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This DIY In-Shower Lotion Is Super Moisturizing And Easy To Make

brown tray sitting on a table holding a yellow floral towel, a plastic bottle of lotion, bottle of castile soap, two bars of soap, and a vase of baby's breath

The Moisturizing Wonders Of In-Shower Lotion

A few years back, I received an email from a reader named Nige in South Africa. He wrote in asking if had any leads on a DIY version of an in-shower lotion, but at that point I had never even heard of such a thing! But I didn’t want to let Nige down, so I did some research into the subject.

I discovered that in-shower lotions are body lotions that are meant to be applied in the shower, after you’ve washed up and rinsed off and your skin is still wet. The idea is that the rich lotion will help to seal in all that moisture on your skin, resulting in well-moisturized skin that will stay hydrated longer than using a traditional lotion.

After reading up on it, I took on the challenge of coming up with my own DIY in-shower lotion using natural ingredients. I’m happy to report that I was successful in my efforts, and I’ll be showing you how to make it here! You’re going to love how soft and hydrated your skin feels after using it.

Related: 7 Super Fast Skin Treatments You Can Do In The Shower

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How To Make A DIY In-Shower Lotion

Ingredients:

1/2 cup shea butter
1 Tbsp beeswax pastilles
3 Tbsp coconut oil*
2 Tbsp jojoba oil
2 Tbsp aloe vera gel
5 – 10 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

*Note: Both virgin coconut oil and fractionated coconut oil will work here, though fractionated oil will make the finished lotion thinner than it would be otherwise.

red spatula stirring a metal bowl of coconut oil

Directions:

  • Add the shea butter, beeswax pastilles, and coconut oil to a metal or glass mixing bowl.
  • Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water on your stovetop and stir until everything is fully melted and well combined.
  • Set the bowl aside for about 30 minutes or so to cool down and solidify slightly.
  • When the mixture has started to solidify, use your hand mixer or stand mixer to whip the mixture for one to two minutes, or until fluffy and lightened in color. (Using a hand mixer rather than a spoon helps to incorporate air, giving the lotion a whipped texture that makes it easy to apply.)
hand pouring a small glass bowl of oil into a stainless steel bowl
  • Next, add the jojoba oil, aloe vera gel, and lavender essential oil (if using) to the lotion.
  • Use your mixer to whip it again until the lotion reaches your desired consistency.
  • You don’t have to add lavender oil if you don’t want, but I like it here for its skin-soothing properties.
  • Finally, transfer your lotion into a bottle for storage.

I found that it fit perfectly in a 4-ounce plastic squeeze bottle. (Tip: Use a ziplock bag with a corner snipped off to “pipe” the lotion into your bottle.)

brown tray sitting on a table holding a yellow floral towel, a plastic bottle of lotion, bottle of castile soap, two bars of soap, and a vase of baby's breath

How To Use Your In-Shower Lotion

Go about your normal shower routine, then once you are clean, smooth the lotion over your wet skin. Give it a minute or two to sink in, then get out of the shower and dry yourself off as usual. (Some people like to quickly rinse off again after letting the lotion sink in, but it’s totally up to you!)

A little bit of this in-shower moisturizer goes a long way on wet skin, so your small squeeze bottle should last a while. (But if it doesn’t for some reason, you can always double the recipe next time you make it.) It will leave your skin feeling so soft and smooth, and I know you’re going to love it!

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brown tray sitting on a table holding a yellow floral towel, a plastic bottle of lotion, bottle of castile soap, two bars of soap, and a vase of baby's breath

DIY In-Shower Lotion

Jill Nystul
Apply this rich, thick in-shower lotion to wet skin before stepping out of the shower to seal in hydration for soft and moisturized skin.
5 from 1 vote
Yield 4 ounces

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1 Tbsp beeswax pastilles
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil virgin or fractionated*
  • 2 Tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil optional

Instructions
 

  • Add the shea butter, beeswax pastilles, and coconut oil to a metal or glass mixing bowl. 
  • Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir until melted and combined. 
  • Set the bowl aside for 30 minutes to cool down and solidify slightly.
  • Whip the lotion with a hand mixer or stand mixer for 1-2 minutes, or until fluffy and lighter in color.
  • Add the jojoba oil, aloe vera gel, and lavender essential oil (if using).
  • Whip the lotion again until it reaches your desired consistency. 
  • Transfer the finished lotion to an airtight bottle or container.

Notes

*Both virgin coconut oil and fractionated coconut oil will work in this lotion, though fractionated oil will make the finished lotion thinner than it would be otherwise.

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I have been using an “in-shower-wet skin” lotion for a while that I purchased. However, I step OUT of the shower and BEFORE grabbing my towel, I grab my lotion! You can get lotion on your skin before evaporation dries you off. At least you can get it slapped on each arm, leg, trunk, and then go back and rub in. Most importantly…nothing on the floor of my tub/shower!! C’mon ladies, you can do it!! Thanks, Jillee, this sounds wonderful!

  • I like this idea. I might end up buying a store version because some of ingredients like Shea butter and the pastilles can be hard to locate and pricey. I agree with what someone was saying about clogging the drain. I had start dumping conditioner in the trash when the containers were empty because it can cause the bathroom sink to back up.

  • I prefer argan oil. After does hair color, my hair was fizzy and so dull. Then after I was using argan oil, my hair gets shiny and healthy. Argan oil is the best oil for me. It gives natural shine.

  • Hi Jillie! You have come up with all kinds of softening & moisturizing ingredients in this recipe. Really great idea. But I’m afraid this is going to clog my shower drain. I’m thinking of using this after shower as a body butter.

    • I don’t know where you live but I live in the Midwest (Iowa) and we have Walmart everywhere. I have everything that Jillee has ever suggested (I DO!) and I sat at my laptop and ordered ALL of it at Walmart.com! EVERY single thing, from all of my EO’s to a 40″ T.V.! (Well, I guess she didn’t suggest that) I’ve been happy with them all the way.

  • Is the lavender oil needed or is it for scent? I get headaches from lavender and would like to use peppermint oil. Would that work as well?

    • I would avoid peppermint oil – it’s pretty tingly to be using all over your body! I use lavender because it’s great for your skin, but you can leave it out if you don’t like it. :-)

  • How do people use products containing a oil, butters or wax in their shower when they make the floor slippery? I can’t even use a sugar scrub due to the oil. These products sound nice, but I don’t want to scrub my shower everyday so no one slips! What am I missing here? Thanks!

    • Hi. I mix a little Dawn dish detergent in water in a spray bottle, and keep it in the bathroom. After a shower, I simply spray it anywhere there may be an oily or creamy residue (from moisturizing washes, conditioners, etc)), then rinse the shower with hot water. No slippery floor AND it prevents soap scum.

    • that’s my concern too! I have a large walk-in shower. I shower at night, my husband showers in the morning. I feel like I would be setting him up to break his neck each morning.

      • It could be incentive for him to really nice to you at night ;) I have o be careful also as 3 of us use the shower and he is the one not using scrubs ;)

  • Do you have to use coconut oil? What other oils beside coconut oil can you use? Unfortunately I’m allergic to coconut I’m trying to figure out how to make this myself

  • Jillee’s original posting of this recipe for In-Shower Body Lotion started me on the path of making my own. I now make most of my own skincare products, laundry products and house cleaning products. Thanks Jillee!

    I buy the ingredients to make the In-Shower Body Lotion online – mostly through Amazon.com. Essential Oils I purchase through another source that produces the same quality at a much cheaper price than either of the big 2. I use pure Argan Oil in a pump bottle on my face as a moisturizer, so I sometimes substitute Argan Oil for the Jojoba Oil in the recipe.

    I also found this recipe too thick to work in a squeeze or pump bottle. I reduced the amount of beeswax and/or used fractionated coconut oil, but I found I actually prefer the original recipe. I just put it 8 oz or 4 oz jars. I am careful not to get water in the jars and I go through it rather quickly, so I am not concerned about it going bad, germs, etc.

    The ingredients in this recipe are absorbed quickly into the skin and, for me, rinsing off after application is optional. Not rinsing after application eliminates any potential slippery tub problems. I leave the tags on my towels – the untagged side is for hair and the tagged side is for body.

    BTW Argan Oil is good for your hair also. I recently fried the ends of my baby fine hair when I visited Denver, CO because my flat iron was too hot for the altitude/dry climate. As a quick fix until I returned home to use more specialized damage control hair remedies, I applied the Argan Oil I normally use on my face to the ends of my hair as a treatment/conditioner.

  • I Love this! My name brand in-shower-moisturizer is the thing that is keeping me fro. Switching entirely over to all natural skincare.

    I do have a question though: has anyone compared this to the store bought? Or used both and can give a comparison?

    Thank you!
    Laci

    • I have. I was having difficultly finding the commercial version in the store and this prompted me to find other alternatives. I found Jillee’s recipe and I haven’t looked back.

      I did a check on the ingredients in the commercial version. Many are questionable. I prefer to know exactly what I am putting into/or on my body.

  • My hairdresser said to use pure Argan oil, while your hair is still wet after washing. I have chin length hair& use less than a dime size amount for my hair. My hair is soft and shiny and less dry and it helps to detangle your hair. Just don’t use a lot.
    Hope this helps.

  • I come from a family with a dermatologist in it and he has always said it is best to apply your moisturizer when you get out of the shower and while your body is still wet. Has something to do with your body being able to absorb it better. So I think the concept of applying it in the shower is a good one.
    for those of us afraid of making our bath or shower slippery I would say apply it as soon as you get out. And my father, the plumber, would say that would be better for your pipes!

    • Laura, the plumbing issue was my concern. Thanks for mentioning it! I am very leery of rinsing oily or fatty substances down the drain, particularly ones that can re-solidify once the water in the pipes cools down … such as the beeswax and coconut oil. I started using coconut oil for oil pulling (teeth whitening), and the instructions specified NOT to spit the stuff out in the sink!

    • I’ve thought about this before and I often go squirt some Dawn into my drain and wash it down. Don’t know if it works, but my mind thinks it does! I also do the baking soda/vinegar stuff, on occasion. Is any of this good?

  • I tried a national brand of this type of lotion and found that it made my tub slippery. I am in my seventies and am afraid of falling, especially in the tub. Does this lotion do the same?

  • This sounds soothing as well as healthy. Do I find some of the ingredients at a Health Food Store? And the Lavender is definitely IN!
    I am writing to get a recipe for a facial scrub. I am 71 and have not been very been very nice to my skin. It needs help.Do you have something in your bag of gifts? A nice face mask couldn´t hurt either. Thanks for all your support and advice. Barb K.

  • Hello Jillee and I will certainly give this a try. I love all your lotion ideas and especially your 5 oil face serum – I’ve given the recipe to all my friends here in France who say it’s the best they have ever used. But, I have a personal request, please – do you have a hair treatment for permed hair? I’ve tried lots of sites but haven’t been able to find a recipe that works well. My hair is very fine and I’m trying to grow it to mid-length and doing very well. But I had a very soft perm applied a couple of months ago and it’s brilliant but the back of my hair gets very matted and is very dry. Any tips etc would be appreciated. I do use coconut oil and serums but to no avail! thanks very much and keep on coming up with your fantastic ideas!!

  • Hi. I’ve made this lotion many times and I love it. My only concern is that the lotion ends up too thick for a squeeze or pump bottle. I have to put it into a jar, so when I use it, water and germs get it. Do you have any hints to make this less body butter-like and more lotion-like?

    Thanks, Tamara

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