Homemade Lotion Recipe

Are you looking for an easy homemade lotion recipe Here is a favorite of mine and it less than what you would pay in the store! #diy #essentialoils


I LOVE using homemade lotion, so I thought I’d share my favorite homemade lotion recipe.


ingredients for lotion

You only need three ingredients.

  1. Unrefined Coconut Oil (I got mine from Aldi for only $4.99 – a GREAT price!)
  2. Vitamin E capsules (they need to be liquid capsules or geltabs so you can squeeze the Vitamin E out)
  3. Peppermint Essential Oils. (They must be therapeutic grade because this is absorbed into the skin. I prefer Young Living brand)


whipping the coconut oil

You will first whip your coconut oil in the mixer. I use my KitchenAid because it’s the easiest. Whip on medium high for 10 – 15 minutes.

Add 4 capsules of Vitamin E oil; I cut open the gel tabs and squeezed the oils out of them and into the coconut oil. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin, so this is a great thing to add to your lotion.

Then add 15 -20 drops of peppermint essential oils. I love this because it gives the lotion a slight cooling effect when you put it on.  It also helps nourish dull skin and boosts the texture of oily skin.

Mix together for another minute.

Coconut Oil Jars

I like to pour these into small 4 oz canning jars and store at room temperature.

coconut oil lotion

What I love most about this lotion is that I know what is in it – there aren’t ingredients I have no idea how to pronounce. It takes me around 15 minutes to make an entire batch and I feel great using it!  Keep in mind that after a while your lotion will become a solid again – that is normal.  I usually use it up in a couple days, then make another batch.

You can buy your Lavender Essential oils here at retail or you can buy them at wholesale for a 24% off discount.

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  1. Nancy says

    Thank You for sharing! I have been wanting to buy an organic lotion but haven’t been able to find any. This is so easy, I will be making my own too!

  2. says

    I’ve made lotion for my kids with shea butter and sunflower oil. It helps their eczema. But I’m going to give your recipe a try too. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Jen says

    What a great idea! I have really sensitive skin and a lot of lotions feel like they burn when I put them on. Love this idea! I’ve got to try it.

  4. says

    Lotion recipes like this are great,but they don’t contain a preservative. So check your lotion every so often for mold.The vitamin E can also be used as a preservative but will not last as long as a natural one.Sounds like a simple enough recipe though!!!

  5. Susan says

    I have made this without the EO. I use 1 cup coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of Vitamin-E oil. It takes about 12-15 minutes to become lotion consistency. However, mine always goes back to almost coconut oil consistency. I still love it. Goes on looking a tad greasy but it absorbs quickly and will not stain clothing. I put it on my feet every nite as well and my feet are always so smooth and are never dry or scaly.

  6. Marie says

    You didn’t mention the amount of Coconut Oil used. Can you give us that amount please? Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to try it.

  7. Heidi says

    One thing I have learned is I can stop my coconut oil from completely solidifying by using more essential oil in the recipe. For instance, I can’t wait to try this recipe, but I will use Orange and Lavender oil for a blended scent, aprox, 40 drops of each. Then it is more of a lotion consistency. Thanks for the recipe! I have been wanting to make this for a long time!

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