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Making homemade body lotion is a fun project that you can complete in less than an hour! The ingredients are easy to get your hands on and all you need is a blender to combine them. This recipe is gentle and fragrance-free, making it safe to use on sensitive skin, but you can easily incorporate a subtle scent using your favorite essential oils. If you’re making large batches of lotion to sell commercially, consider adding skin-safe mica, oxides, or specialty extracts to make your product colorful and unique.
Simple Fragrance-Free Body Lotion
- 1 cup (230 grams) of unrefined, 100% organic shea butter
- 1 cup (240 ml) of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of vegetable glycerin
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of vitamin E oil
- 2 ounces (60 ml) of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon (3 ml) of essential oil (optional)
- Skin-safe mica, oxide, or powdered pigments (optional)
- Specialty extracts for added properties (optional)
Makes about 20 ounces (600 ml) of body lotion
Method 1 of 2:Making a Simple Body Lotion
1Scoop 1 cup (230 grams) of shea butter into a large bowl. Use a measuring cup to portion out 1 cup (230 grams) of unrefined, 100% organic shea butter. Scrape the shea butter out of the measuring cup into a bowl with your fingers or a spoon. X Research source
2Add 1 cup (240 ml) of coconut oil to the bowl. Measure out the coconut oil and dump it into the bowl with the shea butter. It's totally fine to use the same measuring cup that you used for the shea butter without rinsing it out first. X Research sourceAdvertisement
3Pour in the vegetable glycerin and vitamin E oil. Measure out 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of vegetable glycerin and dump it into the bowl with the shea butter and coconut oil. Then, do the same with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of vitamin E oil. X Research source
- Buy vegetable glycerin and vitamin E oil at natural food stores, specialty shops, and online.
- Get the highest quality products you can afford if you plan to sell your lotion.
4Add 2 ounces (60 ml) of extra virgin olive oil to the bowl. Measurements don’t have to be precise, but about 2 ounces (60 ml) is recommended. Olive oil is nice and thick, so it’s great for body lotion. However, if you prefer, you can substitute the same amount of: X Research source
- Jojoba oil
- Avocado oil
- Sweet almond oil X Research source
5Transfer the contents in the bowl into a high-powered blender then blend the ingredients on high speed until they’re fully incorporated. Body lotion is thick, so stop the blender occasionally and scrape down the sides to ensure ingredients distribute evenly. Pulse the blender for 1-2 minutes total. Scrape down the sides a final time once the ingredients are thoroughly blended. X Research source
- Be sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect your blender first!
- If you plan to make lotion regularly, you may want to buy a dedicated blender for this instead of using your everyday kitchen blender.
- Check the consistency by dipping a finger into the lotion and massaging it into your hand. If there are still lumps, blend the mixture for another 1-2 minutes. X Research source
6Transfer your lotion to a 20 ounce (600 ml) container with a lid. You should be able to pour the lotion straight from the blender into the container, but if you made yours super rich, grab a spoon to help you transfer the mixture. It’s best to store the lotion in an air-tight container, especially if you don’t plan on using the lotion right away. Glass and plastic containers work great. X Research source
- If you’re making lotion to sell, definitely store the lotion in an air-tight container.
- If you’re making the lotion for yourself, feel free to screw a pump dispenser onto the mouth of the container instead.
7Store the body lotion in a cool, dry area for up to 18 months. Since this lotion is oil-based rather than water-based, you don’t have to worry about mold and bacteria growing during storage. However, oil is prone to oxidation and degrades over time. For the best results, use your homemade lotion within 18 months. X Research source
- Be sure to store your body lotion out of direct sunlight.
Method 2 of 2:Adding Scent, Color, and Extracts
1Add 1 teaspoon (3 ml) of essential oil to the mixture, if desired. If you want to jazz up your lotion with a subtle scent, add your favorite essential oil to the mixture while it’s still in the blender. You can use a single essential oil or a combination of several—it's completely customizable. If you aren’t sure what scents you like, you might try: X Research source
- Lavender oil for a relaxing, slightly herbal scent
- Rose oil for a classic floral fragrance
- Citrus oils like sweet orange and grapefruit for a bright, energetic scent
- Patchouli or cedarwood oil for a deep, woody scent
- Myrrh, frankincense, or benzoin for a dramatic, resinous scent
Tip: Always use high-quality, therapeutic-grade essential oil for your lotion. Avoid synthetic fragrance oils unless you're sure they won't irritate your skin.
2Blend the lotion for 1-2 minutes to incorporate the essential oil. At this point, test the lotion on your hand to see how you like the fragrance. If you want a slightly stronger scent, add another teaspoon of essential oil and blend the mixture again. However, avoid using more than a total of 2 teaspoons (6 ml) of essential oil. X Research source
- Essential oil is very concentrated and can irritate the skin if it isn’t properly diluted.
3Use skin-safe mica, oxides, and powdered pigments to add color. These products are oil-soluble, so they're perfect for this recipe. Instructions will vary by brand, but the process typically involves dissolving the pigment in oil and blending it into the lotion mixture with the other ingredients. Shop at specialty stores and always check the packaging to make sure products are skin-safe. Keep in mind that adding color only affects the way your lotion looks, so using it is completely optional. X Research source
- Some skin-safe mica formulas can even add a little sparkle to your lotion!
- Check product instructions for how much pigment to use with the amount of lotion you made.
- These pigments are potent and intended for use in big batches of lotion. It will be hard to add them to a small amount of lotion.
4Add extracts to enhance your lotion with special properties. There are many extracts out there and the properties are different for all of them. You can buy extracts at specialty soap-making and beauty stores. The general usage rate is 1 teaspoon (4.9 ml) of extract for every 1 pound (453 grams) of product, so it’s difficult to use them unless you’re making big batches. Check individual instructions for different products for more information.  X Research source
- For example, chamomile extract has anti-inflammatory properties and can soothe irritated skin.
- Green tea extract and aloe extract are skin soothing extracts.
- Evening primrose and buckthorn extracts are often used for their anti-aging properties.
- Oat extract soothes irritated skin and is a great option if you have sensitive skin.
- Mallow extract has intense moisturizing properties.
5Add powdered zinc oxide if you want the lotion to have SPF. SPF 20 is a pretty standard amount and offers great daily sun protection. To calculate how much zinc oxide you need to add to achieve SPF 20, multiply the total amount of lotion you have by .20. X Research source
- For example, if you have 4 ounces (113 grams) of lotion, you would use .8 ounces (22.6 grams) of zinc oxide.
- Use a digital kitchen scale to measure out the zinc oxide for the most precise results. If you don't have a kitchen scale, measuring cups and spoons will work fine.
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QuestionCan olive oil be used?Community AnswerYes. Olive oil makes the lotion feel softer and richer.
QuestionIf mine comes out yellowish because of some ingredients I prefer to include, is there a way to color the lotion white?Community AnswerTwo common white pigments include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They are commonly found in sun tan lotions, cosmetics and white paint. Amazon sells it. Use the pharmaceutical grade since you're going to add this to skin lotion.
QuestionHow does the mixture thicken to become a body lotion?Community AnswerWhen it cools, it thickens. You do have to blend it as it cools, or the oil and water will separate.
QuestionHow can I remove the odor from shea butter?Community AnswerYou cannot remove odor, you can add essence to mask the odor. Infuse ricebran oil with orange peels, orange blossoms, lavender, etc. (not all at the same time!) and keep these ingredients in oil for a few months, then use that oil with shea butter.
QuestionHow long will this last?Community AnswerIt usually lasts about one or two months, depending on how much you use it. I recommend using it straight after you come out of the bath or shower; it will really have a nice affect on you, and you'll see the results in about two to three weeks.
QuestionWhat type of organization makes clear body lotion?Community AnswerOne that I like and find very useful is Clinique. They use very natural and raw products. If you look at the ingredients, you won't find a single type of alcohol or other chemical or damaging products.
QuestionCan I use baby oil?Community AnswerYes. baby oil will help moisturize your skin. Dab a bit on your skin before putting it into your lotion though to make sure you are not allergic.
Things You’ll Need
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Regular spoon or spatula
- Air-tight container that can hold 20 ounces (600 ml) of product
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About This Article
Making your own body lotion can be fun and gives you more control over what you're putting on your skin. Pulse shea butter, coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, vitamin E oil, and extra virgin olive oil in a blender on high speed until they’re fully mixed together without any lumps. You can also add 1 teaspoon of an essential oil to give your lotion a nice fragrance. Transfer your lotion to an airtight glass or plastic container. If you keep the lotion in a cool, dry area, it should last for at least 18 months. Make sure you clean and disinfect your blender before using it for food. For more tips, including how to make an anti-inflammatory body lotion, read on!