Homemade Lavender Body Lotion


Body lotions and oils are great for the winter.  Cold weather, indoor heat, hot showers all dry out skin and it’s great to have lotions or oils on hand to soothe skin.  The problem is that natural chemical free and gluten free lotions are very expensive to buy.  Also, a lot of the so-called natural body products still have some undesirable ingredients in them.  Sometimes I am amazed at the lengthy list of ingredients and the number of ingredients that look like chemical names in products that say natural on the label.  I have never found a lotion in the store that meets all my standards and also is a reasonable cost.  This is why I decided to start making my own lotion.   This is how I make my lotion:

Lavender Body Lotion

Tools needed: I have separate tools just for lotion making


  1. Sterilize all tools by using the dishwasher or boiling water.
  2. Pour the distilled water into the blender and set aside.
  3. Pour the oil or combination of oils into the glass measuring cup
  4. Shave off the bees wax with a knife or vegetable peeler (it usually comes in a block), measure and put into the measuring cup with the oil.
  5. Heat water in a pot and create a double boiler with the glass measuring cup to melt the bees wax into the oil.
  6. When the bees wax is melted remove the measuring cup from the double boiler and let sit for 2 minutes.
  7. Turn on the blender with the water already in it and slowly pour the oil into the blender creating an emulsion
  8. Once the oil and water are fully combined, add your essential oils for scent. (I like Young Living oils best)
  9. Add some tea tree oil or grapefruit seed extract to act as a “preservative”
  10. Blend until combined.
  11. Transfer into mason jars to store.

This is what the finished product looks like…

This recipe has worked well for me and it makes 2-3 small jars of lotion.  The lotion is very soothing and seems like a luxurious expensive creme which is why I love it.  The lavender scent is also very calming.  You can make changes to the recipe to get the lotion you like the best – change the different oils that you use or you can use herbal infused oil which adds a nice touch.  One of my favorite infused oils is calendula infused oil – I use this to make diaper rash creme for my daughter which has worked great.

Do you make your own lotion?  Do you have any tips or tricks to share?  What are you favorite oils or herbs to use in lotions?



  1. lucea says

    Thank you so for this post and so quickly as I only mentioned it yesterday. Your blog is FANTASTIC and so informative……I only wished you lived in the most southern part of NJ so you could offer classes.

  2. BarbaraG says

    I have been making lotions and creams for over 10years. I love lavender and find it very soothing. While your formula is a nice one, I have to remind you this needs to be refrigerated because the tea tree does have some preservative value, but you’d have to use an awful lot of it and would seriously compromise the lavender scent. grapefruit seed extract is in fact NOT a preservative, but an anti oxidant. As careful as you have advised in the recipe ( which was excellent!) bacteria can still get in, especially when it is used. Please keep making the lotions, just be sure to refrigerate and then chuck it out after 2 months, maximum. I cannot imagine my life without my lotions and creams (or soaps, for that mater!) not only are they fun to make, but far superior to what I find in the stores both in quality and price.

    I was complemented on my very soft skin just before surgery by my nurse. I explained it was because of my soap and years of lotion making. I’m 57 years old and really don’t look it!

      • says

        I was going to ask about how long this lasts, so I appreciate that the information about refrigerating and 2 months was provided in the comments. I have been making coconut oil based butters/creams, but they just weren’t working for me and I think it was because they didn’t contain any water. Even though I was applying the butters right out of the shower, in a steamy bathroom, my skin was miserably dry by the end of every day and started cracking. I was planning on researching how to incorporate water and what natural preservatives I could add, due to that addition. Was thinking about adding mineral oil to do a better job sealing in the water. But, then someone posted this on FB. So, think I’ll be trying this recipe! Thanks!!

  3. Miranda says

    I’m assuming that’s 3/4 a CUP of oil (the first ingredient). You didn’t specify…And wouldn’t an addition of vitamin E be a good preservative? I would think with lavender, tea tree& vit. E it would be shelf stable for several months…

      • Kathy White says

        Roxanne, vitamin E is definitely not a preservative! It is an anti-oxidant that delays rancidity when added to oils, it does nothing to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. Lotions that are not preserved properly can and will grow bacteria, which can cause someone to get a bacterial infection. That can be quite serious, even life-threatening. It would be better if you changed your recipe to either include a real preservative or give instructions to refrigerate the lotion and discard after a maximum of 2 weeks. Any lotion that contains water is a potential breeding ground for bacteria, especially when someone puts their hands or fingers into the container.

        • Lisa says

          so it’s the water that causes the problem? If no water is add what is the shelf life? I also make my own bath scrub and water gets in from the shower. Thanks, Lisa

          • says

            Body butters which are basically made from only oils (no water) have a longer shelf life. In my personal experience I have had spoilage on any homemade lotion or body butter.

        • essismom says

          I was thinking that the distilled water would be pre-purified, since heat is involved in creating it; however protecting it from contamination after opening would be important. I’d probably boil bottled water just to cover my bases. It’s true that bacteria are happy when there’s water for life, like any living thing.

          Another idea is to make smaller pots (or lidded squirt bottles?) and keep the extras in fridge. Would one smaller pot kept in the bathroom for a week or two be in danger of spoilage?

          Oh, another idea would be to use a small plastic spoon to serve your lotion, and keep your mits out! (tho for me I’d be using it after shower, so would be using clean hands only)

          I can’t wait to try your recipe, thanks!

  4. Shirley says

    I made this today! Mine came out a little to liquidy I don’t think I added enough bees wax. Is there any way I can thicken it now?

  5. janet says

    Made this was amazing did make a few changes in the oil i added vitamin E oil this is a preservative i also added 1 extra TBSP of beesewax and it turned out awesome thank you for posting

  6. says

    I have been making and selling my own lotion with a similar recipe, but a bit different, for the past 2.5 years. I find that with the use of water, even distilled, bacteria are introduced and so they tend to keep only 2-4 months before I might get some mold growth. Honestly that doesn’t really bother me; I just skim off the mold and use what is underneath. I do find that I can only sell the freshly made lotions though.

  7. Laura Peck says

    My lotion got very, very thick and the water separated from the other ingredients. How can I get this to not separate?

    • says

      Hmmm, that is weird. That hasn’t happened to me. I have read on other blogs of people switching around the pouring and pour the water into the oil instead of my method and it worked better for them. Personally this method has always worked for me and have not had any problems. That is frustrating I’m sorry that happened to you!!

    • Gabrielle says

      Some water also separated from mine too. Glad to know this was a fluke and should not happen! I think I added the oils too quickly to the water. I’ll try alternating oil and water with the next batch, which I’ll be making soon as I’m nearly out of this fantastic lotion! I had no problem with mold and did not refrigerate, though it was used up within about a month.

      It was a luxurious, whipped butter consistency at first, then settled into a thicker lotion with pockets of water in it.

      I used coconut oil and loved the result! I’m wondering how these proportions hold up in warmer weather since I’d like it to remain emulsified and not melt during the summer. Would I just use a bit more beeswax to keep it from melting? I also don’t really want it to become a lotion bar. Any advice?

      Thanks so much for this fantastic recipe! If a newbie like me can make it, everyone can and should! :o)

  8. Lisa says

    Hi there – Great recipe
    here are some tips that might help
    Oil and water should be same temperature – room temp works great. (then they will not separate when emulsified)
    Put oil into blender (1st) turn blender on Med – Very slowly in a small stream add the water.
    Essential oils can be added to the oil mix or at the end
    Re: coconut oil -this can be Very drying, use sparingly max 8% of your total oil percentage
    Hope this helps

  9. Tanisha says

    For extra oomph, you can add a tsp to the distilled h20 and make a tea. It would make it extra lavender. Just strain it well.

  10. Lauren Caplan says

    I would love to make this but I’m on a limited budget and I can’t afford a blender (which is expensive) when I just purchased a NutriBullet that put me back $107 to extract my organic foods. And Essential oils get expensive, although I do have Lavender,Pepperment,Lemon,and Vanilla. If you want to feel smooth and creamy all over take a 20 Spa bath by adding a handful of sea salts, 10 drops of lavender oil, and 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath…it feels great, and you don’t even need body lotion afterwards. I also add Essential Lemon oil to my Loreal Face Cream…it keeps my face from getting wrinkles and keeps my skin smooth and creamy especially for winter months. People have told me I look 15-20 years younger than I am , and I am 61 years old. Coconut oil mixed with whatever essential oil you want to mix it with heals dry skin. You don’t need mason jars and blenders, and a complicated recipe. It’s so much easier just to add things to the creams and lotions that you have…and they last a long time. I am on a tight budget and I spend most of my money on organic foods and spring water…doing that alone will make you look younger and feel better.

      • chuck says

        I have dry skin here in colorado, found this recipe on line a few years ago and have made changes as to what works, I use 1/4 c emulsifying wax nf, 1/4c olive oil, 1 1/4c distilled water, tbls aloe vera, tbls jojoba oil, tbls castor oil, tbls avocado oil and change to diffrent oils that I like to smell. but none in summer as my honey bees like me too much. Heat wax and oils to 105 , then water to 105 then pour water into oils, it turns white, stir real well then add what smell you like. let sit til solid usually 45 min.or so. If after it is too stiff just add a little distilled water,reheat restir. be careful it gets hot and stays hot. DO not work around a open flame with the oils. THEY will burn real easy.


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