll be making the magnesium body better as well and before I buy the ingredients, I figured I’d ask if you use this for your hands.

    Thanks again, and I love your web site! So happy I found it 🙂

  176. I would like to know how you make just ” Calendula and Chamomile for baby?”

  177. Katie, if I want to use this lotion from a pump bottle, would I just add a little more oil to make it thinner or runnier? I’m a newbie at this. Thanks for your advice!

  178. why when people have recipes do they prefer to use essential oils (example: fruits) when they could use the juice of the fruit itself? whats the difference?

    • Re the question about why not use fruit juice instead of essential oil: citrus essential oils are not fruit juice. They are the volatile plant oils and with citrus, come from the rind of the fruit, not the inner flesh. They are oils, not juices or fruit concentrates. Probably a quick google search on what essential oils are, would be useful. Fruit juice would definitely lessen the products shelf life and also would shift its composition considerably as far as texture and ingredient separation. With essential oils, several drops are used, not cups, for example.

  179. Hi there! I’m pretty sure something went terribly wrong with my lotion. After I pored it into the jar it cooled into a hard form just like chap-stick. Any recommendations on how I could salvage this and make it into the lotion? Please help!

    • The exact same thing happened to me.

  180. What’s the shelf life of the new version of this lotion? I see it says six months, but is that just for the best moisturizing or should it be thrown out after six months? Thanks!

  181. How are you able to use Rosewater, or Green tea, in this lotion recipe?

  182. I just tried this and it’s not bad, but is very runny. It’s not as greasy as a previous recipe I tried, but is still fairly oily.

  183. Is it safe to use beeswax on infants considering they’re supposed to avoid honey till they are one year?

    • From my understanding, they are just supposed to avoid it internally…

  184. Thanks for sharing…..I am loving the experience 🙂 is there anything I could try as my body butter is still too oily…….It’s my 3rd attempt and besides the fantastic smell and texture, it’s just the oiliness that I am not too happy with. Hope you can help or suggest something…..Thanks Katie

  185. I tried making a moisturizer last night. I used coconut oil, vitamin E oil and a few drops of peppermint oil. I like the result however, I was looking for more of a lotion consistency. Any ideas, tips, or hints? Will mixing bees wax in the mixture make it have a lotion’s consistency?

  186. Made this recipe yesterday. The texture is more like a thick paste or almost like a soft candle. Is there anything I can do to make it a bit more user friendly/liquid-y? Or did I perhaps do something wrong? Thank you!

  187. Is this recipe greasy at all? Just concerned about it rubbing off on clothing and such. Definitely considering making this for the holidays though!

  188. Wonderful recipe – very silky and nourishing for skin. May I suggest adding carrot seed oil, sea buckthorn and tamanu oils for their regenerative and repairing properties. Also excellent for stretch marks.

  189. I followed the recipe and made this lotion and it turned out to be hard as a rock. I think this is the recipe for your lotion bars (seems like but I could be wrong) since the texture seems to be better suited for that. That’s fine although you didn’t specify that this lotion doesn’t spread and the pic you use for the recipe is extremely misleading. If I’m mistaken, please let me know where I went wrong. Thanks

    • I have made this and can tell you that it is generally soft in warm weather and hardens with cooler temps. It will soften quickly in your hand.

  190. I want to make Rosewater and Almond Oil body oil….I just won’t add the beeswax and the Shea butter but I would like to know if anybody could tell me how to choose what kind of Vitamin E to buy? Thank you!

  191. I made this yesterday. Mine turned out hard….like a lotion bar. I am new to the day skin care, so not sure what happened! Maybe too much beeswax? Any suggestions how I can fix it? Thanks:-)

  192. In the suggested variations, the combination of peppermint, wintergreen and ginger is listed as a sore muscle lotion. Would it be possible to use dried powdered ginger? I know in some of the recipes you use dried powdered ingredients, but in the lotions it tends to be oils etc, and I wasn’t sure if mixing dried ginger with the oils etc would reduce the shelf life.

    This site has been fantastic for me for the last couple of months – my family and I have agreed to the challenge of ‘A Handmade Christmas’ and I wanted to do something special for my mum. I had a hard time searching for recipes for beauty products that were effective and would keep, and since I found this site I haven’t looked anywhere else. It’s a really great resource 🙂

  193. Hi Katie. Loving your natural DIY stuff here. Im still a beginner and excited to try all the recipes available. I was wondering whether this lotion can be made into solid lotion bars? And whether I can add some emu oil for my grandmas who has arthritis? Thanks in advance 😀


  194. I made some lux lotion last night and lip balm and both are great! I used mango butter in place of Shea butter in the lip balm and in place of cocoa butter in the lotion. I also used beeswax pastilles. Will using those make a difference in the lotion recipe. Would I need to use more? Love this recipe!

    In his blessings,

  195. I just made this recipe using the exact measurements you listed with the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax. Everything seemed okay, but the consistency is that of Chapstick and not of lotion. Any idea why? It’s extremely difficult to use. I’m very disappointed.

  196. Does this recipe leave your skin feeling oily? I really want to make it, but I”m looking for something that will dry also.. Not a fan of the “satin” feel that some lotions leave on your hands.

  197. Can I use this recipe without the beeswax? I don’t think you can buy it down at the local shop!

  198. I just made the lotion for the first time. It seems more of the consistency of the beeswax. I bought the bars from Mountain Rose Herbs in 1 ounce bars. I used two bars in the recipe since my my measuring cup shows 1/4 cup is 2 ounces. I am wondering, I should have only used 1 bar?

  199. Just wondering if you could beat this mixture so that your cream then has a ‘whipped cream consistency?’

  200. Definitely going to give this a shot! Thanks for sharing!

  201. I made this tonight and I love it! I added sweet orange oil to mine so it smells lovely.

  202. Hi I just tried this recipe, I doubled it and it came out so waxy, can I add more shea or oil Or is this just a waxy recipe? I was hoping for it to be creamy. I measured in weight could that be why it came out weird? Thanks so much!

    • It sets with a waxy top. This is a natural occurrence of the cooling process. Take a plastic spoon, popsicle stick, or other instrument and break up the top to stir the completed product. You’ll find it has a really smooth texture.

  203. How long will this last without Vitamin E?

  204. Hello Katie! My name is Sandy and I just came across your website and recipe for the natural body lotion. My friend is making essences for different conditions and we would like to incorporate them in a thick body lotion/cream. She asked me to reach out to you with some questions, as follows: would a stainless steel vessel be acceptable to use to mix the lotion inside of using glass?; About how long is the shelf life and does it need to be refrigerated?; Do the vitamin E and almond oil go rancid?; Would colloidal silver be good to use as a preservative?; Do you add the essential oils (in this case she would be adding the essence) while making the batch, or can they be added after the lotion is made and divided into smaller containers? I think that is all for now. Many thanks in advance for your expertise and help!

  205. If you use the rosewater suggestion, how much do you add and do you change the amount of anything else?

  206. hello, how much calendula oil should i use for this recipe?

  207. Just made this. I am now the person people want as their Secret Santa! Thank you so much for this honor! I’ve used it on some windburn I got while outside shoveling snow, and it took the sting right out within 2 minutes.

    I made mine in a jar, but I put the jar in a crock pot. By putting the lid on the crock pot, I could get that steam to really melt stuff down. Plus, I felt safer walking away from a crock pot than a pot on the stove.

    Last, this stuff is REALLY thick. A little goes a very long way. After it had set, I used an instrument (plastic spoon in my case) to break up the top layer and give it a little “fluff.” That did the trick.

  208. You have said that it should last “a while”, but how long is that? What if I don’t include the vitamin e oil or any essential oils?

  209. Hi I made this lotion and it is hard as a rock. What can I do to get it to soften up?

  210. Just made this lotion- I love the way it smells/feels! I used the basic recipe (1/2 cup olive, 1/4 cup coconut, 1/4 cup beeswax), and while it came out correctly, once it solidified, the texture was a little hard. What would you recommend that I alter in order to make it more creamy, like the photo at the top of the page?

  211. I’m about ready to make the hand lotion. Do I whip the ingredients once the mixture is slightly hard? Your picture shows a fluffy mixture, but the instructions don’t mention whipping. Thanks.

  212. I just made this lotion last night. I did the coconut oil, beeswax and olive oil… but after it cooled it’s become pretty solid… is there anything I could do to make it more spreadable??

    Also how much of the essential oils do you recommend using?? I also did one with vanilla extract and when it cooled it kinda went to the outside instead of being mixed in with the rest of the lotion.

    Any suggestions??


  213. Made this lotion tonight with a touch of Eucalyptus! Smells clean, fresh and just plain awesome! However, I’m guessing I used a tad more beeswax than I was supposed to because it came out more like a candle wax than a lotion but still works fine, just takes a lot of rubbing in. It’s definitely not the worst thing I’ve rubbed on my skin in the name of natural! 🙂 I will not be discouraged!
    Absolutely love this site, I find myself thinking ‘Hmm, wonder if WellnessMama has a recipe for that?’

  214. I made a moisturizer with a similar recipe – aloe vera, jojoba + beeswax – i found it really sticky and had lots of bits in it i.e. not smooth.
    Do you think the bits are due to the beeswax hardening and i don’t know how to reduce the stickiness!

  215. I’m an aesthetician and it’s possible that this lotion could make people break out because of the ingredients causing clogged pores. Jojoba oil does not clog pores and can be used by people with acne.

  216. hi everyone, i don’t know where i went wrong. followed the recipe to the T, but after it was cooled, and i put it in different containers, the next day the lotion felt “grainy”, like there are little lumps in it. they dissolve into the skin when you rub them in, but the texture is definitely not smooth. anyone have any advice please??? want to make more and give them as gifts… but i’m worried about the texture. everything else (smell, color, etc.) is great. i used olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax (all organic) and vitamin E, all the same ratios as suggested and allowed everything to melt and kept stirring. help the nuby please! thank you

    • Mine has a texture, too: very very fine grains. It is the coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature like a butter. It has the little “grainy” texture that immediately blends in when I rub it on my skin. So if you do not like that, try a a different brand, because I don’t know if they are all textured or not. Or use coconut oil that is liquid at room temp instead of “butter.” I don’t think anything is wrong with your cream; you just don’t care for the cosmetic feel of the graininess.

  217. when i tried to melt it it took a long time and then just ended up as oil. is that normal? im gonna let it sit for the evening, then will it be like lotion? or did i do something wrong? i also used shea butter instead of coconut oil and put one tbs of coconut oil.

  218. can i use mango butter instead of shea or coco butter? Or will it not be the same?

  219. Hello. I just made the lotion described above. I used a high quality olive oil to the exact measurement as well the other ingredients liste, exactly as stated. My lotion looks nothing like the picture. Mine looks like butter after it hardens from being melted. The Shea butter also is overpowering with its scent and it’s very greasy. How do I: 1) achieve a more creamy, less greasy texture? 2) mask the scent of the Shea?

    Also can this lotion be used on the face?


  220. I really like your formula for the moisturizer and am looking forward to making my own, but I also wear full beard and I’m wondering if this mixture would work well in my beard. If not, can you recommend changes to or an alternative to this formulation. After all there is facial skin under a beard. Beards to need moisturizers and conditioners to. Any advise you can give will be appreciated.

  221. I’ve never made my own lotion before, I just made this one. I’m not sure what I did wrong, but mine is much less of a lotion and seems more like the consistency of maybe a lotion bar…but it’s in a small mason jar. It works, but I’d rather it be more like lotion. What might I have done wrong?

  222. I have not had any luck finding a local cosmetic grade beeswax. Have to order it but I’m being impatient. Can I make this without the beeswax? Can I add my own harvested aloe? And would I put it in at the same time as the others? And lastly will almond extract be ok? Thank you so much.

  223. I changed the recipe slightly to get more of a lotion texture as opposed to a body butter or a lotion bar. This is what I used and it worked great. All measurements are in volume and not mass.
    Ingredient Amount Cost Per Amount Used
    Beeswax 2 tablespoons 1.90
    Grapeseed Oil ¼ cup 1.20
    Almond Oil ½ cup 2.15
    Shea Butter ¼ cup .70
    Lemon Oil 40 drops 2.00
    Vitamin E 1 teaspoon .55
    Arrowroot 2 teaspoons .25
    Total Cost 8.75

    I melted the beeswax and oils and stirred them in a double boiler in med/low. I added the shea butter last. Make sure it isn’t too hot or the shea butter can become grainy when it melts. As soon as the shea butter was melted removed the oil mixture from head and I mixed in the lemon essential oil, vitamin E, and arrowroot (you could use corn starch or tapioca starch instead). I then placed the bowl with the oil mixture in another bowl that had ice water and I used a kitchen hand held mixture on high for 20 minutes. I then put it into an 8 oz jar and let it cool and it turned out great. Tomorrow I am going to try this again but switching out the lemon oil for lavender, the grapeseed oil with calendula, and the almond butter with coconut oil.

    • Thank you, Ken. I’ll be trying this when I’m low on what I have now. : ) I really appreciate it

    • Thanks for posting! Very helpful!!

  224. I know I am super duper late on this, but I am only just finding your site…. I love the sound of your natural toiletries, and am going to try several of the recipes. I have a question on this one…. what is the point of the bees wax. Is it just to thicken the lotion? I would like to try to make something more squirt-able because I want to keep it in a squeeze bottle by the sink. What would happen if I left the wax out?

  225. Hi Wellness Mama, I really enjoy reading your informative articles and yes, I am a subscriber to your newsletter. They are very educational and have helped me to take a more natural approach to my every day living! Thank you so much! I just finished doing this recipe and I used Lavender essential oil. I couldn’t wait until tomorrow, I had to use some after getting out the shower and I love it. One question though, please tell me when, how and what quantity of Vanilla Extract I should incorporate in this recipe. Thanks in advance!

  226. So I made this.. Followed the directions to the T… But its so hard, I have to use a metal spatula to get it out. Does anyone else have this problem?

    • Yes that is why i changed the recipe to make it way less hard…i posted how i changed in the comments below yours…

      • I went back 8 months and I dindt see you comment. Do you mind sharing your recipe here?

        • I changed the recipe slightly to get more of a lotion texture as opposed to a body butter or a lotion bar. This is what I used and it worked great. I ordered everything off of Amazon because they had the best prices by far. All measurements are in volume and not mass.
          Ingredient – Amount – Cost Per Amount Used – Comedogenecy Rating
          Beeswax – 2 tablespoons – 1.90 – 2/5
          Coconut Oil – ¼ cup – 1.20 – 4/5
          Almond Oil – 1/4 cup – 2.15 – 2/5
          Shea Butter – ¼ cup – .70 – 0/5
          Grapeseed Oil – 1/4 cup – 1.20 – 2/5
          Lemon Essential Oil – 45 drops (equals 1% of lotion) – 2.00
          Vitamin E – 1 teaspoon – .55
          Rice Powder – 2 tablespoons – .65 – 0/5

          I melted the beeswax and oils and stirred them in a double boiler on med/low (you can also use a pyrex measuring bowl and a cooking pot filled with about 2-3 inches of water). I added the shea butter last. Make sure it isn’t too hot or the shea butter can become grainy when it melts. As soon as the shea butter was melted I removed the oil mixture from the burner and mixed in the lemon essential oil (the calendula and lemon fragrance compliment each other as well as offset the odor of the shea butter), vitamin E, and rice powder (you could use corn starch or tapioca starch instead but those starches will shorten the shelf life to about 3-4 months if left non-refrigerated). I then placed the bowl with the oil mixture in another bowl that had ice water and used a kitchen hand held mixer on high for 20 minutes. I then put it into an 8 oz jar and let it cool to room temp. and it turned out great. (Just be sure to not let any water get into the mixture.) Tomorrow I am going to try this again but switching out the lemon oil for lavender, the grapeseed oil with calendula, and the swap out 1/4 cup of almond oil for coconut oil. Thanks everyone for your comments as they helped me out tremendously, and thank you Wellness Mama for posting this recipe. The yield for this is about 8 ounces. For clean up if you save the boiling water you used to heat the mixture you can pour it into the bowl that you used to mix the oils and throw the utensils in there as well. The boiling water will melt all the lotion off everything you used and it makes clean up much easier. Just be sure to dump that water outside because if it goes down your drain it can cause clogs and buildup over time.

  227. Made this for my mom for Christmas this year and she loves it! She used to put BioOil on after she showered or bathed but now she uses this, especially on dry skin in the winter. Thanks!

  228. I made this last night and it is solid now. 🙁 I did everything exactly as you said. Can I add water to make it a little more lotion-like?

    • I had the same thing happen. Ken Little posted his recipe for me so I’ll share it with you, I can’t wait to try his. I still love how well it moisturizes, but I have to use a metal spatula to get it out. I think It is a mixture of too much beeswax (for a lotion type texture) and also the coconut oil is a hard texture. So that doesn’t let it soften unless it is heated up. (Can you imagine this as a nice after massage treatment though!!!)

      Ken Little:
      I changed the recipe slightly to get more of a lotion texture as opposed to a body butter or a lotion bar. This is what I used and it worked great. I ordered everything off of Amazon because they had the best prices by far. All measurements are in volume and not mass.

      Ingredient – Amount – Cost Per Amount Used – Comedogenecy Rating
      Beeswax – 2 tablespoons – 1.90 – 2/5
      Coconut Oil – ¼ cup – 1.20 – 4/5
      Almond Oil – 1/4 cup – 2.15 – 2/5
      Shea Butter – ¼ cup – .70 – 0/5
      Grapeseed Oil – 1/4 cup – 1.20 – 2/5
      Lemon Essential Oil – 45 drops (equals 1% of lotion) – 2.00
      Vitamin E – 1 teaspoon – .55
      Rice Powder – 2 tablespoons – .65 – 0/5

      I melted the beeswax and oils and stirred them in a double boiler on med/low (you can also use a pyrex measuring bowl and a cooking pot filled with about 2-3 inches of water). I added the shea butter last. Make sure it isn’t too hot or the shea butter can become grainy when it melts. As soon as the shea butter was melted I removed the oil mixture from the burner and mixed in the lemon essential oil (the calendula and lemon fragrance compliment each other as well as offset the odor of the shea butter), vitamin E, and rice powder (you could use corn starch or tapioca starch instead but those starches will shorten the shelf life to about 3-4 months if left non-refrigerated). I then placed the bowl with the oil mixture in another bowl that had ice water and used a kitchen hand held mixer on high for 20 minutes. I then put it into an 8 oz jar and let it cool to room temp. and it turned out great. (Just be sure to not let any water get into the mixture.) Thanks everyone for your comments as they helped me out tremendously, and thank you Wellness Mama for posting this recipe. The yield for this is about 8 ounces. For clean up if you save the boiling water you used to heat the mixture you can pour it into the bowl that you used to mix the oils and throw the utensils in there as well. The boiling water will melt all the lotion off everything you used and it makes clean up much easier. Just be sure to dump that water outside because if it goes down your drain it can cause clogs and buildup over time.

      • Thank you! I am severely allergic to Shea Butter. Do you think Coco Butter will work just as well?

  229. Not sure where guest is going with her thoughts but personally I would stick to the original recipe on this site. Been making every since Katie came out with it works great and you can take it to so many different levels. I’am a nurse of 30 years I’m not worried about the mold in this if you stick to the recipe. Always put your expiration date on everything and you will know when there is a danger of mold and bacteria the key word here being “natural” not Cancerous. Thanks Wellness Mama for a great website.

  230. Hi Katie,
    Thank you so much for the wonderful lotion recipe. I made it and it is soothing. But I realised that my daughter is allergic to coconut oil, coz her eczema flared up after using this lotion. Is there an alternative to coconut oil for body products?

  231. Would this be a good lotion recipe to mix with your homemade foundation recipe to make a tinted lotion or creme foundation? Or what would you recommend for a homemade creme foundation/concealer?

    • This is a very greasy product (Or mine was and I followed the recipe to a T) I would not use it as a face product. I did and my face broke out over night from the grease.

  232. Hello! Will you please let us know how you recommend to infuse oils for a recipe like this? Thank you!! I am looking forward to making this 🙂

    • She answers this question in the earlier posted comments.

  233. In what form do you use the calendula and chamomile? I would like to make that version of lotion for my baby. Would it also be OK to use on my face (so I don’t have to make another type of lotion)? I have very easy skin. Currently, I just use straight coconut oil.+

  234. Would there be anything other than Coconut oil that I could use? I’m actually allergic to anything coconut. I would love to try this but I’d rather not break out in hives haha.

  235. When you use coconut oil for skin care products, do you use the Extra Virgin Coconut oil or the refined version? Just wondering because of the price difference between the two. Thanks!

  236. I made this last night and it’s really just a very firm lip gloss and not a lotion. 🙁 I’ve been wanting to make lip gloss too but now I have like 5 ounces of it lol.

    • Update: Well, once I got past the fact that it’s really solid, I decided to see if I could get a little out and rub into my hands. It actually does feel pretty good on my skin. You can’t get much out at once but you don’t really need a whole lot. I would probably prefer a lotion consistency but I may just stick with this since those seem to be so challenging to make. I also tried another person’s lotion recipe last night and my aloe would not combine with my other ingredients even though I followed the recipe. Seems to be a common problem with lotion…

      • Just in case it helps at all– seems many people had probs with it being too thick cause of the beeswax- rather than using two ounces, grate it and use the measured amount.

  237. Wonderful recipe for homemade lotion and love that it doesn’t have any chemicals. I was so anxious to try it. I made a stupid mistake! I wound up using too much bees wax. I measured after it was melted. My lotion is too thick and looks like bees wax. I am using it anyway and it is still wonderful. But I was wondering if I could re-melt it and add more Olive Oil and Coconut Oil to get a creamier consistency like your picture shows? If so, how much do you think would be a good amount to add?

  238. Can you help. I made a mistake and measured the bees wax after it was melted. My lotion has too much bees wax. Can I re-melt my mixture and add more Olive and Coconut oil?

    • My lotion clearly has too much beeswax, too. I tried remelting and adding more of the other ingredients but it’s still hard as a rock! Did you find a “cure” for this problem? WellnessMama, what do I do?? I want something light and fluffy!

      • What kind of coconut oil did you use? It could be a temperature thing or it might need more of a liquid oil…

  239. i love this recipe and many others that you have posted. i use them all the time, thank you so much. I’m a little confused, though. I tried this recipe and used cocoa butter instead of coconut oil. I followed the recipe, but the finished product is not even near the same colour or texture as the picture of the one that you have posted. it just looks like olive oil, except, a bit cloudy. i am very confused. do you know what i have done wrong?

  240. I made this lotion yesterday and added cocoa butter since it was optional. Mine turned out more solidified. I plan to melt it back down into a lotion bar and a few lip balms but this was my first try. Did you whip it after it cooled or should I add less beeswax? I added purify doterra oil to the mix-smells amazing and feels nice on my hands!

  241. I made this with vanilla and lavender. It is rich and makes by skin feel amazing. I also use it on my LO for the occasional diaper rash. It works so much better than store bought.

  242. I’m making lip-gloss and lotion for a project at school and I needed something new and wow I think that this will be a perfect recipe we are doing a make your own project im so excited:)

  243. I want to make this, but I can’t find beeswax. I’d prefer to buy locally instead of online. Would raw honey work? Or is it just going to be really sticky?

  244. I’ve seen my question asked a few times but cannot find a reply. How is green tea added in?

  245. I am currently making the lotion and it’s a honey color 🙁 hoping for white. Any suggestions? I used olive oil, vitamin E and beeswax is not surprised but I followed the recipe.

    • The olive oil is causing the darker color, but it should be very nourishing for skin.

  246. I believe I used the wrong kind of beeswax. Unless! This is supposed to be semi-hard. I was expecting it to basically melt faster on my hands and not stay on as thick. I Like it though! Thanks!

    • It really depends on temperature… you can add more of a liquid oil to make it smoother though.

  247. Which ingredients in store-bought lotions are carcinogens? I’d be interested in reading the scientific or medical literature on which you base this claim.

    Remember, folks, everything is a chemical, and plenty of natural ingredients can kill you. I think we would all agree that arsenic is certainly toxic to humans, but it is a naturally-occurring chemical element found in the earth’s crust. Using words like “chemical” and “natural” as blanket statements to describe products and food is misleading.

    I love making my own products because it’s fun and economical, there’s a sense of satisfaction in making things from scratch, and you can tailor the ingredients to your needs or preferences. But those who perpetrate the idea that anything you buy pre-made in the store is dangerous without some reliable scientific data really frustrate me.

    • By the way, I do very much appreciate your sharing these recipes online with us. I will continue to search your site for DIY beauty recipes, as it has become a new passion for me. Thank you, WM.

  248. Like a lot of people on his post, I followed the recipe to a T and it’s hard as a rock and has the consistency of chap stick. Wellness Mama, would you mind posting and letting us know how to fix this consisting we’ve spend money purchasing all the ingredients?

    • Because it doesn’t have liquid in it, the consistency is very temperature dependent and will be harder in the winter. You can re-melt and add more liquid oil like almond or olive to get a smoother consistency.

  249. Is it okay to leave out the beeswax or can I use a replacement product? I’m one of those rare individuals who gets an allergic reaction from beeswax. I found out after purchasing an all natural lip balm with beeswax & a rash started with my lips then spread around my face. Did the research & discovered it was the beeswax. The rash went away with a couple weeks after I stopped using the lip balm.

    • I used candelilla wax instead of beeswax to make it vegan. Just use half the amount of candelilla wax

  250. How did you get yours all fluffy? Mine is just a weird yellow color.

    • Stephanie, did you figure out how to fix this problem? Mine is hard as a rock!!!

  251. Hi, I just made this lotion, I followed the recipe and it is really hard in the jar, what did I do wrong? I was reading the replies and people were discussing using a blender, I didn’t see that anywhere in the recipe. Help!

  252. why is my lotion not turning out creamy? its hard . am i doing something wrong..didnt use the shea or coco butter

  253. I made this lotion as a valentines day gift for my girlfriend. I used lavender and peppermint oil in a ratio of 5:3 respectively, totaling up to 24 drops of essential oil. It smells amazing and does go a very long way. Instead of coconut oil I used shea butter entirely. It is very thick, and feels great on skin. I am in love now with homemade products. Thank you for this great recipe 🙂

  254. So I did the recipe exactly and my lotion just turned into oil…. What did I do wrong?
    Help Please!

  255. Can you use this lotion on your face? I started the oil cleansing method about a week ago and am looking for something to help with the dry skin. I’m trying to stick it out with the oil cleansing method…. sigh. My skin doesn’t seem to be too happy with me right now. I’m hoping it evens out soon.

    • I have been doing the oil clensing method and when I need moisturizing without clogging pores I use hemp seed oil. It’s very light and great for your skin.

  256. Will the current Lotion separate and start to leak? I small plastic jars to keep the lotion in so I can carry it in the purse. I do not have the right size of ziplock bag to hold the lotion, but could get some if it will leak.

  257. great recipe. can you make a lotion with water mixed in it? I find recipes, mify them a bit and sell them . love your site

  258. I am excited to try this recipe. Just curious though and I hope this is not too dumb a question but could a person use coconut butter with or in place of any of the ingredients? Love your site!

  259. I love all of your hair care recipes and will make them this week. I want to make lotion also but am SERIOUSLY allergic to bee stings and when I use bees wax, they chase me. When we bought a Harley, my husband conditioned our leathers with bees wax. Every time we took a break, the bees were after us. The last time I got a bee sting, I almost died. I also cannot use lanolin as I am allergic to wool. Are there any great alternatives for making soap for a person with my limitations???

  260. I was wanting to inquire about making lotion and mistakenly wrote soap at the end of my message – SORRY!

  261. Do you have a version of lotion that you could use in a pump? I would like to put some lotion out for our teachers at church but with it being accessible to just anyone, I want to be mindful of germs etc. I just know that so many people at church are avoiding chemicals, this would be one area to let them know how important they are.

  262. I just made your lotion recipe yesterday and I am already in love with it. My hands are split, cracked and severely dry. I put this lotion on and WOW what a difference. I made another recipe about a month or so ago. It was a whipped one using olive oil and coconut oil. It was all right but it melted instantly when I would put it on so it was rather messy. I like the constancy of this recipe much better. Thank you!

  263. very easy to follow recipe and the results were a great lotion for people who need more than a light lotion

  264. Great recipe! If I were to make this for my face, should I eliminate the Shea and Cocoa butters? And is there an oil that can be used instead of Calendula? I am pregnant and I thought Calendula was something to avoid. I recently went all paraben free with my beauty products so my skin is and my face is super super sensitive and dry. I do know my body needs a moment to readjust 🙁 Thank you Wellness Mama!

  265. My “lotion” didn’t turn out anything like yours it looks more like a soft salve but absorbs nicely =)

  266. I just made the lotion and it was the first time that I have used beeswax. I anticipated that beeswax would smell more like honey, but the wax that I used had a very strong chemical wax smell. The wax seems to mask all of the other scents (even essential lavender oil). Is this how it was supposed to be?

    • I just bought beeswax from the Amish farm and it smells like honey. I don’t think it is pure if it has a chemical smell.

  267. What kind of olive oil? Can you use extra virgin olive oil?

  268. I am wondering if you can substitute something in for the beeswax. I worked for a person who made lotion, and I managed her shop. Some people shied away from beeswax and I wondered why (allergy maybe) I wondered if Mango butter could be substituted in? Was this to thicken the lotion?

  269. I made some of your lotion for both my little girls. One has sensitive skin that breaks out with fragrance and the other has eczema. It has made a HUGE difference with their skin and it’s so much more budget friendly! Thank you!

  270. This is the BEST lotion EVER!!!!! I made a bunch for gifts for people over christmas and I keep getting comments about how they love it. I will never go back to commercial lotion again.

  271. So glad my grandmother found this website! I am definitely going to try the homemade lotion. I have been using grape seed oil on my skin and it has definitely helped to make my skin firmer and prevents breakouts. Looking forward to the lotion!

  272. Hi Wellness Mama,
    I’ve just recently discovered your website and look forward to exploring oil cleansing and home made creams. My question is might there be a possibility of making a video of how to make creams for those that are extremely visual folks?
    Thanks for the natural recipes

  273. Can I replace the vanilla extract to lemongrass extract ? Wellness Mama ?

  274. What did I do wrong? I made the lotion following the recipe, but mine is very solid. Should I remelt and add more coconut oil?

    • Since this recipe is natural, it is very temperature dependent. You could re-melt and add a liquid oil like almond oil to thin it out

  275. I made the lotion an your face cream and so far I love it but I’m concerned. I use witch hazel and when was cleansing my face and hands the cotton ball turned blue. Is this a reaction of the two? Should I be concerned. I have always used store items but after years is skin cancer and surgery I have decided to go natural so this is my first experience.

  276. can you add vitamin c powder. if so how much. would obviously have to be stored in dark glass bottle

  277. I read on the back of the Vitamin E bottle that it should not be used on babies/children. Is that your understanding too? If so, is there an alternative when making this recipe for use on babies?


  278. hi! is it bad to use straight up jojoba oil on the face as a moisturizer? or vitamin E oil? without anything else? are there benefits to doing this? thank you 🙂

  279. Hi!! I absolutely LOVE your website!! Tried this lotion recipe and i think i used too much beeswax because it is pretty hard…but i saw your comments on remelting and adding some other liquid oil so i might just do that or wait for spring to make it a little more easy to work with….do you have a super simple recipe of a really light summer lotion?? I kinda need it all year long otherwise my skin gets all kinds of dry and itchy! But if it’s any kind of thick, my skin feels gross….i really don’t want to keep using products full of chemicals!! Thank you so much!!! 🙂

  280. Hi there! I’m so excited to try this recipe! Do you know if I can whip everything together if I melt the beeswax first?

  281. Hmm another thing wellness mama can I use honey rather than beeswax ? or is their any substitute that is affordable to an ordinary high school kid ? 🙂

    Sorry for asking too much but I really need answers ! hehe sorry

    • I don’t think honey would work but you could combine the other ingredients to make a thick lotion that wouldn’t quite be a bar consistency

  282. I was so excited to find this that I tried this recipe the other night. I think I used a bit too much beeswax so I remelted everything and added a bit more almond oil and coconut oil. Came out a tiny bit greasy so I will tweak and retry. I am using it though and I love it! My husband has eczema on his hands and he loves it too (just need to get to greasy consistency better)!!! I added one drop of lavender and it seemed to be enough (I also only made 1/2 of the called recipe to try it out).

    Thanks Wellness Mama! I LOVE YOU SITE!


  283. What a great recipe and information, Katie. I am going to be including a link to this in my homemade skincare round-up post over at Keeper of the Home. I hope it brings lots of new friends your way. Blessings, Kelly

  284. Sounds like a fantastic recipe, can’t wait to make it and try it out! However, are there any substitutions for the beeswax for this recipe, or is it a must have? Thanks!

  285. I am super new to this diy skin care stuff. I have extremely dry skin. flaky and quite frankly gross! lol. I mean it seriously looks like my body has dandruff. Dermatologists over the years say do this, do that, lotions and creams without water etc. Aveeno by far is the best one out there. However, it seems as though it is only putting a band-aid on the problem. So I decided to delve into this a create one tailor made for me! Everything I need. I will be using your recipe but tweeking it a bit for myself. I have done extensive research on the oils and vitamins recommended. Yours the only one I have seen in the countless hours researching that resembles that. One question, after it is heated and cooled, what would happen if I whipped it? Would it ruin it? About how long will this keep?

    • It will last indefinitely since there is no liquid in it and you could absolutely whip it. Have you ever tried an elimination diet to help with the skin issues? Eating grains, dairy or nighshades can cause me skin issues.

  286. Can I add a little bit of argan oil to make it more moisturizing? I know argan oil is VERY expensive, so it wouldn’t be a lot, but would replacing some of the almond oil with argan oil significantly change the texture or moisturizing properties?

  287. Hi, thanks for this recipe! I live in a remote area in SE Asia and have been sooo missing some nice lotion. I think I can get most of these ingredients locally, my main question is that the coconut oil available here is the refined cooking oil type that is liquid at room temperature. I’m not sure how pure it is. Will this still work and do I need to adjust the recipe somehow? Ironically, though all the marketable exotic coconut oils available in the US come from this area, they are not available in the local markets! Thanks for your help.

    • It should still work. If anything, it will just be slightly thinner, but should still work really well

  288. Can you make this and/or the lotioma bars without beeswax? I’ve heard that babies can’t have honey- how is putting beeswax safe to put on baby’s skin? I’d love to use this on my 5 year old & 3 month old.

    • Babies don’t make an enzyme necessary to digest honey correctly and safely but besswax is safe on the skin

  289. I made your recipe with optional shea butter and rosemary essential oil. It didn’t come out creamy – more the consistency of coconut oil. Will reheating it to add more almond oil mess the whole thing up? Or do you have another suggestion? Also, how much almond oil to add? This is my adventure into making my own lotion.

    • You can definitely reheat and add a few tablespoons of almond oil until you get the consistency you want

  290. do you have any recommendations for extremely dry skin? tried this and the whipped body butter but none moisturized!!!! I’m going crazy, don’t want to go back to Aveeno because its expensive and has lots of chems.

  291. Hi Wellness,

    Thanks for the recipe..

    Can I substitute olive oil with probably Canola oil???

    Can this be used for the face?? If yes, will it not feel greasy and sweat. Of late I have moments where I sweat and shine so bad on my face. I naturally have normal skin and I thought it could have been attributed with using Vaseline petroleum jelly; body lotions etc.

    I hope I can be able to settle with something consistent on my face.

    • Hi–
      I would not use canola oil on anything. Ever. From what I understand, it’s not something you should ingest or rub on your skin. Do you have any other oils? I would skip olive oil before replacing it with canola oil. Many times, you can purchase small bottles of apricot, hemp seed, or almond oil– those would be a better choice if you have the option. If not, and you live in a cooler area, your body temp will melt the oils onto your skin, so just use a popsicle stick to dig it out if you don’t want to stick your fingers in when it gets harder…skip the cocoa butter, too. It’s pretty solid.

      I edited the recipe to suit my own skin. It’s pretty right on with WM’s recipe except I skip the extras. I use a combo of coconut oil and shea butter, and add a tiny bit of cocoa butter (sometimes– it’s very hard and keeps the mixture more solid), melt and mix. Add a few capsules of vitamin E oil for that extra moist sensation. My skin glows.

      Lastly, because it is severely hot 9 months out of the year where I live, solidifying lotion has never been an issue. Mine is always soft and goopy. In the winter (a whopping 30-60 degrees F), I add a tiny bit of olive oil to soften it up. Also, if your skin is dry, there is nothing quite like the oil of olive fruit to really replenish that. I don’t ever use beeswax in it unless I make the lotion bars…which are amazing for your arms and legs and toes… But you do have to wait for it to soak in. =)

      Happy lotion making! I hope it all works out well for you.

      • I forgot– my skin is SUPER moist. If you are worried about greasiness, I suggest using it at night after cleansing. It will be soaked in by morning, and your face ready for whatever you do– makeup, etc.

        I think, and this is just my opinion, that women should accept shine. It means your skin is healthy. Dry, matte finishes are not, but we have been told that is what our skin is supposed to look like.

        If your skin gets too greasy — use at night– or whenever you need a moisture bath on your face. And don’t apply any in the morning.

  292. Can I use avocado oil in place of the almond or olive oil? Thanks!

  293. I would love to make this and use it for my face but I’m concerned about it not having sunscreen in it. The moisturizer I use now has SPF 20. Is there something I can add to make it sun proof!? Thanks!! 🙂

  294. I love your blog and recipes & appreciate all that you do! I’m wondering if you can suggest something for my adult daughter? She has severe eczema and is allergic to coconut oil, aloe, banana and latex. She needs something unscented because her employer is forbidding her the use of shea or cocoa butter. I am at a loss as to what to make for her… and of course she has to wash her hands alot at work, which is making it so much worse. I’d appreciate any advice you can give

  295. so when you melt the wax how do you get it to stay melted? I tried melting it then when it melted, I took it out from the heat and once I did that it started to get solid and back to wax. I even tried to stir it but the wax was still becoming solid and sticking to the spoon and the container I had it in. what am I doing wrong?

  296. Good evening Ms. Mama:)

    I am interested in making a shea butter lotion and love your suggestion. I already make whipped shea butter but a friend of mine said that she would like a lotion consistency so I’m doing research. I use additional oils besides olive and almond when I make my whipped shea butter batches. Is it still okay to use the same various oils in making a lotion or do I need to keep it as simple as possible and only use one kind of oil?

    Also I’ve been reading the comments on the beeswax and the e-wax. Does it matter which one to use or if I really want to keep this as natural as possible, stick with the beeswax? Thank you in advance.

  297. How much green tea and is it just regular green tea you make to drink?

  298. So I made thus lotion with a preservative (hold your hostility) mainly because I will be keeping it in my bathroom and sending some to my husband who is deployed on a ship. Now even though the recipe contains no water I added the preservative because there is a good chance water can get into the jar from fingers in it or from just being near wet stuff. I personally dont use enough lotion to feel safe letting it sit out without a preservative. I used Phenonip (would have used Optiphen if it had water in it because its parabeen and fromaldahyde free) which is fromaldahyde free although it contains parabeens, these parabeens are naturally occuring though and are not synthetic ones. I feel safer using the two or threedrops of preservative than I do using the essential oil route because essential oils are not broad spectrum preservatives although they contain antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties when combined at the right percentages which usually unrealistically high if you want as much coverage as a preserative provides, and mold is in there before you see it so it helps ease my mind, especially using it on my daughter. At least its better than using store bought. And im pretty sure we have a greater risk of getting struck by lightening than getting cancer from 3 drops of preservative in a homemade lotion. Just my opinion on that one. Thanks for the awesome recipe though!

  299. If I use the whole calendula flowers, how much do I use?

  300. Hi. What do you think I did wrong. Mine separated next day.

    • oh no, was it the wax that separated?

  301. No matter what I do, I can’t get my lotion or lotion bars to come out other than yellow or green. My olive oil is green, the pastilles are yellow and most of the essential oils I like are a brownish sort of color (chamomile and vanilla). What can I do to get a different color?

    • I added vitamin C to lotions that I bought from shop and last time I bought one with cocoa extract. When I added vitamin C it made the colour of lotion very bright. Approx. 2 tones brighter, so maybe it could help you too. I am not sure though if vitamin C can interfere with any of these ingredients, so research first if you try to use it.

  302. I have very acne-prone skin with large pores but my skin is also very dry. Would this work for me or is there something else I could make that would work better? Thanks!

  303. I am loving these recipes! I’ve started making my own sunscreen, lotion and hand soap! The sunscreen and lotion I made was a little “clumpy” when applying. What can I do to make it more smooth? Less beeswax? More oil? I did leave it uncovered (in a glass mason jar) while it formed. Should I cover it? Just trying to get a good consistency. Thanks!

  304. What type of coconut oil is best? virgin, cold pressed, etc?? Organic is a must, I assume. I have some coconut oil that expired 11/2013. Is that still ok to use?

    Also what type of beeswax is good? Followed the link on your recipe and it just brought me to beeswax pastilles.

    Thank you. This looks great and I can’t wait to make it.

    • I use unrefined organic virgin coconut oil but any organic one is ok. If yours still smells ok, it should be fine for skin. I use beeswax pastilles since they are easiest to measure and use.

      • My lotion gets hard clumps in it after it firms up. I think it is the beeswax. I’m not sure why it’s doing that because I make sure it’s all melted and mixed together before I transfer it into another container. I even tried to whip it with a hand mixer for about 5 minutes after it firmed up. Is it because I put it in the refrigerator to get firm?

  305. Question, I can use vanilla extract instead of vanilla essential oil and it’ll be fine? The vanilla essential oil is SO expensive, but I love the vanilla smell.

    • Usually vanilla extracts and other extracts are made with ethyl alcohol. Vanilla sticks/pods are not expensive, but smells just as nice, so if you grind it well (made it like a flour) perhaps you can add it to lotion.

  306. Kia Ora Wellness Mama,
    Firstly let me say your website has helped change the way my family and I live for the better in so many ways…and we thank you.
    Now, I have some (actually LOTS of) dried Chamomile and Calendula that I would like to add to this fabulous recipe. Do I just chop it all up finely and add it in at the end? I am not sure the best way to approach it.
    I look forward to your feedback

    • I’d infuse in to the oils by slowly heating the oils in a double boiler with the dried flowers and then straining before using in recipes

  307. a store nearby has blocks of beeswax so how would I measure that out opposed to the pastilles?

  308. How many drops of essential oils for this batch?

    For a sore muscle rub how many drops of Peppermint? Or for a bedtime rub how many drops of Lavender? Thank you in advance! 🙂

  309. I am going to make homemade body lotion for the first time!
    What are the pros-cons to making the Organic Homemade Lotion using only coconut oil?
    If I eliminate the olive oil will reduce the moisturizing properties of the lotion?
    My lotion would consist of coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E, Shea Butter and lime oil.
    Input will be greatly appreciated – thanks

    • I just typed a whole long email and I accidentally hit a wrong key and erased everything.

      Here goes again.
      Only use 30% oils to 60 % water. Any more oil and it will be greasy. I just made a batch using 1/3 cup of apricot kernel oil, shea butter and honey. The water was 2/3 cups of aloe vera gel and green tea which I steeped for 30 minutes. I did use beeswax as an emulsifyer (2 tblsp). Make sure when the oils are melted, that you cool them before mixing them. mix water into oils with a mixer. Mine looks like whipped cream. I added a drop of lavender E.O. and a touch of Gemmall to stop spoilage.

  310. – Coconut oil alone is fine but it will be a thicker lotion
    -There are no problems that I am aware of

    • so, should I decrease the amount of beeswax to compensate for the thicker coconut oil?

  311. If my son is sensitive to coconut oil and has a tendency towards eczema, is there a another oil you would recommend to replace it that would maintain a nice consistency? What amount? Thanks!

      • Thanks. I was planning to try to make these lotion bars as well to use for those occasional eczema flare-ups, but I’m looking for more of a maintenance, everyday lotion for him (and his siblings). They each have dry skin. Can I simply replace the coconut oil with grapeseed oil or cod liver oil? I imagine either of these oils would greatly change the consistency of this lotion. Thanks for your thoughts!

  312. How much lotion will the recipe make?

  313. I found this doing a search for recipies cause I started making lotions cause I got sick of breaking out and blowing money contantly trying to find a lotion that works and isnt full of crap. I also was a science major and loved the lab. What kills me is some of these comments and answeres. No vit E is not a preservative but things that arent preservatives can inhibit growth of nasty things like fungus molds mildews and bacteria. Some essential oils have bacterialcidal anti microbial properties as well. oils can go bad even water can stagnate and harbor bacteria. I think if were smart we can put natrual and science together. Beeswax isnt even required in this recipe because your not emulsifing anything theres no water based product so you can just mixx the oils. If you want a more natural lotion type feeling its gona be a bit more complicated but doable. O and your lotion is gritty because you got the shea butter too hot its naturally more gritty.

  314. Hey WM, can I put dried calendula flowers in the jar with the ingredients while they melt on the stove? I have calendula already, but not calendula oil, and was hoping to use it as is.

  315. I found this blog for infusing calendula, which I thought would be great for this recipe. The same could also be done for chamomile. What was amazing, though, was how effective and healing this was reported to be.

  316. So I just made this lotion, but have to say it’s nothing like lotion, but more butter and if you don’t want it to set, you have to stir during cooling period. I didn’t like it. Looked and felt like wax, although I measured ingredients on scales, so not sure why mine came out like that.
    p.s. I used 100g olive oil, 50g coconut oil and 50g beeswax pellets (advertised as suitable for cosmetic).

  317. so i finally got the lotion to be decent to use. the only thing that i don’t like is that the lotion is oily. i added the same length of sweet almond oil, beeswax, shea butter, and a little bit of vitamin e oil. it melted all of that down and then sat in down in a container. later i tried it out and it left my skin oily. is there a way to make my lotion non oily? is there something i did wrong? help will be much appreciated.

  318. Hi wellness mama ! I’m a Filipino and it is very hard for me to find some beeswax in our market that’s why I really need your help . Can I replace the beeswax with some of the products that is abundant in our country ? What would be the possible replacement/s ?

    • I found the organic shea butter was thick enough that I didn’t even really need the beeswax. I replaced the coconut oil and beeswax with just an equal amount of shea butter.

  319. Do you find the wax pellets easier than the chunks? and how many do you use for 1/4 cup? Thanks.

  320. Ok I am a student in chemistry class, and we are in the process of attempting to make an all natural lotion for combination type skin. We already have beezewax from our teacher, but we don”t have to use it. We are wanting our lotion to smell like shea and coconut. Do you have any suggestions of ingrediants and how to make this?

  321. Hi, I am trying to figure out what the best sweet almond oil to buy and vitamin E oil to buy for this recipe. What brands do you use and are they organic. I am making this for my 1 year old little girl.

    thank you,


  322. Question: I’m sorry if this has already been asked but I made the recipe and loved everything about it except, the smell! I substituted Shea butter for the coconut oil. The only essential oil I put in was lemon. I went with the olive oil and reduced the beeswax a little. Any ideas on why it smells like burnt rubber? I am still learning about these things. Thanks for any help!

    • Okay, I figured this out myself. Just to keep coconut oil in the recipe instead of just replacing with shea butter. Smells so much better.

  323. Hello. I just made this lotion. I’ve found the smell of Beeswax is very over powering. I used lavender essential oil for the recipe. Do you have any suggestion to eliminate that? Also any opinion on extra virgin oil vs regular olive oil? Which do you prefer olive oil or almond oil? Thank you!

  324. Is there a way to do this with a substitution for the beeswax? I don’t use animal-derived products. Could I use raw, whipped cocoa butter maybe? I used to use that as-is as a lotion, but it made me a little too greasy before it absorbed in….

  325. Hello there. Thanks Katie- Wellness Mama for this very easy-to-follow recipe. Just made my one last night using the same measurement as you stated, I’ve used almond oil instead of olive oil, and the result is like the best than other commercial lotion. I love your Site!

  326. Hi, I’m currently making your diaper cream which I’m looking forward to using. I would also like to make your lotion for baby, but I could only find white beeswax beads at my local organic store. Will they work or do I have to have the golden wax? I’m not sure if these beads aren’t intended for babies skin. Thanks.

  327. Have you tried this recipe without the beeswax and just whip it instead?

  328. this is NOT a lotion. it’s a body butter. a lovely one, no doubt, but still.

  329. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
    Now I want to use lanolin too ? is it a good idea to add lanolin also or would it not be recommended to mix it in this lotion?
    If I can use it, how much should I use with this recipe, I am guessing a tablespoon might be good.

  330. hello i love love your website. i have very sensitive skin and got so tired of commercial products that did not help me. now i make my own eye cream and presently use coconut oil at night. I am so going to try this!
    can it be used both day and night?

  331. Hi
    I just made sunscreen lotion using this recipe the other day. I decided to add glycerin which automatically thickened it. I know glycerin is good for skin so that’s the only reason I added it. Thickening the mixture is an added bonus. If you have any more info I’d appreciate it if you shared. I also added about 2-3 teaspoons of organic raw honey. Figured what’s not good about honey plus it’s antibacterial properties might extend shelf life/prevent weird things to grow lol.
    My lotion held great in the hot sun yesterday (temp. was about 80F) and since it’s sunscreen it’s also very water resistant. Very easy to apply as well.

  332. Hello! Thank you so much for the recipe. I can’t wait to try it. I do have one question though. Is the beeswax you use to make this lotion the same kind that can be used for candle making? I’ve seen beeswax in my local hobby lobby but it’s in the candle making section. Would this one be the same or is there a specific kind? Thank you!

  333. Hi.
    This looks like a fantastic recipe and I’d love to give it a go but coming from the UK I’m not familiar with the cup measuring system. I looked on a few conversion sites but it seems to differ based on whats being measured. Are you able go provide either metric or imperial weight measurements. Thank you very much

  334. I just made this, but it turned into oil, how can i make it creamy?

  335. Hi, Katie.

    Thanks so much for the lovely recipe and the wonderful way you give your experience freely.

    I am wondering if you’ve ever tried this recipe with Kokum Butter (on Mountain Rose website)… it says it has a lot of properties for regenerating tired skin cells and would be good for healing the skin. I have very dry skin and my daughter has excema, so I am wondering if it might be better for us to make the lotion with Kokum over Shea or Coco Butter.

    My question is: if I make the lotion with Kokum butter, should I modify any of the other ingredient amounts since Kokum Butter is harder than the others?


    • You can use it in place of another butter but just use about 3/4 of the original amount listed in the recipe

  336. I use coconut oil a lot- can I just add an essential oil to it? what would be the healthiest/easiest lotion to make? thanks so much!

  337. Thanks for this delicious recipe, while it feels like I use this by the bucket it has helped me get through a stretching belly, swelling feet, and sore muscles from pregnancy. It’s much appreciated and will continue to be a staple in our home.

  338. I love this cream and have been using it for months. My only issue is that it sits on my face and does not absorb. When I use my phone to make a call, it gets covered in a film of oil. Also if I ever touch my face my fingers come away covered in oil. Is there any way to avoid this?
    Thank you!

  339. I’m sure this is a silly question, but is there any major differences between yellow and white beeswax? Thanks

  340. Hi,

    Lots of people have been asking for a eczema relieving lotion and I wanted to put my two cents in. I grew up in India and we traditionally use coconut oil for hair and body. My dermatologist in India actually told me to apply camphor mixed with coconut oil on my eczema and also for sun sensitivities. My skin cannot tolerate the harsh tropical sun and I had trouble with it growing up. However coconut oil and camphor helped a lot. Camphor is antimicrobial as well.
    Also Mustard oil is beneficial for giving massages to babies. North Indians traditionally massage babies with mustard oil till they are at least 2 years old before giving them a bath.

    Camphor tablets can be bought at any Indian grocery store in your area where they keep hindu prayer items. Coconut oil and mustard oil is also cheaper and can be easily bought while you are there.

  341. Hi Wellness Mama,
    Just made my first batch today and noticed the lotion is very oily, I noticed that a lot of people commented with the same problem and I didn’t see your response to their questions. Can you please respond and let me know how I can make the lotion more of a lotion, more thicker or creamy? Thank you so much.

    • To make it creamy, you’d need to add some kind of liquid, such as water or herbal tea, but that also means it will eventually go bad.

      • Thank you. My concern is I live in AZ and the lotion seems to be sort of melting and is more softer, not as solid. Is that normal? If not, how would I fix it? Thank you so much for responding.

  342. Thank you so much for the recipe! I’m going to try it today, it looks fantastic. You’ve encouraged me to go all natural; I’m so excited to try many more of your recipes! Cheers, Ariel 🙂

  343. Just came across your site in search of diy body care products and I love your recipes! Quick question – you list essential oils as optional – just curious how much of the essential oils to use…wouldn’t want to disrupt the consistency/texture…thank you!!

    • You shouldn’t be using enough to change the texture too much… just a few drops. If your oils come with dilution or portion instructions, I’d just go with that. A very little goes a long way!

  344. This is too rich for my skin (normal to combination skin) so I use for body lotion and it was great.
    specially great for my heel.
    Thank you!

  345. I made this today. Can’t say yet how it will turn out. I added a couple of the optional ingredients, but as I’ve been looking into more recipes, most say to add the Vitamin E and/or essential oils after the lotion is done “cooking” or melting. I added mine with the rest at the beginning because you say to mix all the ingredients in a jar and melt. Does heating the vitamin E do anything to it to lose it’s effectiveness? Should I have added it at the end? Same question for essential oils.

  346. I just made this today, but did not use the directions–just the portion sizes, and guessed at the amount of essential oils to put in. I melted the oils and beeswax over low heat until it all melted. I then removed it from the heat and added my essential oils. I poured into a jar and let cool. When it was cooled, I used a stick blender to blend it as an attempt to make it creamy, like a lotion. It worked fabulously, and there was no need to add anything else. It is now exactly like lotions bought in a store, but without the unhealthy ingredients. 🙂

  347. Thanks for this great recipe, I am excited to try this out! I am slowly switching over all of my personal care products to natural alternatives and your website has been immensely helpful! A question on adding extracts – if I wanted to add vanilla extract, or other types of extract, would I need to add a preserving agent? I noted your comment that because all of the ingredients are oils, preserving agent is not required – however I just want to double check if this is still true if I add in additional ingredients. And if I do need a preserving agent, what would you recommend? Thanks very much!

    • I’ve never needed to add a preserving agent with just extracts but I’d definitely research it…

  348. using the basic recipe, if I wanted to incorporate other liquids like those you mentioned in our favourite combinations, how would I add those to the recipe?

  349. Hi! I’m new to all of this but very excited to try out this recipe. Can someone please tell me if I need to use a bar of beeswax or the pellets? I’m a little confused since this is my first time. Thank you all and Many Blessings 🙂

    • Pellets are easier to measure and melt.

  350. I made the lotion last week and it came out quite firm (and yellow in color, I presume from the bees wax?). What do you think I did wrong? I can still use the firm lotion but it is tough to rub on. I did not use any essential oils but did use vitamin E oil (and shea butter instead of cocoa butter).

    I will continue to use this lotion but when I make it again I’d like the consistency to be softer and easier to put on.

    I also made the sugar scrub and sea spray toner, both came out fantastic! I have been doing the honey face wash in the mornings as well. Now that I am using the scrub (1-2x a week tops), toner, lotion and honey face wash, my skin is looking much smoother and clearer, love it!!!

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful, natural recipes!

    • If you stir it while it’s cooling it will come out in a lotion consistency. U don’t need to constantly stir just occasionally while cooling depending on how u want the consistency

  351. How do you measure the beeswax if it is purchased in bar form? Do you grate it or melt it first?

  352. My lotion came out like a firm play dough consistency. Can I fix it? It is really hard to rub in and leaves white globs. PLEASE help.

    • Since it is all oil, you can re-melt and add more liquid oils like almond oil to thin it.

      • I posted recently that my lotion came out on the hard side too, looks like your response to Cassa is that we can re-melt and add more oil, that won’t ruin the lotion I have, correct?

        I don’t have almond oil but I do have coconut and olive (which I used in the original making of the lotion) will those thin/soften it too?

  353. Dear Katie,

    Congratulations on your excellent website. Thank you for the time and trouble you take to provide us with all this useful information.

    Since I make creams and lotions using natural produce and oils for my own use, I have a suggestion to make.

    I make them in small quantities, to last a week or so, so that there is no chance of
    any growths or rancidity. Coconut oil, even as a component, can turn rancid fast, especially
    during the hot summer days. The work is very little and the freshness is maintained.

    If I am too busy to make it weekly, I make a “large” quantity, fill small containers and
    leave them in the fridge till I need them.

    Also, I use a small silver spoon or wooden spatula to scoop out the cream. I pour out the lotion into my palm before I use it.
    I NEVER dip my fingers into the jar, since there is a chance that there may be SOME moisture in your fingers, like water if you have just washed your hands, and perspiration, which you may have not noticed. So I never take a chance by dipping bare fingers into my creams or lotions. Thus, I have NEVER had my creams or lotions go “bad”.

    I find this is a much better way of avoiding “contamination” than using ingredients which may
    be harmful or which I know little of, especially of their harmful effects.
    Also, I like to keep my products 100% natural so to do otherwise, would defeat the very
    purpose of why I go through the effort of making them at home in the first place. : )

    I hope your readers will find the above tips helpful.

    Re: Some of the posts I have read above – I feel that the onus is on the users of this website, to seek out more information which may not be available here, if they so need it. This is not a consultation, but a fun website for those of us who would like to make our own products at home. Those who need “professional” advice or help, should do their own research.

    Thank you once again for all the information Katie. Keep up the good work.


    Indira. Toronto, Canada

  354. I made this lotion and rubbed it on my sister’s sunburn. She immediately felt better. She basically style it from me (haha) and has been using it on her cracked feet that she got when she had a pedicure two years ago. Nothing seemed to be working. Two weeks of using this and her feet are almost all better. No more cracks. No more bleeding. We love the sunscreen too!

  355. Dear friends,

    Do try this same recipe with half the quantity of beeswax.
    Are you wondering what to do with the lotion you have already made?
    Add (as per recipe):
    1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
    1/4 cup coconut oil
    (and the other optional oils if you choose).

    Reheat as described in recipe and store in containers.
    Keep jars open till the creams cool and harden

  356. My first batch came out too hard so I added more coconut and olive oil and a little more vitamin E and re-heated it, it is now a much softer consistency and very smooth! I didn’t know how much coconut/olive oil and vitamin E to re-add so I just eye balled it and it came out fine.

    I just love this lotion! I think I’ll be making more around the holidays and giving it as gifts. 🙂

    Thank you!

  357. hello mama, I really like your page. I just want to ask if you do homemade moisturising shower gel or soap both for adult and baby? Thank you.

  358. Love this lotion recipe. I shared it with my friends via my blog, definitely giving you all the credit. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  359. Thanks for this recipe. I was looking for an easy, natural lotion and this is it! I tried it today and it came out great. One thing you might include in the recipe ( for the kitchen challenged) is that once everything is melted, the “lotion texture” starts to happen while it is cooling. I figured it would, but I was also wondering if I did something wrong during the simple process when I had a jar of oil in the end. I wanted to keep adding beeswax to thicken the mixture and I’m glad I didn’t! Thanks again , I appreciate your effort. Will try the lotion bars next!

  360. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I have tried everything for my son’s Eczema and nothing worked. I made this lotion using olive oil, beeswax, coconut oil,and shea butter with about 6 drops of Frankincense oil and I applied it generously to his skin at bedtime and the next morning his eczema was gone! 🙂 now I only use this on all my kids and grandkids and myself.

  361. Can I add Urea to the mix for an exfoliant. I found some Urea in powder form on Amazon. Or, is there a natural exfoliant/humectant to add to the lotion? I am VERY new to this and appreciate your expertise. 🙂

  362. Thank you so much for this! I plan to use this recipe very soon 😀
    I just have a quick question though- it might be kind of silly but is it recommended to refrigerate this lotion after making it? Or would that completely solidify the oils? There are other natural products that have to be chilled or they’ll get moldy so I wanted to clarify if this lotion recipe is one that also needs refrigeration.
    Thanks for your article!

    • You could refrigerate, but it might get a little lumpy, yeah. It should last a while out of the fridge, though.

  363. Can this lotion ne used in a pump bottle?

  364. I love this recipe! I saw people saying theirs came out hard I found if I stir it with a fork while it’s cooling it makes it into a lotion consistency. 🙂

  365. Hello, I am making a face cream & want a very strong scent of cherry & almond- what product do I buy for this? I bought cherry kernel oil & sweet almond oil from Dr Adorable and they don’t have any sent at all, so I bought the wrong thing and don’t know what I should use- an extract of some sort? any advise would be greatly appreciated!!!Thank you-
    The best,

  366. Hi,
    Stopping by from and I tried this recipe over the weekend. It was super easy to do, quick and turned out great. I was looking to sell essential oils at my local farmers market, but they needed to be local and my oils are not. But instead I found local bees wax and olive oil and made this. I think it will also be easy for people to be introduced to oils without the hassle of trying to mix it themselves and a very nourishing blend!

  367. I think my skin is well moisturized but since I’m 40+ – I also needed to start using a better moisturizer. I tried the one you recommended, but my dermatologist recommended the Somaluxe Moisturizer – and he was right – its EXCELLENT for dry skin. It’s non-greasy and if you have very dry skin and you need the extra moisturizer, I think you’ll the Somaluxe Moisturizer. Your make-up glides over it, and many others suggest using it on elbows and other troubled spots. . ..

  368. hi, i’ve tried out many of your DIY recipes & it worked out well. what would be the recommended shelf life for the homemade lotion?

    do u think it’s necessary for us to add preservatives to our DIY products for personal use? will adding Vitamin E be sufficient on its own? so far i have not encounter any problem with my DIY products for i usually made them in small batches.

    thank u.

    • The shelf life is 6 months… if you want the best benefits. It will last longer though.

      • ok noted. thanks & I love your website. ^^

  369. Hi! This was my first recipe off of your website. I have questions! Mine doesn’t look like the pic at all, its hard as a rock. I measured the beeswax by weight based off of a conversion because its also very hard and I can’t measure it in a cup or spoon. .13 pounds was what I used. Should I melt this back down and add more oils to get a soft and smooth lotion? Please help! It feels more like a hard lip balm than lotion.

  370. I have noticed that all I really smell is the olive oil. And no matter what or how much I put in I can not achieve a good smell without it being way over powering. Not a fan of lavender or flowery smells and that’s the only one that I can really get to cover it. Have tried all citrus and Lavender. Any suggestions on what to try mixing for a good smell??!!??!!?? HELP!

  371. THANK YOU WELLNESS MAMA! I just made the coconut oil lotion, it turned out awesome! Can you recommend an essential oil I can add to my next batch. My ingredients: almond oil, coconut oil, pure cocoa butter & beeswax. The aroma is divine!

  372. I am hoping for some help. I am totally new to the essential oils stuff. I am trying to make “sleep cream” for my daughters and my husband. I was given a recipe by a friend for 1/3 cup of coconut oil and 15 drops cedarwood, lavendar and peace and calming respectively. I mixed it and it is the consistency of oil that you would cook with. It is WAY too greasy for this momma! My husband is currently overseas and I want to send him some but need to make some true “lotion”. I really need a recipe “dumbed” down since I am SO new to this….help please!!!!!!!

  373. I made this lotion and used Mango butter instead of Shea butter. The lotion looked smooth until I dipped some out and it is lumpy. The little lumps melt on my skin but I am wondering what I did wrong or if I should have used my mixer? Also, used 15 drops of Sweet Orange oil and the lotion is really, really sweet smelling. I thought this might be due to the Mango butter. I’m new at this so just need a few pointers – thanks

  374. Hey!
    I just found your blog and this recipe seemed really interesting and easy to make! My lotion turned out more like the lotion bars, but i melt it down couple of times and added more coconut oil and olive oil and then it became really nice, although it is still in bars. I got really great idea to use ginger bread molds for shaping my lotion. Also the first version that i did, i used too much beeswax and then the product was more like chapstick, which was nice as well. As for the smell, i still havent tried any scent oils but i used to flavoured olive oil which gave my lotion really nice scent. The one i used was lemon olive oil, cant really say if other flaours would work as well, but lemon gave it nice but not too strong scent.

  375. I made this lotion on 2 separate counts and mine comes out in sort of a salve type consistency. How do you get the “whipped” look of the lotion in the bottom picture??

  376. I made this lotion over the weekend and used jojoba oil instead of the almond or olive oil (was out of both), and used lavender essential oil. I also added about 1/2 cup arrowroot after reading the suggestion from another post. I used my hand mixer to stir after everything was melted . My lotions looks, feels, and smells like salve. What did I do wrong and how can I fix this?

  377. Made this for me and my hubby and we love it!!! Send some to my sis and she said it works!!! She has super duper dry skin…and so do I (especially because of where I live). My hubby doesn’t but he likes it as well! (He can just apply less). Thank u so much for putting this up online!! If I used olive oil, it is PERFECT for winter!!!! Without olive oil, it would dry later but still moisturizers nicely (just not as much as with olive oil). Well, my sis approved and I am going to send her the one with olive oil before winter comes in NYC!!! Lol! Hopefully it’ll keep her skin moisturized during winter!!! God bless and thank u for ur hard work <3

  378. This is my absolute favorite beauty product Iv ever had!! I got the best local beeswax from my honey guy here in Piriápolis, Uruguay. It’s got a gorgeous dark yellow color and the scent is just yummy! My hubby uses it everyday for his crocodile skin, I don’t even have to ask him to. Made one as a gift then word got out and had to make for all my girlfriends as a farewell gifts, setting sail for the Caribbean!
    Love your work.

  379. How much vanilla extract would you suggest to add to this recipe?

    The beeswax does make it thick. Perhaps I will half the beeswax next time and see how that turns out.

  380. I have a question, I’m really new to this, I have everything except almond oil, but have apricot kernel oil. Can I use that as a replacement? Thanks for your recipe!

  381. Thank you for sharing your recipe! I made the lotion but mine is a bit greasy feeling. I used Calendula infused sunflower oil instead of olive oil but followed the recipe otherwise. Is there a way to make this less greasy and more of a whipped, creamy lotion?

  382. Hey! I wanted to do the Rosewater and Almond oil one. I was just wondering when to add the Rosewater and, as I have seen the concern for mold, does Rosewater make it not last as long?

  383. I’ve made the lotion bars with great success, thank you! I’m going to give this a try now! How many drops of essential oils do you use for this ratio? Thank you!

  384. I tried this recipe yesterday and found it to be a bit too greasy. Perhaps because I used Shea Butter, too? I love the smell and texture, but want to cut the greasy effect on my face. How much oil should I eliminate? Also, would adding cornstarch, as some readers suggested, do the trick?

    Thanks so much for your wonderful, chemical-free recipes!

  385. I came across your blog cause I was looking for an alternative to store bought lotions for me and my kids. I like the smell of lavender and vanilla together can i mix it together or should I be using one oils at a time per batch? My kids are 4 & 6 can i use it on them or should I make a separate batch using only Calendula or Chamomile or both? Thanks!!

  386. Can the olive oil be replaced by palm oil? Not fond of the olive oil scent.

  387. Hi,
    I tried this body lotion at my home. But it was really disappointing to have a wax again at the end of the process. It cannot be used as a lotion. If we try to melt also, between the seconds in taking and applying it becomes wax in the fingers itself. Please suggest if there is a way out!

  388. does this work ok on the face?
    I have sensitive skin and break out easy.

    • While this is a very gentle lotion, it is also quite rich. It may irritate your skin.

      • Thank you for letting me know

  389. I’ve made this lotion and love it! I plan to make some for my mother, aunt and cousins for Christmas. I did not add any essential oils to mine as I am sensitive to scents. I also do not plan to add essential oils to the lotion I make for family as I don’t know what they like. After I give them the oil (in a canning jar) can they reheat it and add their own essential oils later, if they want to?

  390. I stumbled upon your website and am loving it! I have very dry skin and have used SO MANY lotions that either leave my skin greasy or not moisturized enough. I tried the coconut oil lotion recipe last night and was a bit confused. I followed the instructions to the T and when I took out the jar from the hot water, the oil sat on top of the beeswax. I did add a small amount of water and it solidified a bit more throughout the jar. The consistency is still really waxy rather than smooth like lotion as well as quite greasy. How can I make this concoction smoother and less waxy? Help me Wellness Mama! 🙂

  391. I have been having issues with this drying my hands out. I have tried different variations with the coconut oil and also using almond oil and it keeps doing the same thing. Any tips?

  392. Hi Katie! I am new to the scene as far as making our own health/beauty recipes goes, but I am really excited about all of these recipes! I think it’s amazing what you do and I hope to get there one day! We have 5 kids as well and are homeschooling! They are 9 months to 8 years old. I really don’t know how you do it! ???? I wanted to know if you could tell me how to make this for a baby? I know you mentioned at the top of the post that you have a favorite version with calendula and chamomile for baby and I just wanted to know how you would make that and what it consists of? I have some dried chamomile flowers. Thank you, I would really appreciate it!

    • I just infuse the herbs into the oil by heating over low heat for a few hours and then strain out and make the recipe as directed 🙂

      • Thank you so much! I love all of your recipes! Have a wonderful weekend! ????

  393. Made this tonight using the optional addition of cocoa butter along with a few drops of peppermint essential oil….. feels great on my skin….and smells yummy! can’t wait to share with my daughters! thank you for the recipe and all you do here!

  394. This lotion recipe has done some amazing things for me! Thanks very much for posting!

  395. This looks wonderful! The picture you show here makes it look quite thick. Can this recipe be used with a pump dispenser? If not, is there a simple adjustment I can make to the recipe so that I can use it in a pump dispenser? Thanks!

    • I have seen other recipes on line which begin with the fats as in this recipe, then add rosewater/ distilled water/ aloe vera juice to the fats in a blender. The water would make it a lotion while this version is a cream. That doesn’t guarantee they would work in a pump dispenser, though. Ideally, I would never touch my lotions/ creams in the jar; I would use a clean spoon or spatula to transfer them to my skin. If you google “home made lotion” or similar you will find many recipes for lotions.

  396. I have made this lotion a number of times now. Just love it on my skin. I alter the beeswax, depending on if I am using it in summer or winter as I find it is much harder in winter.
    I have thrown out all my old creams and now use this exclusively, face, hands and body, along with a dry brushing regime. My skin has never looked so good!

    THank you

  397. Hello I am new to the all natural. I am very excited to start this change in my life. I have a few questions about the lotion. I made some following this recipe today. It came out very oily and had a strong olive oil smell. Did I do some thing wrong? Is there anything I can do different? Or can I fix what I have already made? And can I not use the olive oil? A strong olive oil smell makes me feel sick. Thanks.

  398. Hello! Thank you for your post. I made my first batch of skin cream last night with your instructions. I used Hazelnut oil, coconut butter, shea butter, and argan oil, I scented it with a teaspoon of vanilla extract (pure orgainc extract) and patchouli essential oil. While I am pleased with the result, one thing is odd. The vanilla did not mix/ blend in with everythig else. I think it is the vanilla as it is dark and the cream is white. What could be causing this? Also, I did not use beeswax. What does this ingredient do? Thanks again! I made a small batch this time as I knew I would want to experiment again soon with different proportions/ ingredients-

  399. I really would like to try this recipe but am I’m getting as worried about fungus as I am about harmful chemicals…

  400. I have used this recipe now for about 10 months. I have NO complaints and am Very pleased with the outcome! I have very sensitive skin and dry skin. I have found this to be the best thing for my skin this far!!! Love it , thanks!

  401. Great lotion recipe. I am in love with coconut oil!! I already made an awesome lip balm with it and beeswax. I have been putting straight coconut oil on my skin, but wanted to make a lotion with it to make it more spreadable.I did want to say though that no lotion can prevent stretch marks. They occur deep within our skin where lotion cannot penetrate.

    • I used Shea Butter and cocoa butter on my belly when I was pregnant, both my pregnancies and I have no stretch marks at all. I had very big bellies, almost 9lb/kid.

  402. Hello WM & friends
    I am ready and geared to make this up but I hit a snag. The beeswax that I found is not pellets but much larger moulded units. So I need to know the WEIGHT of the beeswax for the recipe. I can convert to metrics (I am in South Africa).

    • Hey,
      My beeswax came the same way. I used the volume displacement way to measure it.
      Take a clear measuring cup (where you can see the the measurements on the side) like pyrex. Fill the measuring cup with water to the 1 cup marker. Add the beeswax. You will be able to tell how much beeswax you have based on where the water level raises to. For instance, if you start at the 1 cup marker, you’ll have the 1/4 cup when the water level is at 1 1/4 cup.

      Just be sure to dry the beeswax off after.

      Hope that helps!

  403. I’ve been having problems with my lotion getting stinky (has a skunk-like smell to it). It happens after just a few weeks. I’m following the recipe exactly. Anyone else have this problem? Suggestions for how to not have this happen? Thanks!

    • I’m having the same issue but don’t see anyone replying.

      • I am no expert but do you use any water? I make sure not to get any water in mine. I’ve made a couple batches of this already and they end up smelling better as time goes on. I use coconut oil, bees wax, shea butter, essential oils: lavender, rosemary, cypress (and maybe something else). I vary the amounts of everything. If I use more beeswax it ends up harder. What are you putting in yours?

  404. Hi Wellness Mama,
    I just wanted to thank you for posting this recipe. I have used it many many times and I actually share it with everyone I know. My husband and daughter both have eczema, and I use this lotion on my daughter. My husband likes a batch with a lot of beeswax and he loves it too. I add tea tree oil and lavender, and have even added vanilla beans. I have never had a problem with it and I rub it on my belly every night now that I’m pregnant. Thanks so much! So grateful!!!
    Walk In Peace,

  405. Does anyone have an answer for me on the WEIGHT of a cup of beeswax pellets?

    • 1 cup of beeswax pellets comes to 8oz. (or 1/2 lb).

  406. Hey quick question: I live in Ecuador, where coconut oil is a liquid, not a solid like it is in the US. I’ve been trying to find out what the difference is, but haven’t been able to so far. Would the oil here be usable for this recipe? I figure it just wouldn’t become a solid, or not quite as solid, since it has beeswax, but would that be the only difference?

  407. I would LOVE to see video demonstrations of these recipes!

  408. Hi Wellness Mama! I just read through the first couple of comments and I just had to write my own reply to tell you that I hope you’re able to just brush off those negative comments from silly people!!! Good grief. I will never understand why some people think it’s helpful in any way to bring others down who are just trying to help others and put positivity out into the world. There are bigger battles to fight! So I just wanted to write this as encouragement to you that I appreciate what you do and the effort you put into every post. Also, I might as well throw in here that I read your post a couple weeks ago about whether or not you should allow ads and I say YES! It’s awesome that you can do this as a means of income and whatever you can do to help with that, I say go for it! Hope you have a WONDERFUL weekend and just THANK YOU for what you do! Much love to you! —Laura

  409. i just wanted to second the latest comment from Laura. I, too, read the negative comments and it’s icky that people will criticize instead of appreciating the intention of your information. I’ve been usng your recipes for about 8 months now for makeup, lotion and lotion bars. I’ve used them for gifts, for my home and for Burning Man. Shine on, Wellness Mama.