A creamy homemade lotion recipe that yields a natural hand and body moisturizer that repairs dry skin. It’s light and fluffy and never greasy!
Ever since I posted a recipe for a light, non-greasy moisturizing spray, I’ve had countless requests for a heavier, creamy homemade lotion recipe.
Today I’ll finally share my absolute favorite recipe for an all-natural hand and body cream that is light, fluffy, yet extremely moisturizing. The best part, it doesn’t leave your skin greasy like all the popular body butter recipes you find all over the Internet!
This creamy moisturizer will repair your dry skin after a long winter, but it’s light enough to carry you all the way through a hot summer.
Homemade Lotion: A Non-Greasy Moisturizer
A creamy homemade lotion recipe that yields a natural hand and body moisturizer that repairs dry skin. It's light and fluffy and never greasy!
- Prep Time
- 15 minutes
- Active Time
- 1 hour
- Total Time
- 1 hour 15 minutes
- 16 ounces
- Estimated Cost
In a medium-sized bowl combine aloe vera gel, Vitamin E oil, and essential oils. Set aside for later, allowing it to come to room temp. (Sometimes it even helps to set this in a warm water bath to bring it closer to the temperature of the oil/wax mixture you'll be adding it to. This helps it emulsify.)
Add grated beeswax and oil to a glass measuring cup. Place measuring cup in a saucepan of water and bring water to a gentle boil. Heat, stirring occasionally until beeswax is completely melted then carefully remove the measuring cup from the pot.
Pour beeswax/oil mixture into a blender and allow to cool. (Move on to step 4 when it has cooled down but is still soft.)
Once cooled, turn the blender on LOW. Remove the top of the blender and pour aloe vera mixture in a SLOW, continuous stream.
Stop blender as often as needed to run a spatula around sides to incorporate ingredients. If some liquid is pooling at the top, stop frequently to push it around with a spatula. (This step may take as long as 10-15 minutes, and patience is key!) Continue blending until desired consistency is reached. (We use and highly recommend a Vitamix blender.)
Transfer moisturizer to clean jars and refrigerate any portion that will not be used up within a few weeks.
Notes for DIY Lotion Success
- Vitamin E oil is a natural preservative but doesn’t keep indefinitely so use within 2-3 months. I keep a small container of it in the bathroom and refill it from the large jar in the refrigerator. (Although I will say – I conducted an experiment with this cream, and found that it did not change in smell, consistency, or color for almost eight months when kept at room temperature. However, I don’t recommend keeping it around this long, as bacteria can begin to grow in homemade products containing water.)
- I experiment with different essential oil blends in this homemade lotion recipe, you should too. My current favorite is a mixture of lavender, lemon, and eucalyptus.
- It bears repeating that patience is key while blending and waiting for this cream to emulsify. Do not leave the blender unattended. Also, be sure to continuously push any separated liquid around so it reaches the blades. You can add a pinch of borax to the mixture if you’re really having trouble getting it to emulsify. (Find cosmetic grade borax powder here.)
- This moisturizer can also be made with a stick blender or hand mixer.
Tips for Cleaning after Making Lotion
- After making this homemade lotion, scrape residuals off the blender and utensils before cleaning. Rub this excess into your hands.
- After transferring jars, wipe out the blender thoroughly with old rags (paper towel works too). This prevents oils and beeswax from going down the sink and clogging drains.
- Fill blender halfway with water, add a few drops of dish soap, and blend on high for a few minutes. Add a little sea salt to the blender for scrubbing if needed.
- Clean blender and utensils in hot soapy water.
We hope you enjoy this natural recipe, it has become a favorite in our house.
Let us know what you think about this homemade lotion!