Non-Greasy Hand & Body Cream with Skin Type Recipes

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This Nourishing Homemade Lotion is super easy and keeps your skin soft, even in the winter months. The ingredients in this Homemade Hand Body Cream 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 Homemade Lotion is super easy and keeps your skin soft, even in the winter months. The ingredients in this Homemade Hand Body Cream 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. matheus Iiyambo says:

    I read through your receipt but I really enjoyed , I keep trying

  2. will it lighten up or darken one skin

  3. MF Minnis says:

    What liquid fat are you suggesting. My butter just says liquid and does not get creamy

  4. Can you specify exactly what kind of cocoa and shea butter. (There are so many choices…raw, unrefined, organic, cream, bars, wafers, etc.) thanks!!

    • Shape doesn’t matter. Chunks are cheaper. I typically go for unrefined as typically they use chemicals to do that but not always. Organic or not is your choice.

  5. All of these handmade lotions are so greasy, I suspect it’s all the butters and oils. I read that arrowroot powder will solve that but that didn’t work. Any other ideas??

  6. I dont see anything about a alternative to the cocoa butter?

  7. An easy way to solidify is to melt some beeswax shavings to the hot mixture. I usually buy a bar of beeswax from my health food store and grate it on a cheese grater. A couple of spoonfuls (grated) is all you need unless you are making a big batch. If you skip the aloe and add vitamin E it should last at least a month.

  8. Lisa Chapman says:

    Hi hunny. Question about the essential oils for health reasons. Can I use one or two what you have suggested. Or do I have to use every one of the essential oils you lusted.???

  9. Like others, I’m wondering about the preservative. What could we use to make this? Without it, it sounds like this is a useless recipe, because who uses up a hand lotion within a 24-hour period? Would really like more information on that. Would keeping it in the fridge prolong it’s shelf life, do you think? As for making it for gifts? Uum, don’t see how you could really do THAT tho if if requires a preservative. I do thank you for all your articles though, your diligence, and research. I do regularly read your website and have also changed to using many RMO oils instead of YL. Didn’t want you to think all I’m offering here is criticism. :>)

    • Hi there. Keeping something in the fridge definitely extends its shelf life. I just went back and added more information about the preservative and the shelf life to the post. It’s a very sticky situation and it’s something that a lot of DIYers aren’t paying attention to. It’s something I’ve been learning about recently and doing a lot of research about and wanted to alert my readers to.

      I hope that helps. Thanks for reading!

  10. I guess I am a little confused, is this really just a lotion that you need to use in 24 hours? I noticed it said it’s great to make for gifts and to stock up on. Maybe I’m just not reading it correctly

    • Yes, this is confusing to me as well. I wrote the post a long time ago and have been looking at the need for preservatives so I am revisiting this issue. You could leave out the aloe and the have a much more stable mix of ingredients. I hope that helps.

    • Yes you have to use this lotion in 24 hours but if you want to make the lotion have more shelf life add vitamin E and dont use aloe vera juice as it contains water making it have moulds and be bad later.

  11. Thanks for the recipe. It looks easy enough. What would you recommend for preservatives? Thank you.

    • I’m currently talking w/ someone about preservative options. It’s apparently fairly complicated. I hope to have more info in the future.

    • You can use opitphen or phenonip both in and it has the usage ratios on her site. For about 24 oz of lotion you will use .2 oz of preservative

  12. I accidentally grabbed Aloe Vera *GEL* instead of the juice.
    Ack! Can I use that or should I go back to exchange?
    Thanks for sharing

  13. Sheen Bayutas says:

    Hello! I would just like to ask for some photos of the procedure. I tried doing it but the cream won’t solidify. Thank you. I need this for my project.

    • Hi there. I’m sorry but I don’t have time right now to do this. Did you read some of the comments about others that wouldn’t solidify?

      • ESTHER OSINACHI says:

        After every processes, you it in the fridge to cool and be solid. Then you bring it out after 1hour and give it a nice wisk or stair. I got this idea from another post thanks.