How To Make Homemade Lotion With 3 Simple Ingredients {Video Tutorial}

Heather Dessinger

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Lesson #1 from my first job, Bath & Body Works . . .

Do not climb the stockroom shelves like catwoman. Ever.

Lesson #2: Those luscious looking photos are meant to distract you from cancer causing dioxane and formaldehyde in shower gels and lotions with unpronounceable ingredients.

But is the solution homemade lotion??? That’s waaaay too complicated, right? Nope, this recipe is simple and it works! Even better, it absorbs much more quickly than straight coconut oil, which is great if you’re dressing in a hurry.

UPDATE: Though I say in the video that this lotion can be stored at room temp for 3 months (based on the tutorial I linked to), that is not the case. Based on research I’ve done since then you can store at room temp for at the very most two weeks or keep in the fridge for up to 3 months. For info on how to keep at room temp for a longer period of time check out my new ebook, DIY Organic Beauty Recipes.

You will need:

  • 3/4 cup oil (The video says one cup, but I’ve found that’s too much and can sometimes cause separation. Olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil are great choices*)
  • 3 tablespoons beeswax
  • 3/4 cup water, rose water, or herbal tea – room temp or slightly warmer
  • essential oil for fragrance (optional)

* If you use coconut oil keep the lotion you want to use at room temperature because it will become solid in the fridge.


Note: Use 3/4 cup water instead of the 1 cup water mentioned in the video. Though it may work, it is much more prone to separation.

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world.