Homemade Lotion Recipe

Posted at 9:10 PM on May 29, 2014 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

May 29th, 2014

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.


  • Nancy says...
    Posted at 9:34 pm by I am THAT Lady: Nancy
    May 29, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    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!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:49 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      May 30, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Let me know how it turns out!

      • dee says...
        Posted at 12:44 pm by I am THAT Lady: dee
        Sep 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

        how much of the coconut oil?

  • Shelly says...
    Posted at 12:39 pm by I am THAT Lady: Shelly
    May 30, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    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.

  • Kate says...
    Posted at 12:03 pm by I am THAT Lady: Kate
    Jun 01, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    How much coconut oil did you use?

  • Jen says...
    Posted at 8:41 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jen
    Jun 01, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    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.

  • Araina says...
    Posted at 7:58 am by I am THAT Lady: Araina
    Jul 04, 2014 at 7:58 am

    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!!!

  • cristina says...
    Posted at 4:56 am by I am THAT Lady: cristina
    Sep 08, 2014 at 4:56 am

    the recipe looks great!
    would you share the quantities? would love to try!

  • Trish says...
    Posted at 6:42 pm by I am THAT Lady: Trish
    Sep 16, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    How much coconut oil do you use per batch?

  • Trish says...
    Posted at 6:44 pm by I am THAT Lady: Trish
    Sep 16, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    And can you use something other than peppermint?

  • Sandra Marrs says...
    Posted at 12:18 pm by I am THAT Lady: Sandra Marrs
    Sandra Marrs
    Sep 21, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Can you please add the amounts of each ingredient to use in making the lotion.

    Thank you

  • Susan says...
    Posted at 2:10 pm by I am THAT Lady: Susan
    Oct 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    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.

  • Maddie says...
    Posted at 12:09 pm by I am THAT Lady: Maddie
    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Mine comes out lumpy. The coconut oil doesn’t completely melt.

  • Marie says...
    Posted at 12:46 pm by I am THAT Lady: Marie
    Dec 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    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.

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 7:37 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Dec 13, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      I used about 10 oz jar and filled 3 containers of lotion.

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