homemade, non-greasy lotion


I like body butter, but I don’t like how greasy it leaves my skin – especially if I use it on my hands. I tried several different things to create a non-greasy lotion, and I finally found one I like! The recipe doesn’t use any butters or coconut oil, so it doesn’t leave your skin greasy. I use an immersion blender, but you could also use a hand mixer for this recipe. The essential oils are optional, but they add a nice fragrance and can have other benefits depending on which oils you choose. One other awesome thing about this lotion…it makes a great facial moisturizer as well! It works for all skin types. I like to include melaleuca, as my skin is a bit prone to breakouts.


  • 1/2 cup carrier oil of choice (Not sure which one to choose? Check out this post. I use grapeseed oil.)
  • 1.5 tbsp beeswax
  • 1 cup pure aloe vera gel
  • 10 drops essential oil of choice (Not sure which ones to choose? Check out this post. I like orange, lavender, and melaleuca.)

Make It:

  1. Melt beeswax and carrier oil together in microwave, approx 1.5 minutes.
  2. Pour melted beeswax and oil into a tall, cylindrical container (if using an immersion blender) or medium bowl (if using hand mixer).
  3. Begin blending, slowly adding aloe. Pause periodically to scrape the sides with a spatula.
  4. Add essential oils, and continue blending until you reach the desired consistency.
  5. Transfer to half-pint, wide-mouth jars for storage (yields two jars).
  6. Store in a cool, dark place. Unused jars can be stored in the refrigerator to extend life, up to eight weeks.

Cost Comparison:

  • This recipe = 36 cents per ounce
  • Aveeno at Walmart = 50 cents per ounce

Published by Jodi Hoyt

Jodi Hoyt is a content specialist and blogger working out of a home office in Sioux Falls, SD. Through Jot, she provides copywriting, proofreading, and editing services for any personal or business need. Specialties include digital content creation and copywriting for social media platforms, websites (with an emphasis in SEO tag words and key phrases), and print materials. Jodi has been a freelance consultant for nearly ten years, and she officially started Jot (previously Hoyt Consulting) in January 2011. She earned her Master of Business Administration in 2009 from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, and her Bachelor of Music in music theory and composition in 2004 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Additionally, Jodi is an adjunct business instructor at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, and she is a creator and blogger with Simple Family Remedies. Jodi and her husband, Nathan, married in 2004 and have a two-year-old son, Lincoln. They are expecting their second son in May 2018. They also have two cats. In her spare time, Jodi loves to golf, run, ride bicycle, and play sand volleyball. She is also a big Marvel fan and a self-proclaimed tech geek.

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