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This Simple And Deeply Hydrating Lotion Transforms Dry Skin

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Living in such a dry climate, I go through a lot of moisturizing lotion during the winter! I’ve tried dozens of different varieties in my quest to find one that can help me fight winter dryness without irritating my sensitive skin.

I eventually came across a recipe for a “semi-homemade” lotion that looked promising, so I decided to give it a try. It quickly became one of my go-to lotions, offering long-lasting moisture and deep hydration without feeling too heavy or greasy.

In today’s post, I’ll be showing you how you can make this simple moisturizing lotion at home! This easy and affordable DIY will help you maintain softer, more hydrated skin all winter long.

Check out the step-by-step process in action in my video at the end of the post!

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What’s In It?

This moisturizing lotion has just three simple ingredients, or four if you count the optional one. Here’s a quick overview of what they are and how they can help restore moisture to dry skin!

Baby Lotion

Formulated for delicate baby skin, baby lotion is extremely gentle and is typically free of dyes and fragrances. It offers a certain degree of moisture on its own, but here it serves as the perfect foundation for creating a richer, more intensely hydrating lotion.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is packed with fatty acids that can help nourish your skin, and its rich texture provides longer lasting moisture than a standard lotion. Cutting it with baby lotion gives you the best of both worlds—a deeply hydrating lotion that doesn’t feel greasy.

Vitamin E Cream

Vitamin E has an anti-inflammatory effect, helping to reduce the redness and calm the itchiness that often go hand-in-hand with dry skin. It also helps improve the function of the skin barrier, and offers plenty of moisture on its own (especially in cream form!)

Essential Oils

Dry skin often isn’t just dry, but can also be itchy, inflamed, and even painful! Adding lavender essential oil to your moisturizing lotion can help reduce these unpleasant side effects (and it will make your lotion smell wonderful too!)

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How To Make A DIY Moisturizing Lotion For Dry Skin

Ingredients:

16 ounces baby lotion
8 ounces coconut oil
8 ounces vitamin E cream
Lavender essential oil (optional)

Note: This recipe makes about 32 ounces of lotion, enough to fill about four 8-ounce jars. You can easily use half the amounts if you don’t need that much of it, or you could always give some to friends or family members.

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Directions:

Add the lotion, coconut oil, and vitamin E cream to a mixing bowl. Use a stand mixer (or hand mixer) to mix the ingredients until it achieves a uniform texture.

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If you prefer the texture of traditional lotions, you can stop there. For a lighter, more “whipped” texture, continue mixing on medium-high speed to incorporate more air.

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Divide the lotion among four 8-ounce jars, then add lavender essential oil if desired and stir. (I added about 16 drops of lavender essential oil to one 8-ounce jar of lotion, but you could add more or less depending on your preference!)

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Slather on your finished moisturizing lotion as needed to keep dryness at bay, and enjoy your softer, smoother skin! :-)

Do you have a go-to lotion for fighting wintertime dryness?

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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.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • I’m making this today but the coconut oil isn’t blending well. I see little chunks of it. I took the temperature of the mix and it was 70- not high enough to melt the oil. Any help is appreciated! Right now I have it in a warm oven.

    • I would suggest that you just keep mixing – it will continue to break into smaller pieces and it will warm up as it continues mixing. To be honest, I really wouldn’t worry too much about coconut oil pieces in there, although if it bothers you, you could also place the mixing bowl over a pot of boiling water (like a double boiler) to warm the oil a bit. Hope this helps. :-)

  • Jillee, love you so much! All of your info is so informative and useful. I have a question/problem. I had printed of some EO Fall Blends to infuse and I saw a link for Summer Blends for the diffuser also. However, I cannot find that link again? Could you let me know how to find that? Thanks so much, I appreciate it!

  • I’d like to print the recipe since I cannot find the copy I printed out years ago when you first posted this. I watched the video and the ‘print friendly’ button is nowhere to be seen on this post. I’ve checked a few other posts that I’d like to print recipes from and it appears to be hit or miss as to whether or not there is a print button. Can this be remedied?

  • I have made this for many years now. It’s great! It is a “pretty” light pink color. Once when I was making it my husband came in & saw the mixing bowl filled with this fluffy “dessert” or so he thought. He put his finger in for a big taste. The smile on his face quickly turned to a frown. Of course I laughed! He was more careful with his taste tests after that!

  • I have been making this for years since I discovered your original post. I absolutely love it and it’s the only lotion I use. I have made it for my elderly dad and he loves it. I have also made it for gifts and everyone loves it. Thank you for sharing the recipe many years ago.

  • Why do you add the lavender after you put the lotion in jars, rather than while you are using the mixer? It seems like it would be better Incorporated if you added it with the mixer.

    • The only reason I suggest to add it at the end, is because you need to test the amount of drops to your preference. If you add them in the mix and the scent is too strong for you, the whole batch may not be to your liking. It doesn’t hurt at all to add all of the lavender oil in the mixer.

  • Hi Jillee, I made your lotion today to give as Christmas presents. Of course I saved a little out for me, I love it! I have horribly dry skin; right now it is feeling very nice and moisturized. Thank you for your recipe. I hope the other ladies and gentlemen on my list like it too. Take care and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • A squeeze bottle would work and I would use a little less coconut oil. I think that what makes it work is the cream-like consistency, so I don’t think you could use a pump.

    • Hi! I have been making this lotion for years. Love it, Jillee. When I make it, I split the recipe between two 32 oz empty body wash pump bottles for each of my bathrooms. It works great.

    • You could try Vaseline instead of the coconut oil; I’ve done that in the past and it turns out well. The coconut oil turns more liquid-like in this home-made skin balm in hot weather; it melts when the temp is over 75 degrees, whereas the Vaseline does not, so it stores better in those hot summer months. At the present time I use an equal amount of both Vaseline and coconut oil in my version of this lotion, and it is very effective for cracked, dry skin in the winter. My friends also look forward to getting small tubs of this as a present when l make a big batch!

  • Your hands always look beautiful. Never guess your age by them. I take powdered collagen and that seems to keep my skin from drying out and cracking. Not nearly as messy.

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