How to Make Homemade Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion without Coconut Oil: Video Tutorial

This homemade ultra-moisturizing lotion is super easy to make and moisturizes skin perfectly without coconut oil! Plus a video on how to make this super simple lotion.

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 a moisturizing lotion. If you’re looking for a softer lotion (that’s also portable), this on-the-go lotion recipe may interest you

When the weather drops into the fifties (that’s Fahrenheit) in Florida, you know winter has officially arrived. The boots are ready, coats are hung by the door, and the heater is hard at work. With the cold (freezing!) temperatures comes dry skin. Years ago I struggled with the winter season and my skin always feeling dry. I would slather store-bought lotions on my scaly, dry skin and stockpile chapstick, but nothing seemed to work. I desperately needed moisture!

After wasting way too much money on lotions and miracle products, I finally discovered the simple answer to my skin’s happiness: homemade products!

With a little vinegar, essential oils, cocoa powder, clay, shea butter, and nourishing skin oil I turned my skin around for the better. Moisture, happiness, and clarity were all achieved with the help of homemade remedies that in the end cost pennies (since most ingredients can be used multiple times for multiple products) compared to the speciality bottles and jars I once purchased.

This homemade ultra-moisturizing lotion is super easy to make and moisturizes skin perfectly without coconut oil! Plus a video on how to make this super simple lotion.

I’ve shared many of my favorite homemade products here at Live Simply and still have many more to share with you.

Last year I shared one of my favorite homemade DIYs: Homemade Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion without Coconut Oil. As I explained in the lotion post, I’m all for coconut oil. In fact, I love coconut oil, but after a good year of using a coconut oil moisturizer my skin desperately needed a change. With a little experimenting, a homemade lotion using nourishing oil and shea butter was born. I still use this lotion daily, but I love it the most in the winter when my skin cries out for extra moisture. I’ve heard from so many of you, and I’m happy to report that I’m not the only one who loves this super simple lotion.

This homemade ultra-moisturizing lotion is super easy to make and moisturizes skin perfectly without coconut oil! Plus a video on how to make this super simple lotion.

Today, I’m sharing a little bonus to my original lotion recipe, a video tutorial to help you as you make this amazing lotion. As you’ll see in the video, this lotion is super easy to make. This lotion recipe can be doubled and tripled (which is what I like to do). You can keep the surplus of lotion on hand for the winter (it will last about a year) or give the lotion away in small containers for an extra special Christmas gift. I like to make a basket for family members of homemade products for Christmas: homemade lotion (this recipe), bath salts, homemade vanilla extract, and lip balm.

After the video you’ll find the simple recipe for this (uh-amazing!) ultra-moisturizing lotion. Remember, this is the same recipe from the original post, but I’ve added it here so you don’t have to flip back and forth from the video post (found here) to the original post.

Homemade Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion without Coconut Oil
  • 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.
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil (where to buy) (Personally, I've used 10-20 drops.)
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil (where to buy)
  • 3 drops carrot seed oil (where to buy)
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil (where to buy)
  1. In a saucepan or double-broiler (a glass bowl over a pot filled ¼ the way full with boiling water) 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 (like these or these) and store at room temp. Apply to both body and face as desired.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Makes 1 4-ounce jar of lotion
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.

This homemade ultra-moisturizing lotion is super easy to make and moisturizes skin perfectly without coconut oil! Plus a video on how to make this super simple lotion.

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  • Lynne Poulson says:


    Please can you tell me how long this will keep? In plan to make some for myself, and also my daughters, but would like to tell them the shelf life.

    Kind Regards,

    Lynne Poulson

  • denise says:

    Hi Kristin, when i looked at the carrot seed oil it states to keep away from children. Does that mean then that they can’t use it? Or is that a general precaution? Thanks!

  • Lindsey says:

    THANK YOU!! I found your website looking for a soaking grain cookie recipe and then saw this… I can not wait to try it! It seems impossible to find something without coconut oil (which causes my face to blotch up!).

  • Gina says:


    I am looking forward to making this lotion recipe. I’ve dabbled in he past, but am happy to use your recipe as a base. I’ve just one question, though, and that’s if I can substitute anything else in place of the carrot seed oil? If so, do you have any recommendations?


    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Gina, Wonderful, I hope you enjoy it. For the carrot seed, you could leave it out entirely or use something like frankincense (that’s what comes to mind), as it’s an amazing skin-care oil.

      • Gina says:

        Thank you, Kristin!

        Just made my first batch and I think it turned out well! Do you find that a super tiny amount is all that’s needed? I want to give it away for Christmas, but want to make sure that yes, it’s normal that all one really needs is a small amount at a time. Also: what do you find to be the easiest way to put it into jars and still have it ‘look nice’? I’ve struggled with putting it into jars; it’s hard to fill in the ‘holes’, if that makes sense?

        • Kristin Marr says:

          Hey Gina,

          You’re correct…a tiny bit goes a very long way. When I used store-bought lotion I would go through quite a bit just to feel moisturized, but this lotion gets the job done with just a small amount. Shea butter is amazing at providing moisture for the skin.

          I know exactly what you mean about the “holes” in the jars. I use a chopstick (or the handle of a spoon or fork) to take the air out of the little pockets or holes, filling them in by pushing the lotion down in the jar. I’ve found this really helps with compacting the lotion.

  • Jocellyn says:

    Mmmm looks nice! Does shea butter leave oily marks? I use coconut oil as a face moisturizer, but when I went to using it on my whole body (because, hey, why not?) I ruined a few items of clothing because the oil left streaks. Le sigh.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jocellyn, I know what you mean about the coconut oil leaving oil streaks. I used to love a coconut oil based deodorant but found it stained my clothes (arm pit stains 🙁 ). I haven’t had any issue with shea butter. It actually absorbs in the skin very nicely and you only need a very small amount to get the “job” done.

  • C Lyons says:

    It’s the jars, oh my, where to find the jars??? Recipes are divine too!

  • Michelle says:

    Help. I tried to make this but it came out kind of crumbly. It’s hard and definitely not creamy. What did I do wrong? Or is it just too cold? My house is 66° F.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Michelle, I’m not sure what happened. The temperature shouldn’t affect the texture.

      I’ll try to help troubleshoot what might have gone wrong: Did you fully melt the shea butter and oil? Which oil did you use? Did you freeze the melted shea and oil just until firm and solid? Did you use a mixer to whip the lotion? The answers will help me figure out what might have happened :).

  • Simone says:

    Hello there,
    can this be used in the tropics or would it be too runny at our temperatures?

  • Monica Rasmussen says:

    For the face and body lotion recipe it calls for joba, avacodo or other oils OR coconut…which is best?

  • Karen T says:

    Hi,I made this wonderful lotion without the carrot seed oil. I added grape seed oil instead and It turned out extremely hard. I am wondering if I melt the lotion again and add maybe a TB spoon of olive oil or even coconut oil ,vitamin E oil or Emu oil? Then I prepare it the same way, by putting in freezer for 15 min and whipping for 2 min?
    Do you think whipping it for longer than you suggest make it harder by chance? I bet you answer these questions a dozen times,I am just not sure of myself yet? Thank you,Karen

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Karen, Whipping the lotion for a longer period of time will result in a harder lotion. Generally, it takes about 30 seconds for my lotion to reach its “peak.” You can definitely try melting it again (over very low heat to avoid burning the oils) and whipping it.

  • Sarah G says:

    Hi! I was wondering if the lavender can be substituted for something else? Or is it important to this blend? I have a sensitivity to lavender and I’ve grown to not really like the smell anymore (I know, I’m weird lol). Sorry if this seems like a silly question. I’ve never really used essential oils before. Thanks for your help!

  • Jennifer says:

    The recipe says to whip for a minute or two, which I did and the lotion was very hard. So I ready all the posts, re-melted, re-hardened and whipped for 30 seconds. It was still hard but not quite as bad. I used sunflower oil for the nourishing oil which may be the problem. Also, when it says 1/2 cup of shea butter, that is after melted, right? It also seemed really greasy rather than lotiony. I would love to have this come out perfect, so I could give it away. Any advice is appreciated.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jennifer, The lotion should be hard (at least when compared to store-bought lotions), but spreadable. I haven’t tried sunflower oil, so I’m not sure how it will effect the greasy feel of the lotion. The lotion should feel a bit greasy at first, but then easily absorb into the skin after a couple of minutes.

  • Isabel says:


    Can I use plain butter and olive oil?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Isabel, Plain butter will leave the skin feeling greasy and will rot. Shea butter is shelf-stable and absorbs into the skin. Olive oil can be used as the nourishing oil along with the shea butter.

  • veronicadg says:

    Love ur recipes.
    I made a second batch for my mom as a gift. It’s hard in consistency bt really Moisturising n feels like m pampering myself with these homemade recipes. Xoxo

  • Megan Ritenour says:

    Hi! I am excited to try making this. I did wonder . . . I would like to add zinc oxide to provide sun protection. Have you tried this yet? If so, I was wondering how it turned out and how much zinc oxide to add. Thanks!

  • Isabel says:

    Hi Kristin,

    I had forgotten to write to you, I bought shea butter and made the cream for my sisters birthday. She LOVED it! She wears it practically every day. Thanks soooo much,
    It was a bit dense for her skin at first but I added a little bit more of an ingridient.

  • Roberta says:

    Hi, I would like to try and make this lotion, but I’m little worried about using all of the essential oils. Could I just use the shea butter and jojoba oil to make a lotion? Or is it necessary to use the other oils for consistency? Thanks for your help

  • Bren says:

    Hi Kristin, I’m in my late 40’s, and I have sensitive/rosacea skin, and dry patches. I have used coconut oil, vitamin e, and frankincense essential oil on my face. I’m not sure if it’s the coconut oil that’s drying my face or the frankincense. Would you recommend me using your recipe for my face or should I eliminate some of the essential oil and add something different?? Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  • Jan Chavez says:

    I thought I would use lanolin for the nourishing oil, perhaps I used too mush because the cream is far too oily. Is there a way to save it and add something to it to make it less oily now or am I stuck with this batch?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jan, Lanolin is a really heavy wax-like oil, so it needs to be used in very small amounts. You could try doubling the shea butter and adding the second addition to the current lotion. Other than that, another option is to keep the lotion for a foot or hand cream for the winter.

  • Kay Aerts-Miller says:

    Hi Kristin, I know you mention that this recipe creates a ‘hard’ lotion. Mine turned out very hard, though softens as I rub it between my hands… I would really rather have a lotion that I don’t have to work so hard to get all over my body. What do you suggest to thin this to more of a lotion?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Kay, If your skin will tolerate a bit of coconut oil, you can try whipping the coconut oil into the existing lotion (you could also try adding a bit more oil–start with 1 teaspoon and go from there). Other than that, creating a soft lotion (more of a pump lotion) requires adding water usually, something I haven’t had success with when it comes to this particular recipe.

  • Nikki says:

    Hi Kristin,
    I too have started making my own body butters and lip balm. And while I love the way they make my skin feel, I wonder about bacteria. I do not use any preservatives and my recipe is very similar to yours. I’ve started to add small amounts of Vitamin E oil as I read that it acts as a preservative. But then recently, I read that Vitamin E oil is in fact not a preservative. And that using a jar to store and use the body butter is a breeding ground for bacteria. Even if the body butter looks and smells fine… I’m wanting to make up batches to give away to family, friends and teachers etc. for Christmas. But now I’m a bit concerned about the stability of the body butter. What are your thoughts on this?
    Lastly, I use raw Shea butter because I love the way it feels on my skin but I find that it really stinks. Do you find this as well?
    Thanks so much!!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Nikki, I don’t like to use water in recipes like this one because of the risk of contamination, particularly if I’m giving the lotion away or wanting it to last a while. As long as you’re using clean containers (you can sterilize the containers like you would do for canning in the dishwasher or boiling water) your gifts should be fine. Also, if you’re giving the lotion away and have a concern about contamination, I would wear gloves to avoid introducing bacteria into the jars/lotion with your hands. This recipe makes a very small batch, so you’ll need to increase the recipe for multiple gifts. I don’t think you need a preservative for this recipe, unless you want to add vitamin E as an antioxidant for the oils.

  • Linda says:

    Hello Kristin!

    Today I worked with shea butter for the first time and made this lotion! So far it feels great on my skin. But I’ve got one question! Shea butter has quite an olive-like scent to it, which I can’t really ‘numb out’ with the essential oils. Do you have any tips on how I can mask this scent?
    btw: I didn’t use the melting method but mashed the butter with a fork, added the oils and mashed it some more before putting it in the mixer.
    Thanks for all the beautiful inspiring blog posts!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Linda, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog and lotion. I’m not sure how to go about masking the shea butter scent (other than using strong essential oils). I personally really like the smell of shea butter and haven’t really played around with adding other scents (other than the oils). Sorry, I’m not much help there :).

      In the future, mango butter can be subbed for the shea butter.

  • Christeen says:

    Hi I made this but used Shea butter, pumpkin oil and lavender and tea tree. Cuz its what I was just wondering its very oily and I think I whipped it to much it started to break apart. Could I reheat it and add more essential oils? And maybe some arrowroot to decrease to oilness?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Christeen, I recommend waiting a day or two before adding the arrowroot. The oiliness that you’re currently experiencing may decrease once everything settles. If the lotion still needs an adjustment at that point, reheating and adding some arrowroot may work.

      • christeen says:

        thanku I’ll try that. also with the essential oils i only had lavender and tea tree with me. and the smell is so strong

  • Axelle says:

    Hi, I am going to try to make this cream at home but I am wondering, is the carrot seed oil you use an essential oil or carrier oil? For the lavender, rosemary and tee tree you specify “essential” but not for the carrot seed but when I click on the amazon link the bottle says it is an essential oil. Thanks for posting all these recipes, I can’t wait to try them out!

  • Emily says:

    Hi Kristin, I’m really enjoying your blog – thanks for sharing with us! I’m wondering if your children have used this lotion? I’d love to make some for my 2 year old… do you think it’s best to leave out the essential oils? Thanks again!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Emily, My daughter occasionally uses this lotion. I would suggest, as you mentioned, leaving out the essential oils with kids. You could add a bit of lavender, if you wanted to add something.

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