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.

For the oils, I am looking for more resources, but Mountain Rose Herbs has a nice selection.

Do you have a favorite homemade lotion recipe to share?

Photo credits – Naomi Huzovicova

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    Speak Your Mind


  1. I’m totally new to making this kinda stuff. I have a list of oils and butters that I’d like to use but am completely oblivious as to how much of each to use. I’m looking into making this mostly for my mom (has really dry, scaly skin from thyroid issues) and myself as a sunscreen. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Almond oil, argan oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, safflower oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, vitamin e, zinc oxide (for sunscreen). The consistency I’m looking for is like a cream or lotion.


  2. I’m not sure what everyone’s problem is- this stuff is exactly what I hoped it would be. I’m going to try whipping it though for a lighter version!

  3. im totally new to this stuff and im planning to make it with the children (im a teacher) as a mothers’ day gift! would the cream be more solidified if added a little bit of beewax ? I have seen other recipe having that in their ingredient so just wondering… and if i don’t want any smell do i just not add any essence oil then ?

    • A little beeswax could do that. Be careful w/ keeping the heat low. Yes, eliminate the EOs, but the ingredients themselves will smell on their own.

  4. Nicole johnston says:

    I just made this cream for my mom. This was very easy to make. It does make quite a bit, so I would recommend cutting it in half if you won’t be using much of it. The only issue I had was mixing in the aloe Vera juice. The aloe Vera juice kept separating and sitting on the bottom of the jar. I mixed in what I could and poured out the rest. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this issue?

    • Did you heat at a very low temp?

    • Marcysparkles says:

      How about aloe gel rather than aloe juice?

      • Order aloe vera oil from a supplier. You cant use the drug store aloe juice or gel in your product.
        It doesn”t work.

    • Maybe you could heat up the aloe vera a bit, but not too much so it keeps all it’s goodness (the difference in temperature between oils and the water might be the issue) and also using a hand mixer makes all the difference – just keep blending it for about 4-5 minutes – it should solve the problem.
      If not I would consider adding a bit of melted wax – it theory it helps combining water and oil. It would change the consistency though.

    • Try not using aloe Vera juice and substitute it with raw aloe Vera butter instead.

  5. elli michalakea says:

    hello can please sent me the ingrediens in gr or ml or how can measure the 1/8 of a cup? thanks a lot ELLI

    • I’m sorry but I don’t know. I will try to add that if I have time when I make it again. You could melt it very low and measure or measure by filling a larger container w/ water and putting the oil in there to measure what is displaced. Hope that helps.

    • 1cup=8oz.


      hope it helps…

  6. Paparazzi says:

    Hi. Is there an alternative I can use for the cocoa butter and shea? I have family members allergic to both. I do have mango butter but I’m not sure that alone is stable enough. Suggestions?

  7. please i use glycerine instead of aloe vera and can a dark complexion person use it

  8. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! About how long do you think this will last before going bad?

    • Hi there. I don’t make shelf life claims as it depends on the cleanliness of preparation and the quality / age of the ingredients, but I don’t make large batches and haven’t had it spoil. Enjoy!

  9. Denise Claassen says:

    Hi, can you please send me the recipe. Kind regards

  10. Allexis Bauman says:

    well,i dont think that this page can help me and what i am doing for my lovely mom for her.If you can help me please do so!!!!!!!!!

  11. Hello – could you use fractionated coconut oil to keep it from solidifying? Thanks!

  12. Sherrie Au says:

    Aloha! This looks great and I would like to make it but I am allergic to aloe. Can I omit, or is there a substitution? Here is Hawaii, coconut oil is almost always liquid at room temperature. Will this recipe still come out creamy, or will it be liquidy?

    Thank you much!

    • Liquid coconut oil is a little more runny than aloe, I think, but not much. I think you will be OK. Try a small batch and see.

    • Hi again. I’m sorry I didn’t answer completely. The lotion might not be as solid at your temps, but should be OK. As for an aloe sub, you could possibly sub filtered water, but it will be less stable regarding rancidity. Possibly a “non petroleum jelly”?

  13. Nthabiseng Sephapo says:

    Wow, this is totally amazing. I’ve this recipe and my skin is so soft and my family enjoy using this cream. Thanks a lot.

  14. A great recipe. Thanks for sharing. Wondering if I have to add a preservative to it so I can store it outside the refrigerator how much can I use and which one? Thanks

    • Thank you. Of course you could add a preservative. Some essential oils will help with that but I don’t have the proportions to share with you. I assume you could find that online. Thanks and hope you enjoy it.

  15. Martha Tyler says:

    Hi… I am getting ready to have radiation therapy for breast cancer. My radiation oncologist said I could use coconut oil on my breast. I am thinking of using this recipe and make my own cream. I am not sure what essential oils will be helpful. My really good news is I don’t need Chemo. Oh and I also want to make my own deodorant as I have to use one without aluminum. I really think your site will be helping me a lot.

    • Hi there. I cannot medically advise – sorry. Have you found any information out since you emailed? I have friends who use certain oils since they had skin cancer but I can’t claim that the oils have cured or prevent anything.

      If you end up not finding a good deodorant I use a spray one that I love and it is all natural. Happy to share if you’d like. It also doesn’t have baking soda which is often an irritant. Take care, hope to see you around again and I so hope you get better!

    • Martha, Mix equal amounts of each this lotion and baking soda in the palm of your hand. Mix with your fingers, then rub your hands together,and apply. Don’t put your shirt on for a few minutes. This “deodorant” works great for me.

  16. rebecca lynn jones says:

    hi, i am doing a science experiment and if i take 3 different salts and take 3 different cups and put lotion in each cup the put one salt in one and put another salt in the next one and put the last salt in the last one will they all feel soft.

  17. Can i use aloe vera lotion instead ?

    Thank you