30+ Skincare and Lotion Recipes to make yourself #diybeauty #diyskincare #greenskincare
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30+ Natural Lotion & Skincare Recipes

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Basic lotions, rich creams, and healing balms. Make these natural lotions and skincare recipes using plant-based oils, fragrance, and wax.

Imagine walking into the beauty section of your favorite 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.

Recipe + instructions for making Rose Petal Body Cream. Made with fresh flowers, rich oils, and beautifully scented essential oil. A body cream that tones and smooths while plumping the skin #lovelygreens #beautydiy #diybeauty #roserecipe #lotionrecipe #bblogger #selfsufficient
Rose petal body cream recipe


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.

Basic lotions, rich creams, and healing balms. Make these natural lotions and skincare recipes using plant-based oils, fragrance, and wax #beautyrecipe #zerowastehome #diyskincare

Trusted Sources

The recipes below are either from myself or from sources I trust or have vetted. 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 in body balms and lotion bars.

Another great source to get you started is this ebook on growing, harvesting, and using calendula flowers to make natural skincare. It includes detailed instructions on how to use the healing petals to make everything from lotions and rich creams, to bath fizzies, handmade soap, and more.

Table of contents for the ebook, Calendula: A guide to Growing & Using it in Skin Care

Basic Lotion Recipes

Face Products

30+ Skincare & Lotion Recipes
Blending handmade lotion with a milk frother

Rich Creams for Hands & Body

Skincare recipe for making a healing balm for Eczema & Psoriasis - all natural and the oils in the recipe help soothe inflammation, itchiness, and flakiness #neem #neemoil #eczemacream #eczemalotion #eczema #psoriasis #ayurvedic #diyskincare
Handmade Balm for Eczema & Psoriasis

For Skin & Body Issues

Body Balms & Butters (oil-based)

Natural Beauty recipe: Carrot Seed and Rose Body Butter. It can be made in about 5-10 minutes and you only need 4 ingredients. It will last about a month, but if you’re anything like me, it will gone in less than a week #lovelygreens #diybeauty #greenbeauty
Carrot Seed and Rose Body Butter

Lotion Bars

After Sun Care


  1. I do love your site and the lotion turned out fab thank you. I would love to make a thicker face cream so would I just add less water

  2. Hi Tanya!
    I am new at making cold processed soaps, I watched your rosemary soap video how beautifully you managed to prepared perfectly shaped soaps. Whenever I try making soaps, they seize and the next day I get disheartened seeing there curved edges! Please help me. I am counting all the factors while making soap but each time that happens.

    1. Hi Iman. If your soap is seizing, then there’s an ingredient(s) that is causing that. Usually, that happens when using fragrance oils instead of essential oils for scent. Other ingredients like beeswax can make soap solidify quickly too. Try making one of my non-beeswax recipes and see if you have the same issue? I’m unsure what you’re referring to with curved edges though? Do you mean pock-marked?

  3. 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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