Non-Greasy Hand & Body Cream with Skin Type Recipes

This Nourishing Hand and Body Cream is super easy and keeps your skin soft, even in the winter months. The ingredients are all wholesome and good for you – nothing toxic! Add your choice of essential oils for a luxurious smell.

I love making as many of my personal care items in order to cut down on toxins in our home and on our bodies.

I’ve made Eye Makeup Remover, Alcohol-free Hairspray, Sugar Scrub, Nourishing Lip Scrub, Hair Rinse, DIY Body Wash, and more. I’ve been looking for homemade lotion recipe that works for a long time, and I finally have it.

If you’re looking for a homemade lotion or hand cream that will nourish your skin, look no further.  This recipe is super nourishing, super versatile and super simple.  And I’ve updated it with essential oils suitable for your skin’s needs.

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I’ve bought so many lotions and creams in my life, but have really wanted to go to making homemade lotion myself.

I have this ridiculous bent towards DIY stuff.

I can’t stand forking out a ton of money for something when I can make it for a fraction of the cost myself.

Now, that doesn’t mean that I am opposed to buying high quality things.

In fact, I’ve been using a pretty pricey hand and body cream for the past 6 months that I really love, but I’ve been hoping to have a DIY version for my home that I could also recommend to all of you.

I asked all of my great readers the other day for recipes for DIY lotions and one reader had a recipe that really appealed to me.  So I tried it, and–we have a real winner!

This homemade lotion is:

non greasy
super easy to make (no fancy tools–just melt, stir and pour)
smells great
has flexible ingredients (so you can pretty much use what you have on hand)

My Struggle with Hard Lotions

It’s a cross between a smooth lotion and a hard lotion.  Are you familiar with those hard lotion bars that are all the rage now on the internet?

While I love the concept, I have found that the hard lotion bars are a little tough for me to use.

Mostly, I think it’s because I’m a little too impatient to wait for the bar to soften.   Does anyone else get frustrated with this?

I find myself trying to rub the hard lotion into my skin before it’s had time to soften and as I watch my skin pulling and stretching, I think, “That can’t be too good for my skin, can it?”

And frankly, it doesn’t feel too good to be pushing and pulling.

So, for right now, I am using the hard lotion bars that I have for lip balm.  They work pretty well for that, and I don’t think my lips are getting too stretched out :-).

Anyhow, this lotion is solid at room temp (maybe I should call it “Nourishing Not-So-Hard-Lotion”), but it isn’t super hard and softens up really quickly in your hands, even in our pretty chilly home.  Our home is heated only to about 60 in the winter.

See what I mean about frugal?  Every time I think about moving the thermostat up, I think about the 2-3% of my heating bill that I’ve heard you save for each degree you lower your thermostat.

Let’s just say we all like long underwear around here :-).

Just yesterday, I used my Homemade Sugar Scrub and followed it with this Hand Cream and my hands felt super soft and revitalized last night.  The moisture left from the scrub and rinsing it off is sealed into your skin by this hand cream.

A very frugal way to treat yourself, or someone you love.

This recipe is easily adaptable by adjusting the essential oils that you use. Here are some ideas….

Essential Oils for Different Skin Issues

This lotion recipe uses essential oils. While they aren’t necessary, adding them can turn your lotion from being simply moisturizing to something that really addresses what is going on with your skin.


This Nourishing Hand and Body Cream is super easy and keeps your skin soft, even in the winter months. The ingredients are all wholesome and good for you – nothing toxic! Add your choice of essential oils for a luxurious smell.

Ball Crystal Jelly Jars

Of course, you can make more to stock up, or for gifts.

Even if yours is liquidy, you can still use it.  In fact, one idea is to put it in a pump bottle. Some upscale lotions are like this including one I am trying out right now.

This bottle would be just perfect for that:

Lotion Pump

Two nights ago, I put a little warm water on my arms, legs, hands, feet, and elbows, and smoothed this lotion all over before going to bed.
This morning, my skin is obviously nourished and much happier.

There were other recipes that readers shared that I thought sounded great, so I am going to be working on more lotions in the future, hopefully my next one will be one that is liquid at room temp.

In the meantime, enjoy this treat for your skin.

Where to buy ingredients:

If you would like some essential oils at cost for making this body cream, check out my Natural Store page, or you can buy some from the company I recommend in my Best Essential Oils Series.

One of the best deals on aloe vera juice is at Vitacost.  You get $10 off your first purchase of $30.  Aloe vera juice is said to be great for intestinal health too, so get a large container while you’re at it.

Do you have a favorite homemade lotion recipe to share?

Photo credits – Naomi Huzovicova

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    Speak Your Mind


  1. Jess Forbes says:

    Hi there,

    I really love your post and am very interested in making my own natural moisturiser.

    I couldn’t, however, find on your post any suggestions for natural preservative (apologies if I have missed it!).

    Could you please recommend a few to me that will match your recipe?

    Many thanks,


    • Thanks for reading. I’m not an expert in preservatives but I am talking with someone who is. I hope to have more information on the blog soon about this but some maintain that synthetic preservatives are necessary for broad protection. Typically natural ones would include essential oils, radish root, and some others.

  2. What about note to use right away or add a preservative?

    • Are you asking why I have the note there?

      • Well is it really necessary. Please be more specific for newbies. What should I use as a preservative?

        • I have been doing more research into preservatives and I recommend it. Bacteria can start to grow very quickly. What you use it up to you – there are different ones available on the market. I am by no means an expert on this – I have used products using only essential oils as preservatives but have been reading that that is possibly / probably insufficient so I can only say this right now. You could leave the aloe out and have a much thicker product which would remove the water base.

  3. Edith D. Thurman says:

    I actually want softer, and I’m not wasting my cocoa butter on lotion, that’s for my chocolate! I have tons of fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, safflower seed oil, that I can use. I think coconut milk whipped is what they use to make body butter. I know it’s excellent for your hair, which I will be using on soon. I use coconut, Shea butter, almond, bees wax to make sticks of lotions. Basically the same idea just a bit of bees wax then pour into lip tubes, and the round deodorant tubes you can get. I have psoriasis and with the essential oils I put in it it works great to keep it under control. Even on my face. Love your recipe, thanks!

  4. I made this a few weeks ago, and I also added probiotics to it. Mine turned out liquidy with the raw Shea butter, and so I put it in a pump bottle. I absolutely love it!

  5. Hello Adrienne thanks for this wonderful article. What i want to ask is how long can i preserve it ? I want to make this and sell to local shops. But it might take a long time for me to sell and the end customers to use. Is there any method, it can be used for a long time ? Just like we buy lotions from stores and they can be used for months or years!

  6. What kind of preservatives would work. I have rosemary essential oil and tea tree essential oil, I was wondering if either of those would work and how much to use. I am a barber and would like a healthy alternative to store bought lotions, but can’t keep them in the fridge. Thank you

    • Hi there. I haven’t done enough research into preservatives but I have heard from a skincare expert that EOs are not sufficient and would have to be used at a very high proportion to work. I see sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate used pretty frequently in personal care products. I will be writing more about this in the future.

  7. Cheryl schulte says:

    What about omitting aloe all together? I would think it would still be emollient enough without? Also, seeking preservative ideas? I have had this problem with some
    Of my home made lotions in past.. They did mold after a few months. But now I realize it’s because of the water.

    • It is an option but would change the texture. I have heard of several preservatives but I am no expert on that. I’m talking w/ a skincare expert about that now so hopefully we will have more info on the blog soon :). Even if you can’t see it there could be mold there.

  8. I made this today and my concern was that it would be too solid, so I whipped it up using an immersion blender just as it was starting to solidify. The consistency turned out really nice, not too solid but not liquidy at all

  9. This looks very simple! I will definitely try it, but I was wondering does it matter what liquid oil you use? Is one better than the other or does it matter. Thank you!

    • Hi Kassie. I would think any of them could work but I am not sure. I would do a small batch to see. Several people have had it not work out and I’m not sure why. Hope it works!

  10. My daughter and I spent lots of money on this recipe…it turned out nothing like the photo. It was greasy and liquidy, never solidifying. Also, it would have been nice to know the info about the aloe juice spreading mold before using. We were so disappointed.

    • Hi there. I’m sorry this happened to you. Did you make any substitutions? Water and aloe are both mold issues. I never had mold grow in mine as I make it in a small batch and use it quickly. I wonder if the quality of the ingredients could be the problem?

      • we used the recommended brands on the website and followed the recipe. is there anything at this point to add to make it more lotion-like? And how did you get yours to look like the photo?

        • Hi Anni. I simply used the products that I had in my home. Mine turned out to be a hard lotion type that was solid at a cool temperature. I would have to try it again to see what happens. I’m really perplexed about this but I can send it to a skincare expert to see what she has to say. Thanks!

        • If you put the mixture in the fridge for around 20 minutes it will start to solidify. Then whip it up with a beater to a creamy consistency. It should stay like a body butter.

          • I made today, doubled recipe, left out aloe juice no water, used Argan oil with tocopherol (vitamin E) as a preservative and geranium essential oil. Followed Gipsi’s recommendation of cooling in fridge until it begins to solidify. It took longer than 20 minutes for mine, in fact I thought it was going to remain liquid. Whipped with electric hand mixer. Put back in fridge and after about an hour it began to thicken. Whipped again till creamy. It filled one small canning jar and It is very much like body butter. My fingers crack in the winter especially around holidays because they are constantly washing dishes. I applied today and already roughness on fingers is gone!! Can’t wait to use on body because I think I will love….thank you Adrienne!

          • Great!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Adrienne W. says:

    What if you leave the Aloe Vera juice out all together?

  12. Hi! I want to make this however I was wondering the shelf life since it doesn’t have preservatives and contains aloe Vera. Do you store it in the fridge and have you ever had a problem with bacteria growing?

    • I haven’t kept mine in the fridge but I haven’t ever made a huge batch either. I have never noticed anything growing there but I haven’t tested it either. I hope that helps. Please do not make a huge batch – you are right that aloe can be an issue.

    • Hi! Great question. I have my own body care business and hope to help you. If you add Aloe Vera juice, you will definetly want to use up your product within a week or so. Tiny microbes/mold spores can grow on your product and get you sick if you continue using it past that time. Aloe Vera juice is usually made with a lot of water and water in any product equals the need for a broad-spectrum preservative. You can omit the aloe Vera juice and not have to worry about it then. There are different places online that sell aloe-infused oil so you don’t have to worry about the spoiling and yet you still get the benefit of the aloe. Also, in regards to this product not solidifying, this is probably due to the aloe Vera juice because, once again, it has a high water percentage and water and oil/water and butters will NOT evenly emulsify without some sort of emulsifying agent or wax. It has nothing to do with the Shea butter or beeswax unless the ratios are off (wax to oils). Hopes this helps!

  13. Add a little bees wax to solidify it a little. Too much and it will be a brick.

  14. Christine Lockwood says:

    I’m definitely going to try this out! Just a couple of questions, if the lotion is somewhere that gets warm, will it turn liquidity because of the coconut oil melting? Also, do you think it’d be okay to use aloe gel (from the plant) instead of juice? Thanks so much for posting this recipe! 🙂

    • Hi there. I think it would get soft – I think it would be OK to use the gel but it will result in a different consistency. I haven’t made this in awhile so sorry I can’t answer more definitively about the warmth issue.