DIY Lotion Bar Recipe [Video]

7 April 13, 2017 - DIY, Essential Oils, How to Use Essential Oils, Personal Care, Skin care, Videos

Give your skin some much-deserved love! Not your average moisturizer, this DIY lotion bar uses the warmth of your body to melt natural emollients and essential oils into the skin to smooth, moisturize and hydrate dry hands, heels, elbows, and more.

With a rich base of coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter, this homemade lotion bar recipe has a smooth and rich consistency. We honestly can’t get enough of the clean and fresh lavender-lemon combo we tried, but feel free to get inspired and create your own essential oil blend!

Bonus Tip: If you want to create an exfoliating texture, we recommend adding in some citrus zest, oatmeal, or dried lavender. Have fun experimenting!


  • ½ cup extra-virgin coconut oil
  • ½ cup beeswax
  • ¼ cup shea butter
  • ¼ cup cocoa butter
  • 15–20 drops essential oil of your choice (we recommend 10 drops of Lavender essential oil and 10 drops of Lemon essential oil)
  • Optional: dried lavender and lemon zest for exfoliation


  • 16-ounce measuring cup
  • Medium-sized saucepan
  • Silicone molds or muffin tin


  1. Combine coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, and cocoa butter in a 16-ounce glass measuring cup.
  2. Place in a pot with water that rises to halfway up the measuring cup
  3. Bring water to a boil, stirring frequently until ingredients are completely melted.
  4. Remove measuring cup from the pot.
  5. Add dried lavender and lemon zest, if desired.
  6. Add essential oils and stir until completely combined.
  7. Immediately pour into molds.
  8. Let sit overnight.
  9. Once cooled, remove the lotion from the molds.
  10. Store in a cool, dry place.

What combination of essential oils are you excited to try? Tell us in the comments below!



  • Adrienne Bentley April 16, 2017 - 4:29 pm Reply

    I used carrot seed, frankincense, lavender and patchouli. Plan on making them as wedding favors. Thank you for the receipe

  • Melanie Guest April 16, 2017 - 2:17 pm Reply

    Can you use Mango butter instead of shea butter?

    • Young Living April 19, 2017 - 12:05 pm Reply

      Hey Melanie! We have not tried it, but it should work. However, it may change the consistency of the bar a bit. It is worth a try though and let us know how it goes if you end up experimenting with the mango butter. Thanks!

  • Cheryl Wood April 15, 2017 - 7:43 pm Reply

    Where can I find beeswax and cocoa butter for the above recipe?

    • Young Living April 19, 2017 - 12:11 pm Reply

      Hello Cheryl! We have found it at local health stores, online, and also at Walmart. We suggest that you look it up online or call the stores beforehand though to save you a trip in case a store only has it online and not in the actual store. Hope that helps!

  • Jen April 15, 2017 - 12:10 pm Reply

    I want to try lavender and Frankincense since they are both great for skin. I will definitely be making some Joy lotion bars too!

  • Andrea April 15, 2017 - 9:48 am Reply

    How do you use these? Do you just apply it like regular lotion, or do you have to melt it in water… how does this work?

    • Young Living April 19, 2017 - 12:16 pm Reply

      Hey Andrea! Once you make the lotion bar, you then just rub and glide it on your skin. The heat of you body will melt the bar into your skin. Lotion bars allow a deep hydration and it’s just a fun way to rejuvenate your skin. Hope that helps!

  • Tricia Sdeini Lopez April 15, 2017 - 5:39 am Reply

    This was my very first DIY project with Young Living! I made several variations from one recipe. One with peppermint for cooling or discomfort, one with lavender for soothing, and one with Joy and Abundance for happiness.

  • Erica April 13, 2017 - 8:42 pm Reply

    Anything with mint.

  • Deb April 13, 2017 - 5:26 pm Reply

    Do you melt the bees wax so you know you have the correct amount?

    • Young Living April 19, 2017 - 12:29 pm Reply

      Hello Deb. You can just measure the bees wax before is melted. Then add it to the mixture to melt it. Hope that helps.

  • Dawn April 13, 2017 - 2:17 pm Reply

    I have tried Frank and orange. Also, lemongrass. But I use Just Shea butter, ommiting the cocoa butter.
    Great for both kids and adults.

  • Traci April 13, 2017 - 12:34 pm Reply

    This sounds soooo inviting!!! I would love to do a peppermint blend! Would love to refresh and revitalize my morning routine!!! Thanks for sharing!

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