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How to Make the Best Homemade Lotion

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

Curious about DIY-ing your own lotion? Learn how to make the BEST homemade lotion, that is insanely moisturizing and calming to the skin. Plus, it is completely natural.

Have you had a chance to look at the ingredients in your lotion? Often times, it is full of water, chemicals, and a fragrance that gives zero information about the ingredients. Most of these ingredients offer little to no hydration, disrupt homeostasis, and are not worth the price. No thanks.

Since I was around 5, I have had very mild case of psoriasis on my knees, elbows, and ankles. It never really bothered me, but I never really found anything that would help alleviate the symptoms of it. At one point, I used dermatologist prescribed cream that smelt terrible and if you stopped using it for one day, crackly dry skin would reappear overnight. Not really what an active 13 year old wanted. So I eventually forgot about it and went on using drugstore lotion here and there.

As years passed, at around age 16, I became infatuated with all things holistic.

There was one night where I went on my favorite wholesale shop (MountainRoseHerbs) and purchased a slew of ingredients. Resulting in me creating my own lotion from coconut oil and beeswax.

The first time I did this I was SO incredibly excited. I shared it with everyone. Not the lotion, but my excitement. Needless to say, 5 years ago was a whole different time and creating your own lotions and natural products was considered extremely weird. Especially in the Midwest.

As I told everyone their looks of concern spread across their face and my excitement slowly dimmed into "Oh, nevermind," People weren't as enthused as I was about living more natural. At the same time, I became vegetarian and attempted to wear natural deodorant (I applied way too little). Alas, that is a whole different story for a different time.

When I first started using all-natural products on my body, there was an IMMEDIATE difference. My skin was smoother, my psoriasis was gone in about a month, and I felt better about myself because I was applying products to my skin that were actually beneficial and not harming it.

Hello, skin is the largest organ here.

So, you might be asking, "Why should I made my own lotion?"

1. No TOXIC Ingredients

I hate to break it to you, but you may have to break up with your coconut lime body lotion. Why? It is full of toxic ingredients from BHA's to Parabens to Fragrance. Unfortunately, a lot of these are endocrine disruptors, can imbalance hormones, increase allergies, & more. Here is a list of 6 harmful ingredients found in body lotion.

2. Not all 'Natural' products are natural

The labels may not be telling you the truth. Make sure you examine all of the ingredients before purchasing something. So if you are not into making your own, do the research. Know what you are buying. You do it for purchasing a car, so why not your health?

3. Customizable + It's fun!

Making your own products can be completely customized. You can alter how thick it is, the ingredients, the scent, you get my point. There is an endless supply of what you can do to create the lotion that suits your needs.

Here is my recipe that I have recently been loving to use on my skin. It is only 3 simple ingredients!

This Golden Goddess Homemade Lotion requires:

  • 2 Parts Shea Butter

  • 1 Part Coconut Oil

  • 10 Drops Essential Oil or Blend of Choice

  • 1 t Vitamin E Oil, Optional

1. Combine shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler or a glass bowl on top. Another alternative is to use a pot, however it can be harder to clean after. As the water heats, the ingredients will start to melt. Stir occasionally as they melt to incorporate.

2. When all ingredients are completely melted, add vitamin E oil (if using) and any essential oils or scents.

3. Pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars work perfectly for this. This will not pump well in a lotion pump! Use as you would regular lotion. This lotion is extremely moisturizing than water-based lotions so you won’t need to use as much. It also has a longer shelf life than some homemade lotion recipes since all ingredients are already shelf stable and no water is added. Use within 6 months.

Tip: Use Raw Shea Butter. This means that it is going to be yellow in color and when you use it, it is going to feel creamy rather than greasy.

If you try out this Golden Goddess Lotion make sure to let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #underthewillow on Instagram.

LET'S CHAT! Have you tried making your own lotion before? What's your favorite essential oil? Let me know in the comments!

Hey there! I'm Elizabeth

I originally created this as a vegan food blog in 2018 and has since grown into a place of connection to not only our bodies but ourselves.

Here you will find tasty vegan recipes, personal growth tips, spiritual healing, and more!

xx Elizabeth 

Akashic Records Reader, Spiritual Teacher

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