Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion

by Merissa on April 20, 2016

in Make Your Own, Simple Living

Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe, such a simple and yet effective recipe. You only need 2 ingredients!

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe

Recently I got a big jar of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil in the mail and it was just staring at me on the counter...waiting to be used. So, I decided it was time for me to try out this idea. This lotion recipe is really simple and only takes two ingredients. I think next time I will add a little beeswax to mine as I felt like it was a little too greasy for my taste, at least for a daily use lotion. The recipe works great for arms and legs and a little goes a long way. I don't really like it on my hands, but then I've never been a fan of any lotion on my hands!

**Update: I LOVE this Coconut Oil lotion recipe and I've realized the more your skin gets used to it the less greasy it is (I must have had trouble absorbing it when I first started). I've ditched all my other lotions and we use this one exclusively now and it makes my skin glow!**

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Before we get started - coconut oil is pretty amazing. Seriously! It's incredible how one little thing can have so many amazing benefits. Here are some facts: (Click the image to make it more readable.)

Amazing Coconut Oil

Alright, let's get back to lotion making...

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe

What you need:

  • 1 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (I buy mine at Tropical Traditions)
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E (I just used a few capsules) (I buy mine at Amazon)

Ingredients for Coconut Oil Lotion

Here's what you need, a mixer, the oil, the vitamin E, and a bowl! You could also use a stand mixer but I didn't feel like cleaning mine. The hand mixer worked just fine! Note that I also used Gold Label Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions. This one  still retains a little of the coconut scent. I actually really liked that in this lotion! If you are looking for a good source for coconut oil I would recommend either the ones from Tropical Traditions (when they are on sale) or one of the many from iHerb. (I order from them often as well...always free shipping over $20!)

Raw Coconut Oil

What To Do:

Measure out your coconut oil and add in the vitamin E. This is my before shot. See how the oil is kind of lumpy?

Mixing Coconut Oil

Then....mix! This picture was after about 2 minutes.

Whipping Coconut Oil Into Lotion

You will want to mix for a few minutes total.

Whipped Coconut Oil


Coconut Oil Lotion

I put my Coconut Oil Lotion recipe in a jar with a plastic screw on lid to store on my bathroom counter. Like I said above, a little goes a long way with this lotion! If you want to complete your homemade creams collection you will also want to check out my post on homemade Vaseline!

You can always add various essential oils to this lotion as well. And here are some other great projects that you can try making with coconut oil:

Coconut Oil Conditioner
Coconut Oil Sunburn Relief
Homemade Shaving Cream
How to Make Homemade Lotion
Homemade Aftershave Lotion
Vanilla Lip Balm
Beeswax Candles
Make Your Own Sunblock
Homemade Zit Zapper
The Best Diaper Rash Cream

Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe

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1 Eureka Orr May 30, 2012 at 9:16 am

Love the Coconut oil recipe, and I Love the smell of Coconut, think I will try this.


2 Sandy Moeller May 30, 2012 at 9:36 am

I have been using coconut oil by itself for our lotion now for years. What does the Vit. E do to improve it?


3 Little House on the Prairie Living May 30, 2012 at 9:43 am

Vitamin E is an excellent moisturizer and is also a great antioxidant.


4 Tammy May 30, 2012 at 10:14 am

This has many uses…. I luv coconut oil


5 Shar @ Apron Strings & Lima Beans May 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

I love all things coconut oil. I’ve always done the lazy method and just scooped it out of the tub right onto my person. But this looks simple enough. Thanks for sharing!


6 Kathy Elliott Anderson May 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm

What will happen to it when the temp reaches 76 degrees? Will the lotion melt into oil? My coconut oil is liquid about half the time…


7 Merissa May 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Yes, if you have a really warm house you will need to stick this in the fridge.


8 Cindy Taylor May 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Sounds good, will have to try it.


9 Lauren J @ The Barn June 1, 2012 at 8:22 am

I have used coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E each on their own as my sole moisturizer, but none with complete success. The coconut oil soaked in quickly but eventually left my skin feeling dry, the shea butter coated my skin well but seemed to just sit on top and feel greasy. A few months ago I started blending 1 part shea butter, 1 part coconut oil, a few drops of jojoba oil, and a few drops of my jasmine and patchouli essential oils. It has been my magic potion lotion so far. I actually just ordered a 5 lb bag of shea butter to whip up some more.


10 Stacy June 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

I make my own lotion, too. My has shea butter, coconut oil and calendula infused oil. It’s amazing on my son’s eczema. Do you find coconut oil, on it’s own, to be greasy? My body butter is greasy, but great for super dry skin. There is a local shop that makes the best all natural lotion. I wish I could duplicate it. lol


11 Merissa June 28, 2012 at 11:16 am

I do find that coconut oil is greasy on it’s own but I just totally love it for and “after shaving” lotion and an after-sun lotion. It’s not something I’d normally keep on my hands though. I have a different lotion that I use that includes beeswax and shea butter and it’s much less greasy.


12 Elizabeth December 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

What is the less greasy recipe for lotion containing beeswax and shea butter? I have found that the coconut oil and vitamin E mixture turns to liquid in my hand!


13 Merissa December 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm

You can get this recipe here: Lotion Bars.


14 Kristina July 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

I use Vitamin E cream instead of the oil capsules. Definitely lessens greasy/oily feeling.


15 cindy September 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

Where do you find the vitamin e cream? What brand?


16 Merissa September 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

Brand doesn’t matter. You can find Vitamin E softgels in the vitamin section of any store.


17 Wendy January 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I love coconut oil so much I have started a small business and cannot keep up making the lotions and the body scrubs as well-the lotion-I use coconut oil, beeswax in the bead form-vit e and cornstarch-it is to die for and your skin feels moisturized and so soft—Please email me if you would like me to send you some! Wendy


18 Lin January 23, 2013 at 8:20 am

Wendy…I’d be interested in your coconut lotions! How do I reach you?

19 Jan January 28, 2013 at 1:10 am

I would love to try some of your Coconut moisturiser could you let me know how to go about it Cheers Jan

20 Maricar Kim March 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Hi Wendy,

That sounds wonderful.Could I get your recipe, I would live to try the lotion and body scrub.



21 thia March 23, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I’m interested in your lotion. I’m just starting to learn all about making my own things and am very excited!

22 Jan July 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I am also interested in your lotions, body scrubs and how to make them. Thank you

23 kristi lere July 29, 2013 at 8:03 am

I would love to get your recipe and try it out

24 devin September 15, 2013 at 12:28 am

I am interested in some recipes please email me! Thank you

25 Becki Jarvis September 21, 2013 at 2:23 am
26 KristieAnn May 30, 2014 at 1:12 am

Wendy, I’m interested

27 shirley hurst September 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Hi Wendy, I would love the recipe of the lotion and body scrub. I’ve also begin to make my own things. Can’t wait to get started. Thanks

28 Linda September 15, 2016 at 7:56 pm

what is the ratio for the coconut oil, beeswax, vit e and corn starch thank you so much

29 Sarah Carletti August 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I love this!!! I love frugal. I have an August Adventure into Saving Money Tips and Frugal Recipes. I’d love to see this and other posts linked. People seemed to be getting this link mixed up with my regular Thursday Food Fest and I’d really like to see some money saving ideas! Thanks, Sarah


30 Carolyn Fixen October 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

We use whipped Shea butter – with vit E – I think we will add some beeswax too 🙂


31 Amy November 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I have HORRIBLE red itchy patches on the front and backs of my upper thighs. Do you think this may work for me? I was using straight coconut oil (Trader Joes brand) for a couple of days and it works to relieve the itching during the day, but at night, I still wake up itching! Also, the coconut oil has not taken the red out of these patches….Any ideas for that? Thanks!!! 🙂


32 Merissa November 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm

You can always try it. I use this for eczema and itchy issues and it usually works for me!


33 Jasmine February 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Have you tried calendula? Good for calming “angry” skin. Also, you might research topical zinc or colloidal silver. Or consult a holistic practitioner – sometimes persistent skin irritations are an early sign that something you are eating doesn’t agree with your body, or something is just out of balance with your personal Eco-system…


34 Jody May 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Hi. I had a similar issue, it was the WORST. I learned, through lots of loving advice, that my problem was likely diet-related. I changed my diet significantly for 6 weeks, and it CHANGED MY LIFE. Seriously. I would recommend the following videos: Forks over Knives (you can find this on nexflix, at whole foods, or on amazon and BN), and I would suggest reading Eat to Live (Joel Fuhrman). There is nothing unhealthy about the eating plans, and both have additional benefits like: better sleep, happier, calmer living, and lookin’ really good. If you are suffering, try the change in diet for 6 weeks and see what happens. You will be amazed. Also, I would HIGHLY recommend the book SPARK by John Ratey. It is a wonderful book about the science of exercise. It is shocking how closely related diet/exercise/health/happiness are related. Lastly, LOVE my coconut oil and can’t wait to try the whipped vitamin e/coconut/shea version.


35 Jody May 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I had one last thought… If the redness continues, consider that you might have a food allergy. Gluten (wheat protein), dairy, soy, etc. are often associated with food allergies or food sensitivities. Again, if rashy-redness continues, it really could be food-related. Another video to watch is called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (also on Netflix). I didn’t suggest this before because it involves juice-fasting, which some doctors consider dangerous and unproductive because it isn’t sustainable. But, it’s very interesting to watch because 2 people on the video were cured of significant rashes and other ailments because they changed their diet. Check it out if you have some time.


36 Carrie P November 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Try oil pulling to help with it. 🙂 I love it


37 [email protected] December 4, 2012 at 7:00 am

This looks way too easy! is it really that simple? I will have to try and part with some of my tropical traditions coconut oil to try it, lol. Still have my giveaway up through Friday, just in case you want to win some,lol. Cannot get enough coconut oil!


38 Paula December 4, 2012 at 11:44 am

I mixed equal parts of Coconut Oil & Aloe Vera Gel, and then whip it up with my hand mixer. It has a cooling effect, that I just love. It is wonderful as an After Sun Moisturizer. Of course, I use it year round.


39 debbie vanmeter December 4, 2012 at 6:15 pm

i dont like coconut smell or anything about it anything eles i could use to make lotion i am a hand lotion freak i use it everywhere eles to but i am putting it on my hands all the time help thanks


40 Merissa December 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

You can always get Expeller pressed coconut oil for no scent.


41 Susan December 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

How does one blend the beeswax into the coconut/Vitamin E oil lotion? Dropping in beeswax pellets before mixing? Or melting the beeswax then adding it to the mixture? How much beeswax should be used? Thanks!!


42 Merissa December 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

I don’t add beeswax in this particular recipe, only coconut oil and vitamin e.


43 Wendy January 14, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I melt this beeswax over a double boiler and then immediately pour it into the whipped coconut oil and whip it about another 10 minutes-I use a kitchenaid mixer-Have fun


44 Keisti January 24, 2015 at 6:42 pm

Did you say you use corn starch too? What measurements do you use


45 linda bryant December 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm

adding some essential oil (my favorite would be from doTERRA) that would be awesome. Think I will do this for Christmas there is still time.


46 Ashley December 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Does it matter if you use refined vs unrefined?


47 Merissa December 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm

It shouldn’t.


48 Candace December 27, 2012 at 10:28 am

Where do you get coconut in bulk?


49 Merissa December 27, 2012 at 11:52 am

I buy all my coconut oil from Tropical Traditions: http://tinyurl.com/c36328r


50 Wendy January 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Bulk Apothecary is great


51 Courtney K January 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

I actually did something like this as part of a DIY Christmas gift spa set this year. The only difference is I added baby lotion (the lavender scented one) and used Vitamin E cream instead of capsules. The baby lotion really helped with the greasiness. It smells so fantastic!


52 Emily Koons January 11, 2013 at 11:31 am

How long of shelf life does this have? Any chance of it going bad with bacteria or mold?


53 Merissa January 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

Mine has lasted for 6 months so far with no problems. (I made a huge batch 🙂 )


54 Wendy January 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Make sure you keep water out of it and keep the jar tightly shut-


55 Saly August 14, 2014 at 7:52 am

Since there is not water you don’t have to worry about bacteria or mold. Shelf life depends on how fresh the ingredients are that you used.


56 Pat January 19, 2013 at 7:58 am

I also want to try this, already have my extra virgin coconut oil(solid, not liquid) I saw baby lotion with she butter in it, would ?that work along with vitamine E


57 Merissa January 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

I’m not sure if I would add in the baby lotion or not, I would probably stick to pure shea butter if you decide to add that.


58 jessica February 1, 2013 at 11:39 am

I made this great recipe without vit E but im finding that it is very greasy. Why is this?


59 Merissa February 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I think I mentioned it in the post but this recipe is a little greasy since it’s straight up oil. You could add in a little shea or cocoa butter to make it a little better. I just don’t use this recipe on my hands.


60 Jasmine February 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I use my coconut oil (same as I use for cooking!) for hand lotion when I’m working in the kitchen. The pros are that it doesn’t get come off easily if my hands get a little wet, so it’s more persistent; if it gets in my food as I’m cooking, no big deal (cause it is food); and I think it has anti-fungal properties to help prevent nail infections that I tend to get if I wear rubber gloves. The only con is that (as you said) it is greasy – have to use just a little bit, rub it in well, and take care not to get it on my clothes. I am anxious to try some of the suggestions here… Thanks!


61 Crystal February 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

I’m new to coconut oil goodness…….and just made some lotion last night…I noticed today after putting it on my face, that it got a strange smell after a short period of time….do you think I could fragrance it a bit with vanilla? I wasn’t pleased with the vanilla/jojoba oil mixture at the store and thought maybe just vanilla extract or vanilla from a bean mixed into the coconut might work?


62 Merissa February 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

Yes, you can get vanilla essential oil that you could add to it. I actually prefer using a non-expeller pressed coconut oil so mine still smells like coconut 🙂


63 Crystal February 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I did get the non-expeller pressed…and it smelled really good when I put it on…it was just after an hour or two on my skin it doesn’t smell so nice 🙁 Maybe I have weirdo skin 🙂


64 Crystal February 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm

also…sorry…the only vanilla oil they had was mixed with jojoba, and it didn’t smell much like vanilla at all I didn’t think 🙁


65 Merissa February 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Oh that’s odd. What brand did you get?


66 Maria February 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

How long can you store this? Dies it last ok in the fridge?


67 Merissa February 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I don’t store mine in the fridge, just on a cool ark shelf in my bathroom, and it keeps for months and months! The Vitamin E helps preserve it.


68 Amanda March 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I absolutely love Coconut Oil on its own as a moisturizer. However, I’ve had problems before with recipes using Coconut Oil that harden once I mix them up since Coconut Oil is a solid at room temperature (especially during the winter months). Does this recipe retain that whipped texture no matter the temperature, or does it harden as well?


69 Merissa March 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Mine would harden occasionally but for the most part it stayed softer. It hardened when it got really cold.


70 Monica March 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Hi girls! I am a new fan of coconut oil; i made this recipe and i started to use it..especially for my circles around my eyes..i have a question, like if i will use it daily when i will see some results? thanks.


71 Sami May 4, 2013 at 10:54 am

The coconut oil isn’t whipping up. It’s staying liquid. What am I doing wrong?


72 Merissa May 10, 2013 at 11:29 am

Is it too warm in your home? I’ve noticed when it’s really warm instead my home it won’t stay whipped.


73 Saunny May 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Hello, I have sensitive/ oily skin but I haven’t been able to find a face moisturizer that doesn’t have a bunch of chemicals. Would this recipe be too rich for someone’s face? My neck is starting to show signs of aging too, would it also be ok for that too?


74 Merissa May 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

This recipe might be a little oily although I have used it on my face many times and then I just blot the excess oil off.


75 Cindi May 18, 2013 at 10:54 am

I love using coconut oil for so many things, but I was wondering where I can buy beeswax?


76 Merissa May 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I get mine from Amazon, they actually sell organic filtered 🙂


77 Antonia June 5, 2013 at 7:18 am

hey, im planning on making some today with beeswax. ive never used it before, so im curious how it worked for you, and how much you used? i have tiny beeswax beads that i guess ill just throw in while im whipping the oil? thanks for any advice!


78 Merissa June 5, 2013 at 7:54 am

I haven’t had to use the beeswax in there yet, I like just the plain coconut oil. I would use just a few teaspoons of beeswax and I would melt them first, and then add then to the oil when you whip it.


79 Angelica August 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I am definitely going to try this? I don’t have vitamin e though. Does it really make a difference in the lotion? Be sure to check out my blog too!


80 Merissa August 26, 2013 at 9:38 pm

You don’t need it but it does help it to last longer and provides a little more moisture for your hands.


81 Jennifer September 6, 2013 at 5:41 am

Hello, I made this a couple days ago and it quickly hardened up, so I rewhipped it….stayed soft a day and is hard again. What am I doing wrong? I am storing in a mason jar and my house is average temp…


82 Merissa September 6, 2013 at 8:20 am

It’s going to fluctuate in hardness just because of what it is. It still works the same 🙂


83 Christopher September 27, 2013 at 7:36 am

I have very oily skin and have noticed in the past certain natural things DO change scent because of the excessive oil in the skin, my dermatologist also agreed with my assessment.


84 Helen October 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Hi Merissa,
I have a 100% pure pro vitamin e oil at home. But it has 28000 IU…would that one work? How much of it would I have to put in? It seems REALLY sticky (just the oil by itself).


85 Merissa October 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Any Vitamin E oil should be fine, and I would just put in a very tiny amount, only about 1/4 teaspoon or less.


86 sarmistha October 18, 2013 at 4:31 am

can i use E cord tablets with coconut? Beeswax should must be use?


87 Merissa October 19, 2013 at 7:07 am

I’m not quite sure what an E Cord Tablet is…is that just Vitamin E in tablet form? If so, yes, I just squeeze out the oil into the mix. You don’t have to use Beeswax in this recipe, it’s just an option to make it thicker. We do not use it because we like the coconut oil lotion plain 🙂


88 Debra November 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Don’t want to get to personal here….but I had read that you can use coconut oil “all” over and that it can help prevent yeast infections. It works for me.


89 judi November 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I just made this recipe and have a few problems and questions. I used my stand mixer and mixed it fir well over 7 mins and its still had a lot of small lumps, Is this ok,normal? Should I have mixed longer and on max speed? Also when I took a tiny bit off the beater it melted instantly. Is it supposed to be like that? Any and all help would be most welcomed. Thanks so much!!!


90 Merissa November 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Hmmm, could it have been the type of coconut oil used? I haven’t had that issue yet with this recipe.


91 Myra November 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I made some using baby lotion, vitamin E oil and vaseline…..its ok but like you i feels its pretty greasy. So my next try i plan to use coconut oil, a smaller amount of vitamin e oil and cut that with almond oil which is a bit lighter weight than vaseline. I also make an oil that i use on my face that is a mixture of olive oil, castor oil and lavender oil. It just soaks right into my face at night.


92 Marion November 25, 2013 at 4:16 am

I love you blog and all the recipes you are sharing ! Thanks 🙂

Marion – http://www.frenchydiary.wordpress.com


93 Meredith December 3, 2013 at 6:20 am

Love this, but i have a few questions. I have dermititis and roscea on my face so I have to be careful what i use on my face. i saw positive results for excema on here but has anyone had luck with the other issues?
Also, i have started making my own magnesium lotion but its very watery still. could i add the coconut oil mix to the mag lotion to thicken it up and add even more benefits?


94 Leah December 3, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Thank you for the amazing recipe for the lotion!!! I love coconut oil, and have just recently been using it a lot lately. My question to you is how do you remove the oil build up from your undergarments. I have read so many blogs praising natural oils and their effectiveness, which I agree. However no one seems to talk about the excess oil your skin hasn’t absorbed, that makes it way onto your bra, leaving its mark. Is there a particular remedy you use to absorb the oil from your garments? Woolite is great but its not removing that excess oil. Any suggestions???


95 Merissa December 4, 2013 at 7:16 am

This may sound a little crazy but after about a year and a half of using coconut oil as a lotion I’ve noticed my skin absorbs it better. I used to only wear it in the summer on the parts of my skin that were exposed like arms and legs but now I put it on all over and it absorbs really well…I’m not sure what the difference is! For getting oil stains out of clothing I’ve had good luck using BioKleen’s BacOut product.


96 jen April 7, 2014 at 1:37 pm

The best thing I have found to remove grease from clothing is Dawn dishwashing liquid. Just put it on the oil spot before washing and the oil will come right out in the wash. If you have already washed and dried in dryer it has probably set in and will not come out. Hope this helps.


97 Elaine December 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I cannot find Vit. E capsules (dry powder). How much do I mix and how many of the softgels or the liquid Vit E with the coconut oil?


98 Merissa December 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I use the softgels in this recipe. It’s about 1 teaspoon.


99 Jayme December 29, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I have whipped mine before but didn’t do it nearly as long and it became hard again. I will have to try this again for a longer time in the mixer.

I use straight coconut oil on my face an it has never looked better. I use a mix of olive oil, coconut oil and tea tree oil on my feet.

BTW, coconut oil is great for a toothpaste! Just coconut oil, baking soda, sea salt and a bit of mint extract. I also make it for my dogs with chicken bullion instead of mint and no salt.


100 Paige January 3, 2014 at 4:49 am

Hi there,

Can this lotion be used in a pump bottle? I am a massage therapist and looking to have a lotion like this in a pump bottle. It would have to be thin enough to be pumped. Thoughts?


101 Merissa January 3, 2014 at 7:54 am

I’m not sure if it could be since coconut oil can get hard and it can get runny depending on the temp of the room it’s in.


102 CC November 23, 2015 at 6:26 pm

If you keep it on a warmer it would definitely be liquid and easily pumped out…not to mention lovely.


103 Bonnie B January 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Hi all! Such great info here…Thanks for sharing. I see the graphic near the top of this post that says that expeller processed coconut oil doesn’t have many benefits…is this true?! This is what I have been buying and using as a moisturizer for ages but I have not heard this before. Not a fan of coconut smell. Does anyone have more info in this regard? Many thanks!


104 Merissa January 22, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Here’s some good info on the Tropical Traditions website: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/faq.htm#11


105 Julie D. March 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Add in some lavender essential oil and it makes a wonderful bedtime moisturizer! The combination of the lavender and coconut scents smell delicious.


106 kathy durbin April 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm

use small amounts of coconut oil and better to apply right after the shower
makes great sugar scrubs and salt scrubs! use it daily head to my toes


107 liz June 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I make a lotion exactly like this and also use it as a mousse in my hair. It works great and my hair has never been so healthy.


108 Rachel June 4, 2014 at 12:40 am

There are 102 comments and I haven’t read through them all, so I apologise is you have already been asked this question. How do you store this in summer – it’s winter here so it will stay relatively solid but in summer my coconut oil is usually liquid. Just wondering how you store it because I don’t fancy going to the fridge for my moisturiser every day!


109 Merissa June 4, 2014 at 8:24 am

I usually just use in a liquid state in the summer but you could always store it in the fridge to keep it solid (and bonus…it would cool you off! ) 🙂


110 Devan June 21, 2014 at 9:09 pm

I have wanted to get the organic virgin coconut oil from costco, but I didn’t have enough this paycheck to do so, so I bought what assume is expelled pressed stuff, and I attempted to make a different kind of lotion than you demonstrated above. How do you get it to be creamy like that in a few of the pictures you have? You had mentioned that, it will liquify and harden off an on. Thanks!


111 Merissa June 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm

I just whipped it with the hand mixers to make it creamy. It will change consistancy but you can always re-whip if you want to.


112 Marilyn June 28, 2014 at 3:41 pm

I purchased Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. Mixed 1 cup of coconut oil + 1tsp vitamin E + 2 drops of essential oil for 15 minutes with a hand mixer but it never “whipped” – just liquified. Should I refrigerate the resulting liquid and try whipping it again? Any suggestions?


113 Merissa June 28, 2014 at 5:39 pm

It sounds like it’s probably too warm in your house. Coconut oil will liquify over 75 degrees so I generally make this lotion in the winter and the Lotion Bars in the summer. You can stick it in the fridge but likely would have the same results when whipping it again.


114 Candi July 3, 2014 at 8:50 am

Thanks so much for this post. I had the same problem when trying to whip mine last night. I added jojoba oil instead of vitamin E b/c its what I had in the house. Along with a few drops of lavender. I have been using coconut oil right out of the container as lotion. I think I will give the lotion bars a try. It is the middle of the Summer here, I think its just to warm in the house to keep it as a solid form. As I read other posts about it being to greasy. I agree it was a bit greasy when I first switched over to just coconut oil. After about two weeks my skin now quickly absorbs the oil. I love it my skin is super soft. I even use on my hair and face. For my face its a mix of olive and coconut oil. Thanks again for the post!


115 Aggie July 21, 2014 at 11:53 am

Does this work for a lotion pump?
What’s the estimated shelf life?


116 Merissa July 21, 2014 at 12:49 pm

This lotion is better placed in a tub or container. The shelf life is several years.


117 Hannah August 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Awesome! I’m surprised by the length of shelf-life too! I use Coconut oil for many many things, and this lotion is the next one. Thankyou.


118 Sally August 14, 2014 at 8:05 am

Vitamin E can be expensive. Sunflower or Pumpkin Oils are high in Vitamin E. Sunflower Seed oil is high in vitamins A, D and E. Pumpkin Seed oil contain minerals that include iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, magnesium and vitamins include A, B, C, E, and K.


119 Erica Brooks August 19, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Thanks for the recipe. I usually add Lavender essential oil to coconut oil to moisturize my skin. Next time I think I’ll try adding Vitamin E too.


120 Tauna August 19, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Great recipe! Love how simple it is. Will be trying it right away. 🙂


121 Farrah August 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm

I love how simple this recipe is! 😀 I have a whole ton of coconut oil hanging out in my kitchen. Just need the hand mixer and some vitamin E now! 😛


122 Michelle Brown August 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Loved this idea!! But how would you get the lotion whipped texture from an oil? Because when my coconut oil gets to warm it turns back into a liquid. will this happen with the homemade lotion?


123 Merissa August 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Yes, it will always turn back to a liquid if kept over 75 degrees. If you want to keep it in the whipped state you will have to make sure it stays in a cool dark area or in the fridge. You can always re-whip if it melts 🙂


124 Leigh Anne August 25, 2014 at 9:30 am

Thanks for sharing this homemade lotion at Link It or Lump It! this week 🙂


125 Randi August 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm

This is great! I love using coconut oil, but I’ve never tried adding vitamin E- I’ll have to try this out!


126 Rosa September 28, 2014 at 5:59 am

I added the beeswax like suggested, but I think I added too much. It went rock solid. Oops.


127 Aleah October 14, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Would you use this as a face lotion?


128 Merissa October 15, 2014 at 7:26 am

I do! 🙂


129 BRIANNA LUDOVINA October 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm

How many batches does this make if you package it in a small mason jar?


130 Merissa October 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

One batch of the recipe above will fit in one mason jelly sized jar.


131 kim haggard November 2, 2014 at 6:03 pm

I add the pink baby lotion to mine because I like the scent of it. I use about equal amounts of the coconut oil and baby lotion and vitamin E creme in a jar. It is wonderful!


132 Jackie March 8, 2015 at 9:26 am

I have been using this and my face is dry looking! Do you have any suggestions to help me?


133 E November 15, 2014 at 12:16 pm

You realize that whipping it like that just oxidizes all the vitamin E, right?


134 Deni November 17, 2014 at 1:42 am

Hi I bought the organic coconut oil and its quite thick, I used the recipe but after 7 minutes of beating it isnt thick at all just very runny! not sure why! I have put it in the fridge hoping that will harden it a little
I still like it and have put it on my hands and face its a little oily as you said at first thanx


135 Merissa November 17, 2014 at 7:21 am

Is your house warm? Coconut Oil will melt if over 75 degrees. It will harden when it cools back down, even if it’s after whipping.


136 Deni November 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Ok thats good! I have it in the fridge, when i need it I put it on the bench for a while and then its fine to use
thank you!


137 Lila November 29, 2014 at 1:58 am

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138 linda December 15, 2014 at 9:49 am

I have a question when you whip this up with your mixer is it easy to clean up


139 Merissa December 15, 2014 at 10:25 am

As long as I use soap and warm water it will come clean. Oil is always tougher to get off.


140 Lisa H January 14, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Hi, this may sound silly, but I only have tiny vit e capsules. Do I have to somehow open them up or can I just blend them up as is? Any tips? Thank you!


141 Merissa January 14, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Yes you can open them up. I usually just stick the sharp end of a pin or needle and then squeeze the oil out 🙂


142 Ana February 4, 2015 at 7:32 am

Hello, I’m gonna try to make the receipt but I have one doubt, how much is one cup in weight?. Thanks


143 Merissa February 4, 2015 at 7:13 pm

In ounces? 8 ounces per one cup.


144 ana February 5, 2015 at 11:20 am

Many thanks, with that I can convert to metric system. It is 225 g aprox. Just in case someone else needs the convertion.


145 Jackie March 7, 2015 at 10:54 am

I have been using this for two weeks and my face is dry when I put my make-up on! Any suggestions for me?


146 Ashley March 11, 2015 at 12:19 pm

I think I will try this. Can you use vitamin E oil?


147 Merissa March 11, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Yes it’s actually the same thing I just didn’t have any oil on hand when I made this batch so I squeezed it from the caplets 🙂


148 Kelli March 21, 2015 at 10:37 am

hi! I just made the lotion but when I apply it to my hands, it’s extremely greasy. Any suggestions?


149 Merissa March 21, 2015 at 11:31 am

Any lotion with coconut oil is going to be more greasy since it’s an oil. For a non-greasy lotion you might want to try these Lotion Bars.


150 Alexis April 28, 2015 at 7:05 am

I tried this same lotion recipe from another site in December and have been using it every day. I love it! I had the same problem when I made it as far as it being too oily. I tried a little on my hand and it instantly turned to liquid. I use coconut oil, vitamin e liquid and rose essential oil so the entire thing is pretty much oils in whipped form. To combat the oil I added a few teaspoons of cornstarch (start with a little and add more as needed) and it cut WAY back on the oil factor. The cornstarch thickens the mixture and helps the oil absorb into your skin rather than sitting on top! I will agree with everyone that said the more you use it the faster it absorbs. Mine stays whipped all the time (my house is usually under 70 degrees) but if it gets soft just pop it in the fridge for a little while! The one complaint I have is that mine has little lumps of coconut oil in it. I strain mine to get the bigger lumps out but there’s still tiny beads in there that are too small to remove. Anyone else have this issue?


151 Kathy June 28, 2015 at 1:38 pm

HELP,, I tried to make the coconut oil body butter, but mine would not get firm.. I poured it into the jar instead of spooning it in.

What did I do wrong’


152 Merissa June 29, 2015 at 9:41 am

It’s hard to make this lotion in the summer if your home is over 75 degrees which is the melting point of coconut oil. I would suggest either adding in a firmer component like Shea Butter or making Lotion Bars instead for summer.


153 Kaye September 27, 2015 at 2:38 pm

I was excited to notice you recommend Tropical Traditions. This of is is my favorite coconut oil. I love the history of this company and their continued contributions to sustainability. Thanks so much for your recipe.


154 shadee November 7, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Pls is there a particular type of vit E, A, C use for cream making or is it same as the once we buy in pharmacies.


155 Kat December 4, 2015 at 9:53 pm

OK I made this and it’s not creamy it’s hard and thick. What did I do wrong?


156 Merissa December 5, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Is your house very cold? The lotion will soften and harden along with the temp of your home. If you are looking for a lotion that is consistent you might want to try these lotion bars.


157 Debbie January 23, 2016 at 6:23 pm

I have just started making my own toiletries and having lots of fun! Thanks for the recipe.


158 Cynthia April 23, 2016 at 10:22 am

I use coconut oil every day. Love it. Thanks for the tip about adding vitamin E. I also really like the idea of whipping it into a lotion and putting it into little jars… would make a great gift.


159 Mother of 3 April 24, 2016 at 6:41 am

I love coconut oil; and while I have been using it on my skin straight out of the jar I was thinking that this looked a bit easier to use. I’ll have to try this.


160 Nicole April 25, 2016 at 3:08 pm

What a wonderful idea!! We love using coconut oil for so many things, but I have never thought to make it into lotion. I’m happy to hear you eventually stop having it so greasy once you use it for a while since coconut oil can be greasy. Sharing with my followers. Thanks for linking up with Inspire Me Monday. I hope you have a blessed week!!


161 Christine @ Must Love Home April 26, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Love it! You lotion recipe looks pretty easy to make, so I think I might try it! I have a jar of coconut oil in the pantry that I need to use up and would never thought to make lotion! I tweeted it out and pinned also:) Thank you for sharing with us at Friday Favorites. If you get a moment, I would love for you to share this at Wonderful Wednesday at Must Love Home. Right now we have a $40 PayPal cash giveaway going on thru 4/30. Please stop by and enter! Have a great week and Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home


162 Jess April 27, 2016 at 11:31 am

I’m pretty sure I need to make this!

I would LOVE for you to share this with my Facebook Group.

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


163 Theresa @DearCreatives April 27, 2016 at 9:54 pm

I make a similar recipe but, mine has cocoa butter…Thanks for sharing at the inspiration spotlight party. Shared


164 Nicki May 1, 2016 at 2:35 am

I have not tried this yet but I have made some moisturiser for my face just using coconut oil and essential oils, the coconut oil came hard I had to melt it down waited for it to cool I put it in a tub and it hardened again will this not happen with this recipe? How do I keep it as a lotion and not have it harden or melt?


165 Merissa May 1, 2016 at 11:24 am

Anything with coconut oil will harden if kept in a very cool area, coconut oil’s melting point is 75 degrees so if you keep your lotion right around that temp it should help it stay a little softer. Add in another soft component might help as well such as jojoba oil or even shea butter.


166 Nicki May 1, 2016 at 11:36 am

Thank you I keep it in the dressing table with my make up, house is normally warm too il have to find somewhere else or try the Shea butter


167 Mrs. Lewis May 2, 2016 at 7:41 am

Did yours became like a cream? How long did you did you mix it for?


168 Arlene July 21, 2016 at 6:59 pm

Hello -first of all I love your blog. I’m having trouble keeping my coconut lotion or actually any of my beauty products from separating. If I keep it in the frig.it hardens. Then starts melting and separating. I used to do many of the same things your doing now when.my babies were babies. It was the “hippie era”. Now I’m a great grandma!!!! Oh,how I miss those days. Nursing my babies,my animals, cooking and making everything from scratch. Now I read about it! Keep up the great work, don’t ever get discouraged. Thank-you. God bless


169 Merissa July 21, 2016 at 8:15 pm

Hi Arlene, Coconut Oil is a tricky one because it’s melting point is 75 degrees. I try and keep mine in a cool dark cupboard or try adding a little beeswax to it when I’m making a product to help keep it more firm.


170 CommaQueen1 December 17, 2016 at 9:40 pm

Could you melt the coconut to blend it with the vitamin e? How many capsules did you use in each batch? Also, could you mix it in a blender instead of a mixer?


171 Merissa December 18, 2016 at 6:35 am

I didn’t have a problem getting the vitamin e to blend with the coconut oil since it will be nice and creamy when you whip it. I used one teaspoon of vitamin e with each batch. You could mix it in a blender but I don’t think it would whip well (would probably stick to the sides).


172 julie bilbrey February 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm

my name is Julie, can I use regular coconut oil?


173 Merissa March 1, 2017 at 6:36 pm

Yes, you can use any kind of plain coconut oil for this recipe.


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