Easy Buttercream Lotion

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This Easy Buttercream Lotion is a super simple homemade moisturizer with a lovely vanilla smell. It’s the perfect all body moisturizer with a high proportion of aloe vera gel for extra hydration. The avocado or jojoba oil sinks into your skin well and there’s a touch of coconut oil too for deep moisturizing. This easy DIY is perfect for at home spa days and as a homemade gift.

Easy Buttercream Lotion in a glass bottle on a wooden board with white flowers on the side and two hands pushing lotion from the pump handle.

This is my favorite all-purpose lotion! It’s a mid-weight lotion that works well throughout the seasons, and it really moisturizes my skin without being greasy. I’ve been using it for many years (at least 15 years now!) since I first discovered that my skin hates almost any product I’ve ever purchased.

Out of desperation I developed my own lotion recipe. This might sound crazy at first, but when you consider constant rashes and skin reactions to store bought products, it doesn’t seem quite so radical! Especially when there didn’t use to be very many natural products to buy. And it’s so much more affordable to make your own. It also takes just a few minutes to make as well.

Lotion in a glass bottle with a gold pump handle on a wooden board with small white flowers in the background.

A little while ago I had a request for a lotion containing shea butter, but after all kinds of testing and several batches of homemade lotion, I scrapped the shea butter and went back to coconut oil in my old standby recipe. Every lotion I’ve made so far with shea butter has been really unstable.

After a couple of days, it seems to start separating a bit, and little bits of shea butter create a gritty texture in the lotion. Even though it melts when it touches the heat of your skin, I decided to go with something a bit less fussy. That being said, you can replace the coconut oil in this recipe with shea butter for an ultra moisturizing lotion that’s perfect for the winter months!

Let’s get started by talking about the ingredients for this Easy Buttercream Lotion!

  • Jojoba or avocado oil I like to use either of these 2 oils because they’re easily absorbable for the skin. Jojoba is my favorite since it’s the closest to our own skin’s oil and absorbs well for me. Also you can get vanilla infused joboba oil that gives this lotion a nice ‘buttercream frosting’ smell.
  • Coconut oil – adds body to this lotion as well as deep moisturizing as well.
  • Beeswax – is what emulsifies the aloe vera with the oils and makes this lotion stable.
  • Aloe vera gel – adds the perfect amount of hydration to this lotion. I don’t personally use fresh aloe vera gel in my lotion because it spoils too quickly, and would need to be refrigerated.
  • Essential oils – are optional here and I rarely add them. I love the light vanilla smell from the vanilla jojoba oil mentioned in the recipe notes.
Coconut oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera gel, and beeswax measured out on a wooden cutting board.

There are 3 critical things you need to know to make it super easy to make your own lotion!

1. It’s really important to make sure you’ve completely melted the wax into the oil. If there are any bits of unmelted wax it will make you lotion gritty with bits of wax floating around in it.

2. It helps to have all the ingredients at room temperature before starting. After the oil and wax have melted together, you add the aloe vera gel, and if it’s cold it can cause your lotion to seize up. If this happens, just rewarm it until it liquefies again.

3. I like to place my lotion over an ice bath and whisk constantly for a couple of minutes until it thickens up, which really helps the lotion stay completely emulsified!

Now let’s make this recipe step by step!

The coconut oil, jojoba oil, and beeswax in a small saucepan.

Step 1:

First up add the oils and beeswax to a small saucepan.

The oils melted together with the beeswax in a small saucepan.

Step 2:

Next melt the oils and wax together. In this picture, you can see the oil and the wax have been completely melted together. At this point the liquid should be clear.

Adding the aloe vera gel to the melted oil and beeswax mixture.

Step 3:

Then whisk in the aloe vera gel. It’s a bit loose at this point, but it’s definitely emulsified.

Whisking the lotion over an ice bath to emulsified.

Step 4:

Next whisk your lotion over an ice bath until it thickens up and becomes a paler shade of yellow. It will become much thicker and you’ll notice it will start to leave ‘lines’ of lotion around the edges of the pan. When it’s first made it’s so loose it just falls back down the sides.

Buttercream Lotion in a glass pump bottle on a wooden cutting board with two hands pumping lotion out.

Step 5:

Once the lotion thickens, pour it into a clean container or pump dispenser. Use a funnel to make this part easier.

I really like using some sort of pump dispenser which lengthens the life of any homemade product. I bought the one you see in the pictures at Target (where else right?). It’s important to keep your hands out of the lotion as much as possible because there are no preservatives in it.

Tip 1: Beeswax can be a pain to work with when you’re grating it! I’ve found the best way to clean your grater after is to pour boiling water right onto the surface where the wax is. It’s the only thing that cleans the wax away with ease!

Tip 2: You can also buy beeswax in little pellets now. I’ve included both the ounces and grams in the recipe so that you can simply measure out the pellets. That way there won’t be any grating involved!

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Buttercream Lotion in a glass pump bottle on a wooden cutting board with two hands pumping lotion out.

Easy Buttercream Lotion


Description

This Easy Buttercream Lotion is a super simple homemade moisturizer with a lovely vanilla smell. It’s the perfect all body moisturizer with a high proportion of aloe vera gel for extra hydration. The avocado or jojoba oil sinks into your skin well and there’s a touch of coconut oil too for deep moisturizing. This easy DIY is perfect for at home spa days and as a homemade gift.


Ingredients

Scale

1/2 cup jojoba or avocado oil, see notes

3 Tablespoon coconut oil

2 Tablespoons grated beeswax – weighing 1/8 ounce or 7 grams

6 Tablespoon aloe vera gel, at room temperature, I use the Desert Lilly brand


Instructions

Melt the avocado oil, coconut oil, and beeswax together in a small sauce pan. Make sure all of the beeswax is dissolved or there will be bits of wax in the final product.

Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the aloe vera gel. At this point the mixture will be very loose.

Next place the saucepan over an ice bath and whisk for 3-5 minutes until the lotion cools and starts to thicken. You’ll notice that it will start to leave lines of lotion on the edges or the pan instead of being totally liquid.

Pour the cooled lotion into a clean container using a funnel, and use within 2 months. A pump type of container is best for keeping homemade products so they don’t get contaminated from our hands.

Notes

I like to use vanilla jojoba oil for part of the jojoba called for, anywhere from 2-4 tablespoons is a nice balance. Vanilla jojoba oil is pure vanilla essential oil diluted in jojoba oil as a carrier oil. It’s much more affordable and has an incredible smell. I find mine at our local health food store.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 mins

Keywords: Homemade Lotion, DIY Lotion, Easy Homemade Lotion

This post was originally published in 2015, but has been updated with new photos, prep photos, and more tips and information.

50 thoughts on “Easy Buttercream Lotion”

  1. Would this be the best of your lotion options to use on my face? I have very sensitive skin and am allergic to anything in the daisy family so I’m trying to make my own facial moisturizer 🙂 Thanks!

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    • I do think this buttercream lotion is probably the best option to use on your face if you’re looking specifically for a lotion. I also have really sensitive skin, and I prefer to use the Oil Cleansing Method which cleanses and moisturizes at the same time. Then at night time, I use straight jojoba or coconut oil if I’m needing a bit more moisturizing. I’ll include a link below so you can read about it in case you think that might be better for your skin.

      https://getinspiredeveryday.com/lifestyle/facial-oil-cleansing-method/

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  2. Thank you for this great recipe! One question, when you remove the melted oil from the stove, do you let it cool a little before adding the Aloe vera gel or do you add it straight when the oil is hot? Also, does it help with emulsification to heat the aloe vera gel slightly? Lastly, is it ok to add essential oils to this mix? Thank you kindly!

    Reply
    • I don’t let the oil cool, but I try to be careful to not let it get too hot. If the oil is boiling hot, it will splatter when liquid, (aloe vera) is added. So you want to heat it just long enough to melt the grated beeswax. I always just let my aloe vera come to room temperature, and it works great, but you could lightly warm it as well. And you can definitely add any essential oil you love the smell of. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

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  3. I just tried your recipe, and I think you need to add some extra instructions for those of us who aren’t used to making our own lotion. I melted the beeswax and coconut oil in grape seed oil, and when I added the aloe vera, it’s exploded! I have burns on my forehead and a mess in my kitchen. I let everything sit on the counter for about 6 hours, so it was at room temperature. My kitchen is around 68°, so if if needs to be warmer, it should be in the recipe. Also, it doesn’t say what temp to set the stove on, so I used medium-high. I’m assuming the aloe vera was still too cold, but your recipe didn’t warm me that it would explode.

    Reply
    • I’m so sorry you had so much trouble, and I’ll definitely try and reword the instructions to be more careful when adding the liquid to the beeswax mixture. I’ve never had it explode, and I’ve been making this for over 10 years. What I’m thinking must have happened is the oil and beeswax mixture must have been way too hot creating a bigger temperature difference. I’m going to add an instruction to be careful when adding the liquid to the oil, but also about heating it only until the beeswax just melts. Again, I’m really sorry you had trouble, but thanks for letting me know so I can add more details to the instructions.

      Reply
    • You could try using Candelilla wax, I haven’t personally tried it, but you usually use about half the amount of beeswax called for by measurement. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions! 🙂

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  4. Hi Kari,
    Where is the best place to purchase the beeswax?
    I am 69 yrs of age & have problems with acne. I am looking forward to trying your oatmeal facial scrub, oil facial cleansing & the easy buttercream lotion.
    I have totally given up on store bought.
    Thank you, Linda

    Reply
    • You can usually purchase beeswax at your local health food store, or buy it online. If you’re struggling with your skin, I would seek out a professional that could help you get to the root cause as well. Making your own skin care can be a really big help as well as drinking plenty of water every day. Giving up soap to wash my face was the best thing I ever did for my particular skin issues. Another thing that works really well for most everyone is my Pineapple Facial. It’s wonderfully exfoliating without any kind of abrasion, (even my oatmeal scrub is lightly abrasive). It cleans, softens, and exfoliates with further irritating the skin. I hope some of this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

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