How to Make Homemade Lotion

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How to make homemade body lotion

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Video Transcript

Today we’re making a super luxurious, homemade lotion, free of chemicals and preservatives, and it’s SO easy, you’ll never buy lotion again.

Mariah here from mariahdolan.com, your busy mom headquarters to help you love the skin you’re in and I’m so excited to be making lotion today because we are OUT!

So why even bother making lotion when you can buy it, right?

Our skin is our largest organ, and anything you put on it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

The problem is most commercial skin care products are filled with

  • fragrances
  • dyes
  • detergents
  • carcinogens
  • preservatives such as formaldehyde and parabens

Our already overburdened liver then needs to filter all of that garbage in order for us to stay well.

So think of it this way…

Don’t put anything on your skin, that you wouldn’t eat.

Let’s get to it.

I’ll put a link below where I get all of the ingredients.

Start off combining all of the ingredients into a medium glass bowl.  If you have a double boiler you can use that too, but I don’t, so I just make due with what I have.

We’re going to add ⅓ cup coconut oil, ⅓ cup cocoa butter, ⅓ cup shea butter, ⅓ cup sweet almond oil.  Stir to combine over medium heat until the oils have melted.

Now the oils have melted, and we’re going to add 1 tsp. of Vitamin E oil and 15 or so drops of your favorite essential oil.

I use lavender oil because we use this on our baby’s butt as a diaper rash cream.

Lavender oil is safe for babies from birth on, as well as chamomile.  Calendula oil is also good, but only from 6 months on.

Let’s put that in, give it a stir, then pop this into the refrigerator for about an hour or two.  You want the mixture to firm up but not get hard.

Here we are with the cooled and slightly firmed up mixture, and all we need to do now is whip it up with a mixer.

And there you have it!  Just scoop it in a glass jar and it should last for up to 6-12 months since all of the ingredients are shelf stable to begin with.

Ingredients

Cocoa Butter

Sweet Almond Oil

Shea Butter

Lavender Oil

Coconut Oil

Vitamin E Oil

 

Homemade Body Lotion

chemical free, preservative free

By Mariah Dolan

Homemade Body Lotion

Super luxurious, chemical free, homemade body lotion that's so easy to make—you'll never buy it from the store again.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/3 cup shea butter
  • 1/3 cup almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 15 drops essential oil (I use lavender oil since it's safe to use on our baby's butt!)

Directions

  1. Combine coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter and sweet almond oil into a double boiler, and stir over medium-high heat, until the oils have melted. (If you don't have a double boiler, you can always use a glass bowl set over a pot of boiling water—like I did in the video.)
  2. Remove from heat, and add Vitamin E oil and essential oil.
  3. Pop into refrigerator for approximately 1 hour. (You want the oils to firm up but not get hard.)
  4. Whip it up with a hand held mixer, and you're DONE.

Tips

This will last for 6-12 months, since the ingredients are shelf stable to begin with.

http://mariahdolan.com/how-to-make-homemade-lotion/

Do you have a homemade lotion recipe you love?  Are you willing to give this a try? Let me know in the comments below.   

Cheers to your health,

Mariah

  1. Silje

    Awesome, thank you so much 🙂 I actually regularly make a body butter out of cocoa butter, flax oil and different essential oils (I like vanilla and rose), love it and my skin loves it 🙂 Now, I never tried mixing it as you did to make it more creamy, I’m looking forward to trying that out! Absolutely love your site, it looks so gorgeous! 🙂

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Ooooo…cocoa butter, flax oil and essential oil! That’s awesome—only 3 ingredients. I’m all about time saving. Please let me know your measurements. Thanks for the compliments on my site 🙂

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      • Ashley

        Hi Mariah, I am a breast feeding mama and was wondering if I wanted to add my breast milk to this, how much would I add to make sure it still stays solid? Thank you so much!

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        • Mariah Dolan

          Hi Ashley,

          I wouldn’t recommend adding breast milk as it will cause the lotion to spoil after 24-48 hours.

          Congrats on your precious little one <3

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  2. Nicholette von Reiche

    Love this Mariah – I’m thinking Home-made Christmas ideas for girlfriends.

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Yes—perfect Christmas gifts! It’s so easy too. (My homemade face lotion is a little more tricky…stay tuned for that 😉 )

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        • Mariah Dolan

          Nicholette—that sounds GREAT! The only problem is, I can’t use any kind of exfoliant on my face 🙁 (I have the most sensitive skin, grrr.) My body however, no problem! I’m definitely going to use your formula for a body scrub—thanks for sharing!

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        • Angela

          Add sea salt for a scrub to stimulate blood exfoliation for a three part skin firming plan. Use egg whites whipped with a few drops of lemon juice let dry, then shower using the exfoliation cream. Finish with this lotion

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      • Ben

        Just curious if you ever got around to the face lotion recipe. If so, I’d love to see it! Thanks!

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  3. Janet

    Mariah, I loved the video. Short, sweet and so practical! I normally just keep a jar with coconut oil in the bathroom. It gets hard and liquid with the changing temperatures of the seasons. I’m curious if your body butter stays in the “whipped” consistency all year long? I can’t wait to try this out. Looking forward to the homemade face lotion too.

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Janet,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the video. Short and sweet is what I’m going for with 4 young kids!

      Yes—I too, started out using coconut oil, but then had the same problems as you. Too runny in the summer—brick hard in the winter. I’m happy to report my lotion maintains it’s consistency all year long 🙂 Let me know how it goes for you! (And hang tight for the face lotion 😉 )

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  4. Christina Schlecht

    Hi, I just wanted to flag for those looking to add essential oils. After researching for many months prior to using any oils I found out that there are very few essential oils on the market that do not have contaminants in them (less than 2%). In particular, even those that say try are organic and 100% pure; those that have expiry dates! Pure essential oils do not expire. Prior to putting anything on your babies, I would ensure that you know the oil and company and how they are grown and distilled. And make sure there is NO expiry date. If there is, there are contaminants in them!

    I agree that if you can’t ingest it, it shouldn’t go on your skin. 🙂

    Maria, I would love to chat offline with regards to essential oils for you health, fitness and wellness!
    In health,
    Christina

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Christina—thank you for the wonderful points. It’s frustrating that we have to go to such lengths to protect ourselves. On my Facebook page YESTERDAY, I posted that just because something says “organic” or “100% natural” doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Ha—we’re on the same wave length!

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      • Christina Schlecht

        Mariah – thank you for the compliment. I did see that post and I’m so happy that we do think alike!! Living a healthy, happy and long life takes a little effort on our parts to ensure we are doing the right things for our body, mind and the planet. Thanks for sharing your wonderful knowledge with the world! Christina

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    • Ashley

      Hi Christina, it’s not that pure essential oils expire, it’s that the FDA in the U.S. requires that a 5 year expiry date go on all essential oils. The company that I’m with has done testing on the therapeutic compounds of their oils that are 10+ years old, and the compounds are still within the therapeutic range of strength (i.e. they have no degraded enough over time for the oil to be ineffective). Just an FYI!

      Ashley

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      • Jeanine

        Ashley, it’s not that pure essential oils expire or don’t expire…it’s that the truly pure, therapeutic grades do not. The ones labeled as “pure” can because the FDA states that as long as there is at least 5% of the actual oil in the container, it can be then labeled as pure, regardless of what else it contains. The other ingredients contaminate it, and it then expires. So the FDA ruling causes another FDA requirement on age and expiration. lol.

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  5. Claudia Richey

    Awesome video, thanks, Mariah! I’ve tried to make my own lotion years back, nobody told me about the whipping part. It came out almost like a massage bar, I hated it! 😉 Now I definitely have to try your recipe.

    I wonder if this would work as a sports- or injury-ointment as well, with this lotion base. Or is there something else you have up your sleeves as fitness peeps can “whip” up?

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Claudia,

      I hear you on the hard lotion. I tried making my own lotion bars once, and I never did it again. Lotion is supposed to be creamy and smooth, right?

      And yes, this would be a great sports injury oitment to use during a cross friction massage!

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  6. Jodi

    Mariah,
    You’ve been misinformed about essential oils. They are dangerous for all of us since they kill our good gut bacteria and interfer with our hormones. I use jojoba on my face and body. You can make plantain oil for the baby’s bottom. (infuse plantain leaves in 100% olive oil) you can mix with bees wax or use as an oil. Hope you find this helpful!
    Jodi

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Jodi,

      I’ve never heard/read that essential oils kill our gut bacteria when applied topically—so I will look into that 🙂 Essential oils can have medicinal properties when used in larger amounts—so it’s important to know its contraindications prior to use. I have a girlfriend who suffers from severe migraines and nothing helps—even pain killers don’t touch the pain. The only thing that helps is peppermint and lavender oil applied to her temples, which she feels is a much safer alternative to pain killers.

      Thanks for the good points 🙂

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      • Nikki

        For your friend with migraines have her put her thumb on the top of the frankincense bottle turn upside down then put her thumb to the roof of her mouth towards the back where it is softer and press the roof for about a minute. I may have to repeat in about 15 minutes but it is usually gone with the second one of i have to do it twice!!!

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks for the compliment 🙂

      You’re going to love the recipe, seriously. It’s so easy and lasts a long time. Let me know how it goes!

      Reply
  7. Andrew Sedrak

    Hello,
    I was wondering if I can use your recipe, method and content for my personal project for my graduation.
    -Andrew

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  8. Brianna

    I’m going to try this recipe this weekend i just have to buy the ingredients, any ideo where i can get them for cheap?????
    Thanks

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Brianna,

      I buy all of my ingredients here at Mountain Rose Herbs. That’s honestly the best price I’ve found because you can buy in bulk. But that doesn’t help you for this weekend 🙁 Coconut oil you can get from any grocery store. The other ingredients you’ll have to find a store like Whole Foods or a small co-op. I live in a small town, so no Whole Foods for me! Good luck and let me know how it goes 🙂

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  9. Diana

    Hey Mariah!
    Omg! You saved me literally. My skin are so sensitive that I can’t use any creams , not even Eco creams at health shops because I’m so allergic to certain things they add. I wondered if I could make my own and I looked it up on google! Wow I’m so excited to try this out. I found your video and I’m so pleased with your easy methods 😉 thank you so much ♡
    – Diana.

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Diana,

      I am so happy to hear that! Gosh, I only hope it works for you, EEK…the pressure!

      But I know what you mean. My skin is extremely sensitive too so I know how you feel. Good luck, my friend, and let me know how it goes 🙂

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  10. Farah

    Hi Maria, loved your video. I tried making some lotion today, all went well until the whipping part ….It wouldn’t whip and stayed the same consistency. Do you have any tip on that. Thank you 🙂

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Farah! It sounds like it wasn’t refrigerated long enough. Try cooling it a bit longer so that it’s a firmer consistency before whipping. Let me know how it goes!

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  11. Bernadette

    I live in Australia and want to order the ingredients for the body lotion would they ship an order overseas. I’m new to this site and looking forward to your helpful chemical free information

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Welcome Bernadette! I’m happy to meet you.

      You should be able to find the ingredients at a local health food store or co-op. Good luck! I hope you like it 🙂

      Reply
  12. Didit

    I have a question mrs.dolan , how about if i try adding goat milk into the ingredients? what time for add the milk? sorry for my english.. hehe thanks before… 🙂

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Didit,

      I wouldn’t add goat milk to the recipe. You’d have to keep it refrigerated and it won’t last for more than a couple of days. Good luck 🙂

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Shannon,

      I haven’t tried that but I’m sure it would come close since they have a similar consistency. Give it a whirl and let me know how it turns out!

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  13. Natalie

    Do you use this cream on your face at all? If not have you made one of your face lotion yet? I have sensitive skin on my face as well.

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  14. Nancy

    How long does it take to melt the oil. Should it look like olive oil? It did in the video but when I did it but couldn’t get it that look. When I put it in the frig for an hour the oil and butter separated. Does the vitamin e prevent that?

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Nancy,

      It takes a minute or two for the oil to melt. And yes, it looks like olive oil when melted.

      It doesn’t matter if everything separates because you’ll whip it all together. Vitamin E would not prevent that.

      Hope that helps 🙂

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  15. Jen

    So I’ve attempted making lotion and creams a few times now and every time it turns out hard. I use raw cocoa butter, raw Shea butter, organic raw coconut oil, sweet almond oil, etc. I have not tried your ratio yet though. I thought maybe I was getting it to hit or whipping it too long so I altered that and it still turns out hard. Any suggestions?

    Reply
    • Mariah Dolan

      Jen,

      You’re right. Whipping too long will cause it to get hard. Also, if you live in a cold climate like I do, it will be firmer in texture over the cold season because of the melting point of the coconut oil. It still works great though, so don’t throw it away! 😉 Once you smooth it on your skin, your body temperature melts it and it works great.

      That being said, I understand you’d like it light if you were handing it out as a gift. If so, try not whipping for as long.

      xx

      Mariah

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  16. Linda

    Hello Mariah!
    I have followed you for some time now and very much enjoy your recipes and posts. I noticed that the lavender oil you used in your body lotion recipe was from Purasentials. I am not familiar with this company and wanted to know if you could tell me more about their oils. A web search did not bring up much information. My sister and I have been looking for a source of oils that is reliable and reasonable. Thank you for any help you can offer me in this search.

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Linda!

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying my recipes and posts.

      If you’re looking for good oils then you’ll definitely want to touch base with my good friend Ashley Srokosz at http://www.ashleysrokosz.com She’s an essential oil expert where you can purchase therapeutic grade oils from.

      xx

      Mariah

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    • Ashley

      Hi Linda, I’m the friend that Mariah was referring to in her reply below 🙂

      On the website below that Mariah referenced, I have a button to request a sample of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils that I’ll send you in the mail. I’d love it if you want one from me!

      XO,
      Ashley

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  17. Amy

    Hi there! I decided to make these as Christmas presents this year for my family but for some reason my oils are not hardening up in the fridge. They have been in there an hour and nothing is happening. They are still liquid. I made it two different times so I could use different scents and both are like that…. any ideas as to what I did wrong? I thought I followed the directions exactly.

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Hmmmmm…I’ve never had that problem. If anything, mine get too hard since I live in a very cold climate. Do you live in a tropical region by any chance?

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      • Reneen

        Hey Mariah,
        I have made this several times now with varying degrees of success but all usable. However I just made another batch and it will not harden, stays in liquid form. It has been in thr fridge all night. Looking back what I did differently is that I added the essential oil and the vit E while it was still melting. Do you think this might be the problem?

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          • Renee

            No, if youre a gardner I live in zone 5. We get all four seasons. Maybe my portions are wrong.

          • Mariah Dolan

            Yep, you’re cold like us here. I’m in zone 4! I’m so sorry I don’t have an answer for you then. I’ve made this lotion dozens of times and have never had a problem with it firming up. ~ Mariah

        • Nicki

          Mine has been in the fridge all night too and it still in liquid form :/. I did exactly what you did, so I’m not sure what is wrong.
          I live in Texas, but my house is usually on 71 degrees, so it’s never really too hot in my house.

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          • Mariah Dolan

            Hi Nicki,

            My only suggestion is to whip it up more with a mixer. I’ve never had it too “liquid-y”, but I do know that if I whip it too long, it gets stiff.

            Good luck!

            xx

            Mariah

  18. Dana Breckbill

    Hi Mariah,
    I made a batch of your body cream using the suggested ingredients. Surprisingly for me it came out exactly as shown in your video! It feels and smells amazing. I agree 20 drops of lavender is best because the cocoa butter has a strong smell.
    I plan to ship some to my sister who has a 5 month old son. I love that it is a multi-purpose cream. I subscribed to your yourtube channel so I can access many more of your healthy lifestyle tips. I especially look forward to the face lotion video as well. Thank you for sharing your healthy life skills with the rest of us! I’m sure you have been a blessing in the lives of many.
    Cheers to good health,
    Dana

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Athirah,

      You absolutely can since you take all of the oils and melt them together anyways. The only concern is that it may not whip up if your coconut oil is liquid at room temperature…which means lucky you since you live in a warm climate!

      Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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  19. Lynne

    Hello! I saw your comment about it being too thick to use in a pump dispenser…any possibility there is something else I could use or substitute to make it thin enough? Would fractionated coconut oil make a difference since it doesn’t solidify? I got a lovely pump dispenser for Christmas that I’ve been dying to fill with lotion for my poor cracked hands. I’ve looked at several recipes today and I keep coming back to yours!

    Thanks!

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Gosh, I’m not sure Lynn! I wish I could think of a workaround for you other than trying to use more oils that are already “liquid” at room temperature…like more almond oil, avocado oil etc. But that would be a completely different recipe! lol.

      I’d be dying to use that new lotion dispenser too! If you come up with a more liquefied lotion, let me know and I’ll get it featured on the blog.

      Happy lotion making!

      Mariah

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Letisha!

      It makes about 2 cups of product…so you’ll need at least a 16 ounce container. Hope that helps. Let me know how it goes 🙂

      xx

      ~ Mariah

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  20. Renee

    I am new to lotion or body butter DIY and have tried a couple of recipes but I like yours best. However, I would like to use additional essential oils for their various healing properties. Do I need to change the amount of base I use? Currently I am using 1/3 cup each of shea butter, avacado oil, coconut butter, and cocoa butter. The batch I made using your recipe with 15 drops of lavendar essential oil – turned out great. Would I exchange the 15 drops of lavendar with the same (combined) number of drops of other essential oils?

    Might you have other recipes for other smells?

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Renee!

      I use the essential oils for scent only, so it depends on what specific essential oil you’re looking at to get the therapeutic benefits from. I don’t know the ratios you would need to ensure you’d get any sort of benefit. Sorry I can’t help you on this one.

      xx

      Mariah

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  21. Renee

    Thanks for the quick reply. I will continue to experiment and post and recipe I come up with.

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  22. Renee

    Hi again,
    If a batch doesnt turn out as expected can it be remelted to try again?

    Renee

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      • Renee

        Yes this did work, plus allowed me to add the vit E which i had forgotten, probably why it hardened so much

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  23. Jeanine

    I tried your recipe last night, and loved how nicely it came out, but it’s very greasy and does not absorb. Any suggestions? I followed your ratios exactly, and while it’s creamy and has a perfect consistency for use, it’s still greasy/oily.

    Reply
    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Jeanine,

      Since the recipe is 100% oils (meaning no added water/chemicals/preservatives/talc etc.) it’ll feel greasy/oily. When I get out of the shower, I slather it on my skin, put on a robe and get ready for the day. Within 5-10 minutes, the lotion has absorbed. Hope that helps 🙂

      xx

      Mariah

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  24. Jeanne C.

    BTW that was my favorite video and you made it so much fun, I couldn’t help but try it! Thank you for sharing your wealth of information

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  25. Kimberly

    Hi Mariah,
    Thanks so much for the video!. I wondered if you know what I could replace the almond oil with-maybe olive oil? I am so excited to try this recipe but my son has an allergy to nuts.
    Thanks!

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Kimberly,

      Since both olive oil and almond oil are liquid at room temperature, I’d definitely try it! And if you do, please let me know how it goes. I always have olive oil around but not almond oil. It would be great if you could get it to work for your son!

      xx

      Mariah

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  26. vee

    Hi… I just want to ask, if I want to color the lotion should I use food coloring or what kind of coloring must be used? Thanks 🙂

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  27. Cathy

    Hi! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Can you please tell me where did you get this glass canning jar? I tried to look but can’t find this cute size. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Cathy,

      I’m glad you like it!

      I got my jar at Hobby Lobby where I live. If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby some other suggestions would be a World Market, Pier One, or even Michaels.

      Hope that helps.

      xx

      Mariah

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  28. Fiona

    Hello Mariah…I made this lotion and absolutely love it!!
    I gave a jar to my 91 yr old mother-in-law to try as every night when she went to bed her legs would itch and she couldn’t sleep 🙁 the DIY cream fixed the problem. Thanks so much for the lovely recipe 🙂 you are making a big difference in peoples lives xx

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  29. Cecilia

    Hi Mariah, hope you are well. I tried your lotion recipe. Mine was nothing like yours 🙈. It was runny and oily/ greasy after. What could l have done wrong?

    Regards
    Cecilia

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Cecilia,

      Two things could be the problem.

      1. Do you live in a warm climate? Coconut oil has a low melting point which can keep the consistency runny.

      2. Try mixing it longer. The more you whip it up, the firmer it will get!

      Let me know how that goes 🙂

      Mariah

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Shayla,

      I’m happy you liked the video :

      The recipe will hold slightly more than 8 ounces. Hope that helps.

      Let me know how it goes!

      Mariah

      Reply
  30. Angela

    What kind of coco butter , I could only find queen Helene, hope it will still work

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  31. Tram-Anh Bui

    Is there a substitute for cocoa butter? I couldn’t find any cocoa butter that is unrefined in my local store and maybe I can’t buy it online. And how do you make lotion not so greasy. I add 1 chunk of fresh aloe vera to my lotion and 15 drops of tea tree essential oil.

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  32. Tram-Anh Bui

    Just that my dad won’t let me buy cocoa butter online. And I ask my dad to buy non nano zinc oxide for homemade sunscreen online. And possible making my own arrowroot powder at home for homemade deodorant since I can’t buy anywhere where I live.

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  33. Tram-Anh Bui

    Hello, Mariah thank you so much. Today I add another shea butter to my lotion and I kind of let it sit in the fridgator for over 2 hours because I was busy trying to make raw nut butter at home. Then I start whipping it with the mixer and it came out perfect creamy texture like buttercream icing. Like I want to make all natural beauty products like my dad does not understand he thinks commercial lotion is better but I said no like any lotion that is medicine lotion or any lotion been made commercially contains a bunch of chemicals. It’s like he never experience natural ingredients before in his life like he maybe radioactive.

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    • Tram-Anh Bui

      My homemade lotion is a success and my nut butter not. You see I did the raw nut butter thing for almost an hour didn’t turn out the way it be then I add some little water then ended up as ice cream then I left in the fridge and then I try some but it taste awful taste like nutty water.

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    • Tram-Anh Bui

      Like my dad is old, have bunch of acne in his face, and have everyday dirty hands and maybe eat a lot and not nurtrious. Like I’m a vegan.

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  34. Tram-Anh Bui

    Okay so I apply the lotion I just made in my left arm at first I thought it was greasy but when I start apply even further turn out sorta less greasy and can make a great sunscreen lotion as soon as I get my non nano zinc oxide which I did and my dad order for me which was great because there isn’t any in my local store plus non nano zinc oxide should not be that expensive. I wish I did have unrefined cocoa butter to see the better result but I did without it which came a successful beside I added one chunk of aloe Vera on my lotion.

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  35. Tram-Anh Bui

    I thank my dad for buying the non nano zinc oxide. I have search for making sunscreen for both uva and uvb and non nano zinc oxide is the only ingredient for both which I wish there was another way for protection for both uv lights but this is only way.

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  36. Tram-Anh Bui

    Just a hyphtical question. What happens if my lotion gone wrong? Is it because I added the aloe vera or added too much tea tree essential oil because I only add 15. I just don’t want to get redness or pimples or even worst. I thought all these ingredients good for you even aloe.

    Reply
    • Mariah Dolan

      If you use my recipe, exactly as stated, the lotion will last up to 6 months since there’s nothing water based in it.

      If you’re adding aloe vera that will change everything. Aloe vera is water based and can go bad so it may only last a couple of weeks. Definitely store it in the fridge in that case.

      Good luck!

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  37. Tram-Anh Bui

    I’m sorry I’m just worry and scared because I never done this before. I mean I have a face moisturizer made of coconut oil, essential oil, and aloe and nothing happen to me before. I even use fresh aloe. Fresh ingredients.

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  38. Jacqueline Brown

    Hello, Thank you so very much for the awesome information and lotion recipe in the video, I’m going to absolutely make this lotion, I’m excited about using Lavender essential oil fragrance, but I would like to know if using Bergamon as an essential oil fragrance would be ok, and would I be able to use your lotion on my face as well? Thank you so much, any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Reply
    • Mariah Dolan

      Yes! Bergamot oil is good for the skin.

      Unfortunately this lotion is too heavy to use on your face, but great for everywhere else 🙂

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  39. Audrey

    I made this 2 days ago to give as Christmas gifts. I used a Kitchen Aid mixer to whip it up and am very happy with how light and fluffy it whipped up.
    I did make some changes. This is what I did:
    I used 1/2 cup of the oils and butters instead of the 1/3 cup amounts in your recipe. After it had cooled, that is when I decided it wouldn’t be enough, so I got the bright idea to mix up another bunch of ingredients to add to the mixing bowl. I had enough of everything except for the sweet almond oil so I decided I would add olive oil instead. And this is what I did…….
    I put the first batch in the mixing bowl and turned on the machine, theln poured 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil into it.
    I put the cocoa and shea butter and the coconut oil into the bowl I rested in the pot of hot water on the stove to melt them.
    I had read a comment here that someone makes theirs with 3 Tbsps of beeswax, so I grated some beeswax and added 6 Tbsps to the melting pot. After all, I was doubling the recipe, so I doubled the amount of beeswax, what could it hurt, right?
    Well, the mixer was whipping the lotion up faster than the stuff in the pot could melt, never mind that it would have to cool before I could add it to the mixing bowl. Ok, so I had to deviate from the plan of mixing everything in the same bowl at the same time.
    When all was melted, I added 1/2 cup of olive oil to the melting pot since I had not put in any since I put it into the mixing bowl instead, (remember, I ran out of sweet almond oil and am substituting EVOO.) Then I put it outside to cool where it is much colder than my fridge right now since we are having a severe cold snap. I had put the first batch in the fridge and it took too long to cool
    When the first batch was done whipping up, it was fabulously light and fluffy, even with that extra 1/2 cup of EVOO I had added to it. I put it into 5 half pint jars. There were a couple of spoonfuls left over and I left them in the bowl since I would be using it to whip up the second batch when it cooled enough.
    The second batch cooled and I put it into the bowl to whip. It didn’t whip up the same. It wasn’t as light and airy. So, I put it outside to cool a bit more then mixed it more. I whipped it for a long time. I went and had a showesr and it still looked the same after a half hour. I finally decided that it was fine the way it was. It’s creamy, not airy. It really is a nice lotion. It’s not runny, it reminds me of pudding, where the first batch reminds me of whipped cream. It’s probably because I used EVOO.
    I will definitely make this again.

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  40. JJ

    Hey there Mariah, this recipe looks so wonderful! Thanks for the easy-to-follow video! I’ve been reading through some of the comments but can’t seem to find any info on how this lotion feels on the skin. There seems to be a lot of oils, does it truly soak into the skin? Does it feel more greasy than it does moisturizing?
    And one more question, is there a more economical means of buying these ingredients? If i were to order them online, it would be upwards of 45$. Do you know if bulk food stores sell these ingredients?
    Thanks so much for your patience and looking forward to your response! 🙂

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi JJ,

      The lotion is all oils, so yes, it does feel greasy. However, I put it on right out of the shower and let it sink in while I’m getting ready and it doesn’t bother me at all. We also have super dry weather here (Minnesota!) so my skin drinks it in right away. If you live in a more humid climate you may not like it.

      For bulk buying, my favorite is Azure Standard. It’s a little unusual because you pick up your good from a truck, but that’s how you save money because they sell direct to consumer.

      Let me know if you have any more questions!

      Mariah

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