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DIY Lotion


There are so many situations in which a lotion is a better choice than a carrier oil to apply your essential oils to your skin. Plus, you have the added benefit of being able to customize the scent – especially if you just want a nice scented body lotion to apply after showering or bathing. I have tried several recipes over the years and this is one I like because it’s very simple, doesn’t require a lot of time and lasts for several months! If I make a larger batch – then I can share it with family, friends and neighbors! Join me in making your very own, customizable lotion!

What you’ll need:
  • 1 cup Carrier Oil ~ choose oils like olive oil or Grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil ~ the solid kind, not fractionated (liquid)
  • 1/2 cup beeswax pearls
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil (or 4-5 capsules pierced and squeezed out)
  • 20 drops essential oils of your choice (see below for blend ideas)
What you’ll do:
  1. Add beeswax pearls to a glass jar
  2. Add olive or grape seed oil and coconut oil
  3. Place jar (on a mason jar ring to discourage cracking) in a pan of water on the stove. Keep trepan on low or med-low.
  4. Allow mixture to heat and melt the beeswax, stirring if needed
  5. Once melted, remove from heat
  6. Stir in the Vitamin E oil along with your essential oils of choice.
  7. Allow to cool, capped, on the counter
  8. Store in a cool, dry place. Best used within 6 months. Refrigeration increases shelf life. I keep a small jar in the bathroom and the rest in the refrigerator for later use.

This is a thick lotion, and should be stored in a lidded jar. If you want to make a pump-dispensing lotion omit 2 tbsp of the beeswax pearls. Measure out the 1/2 cup recommended above, then remove 2 tbsp. This creates a looser version of the lotion and should be fine to dispense in a pump!

Blend Ideas for your lotion:

These formulations are per ounce of unscented lotion. Use desired amount of lotion and scale up appropriately.

  • Pain/Inflammation blend {great for sore muscles, sprains & strains} mix 4 drops Rosemary , 4 drops Black Pepper 2 drops Vetiver
  • Sweetly Floral blend {a nice everyday scent, for use after bath/shower} 2 drops Chamomile Roman , 2 drops Lavender, 1 drop Neroli
  • Good Night blend {have a relaxing nights sleep} 4 drops Chamomile Roman, 2 drops Sandalwood
  • You can always use one of our synergies, which are pre-blended for certain purposes, to add to your unscented lotion.

You can also keep your unscented lotion on hand for when you need a carrier to blend in certain situations like upset stomaches, chest colds, etc. Scoop out desired amount, generally 1 ounce, and mix oils into the lotion. Apply as needed to area of concern.

Don’t forget, we have aromatherapists on-staff to answer your questions or concerns!! Please email us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or join our Facebook group Safe Essential Oil Recipes.