Making your own homemade body lotion is a fabulous way to take care of yourself, save money and have fun all at the same time.
These healthy homemade lotion recipes use natural skin moisturizers to nourish, support and rejuvenate your skin. (If your skin is extra dry or cracked, check out the lotion bar recipes - they're super nourishing!)
60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body, so putting only wholesome, natural ingredients into your homemade body lotion really does help improve your health.
You'll see your skin become clearer, brighter and smoother as you use homemade lotion recipes to break away from harmful synthetic products.
Plus, essential oils do more than just support your skin - they also lift your mood, calm your nerves and help strengthen your immune system. Not to mention, you smell wonderful!
We start with a basic unscented formulation you'll use as the base for your homemade body lotion, followed by recommendations for carrier oils and essential oils so you can customize to suit your specific skin type or problem. For SPF, check out this homemade sunscreen recipe.
2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons (3 to 8g) Emulsifying wax
(depending on how thick you want it)
1/2 teaspoon (2g) Stearic Acid (stabilizer derived from plant oils)
1/3 cup (75ml) Carrier Oil (see below for suggestions)
1/2 cup (125ml) distilled Water
1 teaspoon (5ml) Vitamin E
10 drops Grapefruit Seed extract (natural preservative)
Optional: 1 to 2 tablespoons (25ml) Vegetable Glycerin
Optional: 10 to 20 drops Essential Oil (see below)
This recipe makes roughly 8oz (250ml) homemade body lotion.
The table below outlines the best aromatherapy carrier oils for each skin type. Use one or a combination of oils to create the best mix for your skin.
Oils marked with an asterisk should only comprise up to 10% of a recipe - in this recipe, about 1 tablespoon of the total amount of oil. For example: for acne skin you would put 1 tablespoon of Neem oil into your measuring cup, then top up to 1/3 of a cup with grapeseed oil.
Take a look at the aromatherapy carrier oils page for details on each type of oil.
Grapeseed, jojoba, neem*
Dry, Aging, Damaged
Sweet almond, avocado*, borage*, calendula, jojoba, kukui nut, olive, rosehip*, sea buckthorn*, St. John's wort
Sweet almond, apricot kernel, jojoba, sunflower
Apricot kernel, avocado*, calendula, grapeseed, kukui nut, rice bran
Calendula, sweet almond, avocado*, castor, evening primrose*, jojoba, kukui nut, neem*, olive, rosehip*, sea buckthorn*
Scars, Stretch Marks
Calendula, castor, jojoba, kukui nut, rosehip*, sea buckthorn*
The table below shows the best essential oils for each skin type. Choose a few essential oils and mix to a maximum of 20 drops per recipe.
Caution: Do not use citrus essential oils (bergamot, grapefruit, lemon or orange) in a homemade body lotion you'll be applying before going out in the sunshine. Citrus oils can increase your risk of sunburn.
10 drops petitgrain, 5 drops lemongrass, 3 drops tea tree, 1 drop each geranium and ylang ylang
Dry, Aging, Damaged
4 drops each helichrysum, frankincense, patchouli & sandalwood, 2 drops rose or ylang ylang
14 drops lavender, 2 drops each geranium & palmarosa, 2 drops jasmine OR neroli, rose or ylang ylang
12 drops lavender, 2 drops each chamomile, helichrysum & palmarosa, 2 drops jasmine OR neroli or rose
4 drops each helichrysum, frankincense, lavender & sandalwood, 2 drops chamomile, 2 drops rose OR jasmine
Scars, Stretch Marks
5 drops each helichrysum, lavender and patchouli, 2 drops each neroli & geranium
I've recommended Mountain Rose as my favorite supplier since starting
out on this journey. I always research suppliers for quality, ethics,
price and selection, and they're great on all fronts. So I feel good
about offering their products to you.
Having said that, I have to share another supplier for essential oils
that I personally now use because I've found their quality to be the
best. I switched to doTerra after buying a few oils like lavender and
tea tree and comparing them in my recipes.
What I found was that they worked faster and more effectively than
any other brand I've tried. So I want to offer their oils to you as
well. It's always good to have options, don't you think?
Here's how I see it...
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