that is non greasy & easy to make!
This recipe for homemade lotion is perfect for sensitive skin, and works wonders for those with acne, scarring, or eczema. This easy DIY lotion is made with shea butter and aloe vera, and is without beeswax, heating, coconut oil, or emulsifying. Perfect for use on face and body!
Do you want to make your own lotion, but just don’t want the hassle of heating things in a double broiler or using emulsifying wax? This easy lotion is for YOU!
I’ve always dealt with very dry and sensitive skin. It has been a journey to find a lotion that doesn’t cause irritation, break me out, or leave me greasy. Consequently, when you’re a frugal crunchy mama, it is really hard to find a cost-effective and HEALTHY option in stores.
If you are in a similar place as me, this DIY lotion needs to make it onto your to-do list. It has been the answer to my lotion quest.
Making your own skin care products lets you tweak it perfectly for your own skin needs
My skin is pretty sensitive and I have random allergies and intolerances, so being able to add different essential oils just for me (or not) makes the world of difference. For instance, I found a great natural store bought lotion that was perfect in every way except for the use of grapefruit essential oil. Guess what I’m allergic to? Yeah. Grapefruit.
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When I first tried to make my own lotion, I just couldn’t find a recipe I loved. Everything I tried just felt heavy and oily on my skin.
And I just hate a thick, greasy lotion. With every homemade lotion I tried, greasy is just what happened. Probably because, well, homemade lotions are pretty much oil-based and oils are…oily…
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I was so close to buying emulsifying wax because apparently you can add water to oils when you do that, which makes homemade lotions less greasy (from what I read). However, I wasn’t really looking forward to the mess it looked like it was to make.
Plus, adding water without enough preservatives to a lotion can cause a mold issue.
This homemade lotion is the bees knees
BUT THEN I found a recipe that used aloe vera gel and shea butter—two of my favorite things that I practically always have on hand—and I decided to give it a go before embarking down the emulsion path.
The result is seriously amazing.
You’ll LOVE this lotion!
It’s extremely easy to whip up (quite literally, you just whip). There’s no heating involved. No emulsifying. Just whipping (so a kitchen mixer is definitely going to be your best friend here).
Can you believe it?!
I almost didn’t.
This lotion helps to heal and soothe your skin without leaving a greasy film. It is gentle enough to use on your face, but is also wonderful at moisturizing all over.
You can even use it in your hair to calm frizzies and help define waves a little bit.
Multi-purpose items are my FAVORITE! Seriously. Who doesn’t like having things that can do more than one job? If I can use something for a couple purposes, it makes me really happy.
So let’s talk about the awesome and simple ingredients in this homemade lotion…
This is a great natural butter that has a low (some argue non) comedogenic rating, meaning it won’t clog pores (which is pretty important when you’re slathering your pores in something!).
Shea butter also…
- Is high in vitamin E, which makes it ideal for those of us who have scarring
- Has anti-inflammatory properties
- Helps with collagen production, which softens and strengthens skin
- Has a natural SPF of 6
Aloe Vera Gel
It’s important to note that this recipe calls for the gel, not juice. Aloe vera juice contains too much water for the recipe to work.
I remember breaking off pieces from my Nana’s live aloe plants in Arizona whenever I’d get cuts or burns. It was immediately soothing. But if you don’t have your own aloe plant to harvest, check out my favorite aloe vera gel
- Has healing properties that reach the deeper epithelial level of the skin
- Provides a barrier for the skin that is moisturizing but not greasy feeling
- Treats acne and scarring since it contains hormones that are champions at reducing inflammation and stimulating new cell growth
- Is high in antioxidants, vitamin c, and vitamin e which all help with skin elasticity and slowing down the appearance of aging
This is an extremely light oil and also has a very low comedogenic rating. It’s also multi-purpose in my home since I love to use this oil in my kitchen for baking since it has a subtle flavor. In this lotion, it adds another layer of nourishing properties.
Grapeseed oil also…
- Is high in vitamin e, which evens skin tone and helps remove scarring
- Can accelerate the healing of acne by reducing inflammation and redness, and by helping cells regenerate to replace damaged skin
- Absorbs quickly and easily, meaning it doesn’t leave you greasy
Now that we’ve talked about the why, let’s get to this easy recipe!
Whip it up quick.
Check out my favorite kitchen tools that will make all this DIY lotion stuff a breeze
And if you are worried about cleaning up the mess, I have a really quick cleaning tip. Boil water while you whip up this lotion (you can use a pot or check out this super nifty electric kettle I’m totally in love with). Put the dirty mixing bowl and attachment in the sink and pour the boiling water over it. All the left over oils and butter will come off, making clean up a breeze.