DIY Men’s Lotion Recipe With Essential Oils

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I’m a big fan of lotion bars since they’re portable and mess-free, but sometimes it’s nice to have regular lotion on hand too. I wanted to create something especially for men, so I came up with this men’s lotion recipe. This DIY men’s moisturizer isn’t overly greasy or complicated to make… and it features essential oils my husband is okay smelling like!

What Lotion Is Good for Men?

Most men don’t use fancy skincare products and prefer to keep things simple. Let’s face it, my husband isn’t going to use my lavender scented lotion no matter how much I love it!

The best men’s lotion will have a scent that appeals to men. This recipe combines intensely moisturizing options like shea butter and coconut oil with more masculine scents like cedarwood or myrrh (several scent combinations suggested below).

Best Non-Greasy Body Lotion

Many homemade lotion recipes call for coconut and other heavy oils. While I’m a big fan of coconut oil (here’s over 100 ways to use it) some people prefer to not use it in a lotion. More dense options like coconut oil, shea butter, and even olive oil should be balanced out to prevent a greasy feel.

This recipe uses lighter carrier oils and butters for a moisturizing, nourishing, non-greasy lotion. The result is quick and easy to apply with no tell-tale greasy sheen.

Essential Oils for Men

Essential oils help really customize the scent and make this lotion appeal to men. While they smell good, essential oils also come with some safety precautions. Certain essential oils can irritate the skin when used in large amounts, especially when used all over in a body lotion.

Here’s a list of essential oils that are skin-friendly and have skin health benefits:

  • For dry or chapped skin: Balsam, myrrh, patchouli and sandalwood
  • For dry or sensitive skin: Sandalwood, balsam and chamomile
  • For excessive sweating: Cypress and petitgrain
  • For oily skin: West Indian bay, cypress, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, and tea tree
  • For inflamed or irritated skin: Atlas cedarwood, chamomile, myrrh, patchouli, and tea tree

I’ve included a few scent combinations for inspiration, but feel free to use whatever appeals to your nose. I like to keep the total amount of essential oils at around a 1% dilution to prevent skin sensitivity. However a 2% dilution of most oils can be safely used for those who prefer a stronger scent.

Tips for Use

Lotion involves emulsifying oil and water together which can be tricky. To avoid the stress of trying to get oil and water to mix, I’ve kept the water out of this formula. Oil-based products also have a much longer shelf life.

Non-GMO vitamin E oil can be added to further extend the life of the carrier oils, though it’s entirely optional. Be sure to read the ingredients label though! Most vitamin E is actually a little bit of vitamin E (a.k.a tocopherol acetate) diluted in a carrier oil, which won’t prevent the lotion from oxidizing and going rancid when exposed to air.

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DIY Men’s Lotion Recipe

Try this easy, non-greasy homemade men’s lotion recipe with natural scents from essential oils like patchouli, cedarwood, or myrrh.
Prep Time15 minutes
Author: Katie Wells



  • In a heat-safe glass bowl, combine the grapeseed oil, mango butter, and beeswax. 2 TBSP beeswax makes a thinner lotion that will work in a pump bottle, while 3 TBSP yields a thicker lotion more suitable for a jar.
  • Fill a saucepan 1/3 full of water. Perch the glass bowl on top of the saucepan.
  • Heat pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a metal spoon until all the ingredients are melted.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add the essential oils and vitamin E if using.
  • Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and put it in the fridge to cool.
  • After about 30 minutes the mixture should be opaque and semi-solid. You don’t want it to be hard, but if it’s too soft it won’t whip. Using a stand or hand mixer whip the mixture until it’s white and creamy.
  • Transfer the finished lotion to a glass container or lotion pump and store it in a cool, dry place. This lotion has a shelf life of at about 12 months, especially if vitamin E oil is used.


Don’t freak out that there’s some floral essential oils in these blends! The lavender and geranium really help round out the smell and overall don’t feel feminine when used with the more robust and woodsy oils.
Masculine essential oil scent blend options:
  • Blend #1 – 20 drops cedarwood, 5 drops lavender, and 15 drops tea tree essential oil (good for sensitive or irritated skin).
  • Blend #2 – 25 drops patchouli and 25 drops sweet orange essential oil (good for oily or dry skin).
  • Blend #3 – 10 drops myrrh, 10 drops geranium, and 30 drops sandalwood essential oil (good for dry, sensitive or irritated skin).
If you prefer a stronger scent the essential oil blends above can safely be doubled.

Which scents would you try in this lotion? Share below!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


24 responses to “DIY Men’s Lotion Recipe With Essential Oils”

  1. Erika Avatar

    5 stars
    Just made this recipe and it was fun and easy! I love how soft and nourished it made my skin feel. It starts out greasy, but once your skin has absorbed it after a few minutes, you are left with soft subtle skin.

  2. Naomi Avatar

    5 stars
    This recipe is perfect! It really feels like lotion. I used Grapeseed, Shea and Beeswax. I halved it, in order to see if it would come out right.

    Thanks so much!

  3. Naomi Avatar

    5 stars

    I made this over the weekend for a friend’s birthday, and he loves it. I was shocked by the outcome. It really feels like lotion!!! I halved it, because I wanted to see if he’ll like it. I didn’t add any oils, because he works with a lady that doesn’t like scents. Such is life. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  4. Samantha Avatar

    5 stars
    Hi there! I just found your recipe and it looks fantastic! I was wondering how much in volume the lotion makes after whipping it. I need to know what size jar to get. Thanks so much.

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      It doesn’t really increase in volume, the whipping just makes it creamy and well blended. The recipe makes just shy of 12 ounces so a 12 oz jar should work.

  5. Lindsay B Avatar

    3 stars
    This came out too thin and greasy. I added arrowroot to it, but its still greasy. I followed the recipe to a tee.

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      Did you use grapeseed oil and mango butter? The shea butter and almond oil make for a heavier lotion while mango butter is more astringent. Did you use 3 TBSP of beeswax or just 2?

      1. Shalae Avatar

        It came out super greasy for me as well. I used almond oil instead of grapeseed oil. Is using grapeseed oil the trick to making it truly be “non-greasy”?

        1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

          Almond oil is heavier than grapeseed so it can take longer to absorb. Rosehip is an astringent oil so you might want to add some of that with the grapeseed oil too. I would do 1 TBSP rosehip seed oil and only 15 TBSP grapeseed. Mango butter is drier than shea butter so if you use shea it’s going to feel greasier. What one person feels is “greasy” though may not be “greasy” to the next person because of different skin types, climate/humidity, etc. Conventional lotions use a lot of synthetic ingredients and/or a high water content to make a very fast absorbing product, so this will feel different than the typical store-bought version.

  6. Davon B Avatar

    Hello – Thanks for this recipe
    I am in the south and I am wondering if the ‘male’ version of the lotion, would be the better one to use. Usually I have to add more beeswax to my Solid Lotion sticks. Thanks for doing the research. I have been waiting to try a lotion recipe that did not contain water. Regards

  7. amber Avatar

    5 stars
    I like the lotion! I was excited to have one that I could actually pump. My question, however, is the texture is grainy. It dissolves as you rub it into your skin, but it’s disconcerting. Any idea what went wrong that led to the grainy texture?

  8. Devin Avatar

    I’m going to try to make this to keep in my locker at work! Dry hands are always an issue.

    Is there a trick to getting the lotion IN a pump bottle? Does it flow pretty well or do you use some sort of device to help you transfer it? Funnel? Syringe?

  9. dodo Avatar

    that’s cool! Would you permit me to manufacture and sell your own beauty products?
    please answer this massage
    .. with all my love

  10. Rebecca Avatar

    Hi! I love your blog and all your recipes, thanks so much for sharing them.
    This lotion looked great after I whipped it but it still was super greasy when applied, especially for my guy. I used sweet almond oil, shea butter, bees wax pellets, vitamin E, and essential oils at the exact measurements you laid out. What could be wrong?

  11. Pamela Avatar

    4 stars
    Thanks for this recipe and all that you do. Question, what if it was creamy but didn’t turn white? Was it too soft?

  12. Crystal Avatar

    Is there a substitute that can be used instead of the beeswax (due to sensitivity to it)?

  13. Sue Avatar

    I’m running out of body butter I make for my sister and me. I’m going to make this. My husband doesn’t use lotion but I do! Thanks, WM

  14. Helen Clare Avatar
    Helen Clare

    Thankyou! I can’t wait to try this for my partner, I’m really into living a more natural life slyle, and I’ve been making him beard oil and beard shampoo and he really likes them, I made a balm for his extremely dry knees and he swears by that, it will be lovely to make this for him ?

    1. Kerry Whitbourne Avatar
      Kerry Whitbourne

      I made this mens lotion as a gift for a friends hubby. He absolutly loves it. Thanks fot a great recipe. I love your work.

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