My First Attempt At Making Homemade Body Lotion

I’ve been wanting to make my own lotion for awhile now.  I recently made some hard lotion bars and these were great because they were really easy to make.  I got the recipe form here.  After playing with these I wanted to see if I could make a soft smooth lotion from scratch too, but most of the recipes I came across looked rather intimidating to me.  Then I saw this recipe here, which inspired me because it looked really simple. 

I decided I’d take a few things I’d read from different blogs and try it on my own.  I can say that I’m quite pleased with my first attempt, though more playing is needed to get this just right.  Having a lotion that has all organic ingredients with nothing in it that will harm my skin is definitely a bonus. 

Here’s what I did: 


4 ounces of shea butter (I got mine here)
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
30 drops of lavender essential oil (I got mine here)


Measure 4 ounces of shea butter and put it in a glass jar like a mason jar or a pickle jar.  If you have a scale that makes it easy, but 4 ounces is also half a cup so that’s another way to measure it.  

 shea butter 4 ounces for homemade body lotion      

Put the jar into a pot filled with about an inch of water and bring the water to a boil.  The glass jar acts as a kind of double boiler. 

shea butter in mason jar for homemade body lotion

Let the shea butter melt and stir occasionally with a wooden spoon or just swish the jar around. 

shea butter with coconut oil and olive oil for homemade body lotion

Once the shea butter has melted, add the coconut oil and the extra virgin olive oil, and allow the coconut oil to melt and incorporate into the mixture. 

shea butter coconut oil and olive oil all melted for homemade body lotion

Once everything is all melted together add the essential oil, then put it in the fridge to cool for 1 to 2 hours, or until it’s partly solidified.  I took mine out after an hour but it wasn’t ready yet so I left it in for another 30 minutes before blending.  It still could have used some more chilling though to become more solidified. 

Once it looks solidified enough, blend for about 3 to 5 minutes using a hand mixer or an immersion blender, until it’s reached the consistency you desire.  I used an immersion blender and it fit right into the mason jar.  I don’t think that I let it solidify enough, so next time I will leave it in the fridge longer.  This was still too liquidy to get a nice whipped body butter effect from blending.  BUT it still turned out nice after I left it in the fridge overnight.  

she butter blended with an immersion blender

Since the glass jar was kind of big I poured mine into this 8 ounce plastic jar that I got from here.    

shea butter transfered to plastic container homemade lotion

This is what it looked like after being left in the fridge overnight. 

 shea butter left over night in the fridge homemade lotion

shea butter homemade lotion final product

Overall I’d say it smells nice, it feels great on my skin, and I am quite pleased with the results for my first time making this.  I would like to work on improving the consistency though, and I feel that that will take some practice.  Next time I’ll let it solidy more before blending, then I won’t put it back in the fridge. 


I’d love to hear if you’ve made your own lotion or body products before, and if you have any tricks for a great consistency.  Are there any essential oils that you absolutely adore in your lotion? 

Happy creating,






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