Tamara Mannelly

Homemade Lotion with Shea Butter and Lavender

I have been making this lotion for about 6 months and I have to tell you…I am in LOVE with it!  It is so rich and creamy and soothes my skin both in the winter and in the summer.  

I have been playing with different Young Living essential oils to add a slight scent and to help my skin.  I have to say that Lavender has been my favorite add but Eucalyptus was also nice in the summer to cool down after a day in the sun.  I have enjoyed a mixture of Frankincense oil and Lavender as well!

Kelly and I enjoy making our own products from chest rubs and deodorant to a personal lubricant (yep, that's right!).  

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This lotion is so easy to make.  I generally make 2 cups at a time and it lasts me for quite a bit of time.  You can multiply this recipe to make as much lotion as you want!  I may need to multiply my next batch as I really go through it much quicker in the winter with all this cold, dry air.  This would also make a really cute homemade gift idea.  

Shea Butter

This recipe includes shea butter which is very emollient and soothing to dry skin.  It is the white fat from the shea nut which grows mostly in Africa.  It is highly moisturizing and is rich in both Vitamins A and E.  It can leave a little bit of a moisturizing feel on the skin but I don't find it gets on my clothes or anything.  I purchase a pound of unrefined organic shea butter and it lasts me a long time, so I can make a lot of lotion!

Coconut Oil

The uses for coconut oil never cease to amaze me.  Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for the body (it is slightly comedeogenic, meaning it can clog pores, so be careful in its use on the face).  It soaks in quickly and doesn't leave a greasy feel.  I don't have one particular brand of coconut oil that I use exclusively but I have liked this coconut oil.  


The beeswax is added to help the lotion set up, giving it a firmer, more creamy feel.  I find it easiest to get organic beeswax pellets.  

Lavender Essential Oil

For this lotion, I used Young Living's Lavender essential oil.  Lavender is a great oil to use in skin care products as it is great for many issues and helps support healthy skin.  Lavender is just one option, of course.  There are many essential oils that would be great for the skin!

How to Make Homemade Lotion with Shea Butter and Lavender


DIY Homemade Lotion with Shea Butter and Lavender
  1. 1 cup coconut oil
  2. 1 cup shea butter
  3. 4 tbsp beeswax pellets
  4. 1 tsp lavender oil
  1. Melt coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Pour into containers
  3. Let cool slightly then add the lavender.
  4. Enjoy your soft skin!!!
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