30+ Skincare & Lotion Recipes

30+ Skincare & Lotion Recipes
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Handmade Skincare is Easy to Make

Imagine walking into the beauty section of your favourite department store. Pots of beautifully packaged creams line the shelves with prices that seem disproportionately large to their sizes. Perhaps you wouldn’t bat a lash at them — the expense is normal. You might change your mind when you learn that the cost of making lotions and creams is really just pennies.

Fortunately, lotions can be easy to make yourself. Once you become familiar with the process you’ll also be able to customize recipes for your own skin type and purpose. The below recipes are my own and from health and beauty bloggers around the web and each will help you to create inexpensive yet luxurious skincare products at home.

30+ Skincare & Lotion Recipes

Blending handmade lotion with a milk frother


The basic lotion ingredients are water and oil. The third essential ingredient is an emulsifier, an agent that ensures that once mixed, the oil and water don’t separate. There are a lot to choose from and include everything from beeswax and borax (please research this method before trying it) to commercial E-waxes and natural emulsifiers such as Olivem 1000.


Please also be aware that beeswax on its own is NOT an emulsifier. Some recipes will claim that it is, but this article and test from Formula Botanica shows why it’s not a good solution.

The Basic Process

The basic process to making lotion involves heating the water, oils, and emulsifier, and blending them together. It’s a little like making mayonnaise if you’ve done that before. You’ll also need a broad spectrum preservative if you’d like your lotion to last more than a week. Without it, microbes will quickly colonize your handmade beauty potion and ruin the fun for everyone.

30+ Skincare & Lotion Recipes

Basic lotion recipe from Lovely Greens

Trusted Sources

The recipes below are either from myself or from sources I trust or have vetted. There are a lot of folks out there who share beauty recipes and not all of them are good. Beware of any recipe that calls for water but no preservative, or says that beeswax in itself is a stable emulsifier.

The recipes are grouped in a few different categories and if you’d like to try super easy skincare recipes check out the oil-based products under body balms and lotion bars.

Basic Lotion Recipes

Face Products

Rich Creams for Hands & Body

For Skin & Body Issues

Body Balms & Butters (oil-based)

Lotion Bars

After Sun Care

30+ Skincare & Lotion Recipes

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2 Discussion to this post

  1. Micheal says:

    thanks Tanya for summarizing up those useful face mask recipes. My face’s skin now has issue with the pores. Is there any way to keep them smaller?

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