Homemade Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (without Coconut Oil)

Homemade DIY ultra moisturizing lotion moisturizer. An easy-to-make recipe without coconut oil.

Note: This recipe is used as a lotion. In the container, the final product feels more like a thick body butter versus a pump lotion. Once spread on the skin it acts as an amazing moisturizing lotion. I’ve provided a short video tutorial (below), so you can watch the entire lotion-making progress from start to finish. If you’re looking for a softer lotion (that’s also portable), this on-the-go lotion recipe may interest you

April has brought valuable lessons. Let’s review a few:

1. Don’t keep your glass 2-gallon jar of Kombucha hidden in a dark pantry. Your husband unknowingly will break it, sending sticky Kombucha rushing across your floor like a mighty river. Due to the shattered glass you’ll have to throw away the beloved SCOBY. Wearing black for several days is totally acceptable.

2. Chicks are even worse than having full-grown backyard chickens. Remember the time I shared 5 Reasons to Not Keep Chickens?” Well, chicks are a whole new game. If your children won’t leave your home with chickens, chicks mean they will want to set up a fort, camp out and study their every move, 24/7. I’m determined we will leave the house one day.

3. Coconut oil is not the cure-all. Gasp, I know. That statement is practically heresy in the natural living community. Toothpaste? Coconut oil. Smoothies? Yep, coconut oil. A boo-boo? More coconut oil. We use it for everything! I’ve learned the magical white oil isn’t always suitable for every need.

Since you’re probably a tad bit shocked by the coconut lesson, let’s talk. I feel the need to explain such an outrageous statement before being eternally cast-off from all things crunchy.

A couple of years ago, I decided it was time. Time to ditch the toxins found in our bathroom. From lotions to body wash to make-up, the amounts of chemical toxins I put on my body was astounding. With the urge for simplicity and natural living, I started developing my own replacements for things like foundation powder and lotion.

Homemade DIY ultra moisturizing lotion moisturizer. An easy-to-make recipe without coconut oil.

One of my very first DIYs was a simple homemade moisturizer using coconut oil. After a few weeks, I was amazed at how nourished my skin felt.

Fast forward to March of this year. I’ve always dealt with extremely sensitive skin, but last month I noticed my skin was showing signs of extreme irritation. Multiple break outs, daily peeling, and dry skin patches. I immediately turned to a blogger friend, a guru on the topic of homemade skincare.  Her advice was reassuring, but I knew it meant kissing my beloved coconut oil good-bye, at least during this season of life.  So, why the change?

Homemade DIY ultra moisturizing lotion moisturizer. An easy-to-make recipe without coconut oil.

Our skin changes and goes through seasons. I wouldn’t advise anyone to eat a grass-fed burger, daily, over the course of two years. Although it would be super tempting. Our bodies need diversity in the food we eat. Same with skincare. Our skin often needs different ingredients for various stages and seasons of life. My skin was clearly letting me know it needed a change from the daily coconut oil applications. After looking into my options for DIY products, I developed this simple homemade lotion recipe. An ultra-moisturizing lotion that does not use coconut oil.

Please hear me out, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with coconut oil or my coconut oil recipe (it’s fabulous). I simply needed a skincare change during this season of life.

Homemade DIY ultra moisturizing lotion moisturizer. An easy-to-make recipe without coconut oil.

I’ve been hesitant about sharing this recipe. Silly, right? Why wouldn’t I share? The simple answer is that this recipe uses a number of essential oils. I chose to add essential due to their healing nature.

Skin-safe essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin for nourishment, and provide antibacterial and antiviral properties. Even though essential oils are wonderful additions to homemade products (when used safely), I’ve noticed a trend in the blogging community, one I find a bit concerning: The intense selling of particular brands of essential oils and the development of recipes and usage “tips” just to sell oils.

I’m not here to sell you on essential oils. I add “where to buy” at the end of many ingredients in my recipes to provide a resource for the actual product(s) I enjoy and use. I’m not telling you to buy the products, rather I believe it’s helpful to provide a visual representation of the products and brands I like to use. If you make a purchase I receive a tiny commission at no extra cost to you, but developing a recipe just to sell an item isn’t my motive and never will be. I enjoy using a variety of essential oil brands.

Plain and simple: I’m here to share life with you and my quest to make it simple, real and natural. I’m not here to sell a bunch of essential oils.

Homemade Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (without Coconut Oil) - Live Simply

With a heart to share what I’m now using on my face and body, I bring you a homemade ultra-moisturizing lotion. Made with moisturizing shea butter, a nourishing skin oil (such as avocado, apricot, jojoba, or sweet almond oil), and few drops of essential oils. A simple moisturizer that’s thick and luxurious, but easily absorbed by the skin.

Homemade Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (without Coconut Oil)
 
Author:
Serves: 1- 4oz. jar
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (4oz) shea butter (where to buy)
  • 2 TB skin-nourishing oil, such as: jojoba, avocado, apricot, or sweet almond oil. This can even be coconut or olive oil. Almond oil is my recommendation since it feels the best on the skin for most people.
  • (optional) 10 drops drops lavender essential oil (where to buy) (Personally, I've used between 10-20 drops.)
  • (optional) 5 drops rosemary essential oil (where to buy)
  • (optional) 3 drops carrot seed oil (where to buy)
  • (optional) 3 drops tea tree essential oil (where to buy)
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt the shea butter. Add in the nourishing skin oil. Turn off the heat.
  2. Pour into a bowl (I use my Kitchen-Aid bowl). Place in the freezer and allow to cool and return to a solid (not hard) form. This takes about 15-20 minutes. Don't freeze the mixture.
  3. Once "solid"-looking remove from the freezer. Add in the essential oils and carrot seed oil. Using the whisk attachment on your mixer, whip the mixture until soft and looks like buttery whip cream. This takes just a minute. Don't over-whip. Scoop into a jar and store at room temp. Apply to both body and face as desired.
The whipping time will depend on your mixer, temperature, etc. Once the lotion appears “whipped” stop the mixer and scoop the lotion into a jar. The end result will be a thick lotion that’s easily absorbed by the skin. 

This recipe is a wonderful base recipe. Use as is or substitute and add (experiment) according to your skin’s need.  As always, do your own research when making your own products and using essential oils. The essential oils suggested are my favorite combinations for my skin. The amounts and oils suggested in my recipe may be adjusted according to your skin.

Modification Possibilities: 

  1. Try adding 1-2 more tablespoons of nourishing oil. This may help create a softer lotion, since the shea butter is a very thick product. This may create a product that’s “oiler.”  You can always whip the nourishing oil into the lotion if you’re not sure about adding more oil in the beginning. Another option is to add a bit of arrowroot starch to the mixture. I haven’t tried this, but I’ve heard from several readers who added very small amounts–teaspoons to a tablespoon.
  2. Try skipping the melting stage. Simply whip the nourishing oil and shea butter together, adding more oil if needed. I’ve done this before when I didn’t have any time to melt and freeze ingredients with pleasant results.

Video Recipe Tutorial

Homemade DIY ultra moisturizing lotion moisturizer. An easy-to-make recipe without coconut oil.



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343 Comments

  • tsaquolade says:

    Awesome, thank you. I’ve been having similar issues with coconut oil. Time to change it up. Can’t wait to try this.

    • Shreya says:

      Dear Kristin,

      It was a relief to find something minus the coconut oil. I’ve been a looking for one without it, and thanks for posting this wonderful recipe. I am going to make this soon and would let you know about the results.
      Love your blog… and would try others, too.
      I just had one small question: here in India, we get essential oils that are water and oil based. which ones are we supposed to use in these handmade creams and lotions? It would be a great help if you could clear this for me.
      Also, please suggest some alternative for rosemary essential oil, carrot seed oil and tea tree essential oil. As I haven’t been able to buy these here in India.

      Thanks..
      Shreya.

      • Kristin Marr says:

        Hi Shreya, So glad to help with the sans coconut oil recipe.

        There really aren’t any replacements for the oils mentioned, but you can leave them out and still create a good lotion recipe. You can also refer to the link in the post for more essential oils recommended for the skin.

        You want to use the essential oils vs the hydrosols (water based) in this recipe.

        • Ella says:

          This sounds wonderful, Kristin! I’d love to make it this week but I have a question. Do you think I could use only one essential oil instead of 4 (I love Lavander)?

        • Melissa says:

          I looked through many of the questions but would like to know one more thing about this lotion. Does it stay fairly solid above 76 degrees? I’m having a lot of trouble with the body butters melting and becoming useless. Thanks!

        • Jody Wilson says:

          Reading your recipe for homemade body lotion..you had me at “Even though essential oils are wonderful additions to homemade products (when used safely), I’ve noticed a trend in the blogging community, one I find a bit concerning: The intense selling of particular brands of essential oils and the development of recipes and usage “tips” just to sell oils”
          I get so tired of people pushing THEIR brand or their brands combination of oils that don’t say what is actually in them. I know enough about them to mix them myself and what I don’t know, I have a computer and Google, I think I can find my way.
          Your blog is great and I look forward to catching up with your ideas especially the ‘Simplify’ and Homemade’ sections.
          Thanks for being a blogger with integrity.
          Jody

        • Kathleen Nguyen says:

          Hi Kristin,
          I made it and it feels really good for the hands but I find it too greasy for my face and body. Do you have a suggestion on how to make it less greasy?
          Thanks.

          • Kristin Marr says:

            Hey Kathleen, I know a few people added arrowroot flour/powder (a cornstarch alternative) to the lotion. Probably a tablespoon or two would help.

      • Kristin Marr says:

        Hi Shreya,

        So glad to help with the sans coconut oil recipe.

        There really aren’t any replacements for the oils mentioned. You can leave them out and still create a good lotion recipe. I would also suggest reading more from the link above, describing various oils for the skin.

        I would recommend using the essential oils for this recipe vs the hydrosols (water-based).

      • Amanda says:

        there are no essential oils that are water based. You may find it easier to get essential oils over the internet (the blog lady mentions Amazon.com) to start with until you get used to what they are and can then look for them locally. A small 25 or 50ml bottle of them would last you for quite a few batches of this lotion/body butter so you don’t need to buy bigger bottles to try them.

        • Kristin Marr says:

          Thanks for sharing, Amanda. You’re correct, essential oils are not water-based. There are hydrosols that are water-based, but they are not called for in this recipe. Enjoy the lotion!

    • sue says:

      Hi there, if I used hemp oil with the shea butter, would I need to keep the moisturiser in the fridge?

      • Kristin Marr says:

        Hey Sue, If the hemp is unrefined it will need to be stored in a cool, dry place (such as the fridge). If the oil is refined it’s shelf-stable and the lotion can be left on the counter.

    • natasha says:

      This is a great recipe. Thank you for sharing. Why do you add the following?
      15 drops drops lavender essential oil
      10 drops rosemary essential oil
      5-7 drops carrot seed oil
      3-5 drops tea tree essential oil

      Thanks

      • Kristin Marr says:

        Thank you, Natasha. This recipe can be customized according to each person’s skincare needs. For me, I’m looking for a lotion with both healing and rejuvenating properties, so I choose oils and amounts that reflect that need. 🙂

    • kathryn mccauley says:

      does anyone have a recipe for a homemade lotion that isn’t more like an ointment… i want to be able to squeeze it out of a container or a pump bottle… i’ve tried several different recipes and although i like the results on my skin the process of making sure its all rubbed in is driving me crazy… help

      • Kristin Marr says:

        Kathryn, I’ve been working on a lotion recipe similar to what you describe, but have not found the perfect formula just yet. I’ll keep you posted and continue to look online.

        • veronica says:

          Thing is with a lotion it must be used right away or kept in the fridge unless a preservative is used. I make my own so I don’t have to use store bought with synthetic chemicals. I really like the idea of this creme. It doesn’t seem to turn to oil immediately on the skin. It almost looks like a lotion in the picture. How is the texture onceit is made.

      • Reese says:

        Yes, this! I was expecting something more like lotion than body butter.

        • Kristin Marr says:

          Hey Reese, Awesome, glad the recipe is helpful. Yes, it’s more of a thick body butter, and a little bit goes a long way.

          Adding coconut oil adds a really nice whipped (and soft texture) to lotion, which is why so many lotion recipes call for this ingredient. Another option is adding water, but that gets tricky due to bacteria growth and emulsion issues.

      • clg says:

        Just my 2cents: It’s not AS “clean/natural”, but you can “enhance” many plain basic/hypoallergenic lotions with essential oils. For example, my face cream is a plain Vitamin E Sorbolene Cream (again, this is not in keeping with the ideal clean/natural, but it is closer than most products) with essential oils mixed throughout it in a little old travel-Nivea dish 😛 (reduce-reuse-recycle!)

        Until you find something more Clean, you may find that an acceptable alternative 🙂

    • Lindsey says:

      How does this end up smelling, more lavender, more tea tree or more like rosemary?

    • Martha Trager says:

      Thank you so much for sharing. I have been reaping the benefits of virgin coconut oil but it made my face feel scaly when I put it on directly. Not wanting to overlook its benefits, I reckoned your recipe would help and used the oil as you describe. I followed your instructions to a T and was delighted that the concoction came out soft and easy to smear. Next day it was hard and it too, makes my face feel scaly. Any suggestions or advice?
      Thank you

      • Kristin Marr says:

        Hey Martha, You’re welcome :)! It sounds like you made the recipe perfectly. The lotion will be much softer and have a greasy feel the first day, but by the second day the lotion will feel more like butter–hard, but “scoopable.” The only way to really get around this consistency is to add something to thin out the lotion like a liquid–a tiny amount hydrosol, aloe gel, or even coconut oil–and whip it again.

    • Lex says:

      This seems like a lovely tutorial. Do you think it would be good for acne-prone skin? I use little amounts of Neutrogena facial moisturizer that is supposed to be working against acne, but it leaves my skin feeling rather oily by the end of the day (that’s embarrassing for school!). I’ve been searching forever for a facial moisturizer for acne WITHOUT coconut oil (it was great the first week, then I broke out like never before!) and I’m having so much trouble.

      Do you think you could make a recipe for acne-prone skin? Thanks!

  • JennB says:

    I can’t wait to try this lotion recipe! My skin definitely needs a coconut break. One question: what is the lotion consistency at room temperature? Is it hard like coconut oil (I live in the Pacific Northwest so my coconut oil is pretty hard except during a couple months in the summer) or an actual lotion consistency?

    Thanks! I really enjoy your blog.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey JennB, The consistency is a harder “butter” consistency vs. a liquid lotion, like we are used to in the store. I scoop it out of the jar with my finger and a little bit goes a long way (I use it for both face and body). The melting of the shea butter and then “whipping” helps it maintain a bit softer consistency.

  • Kelly Smith says:

    Love this! Carrot seed oil is superb. And I adore lavender! I am definitely going to make this!! xo

  • Loriel says:

    Thank you for being honest about the essential oils. It is really nice to see that some bloggers aren’t out there solely for money. 🙂

  • Stephanie says:

    Do you know approx cost to buy all the ingredients, how much it makes, and how long it lasts? Also, shelf-life recommendations, etc.? Thanks! 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Stephanie, the price will depend on what you have on hand. If buying everything for the first time you could spend anywhere from $20-30. The oil and essential oils can be used lots of times (there will be LOTS leftover from the recipe). The shea butter, if purchasing one like the size above will last two times ($9). I also have a local shop that sells their own packaged shea butter for $2/2oz. (this recipe calls for 4 oz.). This recipes makes about a 1/2 cup. Hope that helps :).

  • dontwastethecrumbs says:

    I’ve made two batches of homemade lotion and both have come out too greasy for my husband’s tastes. I’m using them on my currently sunburned arms, lol, but I’m still looking for that elusive “perfect” lotion for him. Yours is next up on my list – thank you for creating one without coconut oil (which seems to be the main greasy issue)!

  • HG says:

    does it matter if you use refined vs. unrefined shea butter? I want to make a large batch to give away as presents so I’m trying to buy the shea butter in bulk but the suggested brand only sells small jars.

  • Debbie Sayler says:

    Do you need to use a preservativ in this receipe?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Debbie, All the ingredients are shelf-stable, so a preservative isn’t needed. I’d recommend storing this lotion in a glass jar if you choose to use essential oils.

  • Airmid says:

    Is there a substitute for shea butter? My daughter is allergic, darn it, and we are trying to move away from chemicals as well. Thanks!

  • Kimberly says:

    I just made my first batch. I didn’t want to use coconut oil because it doesn’t seem to help with my dry skin. I used the sweet almond oil, lavender essential oil, vitamin E oil and the tea tree oil. The lotion is more oily than what I was expecting but I am waiting to see if it will help with the dry skin. The consistency of the lotion in the glass jar is harder than I also expected after whipping the oils together. I am liking the fragrance so far.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Kimberly, Sounds great. The lotion should be hard (not like store-bought lotion), but spreadable. It will be a bit greasy when it first goes on, but within minutes should be absorbed by the skin. Enjoy :).

  • Dee says:

    Looking forward to making this recipe. I’m not a fan of oily moisturizer and so far I have only made a recipe that called for coconut oil (which I love for all other applications). As a newbie I’m not sure how to clean the utensils / jars. Appreciate any advice. Thank you 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Dee, I use glass jars to store this (pint-size mason jars)and then clean the jars with lots of soapy water. Enjoy the moisturizer. Let me know how it works for you.

  • Erin says:

    I have been reading through your lotion & cream recipes, and they sound wonderful. I do have a question about the essential oils. Are they somewhat ‘perfume-y’ or can I just add some real vanilla for fragrance or make them unscented somehow? I tend to not like something very strong smelling. I realize that the essential oils may have some beneficial reason for being in the lotion but just wondered if you could help me with this aspect. Thanks for all the natural recipes!

  • Sloane says:

    Would cocoa butter work for this recipe?

  • Maria says:

    I made a batch of this with just the shea butter, sweet almond oil, and lavender as that’s all I had on hand at the time. I would really like to add the carrot seed oil…would I be hurting anything to melt what I have down (like if I just set the jar in a pan of water and heated it until it got soft) and add the carrot seed oil? I made the batch just a few days ago, so very little of it is gone! I do love it, though, and am so appreciative you shared your recipe. Coconut oil, while I love taking it internally, has never brought about any miracles topically; I have actually found it to be drying to my skin. Yay for shea! 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Maria, I agree about coconut oil… it’s great, but not for everyone. So glad you like the shea butter alternative. I would simply add the carrot seed oil to the lotion and mix. I’ve done that many times without any issues.

  • Beth says:

    Looks like a great recipe! I need a lotion that can be used from a squeeze bottle or a pump. I’m thinking of trying this recipe, but doubling the oil to 4 TBSP. Have you tried this recipe with that ratio? Do you think it would work for a pump?

    Thanks!

  • Beth says:

    I tried it and really like this recipe. It’s my first recipe attempt, but I honestly don’t feel the need to hunt around and try other recipes :).

    It was late and I misread the recipe for the first batch so I put in 1/4 C shea. I thought, that’s not gonna work and added 2 more TBL of shea, which ended up being basically equivalent to your original recipe!

    I’m letting go of trying to make it squeezable from a bottle and am just putting it in jars. If anyone has tried this with a pump I’d like to know if it worked.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Beth, Thanks for sharing! I’m so glad you like it. Sounds like the lotion came out perfectly even with the misreading which turned to be correct lol :). Enjoy!!

  • Oh, I had to laugh when I read this post this morning. I just ruined my kombucha scoby – and yes, mourning is in order.

    I make my own shea butter cream too – but I’ve never added carrot oil – so I’ll have to try that in my next batch.

    Enjoying your blog! Micaela @MindfulMomma

  • Patty says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I am back on the site to get the recipe again! This will be my second batch and I LOVE this body lotion. Then one day I was out of face serum and started using this and guess what? My face has finally cleared up from all the meds I’m on. THEN I ran out of this all-together and grabbed some coconut oil and used it. AGH!!! Now my knit capris are nasty as they have oil marks all over them and I didn’t even put them on until 1/2 hour after the oil. That had happened to so many of my yoga pants this winter that I said forget it—no more coconut oil.And now I have a lotion I love 100 x’s more! Thanks again!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Patty, Yay!! I’m so happy you’re able to get back on. We’ve been trying to find the problem since you wrote. I’m so happy you love the lotion. I need to make another batch today. Blessings, Kristin

  • Mary says:

    Hi,

    I am new to DIY skin care product. And I have some questions. I don’t know if the question as already been asked, but do you know how long the lotion is good? Do I have to throw it away if I don’t use all of it in a period of time?

    Thanks alot.
    Mary

  • roberta santos says:

    Hi, ! kristin

    I make the cream with shea butter,but is very hard.I can melt again ?

    Thank you

  • Shelly says:

    Hello I was wondering in you Homemade moisturizing creme if I can use rose hip oil instead of carrot seed oil?

  • Nanette says:

    Is there a way to adapt this recipe to turn it into a whipped body butter? Do the essential oils act to keep the bacteria from colonizing in the lotion? I am new to making my own lotions. Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Nanette, I’ve tried creating a recipe that stays “whipped” and super fluffy without success. This lotion will be spreadable, but not whipped after sitting on the counter for a couple days. There’s no concern for bacteria growth because we aren’t adding any water to the recipe. The essential oils add beneficial properties for the skin. Hope that helps :).

  • I love making it at home.. For a smoother lotion, use less and add more of a liquid oil like almond oil..

  • Nanette says:

    Thank you Kristin

  • Joanie says:

    Where did you get the jars that are pictured here? Thanks for the info and I can’t wait to try the lotion!

  • Dorothy says:

    Hi Kristin,
    I thought I had posted my question but can’t find it here, so I’ll try again. I don’t know how blogs work! Anyway, I cannot stand the smell of tea tree oil, ‘tho a bit in the cleaning stuff I tolerate, just because the whole formula works so well! But having that aroma, even the small amount it calls for, in my body lotion, ain’t gonna fly. So, my questions are:

    1) What is the purpose of the tea tree oil?
    2) Is it essential for the effectiveness of the lotion?

    Thank you so much. I’m loving the recipes I have made: laundry detergent, surface cleaner, astringent and facial cleansing oil.

    Dorothy

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Dorothy,

      I received your message this time. Yay!!

      Tea tree does have an interesting smell. You can definitely leave it out in this recipe. It does add benefit for the skin, but leaving it out will still create a wonderful lotion. I wouldn’t replace it with a a different, although you could up the lavender amount just to compensate, if desired.

      • Dorothy says:

        And is the lavender for the aromatics primarily? Would rose~geranium work instead? Thank ye kindly, Kristen.

      • Kathryn says:

        Hi All! I left out the tea tree oil bc I didn’t have and used a few drops of lemon EO instead (I read it has a similar antibacterial affect) so figured I’d try it. Also, I didn’t have lavender on hand so my lotion does have more of a shea butter smell. I also added some vitamin E oil and some rosehip oil . I love it, thanks so much!! At first I thought I missed something bc my lotion hardened but read another comment and was relieved. Thought it would be creamier but still very nice. May add more oil next time around. Great lotion.

        • Kristin Marr says:

          Awesome, Kathryn! I’m so glad you like it. Yes, it’s a bit harder than the creamy lotions from the store (adding coconut oil is usually the solution many people use for making a soft, whipped homemade lotion), but hopefully it’s still spreadable :). Enjoy!!

  • Dorothy says:

    And is the lavender for the aromatics primarily? Would rose~geranium work instead? Thank ye kindly, Kristen.

  • Dorothy says:

    Thank you Kristen. I am ready to go try this! Well. . . on Monday. After a week of house guests, I’m flat on my couch right now!

  • Randeep Dhanota says:

    Can you share a link for the container you used? Thanks!!

  • Dorothy says:

    Kristen, I just made my first batch of Lotion w/o Coconut Oil. I am in heaven! After putting the finished product in the glass jar, I took the Kitchen Aid bowl and whisk up to my shower, showered and got every last dab out of the bowl onto my body. Oversharing I may be, but I’ve been stroking my skin all afternoon! I used Lavender, Rose~Geranium and Orange Oils, skipping the Rosemary and Tea Tree. What an incredible recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this with us dried out beauties.

  • margaux says:

    Hello !

    I just found your website while looking for a moisturizing lotion recipe for my 6 years old daughter and myself . Would this one work on a child ? (I would use it as a body lotion for her, not on her face)

    Also would it work without essential oils ? My daughter has asthma and our pediatrician recommended to stay away from essential oils for now 🙂

    thank you !

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Margaux, This lotion is perfect for an adult and child. My daughter (2) likes to put some on after bath time just like mommy. You can leave the essential oils out and still create a wonderful lotion. The essential oils are added for their skin benefits, but the oil and shea work on the moisturizing.

  • swetha says:

    Kristin,

    A big thanks to you for this wonderful recipe. This is my second DIY try and its absolutely fantastic. My skin drinks this lotion! Even though my skin is super dry, I find this lotion too greasy on the face. Would you please suggest any variation that would work on face too?

  • sarah says:

    If I use kokum or mango butter instead of shea will I need that many drops of EO? I know shea has a stronger smell than two mentioned above.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Sarah, The oil amounts are more for skin benefits than aroma, but you can reduce the amounts and still create a great lotion product. I’ve never tried kokum or mango butter in this recipe, so I’m not sure how those would effect the lotion’s scent. Let me know how it goes.

  • lea says:

    Hi Kristin, I just made this lotion and it is more yellowish in color, is that okay? Can i melt the lotion again and add more lavander oil or vanilla oil because i am not liking the smell of the tea tree oil. Thank you.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Lea, The color of the lotion will vary with shea butter. The shea butter I now use (listed above) is more yellow as it’s unrefined. So a yellow color is perfectly normal :). You can add more lavender directly to the whipped lotion as it’s probably still soft and can be stirred into the lotion. You can also melt the mixture back down, just make sure it’s over a low heat to protect the EOs.

  • Karen says:

    I just found your site, and can’t wait to try this.

    I, too, would love to find the beautiful jars you used. I tried the Amazon link in one of your comments above, but it took me to Bell quilted jars, which are not nearly as cute. Could you tell me who manufactured the jars? It might be marked on the lid.

    Thanks!

  • Oh yay! I am so excited to have a different variety of natural lotion to try! I really dislike the way coconut oil feels on my fingers, so I gave up on handmade lotions. I don’t have much time to make things from scratch, but I am trying to do better! Can’t wait to give this a shot! Thanks!

  • Jesse says:

    Has anyone ever mentioned a peanut like scent to the shea butter? I made this recipe and the only thing that I can say is that’s the first thing I notice and it turns me off. I put lavender and frankincense oils, but they seem to be masked by this strong peanut odor. Any suggestions?

  • Susanna Sonnen says:

    Hello Kristin Marr
    I have also just found this site while looking for a DIY Lotion to make and this one seams to be just right. I have only one question about the measurements.
    You mentioned 2 TB skin-nourishing oil, is that 2 Table Spoons??? I am more familiar with metric measurements. I like your site and the way you get back to people to answer their questions. My compliments!

  • Ashlynn Kaplan says:

    Thank you for this recipe! Coconut oil is great for skin but not for the face because it does clog pores (NakedTruthBeauty). Shea butter with Jojoba is really great and does not clog whatsoever! Argan oil is also good since it is a “dry oil” and will soak in quickly. I will be making this tonight since I just found a Mother’s Cupboard store near my workplace!

  • Lisa says:

    I am 51 and my face is like leather. I have been trying the oil cleanse and that didn’t work. I can’t seem to find anything natural for my face that gives me the moisture I need and doesn’t make me break out. Help!! Can I put this lotion on my face?

  • Kathleen says:

    Hi, does this recipe melt in warmer temps the way a coconut oil-based butter does? I’m trying to find the right oil combination so this lotion isn’t too greasy but still moisturizing and that won’t melt or liquefy in warm weather. I’m thinking mango butter with either argan or almond oil. Thanks, looking forward to trying this for holiday gifts!

  • sue says:

    Hi there, if I used hemp oil with the shea butter, would I have to keep the moisturiser in the fridge?

  • Melanie says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Coconut oil just seems to sit on my skin and does next to nothing to hydrate me. I have always had dry skin, and living in the New Mexico desert has done nothing to improve the situation. I subscribed to your blog because you don’t seem to be pushing any specific brand of essential oil. I am heartily sick of the (two) big companies talking about how they are better they than anyone else and using scare tactics to keep uninformed people afraid to use any other brand. Keep up these wonderful articles!

  • sue says:

    Kristin, the hemp oil doesnt say if it is refined or not but it says cold pressed and is organic. I actually used sunflower seed oil but find the cream too greasy, is that because of the oil I used? I dont mind it like this on my body but its too much on my face, any ideas? Sue

  • sue says:

    What about the hemp oil kristin do you think it is refined or not being organic and cold pressed? Thanks, sue

  • sue says:

    ok thank you Kristin for your help!

  • Lisa says:

    I believe I am allergic to Shea butter (I have reactions to latex). I tried this recipe but my face is now even more dry than it was. Is there an alternative to shea butter?

  • Amy says:

    You could also use an herbal infused oil. I personally love calendula infused oil in this. Nice simple Recipe. I do cut down on the amount of EO due to the scent and for sensitivity reasons from EO. Vanilla is nice if scent is what you are looking for.

  • kari says:

    Hi! You mentioned in one of the other comments that there is a link to a page with other EO’s that are good for your skin, but I’m not seeing that link. Am I blind? Is it possible to point out where that link is? I really want to make a sort of fall-chai smelling lotion but don’t know if the EO’s that would make that smell are safe for skin! Thanks!

  • Vinessa says:

    I just wanted to say thank you. One of my children has a coconut allergy, and I have struggled for years to find skin care that doesn’t contain coconut. I can’t wait to make this! My daughter will be so happy that she can actually kiss me and touch my face again.

  • Shae says:

    Hi Kristin,

    I am allergic to coconut oil so looking forward to trying this and giving some away as Christmas gifts. I have a few questions:

    1) If I want to create my own fragrance, can I use different essential oils in the same proportions you mention? Or are some of them specifically necessary for consistency, preservative effect, etc.?

    2) Can I add vanilla extract for scent, or will that make the lotion spoil faster?

    3) Can I store this in metal tins instead of glass jars? (like the ones at Freund)

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! One of the few out there not using coconut oil!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Shae, I love giving this lotion away for Christmas presents! Here are the answers to your questions:

      1/ Yes, you can. You can stick with the amounts called for, adding your own skin-safe oils.
      2/ Vanilla would be lovely in this recipe! You could either use vanilla essential oil or vanilla extract. Just careful with the vanilla extract as it’s made from pure vodka if someone has sensitive skin, depending on the amount you use. Luckily, because the vanilla extract is made with alcohol, the lotion will not spoil faster (just avoid water in the lotion, as it can cause bacteria growth).
      3/Metal can cause the oils to leach, so may not be the best choice for long-term storage. If you want a metal-look, then I would use stainless steel containers (if they exist) or glass.

      You’re very welcome! Enjoy!!!

  • Shae says:

    Thanks Kristin!!!

  • Laura says:

    I’ve been looking for a recipe to make for Christmas presents (and for myself!) and this one sounds great. I have a few questions before I get started.

    1 – My skin is super oily… what is the best oil you would recommend to use? I use coconut oil to clean my face every night and then wash it off, which works great for removing my makeup. But, I’ve tried a whipped coconut oil recipe to use as lotion and it just doesn’t absorb into my skin.

    2 – I live in Florida, so should this be kept in the refrigerator?

    3 – It would be a little too costly for me to buy all of those essential oils, so if you had to pick 2 or 3 oils, what would you recommend and how much should I use?

    Thanks so much!!!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Laura, Here are a few answers :):

      1/ I have very oily skin too. I like jojoba oil. I’ve had the same issue with coconut oil not absorbing in my skin.
      2/ I live in Florida too :). I keep my lotion on the counter. It won’t melt, even on the hottest of Florida days.
      3/ I would choose the oils that you’ll be able to use most commonly use in other recipes: lavender and tea tree. You’ll be able to use both those oils in many cleaning recipes and other cosmetics. There are many recipes calling for those oils on the blog under cleaning and cosmetics :).

      Enjoy!!!

      • Laura says:

        Awesome that we have a few things in common! Thanks so much for the quick response! I can’t wait to try the recipe and to give the women in my family this lotion as a Christmas gift!!! Take care and I’ll keep following your blog for sure. 🙂

  • Grace says:

    Crazy question, but where do you get the jar shown in the picture???? I LOVE it! It would be perfect for giving as a gift!

  • Kiana says:

    Hi there! I am very excited to try this recipe, as I have like many other readers, been having problems finding non-coconut-oil recipes. I suffer from oily skin and I will be using cocoa butter instead of shea. I was wondering if you had any luck with adding other ingredients to this mixture. I am curious about pure aloe vera gel? If it is 99% pure aloe vera gel and the other 1% I believe is alcohol, then would it mix well? I know adding water or water based ingredients is a no-no. But in your opinion do you think aloe vera gel would mix?

  • CC says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I tried another homemade lotion recipe with beeswax and I found it to be too hard to spread for my taste.

    Just curious — could I use sunflower seed oil as the oil in this recipe? I have a lot on hand as I use it in my face oil. Would the lotion be about the same consistency as if I used the others you mentioned? Also, if I don’t use essential oils, should I increase the amount of base oil?

    Thanks so much! So glad to have found your site 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey CC, I’ve never used sunflower seed oil, but if you already enjoy this oil on your skin, I think it will probably work very well! If you don’t use any of the essential oils, you can keep the amount of nourishing oil the same. No need to increase that amount. The essential oils don’t add any “oil” to the recipe, just added benefits :). Enjoy!!

      I’m very glad you found Live Simply too. Welcome!

      • CC says:

        Thanks for your reply! I gave it a try with sunflower oil this afternoon and it worked well. It feels pretty oily/liquidy when I first put it on (though it’s hardish in the jar), but once I start rubbing it in it feels great. It’s a couple hours later and I still feel moisturized but not greasy.

        A quick idea for any fellow lazy readers out there: I melted the shea butter in a small mason jar that I put into a pan of water, then after cooling it in the freezer I just whipped it with a fork right in the jar. It seemed to create the whipped cream consistency just as well as a mixer. And if you store the lotion in the same jar, you’re left with only a single fork to wash 🙂

        I’ll definitely try the essential oils next time to add some scent. Thanks again!

        • Kristin Marr says:

          Great tip, CC! Thank you for sharing.

          I’m so glad the sunflower oil worked well. I used to apply multiple “coats” of lotion a day, but since using this lotion I’ve found my skin stays nice and moisturized all day long. I’m so glad you’re finding the same thing to be true.

          Enjoy!! And congrats on making homemade lotion :).

  • Char says:

    Just found your site, it’s such a gem. Can’t wait to try out all these wonderful recipes. I wonder where did you get that white waffle weave towel as shown in the second picture? Been wanting to get these but couldn’t find one. Thx!

  • Jessie Pagnotta says:

    I am excited to try and make this lotion but i don’t understand what you mean by 2 TB in your ingredients:

    2 TB skin-nourishing oil, such as: jojoba, avocado, apricot, or sweet almond oil. This can even be coconut oil.

    that might be a stupid question but what is that

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jessie, You’ll need 2 tablespoons of a nourishing oil. The “such as” suggestions are options you can use based on your own preference and skin. I like jojoba oil, but everyone is different. Hope that clarifies! Let me know if you have any questions.

  • Jennifer says:

    Yes!. I am routinely searching for coconut-free options. It’s an allergy that many don’t think exists. But it does. Shea butter is my best friend as is apricot oil. Never thought to combine them. Will have to try this out!. 🙂 Thank you.

  • Thank you for sharing your recipe I have been using straight coconut oil to moisturize and am looking forward to trying something different.

  • Jessie Pagnotta says:

    thank you! i was wondering if there was something i could add to it that would make it more of a lotion… like less thick and creamy. i haven’t tried making it yet, because I’m still waiting on the shea butter to come in the mail, but just from the ingredients it seems as if it would be more solid then liquidy like a lotion

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jessie, You could try adding more nourishing oil (but not too much as that will make it very oily). The other option is adding coconut oil (if you’re okay with coconut oil on the skin) as that will increase the amount made and create a softer lotion.

  • Jessie Pagnotta says:

    i am making this as christmas gifts and i feel like adding something else would also make the batch bigger

  • Audrey Perry says:

    Hi, just made this today for the first time. Used the unrefined Shea butter and jojoba oil, didn’t have carrot seed oil, but subbed basil. It’s a very moisturizing ‘feel’ compared to the coconut oil. So far, so good.
    I saw where some people were asking about clean-up. I wipe out my glass measuring cup that I use to melt the Shea and jojoba in a hot water bath with a paper towel and then use Dawn dish soap for the final cleaning. Works like a champ.

  • Jan says:

    I am looking forward to trying this recipe. I have some shea butter, but it smells weird so I am going to try the mango butter. I also love Plant Therapy. Besides great essential oils, they have a variety of carrier oils, so I may experiment with one of those. I have been wanting to try hazelnut, which is supposed to be good for oily skin.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Wonderful, Jan! I’ve never tried mango butter, but a lot of people really like to use it when making this lotion. I love Plant Therapy too. I just started using their carrier oils and love the quality and price.

  • Stacy says:

    Hi Kristin,
    Thank you for this recipe – I can’t wait to try. My question is that if I want to switch up the EO’s in the recipe do you have a reference as to know how much to sub? IE if I wanted to use Frankincense and Myrrh instead of Rosemary and Tea Tree oil – is it a straight substitution of drop amounts? I am still new to all this and want to make sure I don’t overdue it with the oils!
    Thank you in advance

  • Jessica says:

    Just made this, but I used RAW shea butter. Quite a smell. So, I’m wondering what are the best essential oils to mask a sort of baby poop-ish (for lack of a better word) smell of RAW shea butter? 😀

  • Courtney says:

    I just found this recipe today and I’m so excited to try it out!

    I was wondering whether you’ve tried mixing different butters? For example, using both shea butter and cocoa butter in the same lotion?

    I was also wondering whether you’ve been able to use this moisturizer without having to switch things up again? At the start of your post you said that you changed from your coconut moisturizer because your skin was beginning to get irritated. Did you eventually find the same thing with this shea butter moisturizer?

    Last question: do you have any idea where I can buy these butters and oils in Canada? The products that you link to on Amazon.com are infinitely more expensive on Amazon.ca 🙁 I assume you don’t know, but I figured it doesn’t hurt to ask.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Courtney,

      I haven’t tried different butters in the recipe. Many readers have mentioned using mango butter. I personally think a combo of shea and cocoa butter would be great!
      I’m still using this lotion. I love that it sinks into my skin and doesn’t leave the dry feeling left by coconut oil. There are times when I run out and due to laziness I just use pure shea butter for a few days, but overall this is my go-to lotion still. I also use a homemade argan oil serum once or twice a week at bedtime instead of this lotion (the recipe is coming soon and it’s super easy!), just to mix things up.

      For the butters and oil, I’m not sure about purchasing in Canada. Maybe check with Plant Therapy for the oils and Mountain Rose Herbs for the butters? They may ship to Canada at decent prices.

    • Tami says:

      Courtney – I’ve tried both cocoa & shea butters but not together & I prefer shea butter. I also liked the shea better b/c it kept my skin moisturized longer. As for where to get oils in Canada, Zehrs or a health food store. Here in southern Ontario, KW region, I go to S & H Health foods. Their prices are decent & I can usually find everything I need.

  • Tiffany says:

    Hey Kristin! This will be my first time making my own lotion and I’m pretty new to EOs as well. Is this lotion okay to use on my kids with all the EOs in it? Thanks!

  • Annie Bosche says:

    Hi Kristin, I made this lotion tonight. I’ve had it with Olay and their overpriced products that have a bunch of stuff in them that I’m sure I don’t need. It’s my first attempt at making my own beauty products. I’ve been reading all over the internet to find recipes for making my own and it seems I like yours the best.I was reading too fast and missed the rosemary but it still turned out well and I love the smell, shea butter doesn’t bother me in the least. This feels great on my skin. Thank you so much for all your hard work and sharing what you’ve learned with us. You do a wonderful job of writing, explaining recipes and answering questions. I appreciate you.
    ~ Sincerely, a new fan, Annie 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Thank you so much, Annie! I’m so honored to have the opportunity to share recipes, tips, and stories with such an amazing community. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the lotion. Making homemade products is such an empowering feeling–knowing what’s in the product and how it is made.

  • Roberta says:

    Have you tried this lotion recipe in a Pump Dispenser? Or would it be too thick to dispense this way? Thank you in advance.

  • Jillian says:

    Sorry if you have been asked this already but will also be good for a face moisturizer?!?

  • Heather B says:

    Can I replace the carrot seed oil with Vitamin E?

  • Renee says:

    What would make this better is to make sure all of the ingredients are organic. Thanks for this recipe.

  • shanay says:

    Hi! I just ordered a few of the things I can’t find in my hometown from amazon, and can’t wait to make this! Do you use this just in place of a facial moisturizer? I have done homemade lotions, but looking for something I can use for my face as well. Will it be oily? Do you wear it under makeup? Will the EO’s cover things such as anti-wrinkle/acne issues?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Shanay, I use this lotion for a facial moisturizer. The lotion easily absorbs into my skin, but a little bit goes a very long way. The oils will help “maturing” 🙂 (*raises hand*) and acne-prone skin. I wear this lotion under make-up. Enjoy!!

  • JG says:

    If you wanted to add a darkening agent to the moisture, could you use cinnamon and cocoa powder?

  • Kellie says:

    Hi Kristin. I just happened on your site today looking for a good recipe for a rich hand cream and am excited to try out your recipe…it will be the first time I make my own body product. I plan on using very small canning jars and lids to put the cream in. My question is: do you sterilize your containers or is it just sufficient to wash them in hot soapy water and dry them? What do you do to prepare them?
    Cheers!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Kellie, Welcome to Live Simply! I just wash my jars with hot soapy water and dry them. As long as the jars don’t have any standing water (or leftover food particles) bacteria won’t grow :).

  • Jillian says:

    I have made this recipe three times so far and every time I do love it but I find it ends up turning pretty hard. Doesn’t look as soft and fluffy as yours does in the pictures or on the video. Is there something you think I could be doing wrong? Maybe whipping it too much. I was hoping to continue with this lotion but I would love it to be more creamy and easy to spread. Thank you for your help.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jillian,

      I’m not sure what may be happening. Within a few days of making this recipe, the lotion will feel hard but should still be spreadable and easy to scoop from the container. One suggestion is to try cooling the mixture in the freezer, but not allowing it to fully freeze. Then whip the semi-frozen ingredients. I think that may help produce more of a whipped consistency.

  • Thank you so much for this awesome recipe! I just printed it out and am going to try it today. (Luckily, I already have all the essential oils.) I thought you might also like to know of CamdenGrey.com, another excellent source of pure, high-quality essential oils (and other supplies, such as Shea butter etc.). I’ve purchased from them over the years and their quality is consistently high, their customer service excellent, and their prices are almost always much lower than other places.

  • Kelsey says:

    I have unrefined Shea Butter and partially refined sweet almond oil. Would I need to keep it in the fridge?

  • Lucie says:

    Hi Kristin, I’m happy to find your recipe and want to try it soon as my first ever made moisturizer, I was just wondering whether argan oil would work instead of the jojoba etc. oils. And if so any difference in storing/preparation? I have dry, flaky skin and already use argan for hair .. Thanks

  • Roxan says:

    Hello Kristin,

    I was very happy when I searched your blog but was very disappointed when I ordered them all from Amazon only to find out that they don’t ship all the items (raw shea butter and all essential oils) in my location/ country 🙁

    Is there any option? I would really love to try this. BTW, my location is Bahrain

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Roxan, I don’t know enough about international shipping to really answer your question…I’m sorry :(. I wonder if the ingredients could be found at local shops/stores in your area?

  • a snowsprite says:

    Yay no coconut oil! I am allergic to treenuts and have a sensitivity to coconut. So it makes me a bit insane to see all the recipes say coconut oil then suggest almond if a commenter says they’re allergic.
    Thanks much!
    P.S. I’m still not sure how I am with Shea butter, but I plan to use mango for such things. Thanks again for sharing!

  • Cassandra says:

    Hi Kristin,

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! Any tips for how to wash my hand mixer and bowl after I make the lotion? The shea butter is really tough and too waxy to use a sponge with, eek! Thanks.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Cassandra, I usually let the bowl and mixer attachment soak in really hot water for a couple of hours with a grease-fighting soap. After a couple of hours, the shea butter is easier to remove. Clean-up is definitely the hardest (dirtiest) part of this recipe.

  • muthia says:

    Hi Kristin, thank you for the recipe. I don’t have any skin nourishing oils such as jojoba, sweet almond that you mention. Can I ommit it? And can I use only lemon oil instead of other EO for night cream for skin brightening? Thank you Kristin 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Muthia, Lemon oil will work if the lotion is applied at night. I wouldn’t use lemon oil for a daytime face lotion since citrus oils are sensitive to light. I’ve never tried making this lotion without the nourishing oil, so I’m not sure how the change will effect the recipe. Let me know if you try it!

  • Jennifer says:

    I followed the recipe, using sunflower oil for the nourishing oil and whipped ingredients 1 to 2 minutes which was too long and it got hard. After reading more posts, I re-melted, re-cooled and re-whipped for just 30 seconds and it was still hard. Any suggestions? I hate wasting the oils! It is really too hard to use and doesn’t melt on the skin like coconut oil would. Any ideas before tossing this?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jennifer, My guess is that the oil you used didn’t take to being chilled and whipped? That’s all I can think of at the moment since I don’t have any experience with that particular oil in this recipe. I’m sorry to hear it’s still very hard and doesn’t melt or absorb into your skin :(. I’m not really sure what else you can do. I wonder if you could use it for a shaving cream since it doesn’t absorb into the skin?

  • Stephanie says:

    I don’t have a mixer. Is there another way to mix this? Thank you.

  • Cece says:

    Because I use this lotion on my face as well, I am thinking of adding zinc powder for sun protection. Do you think it will work?

    Thank you.

  • Kelsy says:

    Does the addition of carrot oil make for a 30-40 spf moisturizer? I only use moisturizer with an spf and reading the question of adding zinc, I’m wondering if that’s necessary? Thanks, by the way, for the recipes!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Kelsy, Some studies suggest that carrot seed oil aids in sun protection, so that’s why it’s added to this recipe. The zinc, in this recipe, contains the highest amount of sun protection so I believe it’s necessary.

  • Addy says:

    So excited that I found your website! I recently discovered aveeno tests on animals (don’t know why it took me so long) and in my search to find a new moisturizer I found your website! I’d like to try this but am wondering would it be ok to substitute honey for the oil? My skin tends to get oily if I use to many oil products, and I’m thinking since I cleanse with coconut oil that would be a lot. Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Addy, Honey may work. My only concern would be a sticky consistency added by the honey, but it may be worth experimenting with this addition. Let me know how it goes!

  • cleopatra says:

    Hi,

    Where did you have your website made?

  • alia says:

    I’m happy to see a recipe without coconut oil, it’s pretty environmentally unfriendly. (I may be biased because I discovered I’m allergic after using it for a year.) But you know what absorbs into the skin really well and can be grown and processed locally? Lard! Just not the shelf stable stuff with the alphabet soup of preservatives. It’s really similar to the oil the skin naturally produces (pig skin’s close enough to ours that it can be used for transplants for burn victims). And it feels so much less greasy than you’d expect.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Alia, You’re right–lard and tallow are pretty amazing for the skin. I don’t have a local (accommodating) source for lard (even though we purchase our beef and pork in bulk from a farmer), but if you have an excellent source and can render your own fat, using lard or tallow is excellent for the skin.

  • Heidi Snow says:

    I made this lotion, but it’s too thick. I don’t know if my kitchen aid bowl/whisk is too large for the recipe or if I did something wrong in my measurements. I ran the kitchen aid on high trying to get the lotion to “fly” around so it could be whisked. Could I add more liquid oil (I used jojoba) or maybe use something smaller like my hand blender or emulsifier to fluff it up? This is my first homemade non food item so please excuse my ignorance. Thank you!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Heidi, Hmmm…I’m not sure what may have happened. Usually the lotion only takes up about a quarter of my KitchenAid Bowl. In the end you should have a thick, but spreadable lotion.

      You can try melting the lotion back to a liquid state (use a double-broiler so the oils don’t burn) and then try whipping it with an immersion (hand) blender. Let me know how it goes!

  • Heidi Snow says:

    Thank you! I did as you suggested. Completely different texture. I will have to either make a larger batch or just use the emulsifier next time. Thank you for the help!!

  • Caitlin says:

    Is there a way I can make this moisturiser less thick? Should I just add more oils or is there a seperate ingredient I need to add?

  • April says:

    You should also never let your boyfriend open the jar of Kimchi for you, because he will open it quickly and make it explode everywhere. (Also, your dogs probably won’t even eat it for you in this situation, so you have to clean it up….) Thanks for sharing this lotion recipe! I’m totally going to try it.

  • Haaris says:

    Hello,

    Definitely going to try making this! Just one question, where can I buy similar looking jars to the one you used? They look amazing!

  • Haaris says:

    Sorry, but also one more question! How many jars does one batch of this lotion fill?

  • bunfuns says:

    Hi Kristin, thanks for the recipe on this moisturizer. I’m very new at this, so quick question. I don’t have a mixer, so trying to see if I could whip it any other way. From the sound of it, it’ll be in solid state when whipping is needed. If I use a manual whisk to whip it, do you know how long it’ll take?

  • Shari says:

    Hello Kristin, I have been having numerous issues with my facial skin for over a year and trying many different (expensive) products (in addition to a $250 dermatologist who did nothing but tell me to put vaseline on my face and gave me a prescription for a steroid cream!). I have been using your recipe for about 3 weeks now and notice my skin is much softer and the my other issues are improving slightly. Thank you so much for this recipe! My face was really stressing me out and now I feel so much better. I also tried your toothpaste recipe and love it! I printed off several other recipes and am going to try them too. Keep up the good work! Oh, ever think of coming up with something for hair? Regards. Shari

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Shari, Thank you so much for sharing. I’m so excited for you!! I’m currently working on one hair product (it’s not quite perfect yet), and hopefully more in the future. Enjoy the recipes and amazing skin!

  • Jen says:

    From someone allergic to coconut, I am so excited to have found this recipe! I cannot wait to try it!!!

  • Roxie says:

    Thank you for a recipe without coconut oil! I found that I was allergic to it! My face would break out!! There aren’t too many recipes without it. I love coconut, but noticed I would get a headache after consuming it. Anyway, thank you and I can’t wait to try it!

  • Kristin says:

    Hi Kristin! I ordered the shea which you linked to in your recipe, it arrived and boy does it have not the best smell. I went ahead and made the lotion, using sweet almond and the essential oils you had suggested. The lotion continues to have a strong weird smell. Did I get a bad batch or have you had other comments about the smell of shea in general? Have you ever received a rancid batch from this company?
    Thanks so much, other than the funky smell, the lotion is really nice 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Kristin, I would definitely contact the shea butter company and let them know. The shea butter should not have a rancid scent. Some people don’t care for shea butter and think it smells like peanut butter, but I haven’t heard of a rancid scent issue (yet). Let me know how it goes!

  • Chelsea says:

    Hey Kristin,

    I was just wondering if you could use rose hip seed oil instead of carrot seed oil with this recipe. If not, what would you suggest as a more affordable substitute?

  • Katie says:

    I’m new to shea butter. I tried this recipe today and I applied to my face, body and also my wet hair. it was so good for all of them. I don’t think I need to buy any other skin/hair moisturizer products ever again! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Marisol Castañeda says:

    I like this recipe. I actually have all these ingredients except the carrot seed oil. I’m 3 months pregnant with my second and I’m trying to prevent more “tiger stripes”. I was thinking aaallll the recipes I’d find were coconut oil based which would totally suck during the Texas summer. I’d rather not smell like a snack….lol.

  • Barbara says:

    Thanks for the recipe. Just wanted to add my experience with coconut oil. I used it exclusively, extra virgin organic, I applied it 2 x a day on my skin, all over. After 2 months I developed very very dry flaky skin. I’m 55 and have never had dry skin. I switched out the coconut oil for sweet almond oil and dry skin is gone.
    After doing some research this is a common problem because coconut oil does not allow any moisture in! It makes a barrier for moisture. I want to add some aloe vwra gel to this recipe and see how that works

  • Kelsy says:

    Hi!

    I love this particular combination – it works miracles on pimples. I see above that someone asks about adding zinc oxide to this recipe and it seems that you suggest following a recipe more similar to your sunscreen recipe. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on adding zinc oxide to this particular recipe? With the summer months coming, I feel more comfortable using a facial moisturizer with a stronger spf, but don’t want to use coconut oil or beeswax in my facial moisturizer. Thank you!!!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Kelsy, Thank you for sharing! I’m so glad you love the lotion. I haven’t tried adding zinc (yet), but I think it would be a great addition! I suggest adding it during the final mixing stage.

  • Linda says:

    Hi Kristen…thanks so much for this fantastic recipe. I have been using this lotion as my night cream for the past 5 months and it leaves my skin feeling so nourished come morning. I also use this when I know I’ll be out in the sun for quite a while as the avocado oil has an SPF of 15 and the carrot seed oil has an SPF of 40. Next batch being made right now :). Thank you!

  • Sara says:

    So glad I stumbled upon your blog, and I can’t wait to try these homemade beauty product recipes!

    I noticed your recipe does not call for an emulsifier or water, which seems to be in a lot of other DIY lotion recipes I’ve seen. What would be the purpose of adding these ingredients? Just curious since it seems like your recipe works fine without them.

    Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Sara, I’m so glad you found Live Simply! It’s funny you mention the water or emulsifier as I’ve been playing around with a new lotion recipe using a hydrosol (a liquid) and beeswax (emulsifier) to offer people a more “pumpable” lotion. The reason, I believe, many people add these ingredients is to give the lotion a thinner consistency (more like store-bought) lotion versus a thick butter (like this recipe). I’ve tried a few recipes out there and experimented on my own, but I haven’t had much success. My biggest concern with adding water is the possibility of bacteria growth in a shelf-stable lotion (the reason I’ve been trying a hydrosol).

  • amanda says:

    hi Kristin

    can i use this as a face mosturiser? i cant use coconut oil either. or is there something that would work better? another recipy maybe that doesnt use coconut oil either?

    thank you

    amanda xx

  • Barb says:

    Hi Kristin! Came across your blog after googling for a homemade moisturizer recipe. I have super, super, super (did I say it enough?) oily skin and I’m trying to find a moisturizer that doesn’t add to the problem. I tried coconut oil (because I have that on hand and use it for my body at times) as a facial moisturizer but it made it even more oily. And the creams and lotions at the store for mature skin are expensive so I figured I might as well make my own! Now, my question is, (sorry for the rambling), do you think your recipe be ok for my super, super oily skin?

    By the way, awesome blog! I saw a link to your homemade foundation powder and need to read that!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Barb, I also have very oily skin! I recommend using a nourishing oil in this recipe that’s best suited for oily skin (Squalene and Argan have been great ones for me). I personally enjoy this lotion and find it sinks into my oily skin after a few minutes. Another option (and less work) is a facial serum as a moisturizer: http://livesimply.me/2015/01/18/diy-homemade-facial-serum/. In the summer I often use the serum on my face because I just want something a bit lighter than lotion.

      And thank you so much for the sweet blog compliment! I’m so glad you’re enjoying Live Simply!

  • prettyarty says:

    nice recipe! I am making a balm using also shea butter, oils and I add beeswax to have the balm texture. I am using olive oil mainly, for my son’s eczema. I add a few drops of propolis in it, very effective for repairing skin:)
    but I don’t see any conservative in your recipe. I use 5 drops of Vitamin E, or grapfruit seed extract to avoid oils to spoil.

  • Tami says:

    I’ve made the coconut oil moisturizer & used cocoa butter as a substitute & both work work well. I’ve recently made the shea butter recipe but added 1tsp. each of vegetable glycerin, tea tree oil & liquid vitamin E & it turned out more like a granular scrub. Can I melt it back down & whip it again? I didn’t completely melt the butter down the 1st time.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Tami, Yes, I believe melting the formula back down and whipping it again will help! You may want to add the tea tree oil back in once it’s heated and whipped (just a small amount), since the oil may not withstand the heat. Let me know how it goes!

  • Tami says:

    Sorry. I made a mistake. It wasn’t tea tree oil it was lanolin along with the others I mentioned. Thanks.

  • Wendy says:

    thank you so much for this recipe! I too have a problem with coconut oil on my face (although I still like it for other things). After using it for a few weeks my cheeks actually felt crunchy! I just made a face serum which is a little too oily for me. I’m going to try combining some of the serum with Shea butter and see if that’s the magic combo.

  • Ingrid Cochrane says:

    SO happy to come across your blog! I have seen many varieties for natural products but refreshing to read all of yours. I intend to make many, or most of them! Unfortunately many of the products listed, “don’t ship” to where I live ( Ontario) but I’m hoping to find some at the local “Goodness Me” store.

    Thank you for all of these incredible tips and recipes!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Ingrid, It’s great to hear that you’re enjoying Live Simply and the recipes. Many local stores now sell the products used to make DIYs, so I would definitely check out your local stores–maybe they could even special order a product? Enjoy!

    • Tami says:

      Ingrid- I live in southern Ontario so check Zehrs in the Natural Values section & there’s a S & H Health food place nearby too. Zehrs doesn’t have great prices or great selection but they do have EOs. The health food store is better for prices & has a great selection of items, especially hard to find things. Hope that helps.

  • sara says:

    can i use olive oil instead of almond? its all i have on hand. . .

  • Rosie says:

    Hi Kristin! I love your blog, and love this lotion! I like that it doesn’t need a preservative, and was wondering what the shelf life is? I have been experimenting with making my own products, and I’ve been wondering about preservatives. What products do you suggest using a preservative with? It’s so tricky! Thanks! 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Rosie, It’s great to hear you’re loving the lotion! I usually add a preservative (like Vitamin E oil, rosemary extract, or grapefruit seed extract) when a product includes water. I also make sure the water is boiled or I purchase distilled. Most of the time the products I make, which need a preservative, are used very quickly.
      When using shelf-stable ingredients (and no water) a product like this lotion should last about 12 months, although I’ve never kept it for this long.

  • Rosie says:

    Thanks Kristin, that helps! So, if I were to make a body wash or face wash (which would include water) how long do you think that would be stable for? I’m trying to figure these things out, but there’s so much information out there, it’s difficult to get the facts! I appreciate your feedback! 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Rosie, The body wash will keep for 2-3 weeks. The shelf-life is shorter for this product due to the coconut milk. One of the best ways to keep it fresh is to freeze half the body wash and then defrost in the fridge when needed–that way you can make as much as desired and just pull it out when needed. Once defrosted, I keep it in the bathroom for a max of two weeks.

      The face wash doesn’t contain a sensitive ingredient, like coconut milk. I keep my face wash on the bathroom counter for about 6 weeks at a time. You can also add about a teaspoon of Vitamin E, or the other oils mentioned (above) to help preserve it during this time.

      Most homemade products are evaluated on a case by case basis when determining shelf-life and the need for a natural preservative. I always take into account the ingredients and ask, “Are these ingredients shelf-stable? Or do any of these ingredients suggest refrigeration/quick use?”

  • Teresa says:

    I am wondering if there is a recommendation for substituting some of the essential oils in the recipe? I am a fan of peppermint and lemongrass, but I am allergic to lavender. Is there a reason to use the specific essential oils outlined in the recipe or could there be substitutions? Please advise. 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Teresa, I recommend using this recipe as a base and adding the essential oils you enjoy! Also, take into consideration safety and oils that are beneficial for the skin. The oils could also be left out :).

  • robin says:

    Hello, I am very interested in making your coconut oil free lotion but I have a question that I was hoping you could help me with. My daughter is allergic to peanuts and we avoid tree nuts as a precautionary measure. My research shows me that some people with nut allergies can have reactions to Shea nuts as well. Do you know if there is a substitute to Shea butter?

    Robin Ori

  • Cynthia says:

    Awesome recipe!! thanks a lot!!! can I use coconut oil + beeswax instead of shea butter? I want to use what I already have.

  • Deirdre says:

    Hi, I am enjoying your blog & I’m just waiting for some ingredients to arrive from Amazon before I try this recipe!

    I’ve been reading around about xenoestrogens & to my shock, both lavender & rosemary are listed among them (sage & tea tree too in case you’re interested). It’s especially noted that topical application is a bad idea if you have estrogen dominance or are just trying to balance your hormones. Dr Peter Eckhart advises to stay away from them too. So I just thought I’d let you know in case you or any readers here are trying to avoid them like I am. I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s lavender soap for ages & I love it, but now I have to give it up. I can’t wait to try this recipe, I’ll just have to substitute the oils for other varieties – not sure which ones yet.

    Keep up the good work! 🙂

  • Luke says:

    Is it okay if I substitute another essential oil. Since I’m using one essential oil how many drops should I put in

  • Cassie says:

    Hello! I just started transitioning to all homemade products from cleaning to beauty and I love your recipes. This was my second attempt at homemade lotion and I did a slight variation to yours. I used my raw Shea butter, same amount, did two tablespoons of coconut oil, 15 drops lavendar, 5 drops tea tree along with 5 drops of skin care eo that I use daily on my face. It came out to thick so added one tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil. It turned out basically like my first batch I tried from another site. My question is 1) is there a difference from using the fractioned oil to the regular cocunut oil? And 2) mine always turn out yellow not white like everyone I see posted? Why is this? And 3) is it the coconut oil that makes the lotion somewhat greasy or my raw Shea butter? Any insight would be so greatly appreciated! My 8 month old battles with skin sensitivities and mild eczema so I’m trying to find a perfect mix I can apply to him multiple times daily that has same benefits of the lotion I made but maybe not so greasy.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Cassie, Here are a few answers 🙂

      1. The fractionated coconut oil is liquid (will remain in the same liquid state despite temperature changes) due to the processing. The fractionated oil is perfect to use in liquid DIY recipes: liquid soaps, body wash, etc. Virgin coconut oil (will change from solid to liquid depending on temperature) can be used for lotions, lip balm, and cooking.

      2. Two factors play into the color of the lotion. I used refined shea butter to make the lotion in the pictures found in this post, hence the white color. Unrefined (which is my preference now) will produce a more yellow product. You can see the yellow color in the video post here: http://livesimply.me/2014/11/18/how-to-make-homemade-ultra-moisturizing-lotion-without-coconut-oil/. The oil used will also change the yellow hue of the lotion. White or yellow are normal :).

      3. The shea butter can feel greasy and should absorb into the skin within a few minutes. I personally think coconut oil has a drying effect when applied to the skin, but others express a greasy feeling. It may be either ingredient. With shea butter lotions/body butters, a little bit goes a long way. If you have any arrowroot flour/starch you may be able melt the lotion back down and whisk it into the lotion–this may help with the greasy feel.

  • Marguerite says:

    Hi Kristin, Tons of information… Thank you! I did finally find a “pumpable” shea butter lotion that doesn’t have any junk in it, ozone layer hand and body lotion, which fits my two requirements 1. Only shea butter (I can’t use coconut oil) and 2. Does it pump?

    I hate to sound cliche “I don’t have time to make lotions” Maybe I should re-prioritize! Thanks again for the recipes

  • Krystle says:

    im so gonna try this. I too think coconut oil feels a little too greasy if too much is used but I don’t want a hard lotion either. do you think I could use 1/4c shea butter and 1/4 cup coconut oil and that will soften it up some?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Krystle, 1/4 cup shea and 1/4 cup coconut oil would be great! I would probably whip the mixture together with a mixer so it’s nice and fluffy.

      • Krystle says:

        Thanks!! Imma make some right now!!!

      • Krystle says:

        I just made some using the 1/4c Shea butter, 1/4c coconut oil, 2 Tb sweet almond oil. I didn’t have any of the EOs you mentioned so I put in some vitamin E oil, lemon EO, jasmine EO, and a small touch of Texas cedar wood! Smells delicious and actually came out pretty smooth bc I mixed it for a while. May actually go well in a sneeze bottle. For anyone else, I really would t recommend jasmine EO. It took WAY more than what I initially thought and it still only had a very faint smell. That’s why I added the Texas cedar wood but only like 5 drops and it all balances out pretty well! Felt a little greasy when I 1st out it on my arms but it adsorbed fast and feels so good now!! Thanks for the sharing!!

  • Annie says:

    I noticed that some people have mentioned they want a recipe that can go into a pump dispenser and that you were looking/testing for recipes. I was wondering if you have tried any of the recipes in the “Better Shea Butter” Ebook? I received this free when I purchased my first thing of Raw Shea Butter from Amazon and I find it so informative! I love that they provide their customers with this. In the book, they have a recipe called Green Tea Lotion, which is the only recipe in the book containing water. They recommend it be used in about three months. I have just tried it and substituted some of the ingredients with what I had. Just thought I would mention it! Love everything about your blog! Thanks for sharing with us readers! I have purchased your ebook and will be starting the process of cleaning out my pantry/fridge after my wedding in November. I can’t wait to start the real food challenge.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Annie, I haven’t tried any of the recipes in the book, yet. Thank you so much for suggesting the book–I agree, I love the Better Shea Butter customer service! Congrats on your wedding in November. Enjoy the Challenge!!

  • Brianna says:

    Hi Kristin!

    You call for “carrot seed oil” …does that mean carrot seed essential oil? Or just carrot seed oil?

  • Marilyn says:

    This isn’t a lotion, but rather a whipped butter. Lotions have water and an emulsifier wax to them. The Shea butter is what is keeping this so thick and together, but it is heavy and greasy. You need water and a preservative to be a lotion.

  • Melanie says:

    I read a couple of comments about it and have to say, my lotion is rock hard as well. Made it to use it on my babies mainly but that isn’t really an option now. Can’t get them to hold still long enough until it’s melted in my hands… 🙂 Did I whip to long, to short , any other idea?
    Thanks

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Melanie, Yes, my guess is that the lotion was whipped too long, but the cold weather (if it’s really cold in your home) may also have something to do with the hard-as-a-rock texture… just a guess. You could try melting it back down and adding a bit more nourishing oil.

  • john smith says:

    So why isn’t olive oil in your default recipe as its probably the most superior ingredient one could ever have in a moisturizer recipe. I can tell you don’t eat, and perhaps your should as olive oil is great for skin, hair, bones, nails…I mean it seriously rocks for your health and skin condition.

  • tony says:

    Hi, I made this moisturizer last night. I used mixer to make it creamy. However, when I was about to use it this morning, it becomes solid again, which is not so easy to apply. Is that same for yours? Thanks.

  • Jenny says:

    Hi, I’m wondering what is the shelf life and storage guideline for this lotion? Since it has no preservative in it except for some antioxidants, how long can I use it for? Thanks !!

  • Lindsay says:

    Hey livesimply crew ❤️
    I had a field day and made your body scrub, astringent & this lotion. I’m not sure what to blame but the scrub or the lotion is causing my eczema to flair on my upper arms. Any chance you know what ingredient could be causing this? I love the concept but it’s not doing a thing to penetrate the dry spots 🙁

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Lindsay, I’m not sure which ingredient may be causing the eczema flare-up since everyone’s skin (and products used) can be so different. Maybe you’re allergic to an ingredient? I would discontinue using the products, then slowly once the eczema has healed, try each one by itself to rule out which product/ingredients may be causing a reaction, like an elimination diet (just the opposite method ;)).

  • Adwoa Odoom says:

    What brand would you suggest for a person who is just starting? Thanks 🙂

  • Ariana G says:

    Glad I found this. I am black woman with infant twins; we all have dry, sensitive “ashy” skin. It could be because of the winter season, but I haven’t used lotion in about 2 or 3 years to prevent exposure from harsh chemicals. I would usually just coat my skin, hair, and lips with coconut oil after bathing, and started implementing this method with my children. I’m noticing, however, that our skin and hair are both excessively dry in the morning. Would you mind if I used this recipe and reviewed the results on my blog (linking to your site, of course)?

    Also, if one does not have a stand mixer, how would that affect the outcome?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Ariana, I hope this lotion is the solution you’re looking for.

      Due to copyright laws, you can’t share the actual written recipe and directions on your blog, but a review linking to the original recipe and post is perfectly fine. Thank you for asking.

    • Jennifer says:

      Ariana, you’re probably experiencing extreme dryness because you cannot moisturize your skin with an oil. Oils like coconut oil help the skin retain moisture by creating a barrier, but do not actually moisturize. Most moisturizers are made up of humectants, occlusives, and emollients. Only humectants (like glycerin and hyaluronic acid) moisturize the skin. Oils fall into the occlusive and emollient categories.

  • Ella says:

    Yes! A recipe I could actually use (that is, without coconut oil, it doesn’t go well with me at all). Thanks a lot for this recipe.

    I want to find out if I can substitute the Shea Butter with mango butter, because it is what I have….and I will also like to find out from the readers, if anyone has used the mango butter and if it came out nice?

  • Georgia says:

    Hi Kristin, I’ve just made a variation of your lovely skin cream with great success. I had 100mls of babassu oil which is similar to coconut, only it sinks in faster and doesn’t leave a greasy film. I added 1tbsp of marula oil, 1 tbsp of squalane and 50 drops of essential oils (frankincense, fennel, rosemary, rosewood and carrot seed).

    Although it feels quite oily when you put it on, it sinks in in a matter of minutes and leaves your skin so soft and silky – I’m thrilled with the result. It has also retained the whipped cream texture and hasn’t hardened. This might be due to the amount of EOs in the mix.

    I have delicate (not sensitive) skin that dehydrates easily, particularly in winter and this is just what I need. Thanks so much for the basic recipe. Next time I will try mango butter as I love it too, but Babassu oil is fantastic!

  • Krista says:

    I do not have carrot seed or Rosemary EOs and would love to make this recipe without having to buy more EOs. Can these be substituted for something else? Also, what are your recommendations for creating an on the beach/tropical coconut scented lotion? It’s my all time favorite lotion scent but sadly coconut isn’t an EO. Only a fragrance. Any recommendations on how to get that amazing scent?

  • Ila says:

    Can the Shea be substituted for cocoa butter?

  • Faye W says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I am unable to use coconut oil as I am allergic, and it is very hard to find recipes that do not include it. I will definitely be trying this one!

  • Alice says:

    Hi, Kristin

    It is a pleasure to read through your articles. I am switching my skincare routine to a natural way and I am so glad to see your site here.
    I have on question, is there any need to put anything to function like a preservative into the moisturizer/face wash ?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Alice, I haven’t found anything that’s 100% natural and effective as a preservative (I’m still looking). For now, I try to avoid water when possible in my products, and only make small batches of my products.

  • Gretchen says:

    Hello!

    Thank you so much for your wonderful site. I appreciate all your wisdom and experience 🙂 Saves me a LOT of time! 🙂 I recently made this recipe and I think I might have done something wrong and I’m hoping you can help me. My final product turned out quite hard and crumbly. While it’ll eventually melt in my hands to apply to my face, it’s not even close to “spreadable” like you mentioned it should be. I doubled the recipe and also added extra rose hip oil instead of the carrot seed oil. I couldn’t get to my stand mixer so I used a whisk attachment on a hand mixer… maybe that was it? it didn’t whip well enough? Any thoughts? Could I remelt it and whip it more?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Gretchen, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog.

      I’m not sure what exactly went wrong. I recommend, as you mentioned, melting the product back down (you could even leave it in the glass container, and use a double boiler) and adding 1-2 tablespoons more of oil or shea butter. I’m not exactly sure what the lotion may need to be fixed, but it’s worth a shot! Let me know how it goes.

  • Brooke says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I was using coconut oil in January & it made my cheeks grossly dry & the rest of my face red & splotchy all while also being coantantly oily. I have been using just castor oil now for maybe a month (along with your homemade astringent) with GREAT results; my face has never been so clear for so long. However, I would like to have a moisturizer that is less oily & has more added benefits. So could I use castor as the nourishing oil instead of one of those listed, or are those recommended for a particular purpose?
    Thank you!

  • Lisa says:

    Hi Kristin,

    I haven’t used Shea Butter for a number of years, as I used a face cream once with Shea butter in it and it gave me reaction. Is there alternative ingredient you can suggest instead of Shea butter in case I get another reaction?

    Thank you,
    Lisa

  • Melinda says:

    Hi Kristin, I am very excited to try this lotion and was wondering if I could add frankincense or myhr oil as well? those are also supposed to be good for skin and I have them on hand.

  • Nicole says:

    Hi, This receipe looks great, i am going to try it for my first homemade lotion as i would like to get away from store bought lotions. as i don’t know much about it i would like to ask if this ingredients are ok together..
    – the shea butter (refined though)
    – Chamomile, roman essential oil
    As that is the only essential oil i have i would like to add one or both of my carrier oils (Argan and evening primrose)

    Would these be ok to add to your lotion? also would this lotion be ok under foundation?

    Thanks! im looking forward to making this

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Nicole, I’ve used refined shea butter in this recipe before. It will turn out more of a white color than a beige color. That’s just fine. I believe the roman chamomile essential oil will work nicely in this recipe. I’ve used this lotion/body butter under foundation many times. It takes a few minutes to sink in, and then I apply the foundation.

      • Nicole says:

        Oh i didn’t know you had replied, thanks for the reply! i will definetly be trying this tonight then 🙂 your article is great!

  • annie says:

    I just purchased the ingredients to make this body butter and am looking forward to it! What is the approximate shelf life for this recipe?

  • Nicole says:

    Hello, Sorry back again
    I have only just managed to make it but i think i’ve messed it up :/. i’ve not tried it on my face yet but have just tried it on the back of my hand as i’ve literally just finished making it, it feels quite oily on my hand and doesn’t seem to be sinking in.

    Stupidly, i added 2 tablespoons of argan oil then 1 tablespoon of evening primrose oil, so 3 tablespoons in total, i think this may have been the mistake, i maybe should have done 1/1 or just used argan.

    I am going to try it soon on my face but if it is too oily is there any way to rectify it? maybe adding more shea and making it into a bigger batch? or should i start again

    Thanks,
    Nicole

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Nicole, I think the issue may be stemming from the argan. Argan is a beautiful oil, and from my experience with using it for an oil moisturizer, a small amount goes a long way. It tends to be oily/greasy when too much is used compared to some other oils. I haven’t personally used evening primose oil, so I’m not sure about that one, but it sounds like the issue may just be the argan. I think you could add more shea to balance out the oil, or maybe add a bit of arrowroot starch to help take away the greasy feel. I haven’t personally tried adding the arrowroot, but I’ve heard from many readers who enjoy this addition. You’ll need to mix the starch into the lotion, and I would only add 1-2 tablespoons for starters. Let me know how it goes!

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