Homemade Lotion Recipes

Make your own body lotion using natural skin moisturizers for happy, healthy skin


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.

Basic Homemade Lotion 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)


  1. Stir together the oil, emulsifying wax, stearic acid 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.

  3. Slowly pour the water into the oil, stirring briskly with a whisk until the mixture is a uniform color.

  4. 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.

  5. The oil and water components of the lotion will separate as it cools. Shake the bottle every 10 to 20 minutes to re-mix them. Once the lotion has cooled completely, they'll stay mixed.

  6. Store in a cool, dark place.

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

Carrier Oils for your Homemade Lotion Recipes

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.

Oily, Acne-prone

Grapeseed, jojoba, neem*

Dry, Aging, Damaged

Sweet almond, avocado*, borage*, calendula, jojoba, kukui nut, olive, rosehip*, sea buckthorn*, St. John's wort

Normal, Combination

Sweet almond, apricot kernel, jojoba, sunflower


Apricot kernel, avocado*, calendula, grapeseed, kukui nut, rice bran

Eczema, Psoriasis

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*


Essential Oils for your Homemade Lotion Recipes

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.

Oily, Acne-prone

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

Normal, Combination

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

Eczema, Psoriasis

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


Buying Essential Oils

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...

Buy from Mountain Rose when you're watching your budget. Also for base ingredients like emulsifying wax and carrier oils.

Buy from doTerra when quality is your most important factor. 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. Message me to learn more about the perks of going wholesale.

Buy from Amazon if you love variety. You can always find deals, and you'll never run out of options. Just remember that if you pay a low price you're going to get a low quality, especially in the land of essential oils. This is an area where you need to buy the best you can afford, trust me.


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What Next?

Take a look at some fun homemade lotion recipes to see which one you want to try making next.

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Sandalwood Spice Lotion

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Homemade Sunscreen

If you already make your own lotion, making homemade sunscreen will be easy for you. Plus, when you make your own lotion or sunscreen, YOU control what goes into it.

Homemade Bug Repellent

This bug repelling lotion makes a light, lasting moisturizer that helps repel mosquitoes and black flies while also soothing your skin. Nice!

Vanilla Cream Lotion Bar

This vanilla cream massage oil lotion bar recipe is simply sensational! It smells divine, tastes honey sweet AND makes your skin silky soft.

Shea Butter Lotion Bar

This deeply nourishing shea butter lotion recipe is perfect for dry, cracked or irritated skin. It's great in winter for wind-chapped skin, and in summer it can help soothe burned, peeling skin.

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