Make your own moisturizing lotion for your hands, face, and skin. This natural handmade lotion has just two ingredients. A little goes a long way, so you can whip up a batch that will last a lot longer than store-bought options.
I came up with this handmade lotion recipe out of necessity. Both Sniffles(10) and Lil’ Wheezy(7) are allergic to lots of things. And I’ve developed a lot of allergies that I never had as a kid. So finding a lotion that we can all use has been challenging. After lots of research, I came up with a simple, two-ingredient recipe. You can change it up a little to suit your own preferences too.
Handmade lotion recipe
supplies and ingredients
- shea butter (I used Alaffia handcrafted shea butter.)
- coconut oil (I used the organic store brand at Sprouts, $6.99 for 14 oz.)
- stand mixer or whisk
- measuring spoons/cups
- empty container, such as a glass canning jar
Handmade lotion recipe instructions
Measure equal parts of the shea butter and coconut oil. I used a tablespoon to measure and ended up with three tablespoons of each. If you’re making a larger batch, you might want to measure with something a little larger. (Note that coconut oil melts at around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If your house is really warm, it might be a liquid, but should still work.)
Combine the shea butter and coconut oil in the bowl of the stand mixer and whip using the whisk attachment. You can also do this by hand with a mixing bowl and whisk pretty easily. Mix until thoroughly combined, which is only a few minutes.
At this point, you could also add a drop of an essential oil like eucalyptus or rosemary. I didn’t add anything. We like it, but it does have a fairly strong coconut scent.
Transfer the lotion to a clean container. I used a four-ounce glass canning jar and it was just the right size.
I made up some cute, printable labels for the lid. They are just the right size to fit between the flat lid and the ring.
Click HERE to download a page of printable lid labels, as seen in the photos.
FYI: A year later, I still had a ton of this left, even though I use it daily. It has been just fine in my bathroom cabinet. Use your best judgment, but mine lasted about 18 months before it started to separate and get grainy.
This is part of my 12 weeks of handmade Christmas gifts series. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out the other posts in the series for more creative gift ideas.