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Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe

By September 16, 2013DIY

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.)


{Free Printables for Gift Tags}

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe - materials


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?!


  • Allison says:

    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.

    • Kelly says:

      I’m not an expert, but I talked to a couple of customer service reps at Wyndmere Naturals (where I get my oils), and they recommend a 1% dilution for pregnant women and children. That’s what I use and I’m currently 38 weeks pregnant and still breastfeeding my two year old. I love lavender essential oil. Happy mixing!

      • Alexia says:

        What is the purpose of making it a liquid form before creating the lotion? Other recipes have you whip the coconut oil?

        • Kelly says:

          I melted it so it would mix better with the essential oil, but it’s not necessary if your coconut oil is somewhat soft. Mine was very cold and solid at the time.

          • Sarah says:

            I melted the coconut oil and let it set overnight expecting to use my fabulous cream this morning and it still in a liquid state – any suggestions?

          • Kelly says:

            Put it somewhere below 76 degrees F.

      • Ginger says:

        Please be careful with babies and using oils while pregnant. A simple Google search will reveal which oils to stay away from.

    • KC Shaw says:

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

    • Diane Evans says:

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

  • Allison says:

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

    • Kelly says:

      Of course! Typically, essential oils are diluted in some kind of liquid or carrier oil (like water or vinegar for cleaning or coconut oil or jojoba oil for massage or skincare). A 1% dilution means a mixture of 1% essential oil and 99% liquid/carrier oil. To help people figure out what 1% means, I created a free printable chart in a previous blog post about using essential oils in simple homemade cleaners. Wyndmere Naturals also has a dilution chart. Let me know what other questions you have and I’ll help however I can!

  • Natalie Law says:

    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 says:

    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.

  • Paula Nierengarten says:

    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.

    • Kelly says:

      Yay! Thank you for your kind words. I’m having so much fun experimenting with coconut oil, Wyndmere Naturals essential oils, and homemade products. More to come!

  • Marcelyn says:

    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.

    • Kelly says:

      The coconut oil is a soft solid at room temperature, but melts and absorbs into your skin on contact. You might like these lotion “bars” of mine:

      Lotion bars

      Lavender lotion sticks

      Just rub into your skin anywhere you apply lotion.

      I’m also sharing an awesome recipe for whipped body butter this month! 🙂

    • Matthew says:

      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 of water/oil phases and proper mixing all affect the final product.

  • deborah says:

    please add me to you email list

  • Geneva says:

    Can you tell me what program you use to make your cute tags?

  • Mary Frazier says:

    I’ve started stocking essential & carrier oils with an eye toward making my own lotions, cleaners & such – without a clue how to do it but with great determination to learn. Thanx for the help!

    • Kelly says:

      Yay! I’ve been slowly expanding my collection of essential oils and how I use them and I’m hooked! Just take one step at a time. You will love them!!

  • Lisa says:

    Thanks for this!! I am def going to give it a try!!

  • sunitha says:

    hi, I am interested in starting a business selling the coconut lotion. Please provide me with more information.

    Kind regards

  • Lodz says:

    Hello Kelly,
    Love the site! I was curious how you came up with the price of 4.47…If you can share the breakdown, I would love to know it.


    • Kelly says:

      I added up the prices of the items listed under “materials” and divided by 18. That included multiplying the price of the jars by 1.5 since you’ll need 18 of them. I did not include shipping. I think some of the prices on Amazon have changed since I wrote this post back in September because I added them up again today and got $4.29.

      Hope this helps!

  • Sonja says:

    I was just talking to my hair dresser about coconut oil. She takes a body brush to her skin to exfoliate first before she puts on coconut oil. My family gets really dry skin and eczema in the winter. This is my next go to lotion instead of the gazillion I’ve spent on lotions over the years. I also get tired of a smell, or I buy one that seems okay at the store and then doesn’t smell good after wearing it.

    • Kelly says:

      The more I use homemade natural products, the more I dislike the stuff sold in stores. I think you’ll really like my coconut oil sugar scrubs too. I have very dry skin and use it with this lotion year-round. You’ll probably like a lot of the “DIYs” on my blog. Homemade chapstick, lip gloss, hand soap, and more! 🙂

  • Penny says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I love essential oils and coconut oil but never imagined combining the two! Sweet idea! Light and love to you and yours!

  • Amanda says:

    Love this! I was looking for some inexpensive, creative Christmas gifts last year so I made some coconut oil sugar scrubs and they were a huge hit. I’ve been using the scrub ever since as well as coconut oil in place of lotion. So, naturally, I was thrilled to find this post about mixing essential oils in as well! Thanks so much for the detailed tutorial, helpful pics and adorable gift tags!!

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  • Sarah says:

    I’ve recently fallen in love with all-things coconut! Can’t wait to try your recipes! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Jaimee says:

    Does it matter if the coconut oil is refined or unrefined? I tried this yesterday and the oil never solidified again sitting in room temps. It is still 100% liquid. I’m so bummed! Did I use the wrong oil? Thanks!

  • Heather says:

    Mine never solidified either. I used everything the same as you did. Any suggestions? It is sitting at room temperature. Should I put it in the fridge?

    • Kelly says:

      Coconut oil is a liquid at temperatures above 76 degrees F. You can try putting it in the fridge, but it will melt again if you take it out and store it somewhere above 76 degrees.

    • Alexia says:

      Did yours ever solidify? Mine is still liquid as well- I just wasted a lot of my essential oils! :-/ Now what can I use all of this for??

      • Kelly says:

        Coconut oil is solid below 76 degrees F, and liquid above that temperature. To solidify it, you just need to cool it. Place it in a cool dry place. If you want to speed it up, you can place it in the refrigerator. I’m not sure if that would do long-term damage to the oils though.

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  • Grace says:

    How much oil would you use if you were just making one 4oz jar?

  • Mira says:

    How long does it take the coconut oil lotion to be absorbed? I’m worried it might stain my clothes/sofa/bed…
    Thanks 🙂

  • Tricia says:

    I can’t wait to try this!

  • Michelle says:

    Christmas gifts!

  • Christina says:

    Hi I want to make this for Christmas gifts this year I was wondering how long they would last before they go bad . Also for the coconut oil scrubs. And also how do you know they went bad.

    Thanks 🙂

  • Linda says:

    Thanks for your information..

  • Sarah G. says:

    Hi there to Kelly,
    First off- Thank you for posting these awesome recipes! I’m currently trying to perfect a Sugar Scrub & maybe start on a lotion after that.
    My question to you is about the Coconut Oil- By itself, does it smell like coconut? If so, does it matter on which essential oils you mix with it? Do you have to factor in the coconut smell?
    I’d greatly appreciate a reply, I can’t seem to find out online anywhere & I’m worried I won’t be able to mix other Scents with it.
    Thanks again for the posts! Great ideas

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Sarah. It really depends on the coconut oil. Some brands have a stronger coconut oil smell and others are very mild. I’d say, in general, that the coconut oil smell isn’t very strong and will work with pretty much any essential oil. Which essential oils do you want to add? After trying the lavender and geranium, I tried lemon, tea tree, and breathe blend and they were all awesome.

  • katrina says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I made this and fell in love. I would like to make this with my students for Valentines Day presents to their mom. How do I make the labels if I don’t have Photoshop. I am going to whip the coconut oil, I wanted to change the writing on the labels. Thanks. Keep up the excellent work.

  • Chuck says:

    Kelly, I am trying to make an all natural face moisturizer for my daughter using Coconut oil, but it will not mix with the essential oils. I melted it with warm water and it seemed to mix with the oils, but then it separated. After it cooled off it was almost entirely separated. The coconut oil was little balls of white coconut floating in the other oils (and the Aloe Vera gel). So I tried another batch using a blender to mix it all together. Same result. The coconut oil separated and hardened at room temperature. What in the world am I doing wrong. Every product I have is expensive all natural and with no additives and fresh.

    • Kelly says:

      Can you tell me all of the ingredients in the recipe that you used? It’s hard for me to figure out what’s going on without that information. In this particular recipe that wouldn’t happen because there’s only a little bit of essential oil added.

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  • Lisa says:

    I made an acne type cream using coconut oil and 4 essential oils.. I love it.. the oils mixed well and you only need to use very little it will last a long time. now i’m looking for lotion recipes

  • Nicole says:

    Kelly, i enjoyed your article. I recently read an article, on a different website, that suggests putting coconut oil in a mixer and whipping it for 10 minutes. They claim this creates a more common lotion texture, and that the coconut oil never solidifies again. Have you ever tried this method, and if so, did it work?

    • Kelly says:

      I’ve never tried it, but I find it hard to believe that the coconut oil won’t solidify if cooled below 76 degrees F. I’d love to know how it goes if you try it.

  • Elizabeth Cintron says:

    You don’t sell your home made coconut product?
    I like to buy it.

  • Elizabeth Cintron says:

    I like to know if you are selling your coconut product.

  • Heather says:

    Love this! I’m actually in the process of making one for myself but what if you are only making one jar? Do you know the amount of essential oils you would put in just one jar? For instance I am using Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca and Lemon.

  • Nicole says:

    Love that you gave such a detailed recipe!!! I am new to using coconut oil so I bought both the refined organic and the unrefined organic. Which do I use for skin care and then what would the other one be for???

  • Jessica says:

    So I’m looking to make a lotion/rub for my friend. I will be using 3 EO. I have Organic Coconut Oil but wasn’t sure if she’d use it. I was thinking about a plain unscented lotion instead. Have you heard anything like that? Her and her family suffer from allergies bad. I thought they.. it at least she could try it and see if it helps her. I’m still new to all of this. Thanks for this recipe too!

    • Kelly says:

      I’m leaning toward making a lotion yourself, regardless of whether it’s made with coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, etc.

  • christina says:

    What is the ratio if I only want to make a small amount as a sample to see if I like it? This is my first time using coconut oil so I am a little nervous about using it the wrong way. Also thanks for the Sugar scrub recipe -can’t wait to make it!

  • Shanda says:

    I have seen some super cute ideas on your page, thanks! Just wondering how you get pure coconut oil to not be greasy…I have made a few butters/scrubs and it’s always greasy to me the only time I have had it not be is fractionated coconut oil….

    • Kelly says:

      I guess it feels a little bit oily when applied to the skin, but it always soaks in quickly. I have dry skin so I really like the texture.

    • Karin Ebner says:

      You are using too much when applying. It should only Feel greasy on the skin for a few mins, then have been completely absorbed. You o my need to use about 10% of the amount you’d use of a regular lotion. If skin is extremely dry, apply every few hours.

  • moelricardo says:

    Coconut oil is a multi-purpose, coconut oil to improve the skin, and show who you are.

  • Nia says:

    Hiya, I was wondering if you could put more than one EO into the lotion e.g. grapefruit and bergamot? If yes how much of each per pot?

  • Dawn says:

    Hi! I just ran across your lotion recipe after finding your sugar scrub. I have been using coconut oil in several ways for about six months, and LOVE it. I wanted to share a little something that I do as well. While mixing EO into the oil peirce a couple of vitamin E capsules and mix in as well. Vitamin E is great for the eyes , especially under eye circles!
    Your recipe also works great for eye makeup remover ?
    I plan on trying the scrub this weekend, can’t wait! Thx for sharing!!!

  • Karin Ebner says:

    Heating the coconut oil in a microwave kills all its benefits. Actually, heating anything in a microwave (such as food) kills the nutrients (vitamins, minerals, anything…) That’s why so many people suffer from nutrient defficiency.

  • Trisha says:

    I am so going to make these jars of lotion/oil. Is there another oil I could add to mix w/ lavender besides geranium?

    • Kelly says:

      I’m definitely not an expert, but you might want to pick a calming oil to compliment the lavender. Peppermint would probably smell great, but I think it’s more uplifting.

  • Vesna says:

    In the recipe you mentioned that coconut oil could be warmed up in a microwave. Wouldn’t gama rays kill the raw properties of the oil?

  • barb says:

    I want to try this recipe. How long can this lotion be good for (will it go off?). Thanks.

    • Barb- Coconut oil has a shelf life of about 3 years. Depending on the brand of essential oils you are using, they can last anywhere from 1-5 years. That being said, I can confidently say 1 year, but it could be longer. Enjoy!

  • vivianna mchenry says:

    I keep my essential oils in a dark cabinet. I use them for so very much. Thank you this remedy that I will use but am using for my husbands cracked feet, was so upset with him he was using my lip balm grrrrrrr made for me from honeycomb by his daughter. Any way you choose, natural is the best, I wouldn’t be without my organic coconut oil, avocado oil and my essential oils, favorite Lavender, Frankensence and myrre

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  • Diana Metevier says:

    To anyone that DOESN’T have canning jars and lids, you CAN use the tops of some mayonnaise jars as the WILL fit canning jars. I keep all my plastic lids so once I open a jar of my homemade pickles or sauce, I can replace the lids and rings with a plastic lid.

  • Careen Kumar says:

    Hi! Im from Malaysia. My coconut oil is yellow and it is liquid in room temperature, solid only in the AC or in the fridge! Anything wrong with my coconut oil or is it just the weather of my country? It’s 100% natural too!

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  • Kirsten Hansen Kimpston says:

    Can you put more than one kind of oil in this recipe? If so is it still a tsp of each or a tsp total?

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