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My hands get pretty beat up on a regular basis. When I’m at work in the hospital, I have to wash and/or disinfect my hands (what feels like) every 5 seconds. When I’m home, I’m usually in the kitchen either cooking or playing around with all kinds of projects so that means I’m washing my hands constantly. My hands routinely get so dry that they crack and bleed (ouch!). Needless to say, I’m kind of a lotion junky.

I’ve found lots of nice lotion recipes online that seem to work well for a lot of people, but I’ve generally been disappointed with their ability to really nourish (and even penetrate) the scaly skin on my hands and even when I have dry skin everywhere. Because of that, this lotion was born and I’m pretty sure I’ll never be without it again. I keep a bottle next to the sink in my kitchen so that it’s always on hand (pun intended!) and another in the bathroom so that I can slather it on routinely.


DIY Coconut Aloe Skin Lotion 


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil (you can substitute any other liquid-at-room-temperature oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (about 3 capsules if that’s all you have)
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable-based emulsifying wax (this allows the water and the oils in this recipe to mix to make your lotion look and function like really nice store-bought versions)
  • 1 cup distilled water, freshly boiled
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice (optional, you can use water instead)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin


1. Place the emulsifying wax, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E oil inside a small pot like this:


2. Place the pot over very low heat, stirring occasionally. The emulsifying wax will be the last thing to melt.

3. While the oils heat and melt, pour your hot water, aloe vera juice, and honey (or vegetable glycerin) into a pyrex measuring cup (or any other mixing bowl) and stir until everything is combined.

4. I then freed up my pyrex measuring cup by pouring the water, aloe vera juice, and honey mixture into a large cup like so:


5. Once the oils and emulsifying wax have melted and combined, pour them into the pyrex measuring cup or whatever mixing bowl you’re using. It’s very important that you add the water to the oils and not the other way around…that’s why we’re going through the trouble to place the oils/e-wax into the mixing bowl before you add the water.

6. Slowly start pouring the water/aloe vera juice/honey mixture into the oils. It’ll turn the whole thing white like this and be very liquid-y:


7. Keep stirring and adding more liquid until all the liquid is incorporated into your (almost-ready!) lotion. It’ll still be very liquid-y but will thicken up as the mixture cools and over the next 24 hours or so. Here’s a picture of it as it starts to thicken:


8. Once the lotion starts to cool but isn’t completely thickened (this lotion is designed to be very rich so will not pour well after it thickens), transfer it to whatever container you’ll be storing it in. I normally use a disc-top bottle for thinner lotions but since this one is supposed to be a powerhouse, I used a large plastic container so that I could scoop out the lotion (I hate not being able to get the last bits of a lotion out of a bottle! I know you’re in there!).

I’ve also adapted this DIY lotion recipe for several other purposes. A very light version of this lotion can be found in my DIY Liquid Mineral Foundation recipe (goodbye, pore-clogging, store-bought foundations!) and a fun version of this lotion in my DIY Sunless Tanner recipe.

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One comment on “DIY Coconut Aloe Skin Lotion”

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1 Years Ago

Just wondering...about to make this...to thin it out could more aloe juice be used? I would like to use a flip disk top.

Andrea Demariaycampos
1 Years Ago

Me la haces Lala Arriola??

Devashni Govender
1 Years Ago

Christani Pather

Cindy Weber Pool
1 Years Ago

Monica Lynne Foster

Xandra Phoenix
1 Years Ago

One Green Planet I wonder if using paraffin would work just as well as the vegetable wax suggested in this recipe?

Sandra Desorgher
1 Years Ago

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Xandra Phoenix
14 Nov 2016

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Beatrix Kido
1 Years Ago

Vicky Siochou

Vicky Siochou
14 Nov 2016

Μμμμ θα το μαγειρέψω μόλις γυρίσω ??‍♀️

Beatrix Kido
1 Years Ago

Vicky Siochou

Adrienne Ace Cheong
1 Years Ago

Ashleigh Binny binny. This looks amazing

Ashleigh Binny
13 Nov 2016

oh my god! This does look amazing!!

Kathy Heaton
1 Years Ago

Love Coconut Oil. It's great inside your body and outside. Never thought about combining with aloe, looking forward to trying this one!


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