Our skin is in constant need of moisture irrespective of the season. Be it humidity or nippy weather, our skin can get dehydrated easily and it’s crucial to feed it with some moisture and desire. We often tend to pay attention to our facial skin and unknowingly neglect our body’s skin. But, the skin on our body can also get extremely dry and dehydrated leading to white or dark patches, flaking and peeling skin and more.
Enter body lotions, a quick and one-stop solution to control dryness and infuse moisture into the epidermis. Market-bought body lotions are great but do you know that you can also craft a bespoke homemade body lotion for yourself? DIY skills are one that has definitely upgraded in the past few months and that brings us to the art of making your own homemade body lotion.
What are the benefits of a homemade body lotion?
If you have a sensitive skin type or your skin that generally doesn’t sit well with synthetic products, such DIY homemade body lotion recipes are perfect for you. Firstly, because you get all kinds of preservatives and harmful chemicals out of your way and expose your skin to only those ingredients that suit it.
You also get the advantage of customizing your lotion by adding or subtracting ingredients that you prefer and can also play with the fragrance of it by mixing essential oils of your choice. All in all, a homemade body lotion is a great idea to give your skin some time off the market-bought ones and nourish it with the goodness of pure and skin-loving ingredients.
Here are a few homemade body lotion recipes that you can try out.
Cocoa Butter & Rose Water Body Lotion
We all are aware of the benefits of cocoa butter and rose water for the skin. While the former is great to achieve smooth and deeply nourished skin, the latter is best to soothe and calm the skin, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and cooling properties. This homemade body lotion recipe is perfect for humid and sticky weather as it’s quick-absorbing as well as cooling.
- 2 tablespoons beeswax
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons vitamin E oil
- 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
- ¾ cup rose water
Melt all your thick ingredients like beeswax, cocoa butter along with almond oil in a double boiler technique. A double boiler technique refers to placing a glass bowl on top of the other one which is exposed to direct flame and adding the product you wish to melt in the bowl above.
Once you see the ingredients behind to melt and mix, add vitamin E oil and take it off the flame in the next minute. Next, add rose water into a blender and as soon as you observe the water blending, slowly pour in the oil mixture. Once it emulsifies and blends, your creamy white homemade body lotion is ready.
Aloe Vera & Grapeseed Body Lotion
Aloe vera is a blessing for your skin, you have to admit that. Its cooling and soothing properties are capable of taking care of most skin (and heat-caused) concerns under the roof. Grapeseed oil is another gem of an ingredient that offers a bunch of benefits to the skin.
Start by combining aloe vera, vitamin E oil and essential oil in a small bowl for them to come at room temperature and mix well. Next, combine the beeswax and grapeseed oil in a bowl and place them in a pan full of boiling water. Keep stirring to avoid lumps while boiling and take it off the pan once the wax has melted completely. Once it cools down, combine the wax and aloe vera mixtures into a blender and blend until your smooth homemade body lotion is formed.
Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Body Lotion
If you are hesitant about using beeswax in your homemade body lotion, you can opt for this recipe. This one is loaded with nourishing oils and butter like coconut oil, shea butter and avocado oil that is perfect for extremely parched and dry skin. It’s great for the upcoming winters too. You can use any essential oil, or switch up the lavender one with cinnamon or ginger for that extra warmth.
- 1/2 cup of shea butter
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of avocado oil.
- 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 10 drops of essential oil
Since there’s no beeswax here, the melting time reduces considerably. All the oils and butter have a quick melting tendency. So first, combine the coconut oil, avocado oil and shea butter in a container and place it on medium flame until they melt and liquify completely. Once that’s done, get that mixture off the flame and add 8 - 10 drops of any essential oil and give it a nice mix. Place it in the fridge until it solidifies a bit. Then add arrowroot powder and mix, your homemade body lotion is ready.
Raw Honey & Vanilla Body Lotion
Honey is known for its skin-enriching properties. It’s great to soften the skin and add glow and radiance. In this homemade body lotion, you combine a few nourishing oils and butter with fragrant essential oils for a lotion that isn’t just moisturizing but also uplifts the mood.
- 3 tablespoons raw honey
- ½ cup shea butter
- ½ cup extra virgin coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 20 drops frankincense essential oil
Start by adding honey, coconut oil and shea butter to a container. Add vanilla extract and give it a quick mix. Next, let this mix begin to melt using the double boiler technique. Once everything is nicely mixed and blended, take it off the heat and place it aside to let it cool down and come to room temperature. Place this mix in a fridge to solidify. Once it’s converted in a solid state, add the frankincense essential oil and blend it with a hand blender. A soft, fluffy and whipped homemade body lotion is what you get.
Glycerin & Coconut Oil Body Lotion
Glycerin has been a part of moisturizing creams and lotions since forever. It’s a humectant that locks in the moisture of your skin. And coconut oil may not be the best option for your face but definitely gives your body a moisture rush without clogging the pores. If you want to create a no-heat and fuss-free homemade body lotion, this is the one for you.
- 1 cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup glycerin
- 30 drops lemon essential oil
Take a huge bowl and combine the two main ingredients- coconut oil and glycerin and give it a good mix. Next, add lemon essential oil drops and mix gently again. That’s it, your lotion is ready. It’s really that simple.
Q. Can you store homemade body lotions?
A. Yes, you can store these lotions but not for too long. Try finishing these lotions within a month or so to avoid any reaction.
Q. Which is the best homemade lotion for dry skin?
A. All the lotions with cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter and avocado oils are great for dry skin since they offer high-intensity nourishment.
Q. How can I make homemade body lotion acne-friendly?
A. You can do so by avoiding coconut oil which may clog the pores and stick to tea tree oil as a choice for the essential oil.