A cool, minty-sweet moisturizer for oily skin, sunburned skin, hot itchy skin...

This easy homemade body lotion recipe makes a cool, creamy moisturizer that refreshes and soothes hot, thirsty skin.

Its sweet, minty scent lifts your energy and your mood - use it after your morning shower for a happy start to your day.

This body lotion recipe includes lavender and peppermint essential oils to replenish moisture and soothe skin. It's especially good for itchy, bug-bitten, sunburned skin.

In fact, if you want to make a healing cream for burns and bites, just double the amount of emulsifying wax and choose your carrier oils based on their healing powers. (Notes on choosing carrier oils are below.)

Peppermint Homemade Body Lotion Recipe


1 - 2 tablespoons (4 to 8g) Emulsifying wax

1/3 cup (75ml) Grapeseed oil

1 tablespoon (15ml) Vegetable Glycerin

1/2 cup (125ml) distilled Water or Peppermint Hydrosol (peppermint floral water)

1 teaspoon (5ml) Vitamin E

18 drops Peppermint essential oil

10 drops Lavender essential oil

2 drops Palmarosa OR Ylang Ylang essential oil

10 drops Grapefruit Seed extract



Stir together the oil, emulsifying wax and glycerin in the top part of a double boiler, warming slowly over a low heat until the wax is melted. Remove from heat and pour in the Vitamin E.


In a separate pot on the stove or in the microwave, gently warm the water/hydrosol just until lukewarm. Do NOT skip this step - your moisturizer will separate later if the water is too cold.


Slowly pour the water into the oil, stirring constantly with a wire whisk until the mixture is thick and smooth.


Stir in the essential oils and the grapefruit seed extract. Pour the homemade body lotion into a clean, sterilized 8oz (250ml) dark glass or PET plastic bottle and allow it to cool before putting the lid on.


Shake the bottle occasionally as the lotion cools to prevent the ingredients from separating. Store in a cool, dark place.

This homemade body lotion recipe makes approximately 8oz (250ml) moisturizer for oily skin.

Storing Homemade Body Lotion - Important!

I have found that whenever my homemade lotions, moisturizers or sunscreens get too hot they separate. Because they don't have the same chemicals as commercial products, these natural moisturizers really do need to be stored in a cool(ish) location.

Customizing Your Homemade Body Lotion Recipe

For a thicker consistency, (more like a cream) add a little more emulsifying wax (up to a half a teaspoon more.) For a thinner consistency, add just a little less.

You can also reduce the strength of the scent by decreasing the number of drops of essential oils. Do not increase the essential oils, however, since they should only be a certain percentage of the total body lotion recipe.

Choosing the best carrier oils: For a richer, more moisturizing homemade body lotion, use Apricot Kernel or Jojoba oil. These oils are also good for eczema and psoriasis.

You can customize your blends further by adding small amounts of Kukui Nut or Sea Buckthorn oil. Read the carrier oils page and see what might work for you.

Replace the peppermint hydrosol with lavender or rose hydrosol. The rose will add a sweet (not to mention skin-healing) note without breaking the bank - rose essential oil is EXPENSIVE!

What Next?

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More Peppermint!

If you love peppermint, you'll love the recipes in The 5 Oils Toolkit a downloadable eBook you can read right on your computer, tablet or phone.

It's got dozens of minty-fresh recipes, including Chocolate Mint Foot Balm, Minty Clean Liquid Soap, Hot Flash Body & Facial Mist, and lots of others. It also has instant tips for using peppermint, like...

Driving. Put a few drops of Peppermint on a cotton ball and tuck it into the arm rest to keep alert.

Fainting & Dizziness. Inhale Peppermint or apply a drop to the back of the neck and shoulders.

Headaches. For tension headaches, massage 1 drop of Lavender into temples, followed by 1 drop of Peppermint, keeping the oils away from the eyes. For cluster headaches, massage behind the ears and into the triangle at the base of the skull.

Check out The 5 Oils Toolkit - it's good, healthy fun for pennies!