Homemade Lotion Recipe

Homemade body lotion for dry, problem skin... soothing, sensual and spicy!


This rich, creamy homemade lotion recipe soothes, hydrates and alleviates dry, suffering skin.

Its spicy, exotic scent is perfect for warming winter-chapped hands, feet and every part in between! Plus it's not too girly, so it's a great moisturizer for men.

Here's a quick rundown of the benefits of the essential oils in this body lotion recipe: Frankincense, patchouli and sandalwood are great for rejuvenating skin so it glows with health.

They're good for problem skin conditions, and for reducing the appearance of imperfections like blemishes, minor skin irritations and scarring. And frankincense is famous for helping to reduce the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, which gives you smooth, even skin.

Homemade Lotion Recipe


1 to 2 tablespoons (3 to 8g) Emulsifying wax
(depending on how thick you want it)

1/3 cup (75ml) Jojoba or Apricot Kernel oil

2 tablespoons (25ml) Vegetable Glycerin

1/2 cup (125ml) distilled Water

1 teaspoon (5ml) Vitamin E

10 drops Grapefruit Seed extract

20 drops Sandalwood essential oil

5 drops Patchouli essential oil

5 drops Frankincense essential oil

Optional: 1 drop Ylang Ylang OR Jasmine essential oil


  1. 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.

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

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

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

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

This homemade lotion recipe makes approximately 8oz (250ml) body lotion.

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 Lotion Recipe

Consistency: 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.

Scent: 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 recipe.

Cost Saving: Instead of using water, power up the healing properties of your homemade lotion recipe by replacing it with sandalwood hydrosol.

Hydrosols are made when plants are steam distilled to create essential oils. They contain the same properties as the essential oil, in a more dilute (and often less expensive) form.

Choosing the best carrier oils: For a richer, more moisturizing lotion, use Sweet Almond oil. For oily, acne-prone skin, use Grapeseed oil.

You can customize your blends for your skin type or condition by adding small amounts of Avocado or Evening Primrose oil. Read the carrier oils page and see what would work best for you.

Experiment with the homemade lotion recipe. Try it one way the first time, then try something else the next. (Handy hint: Take notes - I always forget what I wanted to change by the time I'm ready to make more.)

Choosing the Right Oils

There's so much more to essential oils than meets the eye. Their molecules are so tiny that they absorb deep into your body in a matter of moments.

If the essential oil you buy is filled with additives (to "stretch" the scent) and fragrance boosters, those potentially harmful ingredients are also absorbed straight into your body. Not ideal!

For instance, my mom and I get instant headaches with most kinds of lavender oil. That's because of the extra "lavender" scent that's added to make it smell stronger. But when it's pure lavender - nothing else - no headaches.

I've used many brands over the last 12 years or so and what I know for sure is, you get what you pay for. So I recommend buying the highest quality essential oils you can afford.

Here's how I break it out...

doTerra for highest quality. You can shop retail by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get 25% discount.

Mountain Rose for quality on a budget. Plus they have all the other ingredients you'll need for your aromatherapy recipes, like the emulsifying wax and carrier oils for this homemade lotion recipe.

Amazon for variety and selection. Please remember to buy the best oils you can afford - there's a lot of cheap oils in the marketplace, and they just won't give you the experience you're looking for.

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