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Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe

By September 16, 2013 December 8th, 2015 DIY

Here’s the homemade coconut oil lotion recipe that I use on my legs, feet, preggo belly…even my face!  I love this coconut oil lotion so much that I decided to make jars of it for all of the special ladies on my Christmas list this year. Here’s everything you need to know to make some of your own.

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotions

I even created free printable gift tags that you can use to label your homemade coconut oil lotions so everyone will know what’s inside.

I mean, really, how cute are these?!

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - label
Coconut oil is the perfect base for this simple lotion.  It’s all-natural, and it smells great.  Since it can be used in cooking too, I feel even better about using it on my skin.  No harsh or nasty chemicals inside.

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - coconut oil

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If you’ve never used coconut oil before, it’s solid at room temperature and turns into a liquid oil when heated.  I think the solid oil makes the perfect moisturizer.  You only need a to use a pea-sized amount, and it absorbs quickly into a matte texture.

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - oil top
Add a bit of essential oils and you’re improving your mind and body at the same time.

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - essential oils
Essential oils are all-natural, highly concentrated extracts from the aromatic parts of plants.  In a previous blog post, I shared how I use essential oils to make simple, homemade cleaners.

For the special ladies in my life, I chose organic lavender essential oil and organic geranium essential oil from Wyndmere Naturals.  Lavender essential oil is used to calm, soothe, balance, and restore.  Geranium essential oil is said to uplift, balance, and reduce stress and anxiety.  I’m sure all of the women I know could use a little more calm and a little less stress!

This coconut oil lotion recipe makes 18 jars of homemade lotion.  Each one costs less than $5 to make.  (To be exact, they cost $4.47 each.  Let me know if you want a detailed cost break-down.)  If you want to save even more money, you can shop around for deals or use non-organic products.  Personally, I think spending less than $5 on a homemade and thoughtful gift is a steal!

Just make sure to keep at least one jar of each scent for yourself.  You are going to love this stuff!

Coconut Oil “Lotion” Recipe with Essential Oils

Warning: While the final lotions are lightly scented, the concentrated essential oils are highly aromatic so you’ll want to mix your lotions outside.  If working outside isn’t an option, please choose a well-ventilated area and consider wearing a mask over your nose and mouth.  (The scents themselves are non-toxic, but I won’t want you to end up with a headache.)

Materials

{Free Printables for Gift Tags}

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - materials

Directions

1. Wash and dry your jars, lids, and screw bands in hot, soapy water and dry.  (If you want to know more about the anatomy of glass canning jars, check out my canning tips for beginners.)

2. If you are using more than one scent of essential oil, label your jars so that you’re able to tell them apart after filling. (I used the stickers that came with the Ball jars.  I labeled half of my jars with stars.)

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - labels

3. Heat coconut oil to liquid state.  This can be done by storing in a warm room, placing outside in the sun, or heating in the microwave one at a time for 60-90 seconds (lids removed).

(Heating the coconut oil makes it easier to mix with the essential oil and pour into jars.)

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - liquid

4. Remove the lids of your essential oil bottles and remove the dropper tops (if they come with them).

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - dropper

5. Measure 1 teaspoon of essential oil into each jar of coconut oil.

(If you are using different scents of essential oils, wash the measuring spoon in-between scents.)

6. Stir each jar of coconut oil and essential oil mixture.

(I used the handles of two wooden spoons.  One for each scent of essential oil.)

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - stir

7. Carefully pour the coconut oil and essential oil mixtures into glass jars.  Fill until 1/4 inch from the top of the jar.

If you are using glass jelly jars, you will fill to the top screw line.

(Are you insanely impressed that I can pour and take a photo at the same time?  I got skills!)

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - pour

8. Top each jar with a lid and screw band.

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - lids
Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - bands

9. Allow oil to cool to room temp.

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - cool

10. Label with gift tags.  If you want to use my free printable gift tags, simply print, cut, hole punch, and tie with 17-inch pieces of elastic thread.

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - printable labels
Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - label materials
Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - tie
Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe

11. Store in a cool, dry place until ready to gift.

Nitty-Gritty Directions (without pics)

  1. Wash and dry your jars, lids, and screw bands in hot, soapy water and dry.
  2. If you are using more than one scent of essential oil, label your jars so that you’re able to tell them apart after filling.
  3. Heat coconut oil to liquid state.
  4. Remove the lids of your essential oil bottles and remove the dropper tops (if they come with them).
  5. Measure 1 teaspoon of essential oil into each jar of coconut oil.
  6. Stir each jar of coconut oil and essential oil mixture.
  7. Carefully pour the coconut oil and essential oil mixtures into glass jars.  Fill until 1/4 inch from the top of the jar.
  8. Top each jar with a lid and screw band.
  9. Allow oil to cool to room temp.
  10. Label with gift tags.  If you want to use my free printable gift tags, simply print, cut, hole punch, and tie with 17-inch pieces of elastic thread.
  11. Store in a cool, dry place until ready to gift.

There’s an exception to Step #11: The jars that you’re going to keep for yourself.  Open those bad boys up and starting using them!

Do you love coconut oil as much as I do? How do you use it?!

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Allison

In looking at essential oils I noticed there are several that say not to use if pregnant? Can you tell me why this is and which ones are safe? I was wanting to use Lavender, but that’s one that says not to use during pregnancy or while breast feeding.

KC Shaw
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KC Shaw

Please do not use Peppermint essential oil when pregnant as it can cause contractions to start too early in pregnancy.

Diane Evans
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Like Camomile tea, lavender relaxes muscles which is not what you want if carrying a baby.

Allison
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Allison

This is all new to me. You say 1% dilution…can you please explain that to me?

Natalie Law
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Natalie Law

Thank you for the uses of Coconut oil. once it has harden, do you simply rub your fingers across the top and then onto skin? Also, I would love to opportunity to teach you about the differences in essential oils. We use them for everything, even instead of over the counter medicines.

Marla
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Marla

Hi Kelly, I was expecting the coconut oil lotion recipe to be more like a lotion. But all you did was add the essential oil to it and called it a lotion. Why is that? Its still just an oil. I work alot with essentials oils. I have a cleaning company and make my own basic cleaner with essential oils. I love it and so do all my customers.

Victoria Lee
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Victoria Lee

Hi Marla,

Please send me information on your cleaning products to Victorialee1243@gmail.com.

Thanks,
Victoria

Paula Nierengarten
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Paula Nierengarten

Kelly, I made “Gardener’s Sugar Scrub” for friends at Christmas. My niece told me about the uses of coconut oil, then I found your site… I’m excited to start making more gifts! End mere products and oils are the absolute best! Thanks for your attention to detail and your mission statement. I will be sharing with my friends.

Marcelyn
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Marcelyn

What was the consistency like in this lotion? A friend taught me how to make it but adding emulsifying wax. Hers turned out super thick and silky but mine is runny and grainy, almost like an exfoliator.

Matthew
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Matthew

Emulsifying wax is one way to create an emulsification. One can also use a combination of other natural emulsifying agents together that will work similarly. Beeswax or soy lechtin with shea butter will also work to moisturize your skin while delivering any essential oil blend you wish to add to your mixture. Ideally, a homogenizer should be used to assure a smooth product. If there are lumps or it is grainy, then perhaps all the ingredients didn’t get mixed thoroughly. Remember, this is chemistry not so different than making gravy – adding the right amount of emulsifying agent, correct proportions… Read more »