Note: I am not a doctor, herbalist, aromatherapist or chemist. I am just an everyday mom trying to figure out how to live naturally. This recipe is one that works for myself and my family. Please consult your doctor before using any diy recipe or essential oils to confirm that they are safe for you. This holds especially important if you are currently pregnant.
Easy DIY Lotion With Only 3 Ingredients (Non-Greasy, Without Coconut Oil)
An easy, DIY lotion recipe to help nourish and hydrate skin. Made without coconut oil this homemade lotion recipe needs only three ingredients and comes out silky, not greasy. Made with all-natural ingredients, it’s the perfect homemade body lotion.
When it comes to making your own beauty products, the key is simplicity. Focus on natural ingredients (like these three body butters) and go from there. And of course, this homemade lotion follows that thought. It’s quick to whip up, simple, nourishing, and based on quality.
When it comes to making your own beauty products, there are of course a few tricks. If you’re just getting started, give the blog post Everything You Need To Know About DIY Beauty Products a read before stumbling around!
My DIY Body Butter Experience
When I was trying to get pregnant, I was researching everything I could find on how our hormones change by what we put in our bodies. But it wasn’t until I checked out wellnessmama.com that I learned that what we put ON our body counts too.
Our skin absorbs everything that is thrown at it. And notoriously, females put a lot of product on their skin. Scrubs, lotions, makeups, etc.
By this point in my life I wasn’t really a makeup person (it just doesn’t work when you’re sweaty from workouts all the time!) but I was a lotion and lip chap fanatic.
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The more I read, the easier it sounded to make my own products.
So I tried it.
I’m still not sure how I effed up such simple recipes but crafts and whatnot had never really been my thing 😛
But I kept trying and bit by bit I learned.
And so, this DIY lotion recipe is for all of you who were like me and struggled on the DIY front.
Benefits Of The Lotion
- all-natural (no hidden chemicals)
- smoother skin
- safe enough for kids
I make my own homemade body butters because this way I know exactly what’s in them. No icky ingredients or hidden fragrance.
Notes On The Ingredients
This homemade lotion contains only three ingredients (four if you use an essential oil!). It uses a base of shea butter which is extremely nourishing for your skin (especially things like cracked heels) and almond oil to keep your skin silky. Here is where you can grab the ingredients and check out the brands that I prefer.
It’s completely optional how you scent these three ingredients DIY lotion but know this: lemons rock at boosting your mood (any citrus oils do!). I personally love scenting with lemons as it gives you an immediate uplift on those days when you’re just crabby?
One more quick note: I use a full tablespoon of beeswax and that keeps the lotion moderately firm. I like it this way because then I’m forced to rub it in (versus slap it on). But, you can easily use just under a tablespoon of beeswax and have it be a bit more liquid-y (that’s a word, right!?)
Essential Oil Options
Scenting your DIY lotion is completely optional! It will neither make nor break the recipe. However, before you go throwing in a bunch of oils, I’d place your focus on using them safely.
When I do use essential oils I am for a 5% dilution rate (which comes out to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil to 1 drop of essential oil). This is personally preference and is also not kid-safe (unless you’re using a kid-approved oil from Plant Therapy).
This means that you would use 4-5 drops of essential oil in the recipe if using.
Another option to scent the easy DIY lotion is to use an actual lemon rind. I grate mine into the mixture and let it infuse while it’s boiling down. This gives it all the benefits of lemon but without the need for essential oil.
Again, completely optional though.
DIY Not Your Thing?
If making your own body lotion is still a bit overwhelming (even though this is literally three ingredients) or if you’re just too lazy to make some this second. Grab the almond vanilla body butter from Primally Pure.
It smells effing AWESOME and Primally Pure uses only natural chemical-free ingredients. Seriously, I can pronounce and buy them all. #win If you do end up on their site, use code mamabear10 to save yourself 10% off your entire first order!
- 1/8 cup Shae butter
- 1.5 tablespoons almond oil
- 1 tablespoon Beeswax (or just under)
- 5 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
How To Make The Lotion
In a small glass jar, place the butter, oil, and beeswax. Bring a small pot of water (about an inch) to a rolling boil and place the jar in it. Heat the ingredients until everything is completely melted (especially that beeswax!).
Remove the jar from the heat and whisk in the essential oil (if using).
If using unfiltered beeswax or lemon rind, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer while pouring it into a holding container. Let sit on the counter for 24 hours to firm up and use frequently to show your skin some love!
Make one small jar.
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3 Ingredient DIY Lotion Recipe
Use this simple, DIY lotion whenever you need it. Not only is this lotion recipe simple but it’s effective. Let the quality of the ingredients help repair your skin, keep it nourished and feeling silky smooth! And add the lemon essential oil, trust me?
The Best DIY Skin Care Recipes For Busy Moms
If you’re looking for a natural, simple, effective DIY skincare recipe check out DIY Skin Care For Busy Moms where I’ve created 21 indulgent but super easy DIY skincare recipes that are perfect for everyday moms. From homemade body butters to DIY face masks and energizing shower melts. Likewise, these DIY skincare recipes share a few things in common:
- They’re simple to make (most are melt + pour + let sit!)
- They contain minimal ingredients
- Many ingredients are repeated throughout the book to make them cost-effective
- All-natural beauty products that are effective
Keep your skincare routine SIMPLE with these DIY recipes. I’ve also included video demonstrations for each section of the book as well as a download PDF of the ingredients you’ll find and of course my best tips.