Make Your Own Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotion

antibacterial lotionTis that time of year again when hands and feet take a BEATING!  Cold weather, forced air heating, constant washing of hands to combat cold and flu germs are doing a number on me!  Time to bring out the big guns in the fight against dry, cracked skin!

I have posted about this lotion before…but I think it’s worth doing so again because I just love the way it works and feels! Plus, it’s very inexpensive to make. This time I even decided to “kick it up a notch” by giving it an antibacterial edge with essential oil.

There are actually several essential oils with antibacterial properties (tea tree, lavender, and oregano to name a few)…but I decided to give eucalyptus a try. Laboratory studies have shown that eucalyptus oil contains substances that kill bacteria and some viruses and fungi. I also like the clean, fresh, invigorating scent of eucalyptus.


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To make the Moisturizing Lotion you will need:

16 ounces baby lotion (if you have an aversion to baby lotion, pick another lotion)
8 ounces coconut oil (solid form, not melted)
8 ounces vitamin E cream

Mix together with handheld mixer until it resembles icing. I store mine in 1/2 pint mason jars or small tupperware-like containers.


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To give your lotion an antibacterial edge, just add 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to 4 ounces of lotion. I filled the original 8 ounce Vitamin E Cream container and added 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.


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Now I can fight dry skin AND germs at the same time. :-)


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  1. Geneva Girl says

    I made the body butter recipe that you posted on your site. It’s fabulous. Could I just add the eucalyptus oil instead of the other essential oils to make anti-bacterial body butter? I’d label it for hands only.

  2. Sarah Mc says

    Okay, curiosity if too much for me, Jen K. Why no mineral oil? It inhibits fungi and bacteria, never spoils, and is an excellent occlusive barrier for someone who has to wash hands alot. I’d probably go for the full blown Vaseline via Equate brand to really up the water seal factor but now I’m wondering whats wrong with the stuff??? Yikes~

    • CTY says

      Mineral oil is a petroleum based product. Sticking to plant based products are better on you & the environment.

      • Trish F says

        Petroleum based products block your pores. That is why plant based oils/products are better for you.

      • says

        petroleum-based vs plant based is purely a preference. Pure petroleum jelly is proven not to clog pores + it’s hypoallergenic; it is recommended by dermatologists worldwide. I’m not sure how much impact it has on the environment since it’s a by-product in oil manufacturing. I’m not a dermatologist, but I think mineral oil or petroleum jelly is a barrier that keeps moisture from evaporating quickly, it doesn’t nourish the skin. Plant-based oils such as virgin coconut oil go in the skin to replenish moisture and nourish the skin. Not sure if this is true for all plant-based oils.
        As long as the product is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, I’m chill. But that’s just me.

  3. April says

    love this! going to make some my mom to cheer her up she down the cold everybody seems to have. Maybe the oils will help that too. and by the way love your nails in the photos!

  4. Jessica says

    I would completely skip the Johnson’s baby lotion all together and use something else. You can either use straight coconut oil and mix in your EO or use an organic, paraben- and alcohol-free (not to mention other nasty chemicals) lotion. Save money, yeah, I’m all for it. But keep yourself healthy at the same time.

    • Jen K. says

      I like the Johnson’s naturals. The scent leaves a little something to be desired, but it doesn’t have any mineral oil in it.

    • Karen says

      I completely agree with this reply. The chemical ingredients alone in the Johnson’s baby products will cancel out the benefits of the other healthy ingredients in your lotion.

  5. Beth Key says

    I love your website as well. I also follow you on Pinterest and have used so many of your tips and homemade “recipes” for lotion and laundry products. They are great! I have a daughter that is a cosmetologist. Since she has her hands in water so much, they get very dry and itchy. I made some of your lotion and gave to her and she loves it too! She went through it quickly and begged for more, so of course I was happy to whip up some more since its so easy. Thanks so much for sharing all your fabulous ideas with all of us!

  6. Carol Ann says

    Jillee, Is there an added benefit of using “Extra Virgin” Coconut Oil? Just wondering. ALSO is ANY lotion ok or is Johnson’s better? Always trying to save money, but I would rather spend a little more and get the best product turnout! :-) Love your website!

    • jeni rose says

      I use Suave’s Everlasting Sunshine lotion for mine. You can use whatever lotion you want!

      • crazywoman/Billie says

        I have been making a very similar lotion (or cream sometimes) for a couple of years now. I alway buy my ingredients (lotions/creams,,, not the coconut oil) at the dollar store. Works great.
        I may just have to take part of what I have made up, and add some Eucalyptus oil to it. (I have a few other antibiotic/healing oils, which I may experiment as well.) I’m very new to the Essential oils, so am just experimenting. Still learning!!!
        I do happen to have Eucalyptus oil on hand from making a healing salve.

    • Rita says

      This sight has reasonable prices and shipping and pure products from what I can tell. They also are glad to answer questions. I haven’t purchased anything from them in awhile because I got a lot the first time. It’s

      Hope this helps someone reading this late.

  7. Jeni Rose says

    Jillee! This is awesome. I have learned so much about essential oils from your website, and the lotion you posted is so amazing that I gave it out for gifts for Christmas! I love the idea of adding the eucalyptus essential oil to make it antibacterial…I will be adding it to my next batch! Thanks for posting!!! Love your site sooooo much!


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