Homemade Coconut Lotion

I no longer use store-bought lotions.  This is another product that I kicked to curb, replacing it with a creamy whipped homemade coconut lotion. This homemade lotion uses only 2 ingredients and works great at mositurizing even the driest of skin.  Not does this lotion work great it is super easy to make!

Homemade Coconut Lotion

It seems that most of my homemade hygiene products all share the same ingredient:  coconut oil.  I have been using coconut oil straight out of the jar to moisturize my skin and it works great but I have been missing the thick whipped lotions that I used to buy.  I decided to head to the kitchen and make my own homemade whipped body lotion using coconut oil.

Homemade Coconut Lotion

This homemade coconut lotion requires only two ingredients.  It is super easy to make and great for your skin!  All you need is coconut oil and vitamin E.  You can also add a drop or two of essential oil if you desire.

Place 1 cup of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of vitamin E in a bowl.  It is best to use the coconut oil while in the solid form, I find that it whips best this way.  Then set your mixer or blender to mix and let it go for about 7 minutes.  I live in Florida where it is often humid and HOT.  I find that this lotion is more difficult to achieve the whipped consistency during the warmer months.  As I learned with my body butter recipe, if it is really warm it is helpful to place the mixture in the freezer for a small amount of time, just until it begins to have a semi-solid film on the top.

You end up with thick homemade coconut body lotion.

Homemade  Coconut Lotion

I made sure to label the jar, my husband brushed his teeth with homemade deodorant the other day!

Remember that coconut oil will liquefy at 78 degrees so it is best to store this lotion in a cooler location.

If you have extremely dry skin or a condition such as eczema and are looking for a more soothing skin treatment you may want to also try my Soothing Homemade Body Butter, it uses coconut oil as well as several additional natural ingredients.

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25 thoughts on “Homemade Coconut Lotion

  1. Melissa says:

    Oh, that is brilliant! I love coconut oil for so many things, but it never seems to cut it on super dry skin in the winter time. Must try this!

    • Tre says:

      Coconut Oil doesn’t work on super dry skin be ause Coconut Oil is NOT a humectant oil . Meaning, it simply sits on the surface of your skin rather than seeping into the dermis layer. Coconut oil is also comedogenic (poor clogging) rather than non comedogenic (non poor clogging). Try a light non comedogenic oil on your face such as Sesame Oil, Sweet Almond oil, Apricot Kernel Oil etc. These oils are much lighter and seep nicely into the skin leaving you with smooth skin , not oily/shiny skin and won’t cause breakouts.

      • Angela says:

        Tre, thank you for stopping by! I suffer severe dry skin in the winter months and find that coconut oil works great for me. I also understand that everyone is different and what works for one person doesn’t for another. I have researched coconut oil & dry skin and this seems to sum it up: “There are multiple benefits for virgin coconut oil (VCO) and one of them is to treat dry skin. Virgin coconut oil is an excellent and effective moisturizer for all types of skin, particularly severe dry skin. When applied topically, it not only softens the skin but also protects it against damage, promotes healing, and gives it a more youthful, healthy appearance.” (via http://turtlewoman.hubpages.com/hub/Get-rid-of-dry-skin-benefits-of-virgin-coconut-oil).
        I have never tried apricot kernal oil but I am excited to check it out, thank you!!

  2. Hmmm, the only mixer I have is the immersion type. I don’t know if it will work for this or not but I really want to try it! Was it difficult to clean it when you were done?

    • Angela says:

      It becomes solid in cooler temperature. I live where it is often warm. I know it is cold outside when my coconut oil is solid 😉 That being said I store my lotion in a cool place!

    • Jill says:

      I buy my solid coconut oil from WM (that gigantic retailer). It is USDA Certified Organic and is found on a shelf near their cooking oils. It comes in a glass jar and costs 6.00.

  3. Bruce Willard says:

    I love coconut oil too, but in order to make it work and spread better on your dry skin, I mix in 25 to 50% aloe vera juice or gel, from organic sources naturally. This supplies moisture to your skin and helps the coconut oil to be absorbed.
    BTW, I LOVE this site!!!

    • Lori says:

      Thanks for the aloe vera gel/juice suggestion. I’ve also seen it as an ingredient in other homemade body lotions. When you say you mix in 25-50% aloe vera, do you cut back the same amount of coconut oil? For example, if you add 25% aloe vera gel, does that mean you add 1/4 cup aloe vera gel to 3/4 cup of coconut oil? Thanks in advance for your response.

  4. mindy says:

    I am using a magic bullet and my lotion is totally runny. Do I need to keep going – will it change consistency or have I ruined this batch?

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  8. Thanks for this super recipe and thanks for the laughs! I’m picturing your poor husband brushing his teeth with deodorant. I also love your other homemade recipes!!

  9. Florence Smith says:

    Could you email me as to what to do after applying homemade cream with coconut oil as I find it so greasy. Are you supposed to towel it off so you don’t look so oily and slippery?

    • Angela says:

      The lotion is usually absorbed by my skin rather quickly, you may want to apply less lotion to your skin and see if you are less oily.

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