Treating dry skin doesn’t have to mean emptying your bank account. It’s easy to make natural, inexpensive moisturizers in the comfort of your own home. Many of the DIY beauty recipes in this roundup even offer extra skincare benefits such as sun protection, light exfoliation, or a subtle bronzing effect.
Homemade Body Lotion with Rosewater
Rosewater, honey, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil make this lovely lotion a great option for anyone interested in natural beauty products. Store it in a mason jar that seals tightly to ensure maximum shelf life. The Little Pine has the recipe.
All Purpose Healing Salve
This versatile DIY recipe can be used as an intensive moisturizer, but that’s just the beginning. Use it to soothe diaper rash, itchy bug bites, small scrapes, minor burns, chapped lips, and more. One Good Thing by Jillee has the details.
Whipped Body Butter
For a light moisturizer that smells amazing and won’t make your skin feel greasy, you can’t go wrong with a whipped body butter. The Prairie Homestead has two recipes to share: one that smells like chocolate and another that you can customize with your favorite fragrance.
DIY Wrinkle Reducing Cream
Don’t worry if you can’t afford those expensive anti-aging products! Coconut oil, vitamin E oil, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil combine to create a frugal alternative that promotes younger looking skin. Six Dollar Family has the recipe.
Skin Soothing Aloe Vera Lotion
Aloe vera gel is the secret ingredient in this DIY body lotion, which can be chilled and applied to soothe sunburn. Pins and Procrastination has the details.
Simple Unscented Lotion Bars
If you prefer to keep your beauty routine as simple as possible, this lotion bar recipe is sure to please. Beeswax, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil give you naturally soft skin. Holi Coffee has the recipe.
Calming Lavender Lotion Bars
Made with dried lavender, this lotion bar offers soothing aromatherapy benefits. It’s a great choice for moisturizing after an evening bath, since the calming effect of the lavender will promote a restful night’s sleep. How We Learn has the details.
In-Shower Exfoliating Lotion Bar
A copycat of the LUSH in-shower exfoliating lotion bars, this DIY recipe uses ground rice and cocoa almonds to naturally exfoliate the skin and a blend of cocoa butter and shea butter to moisturize. What Rose Knows has the recipe.
Sunscreen Lotion Bars
Moisturize your skin and protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays with this recipe from Mommypotamus. Natural sun protection is provided through a custom blend of coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, and zinc oxide.
Mosquito Repellent Lotion Bar
Another lotion bar recipe that does double-duty, this recipe from The Savvy Naturalista uses citronella, lemon, peppermint, and lemongrass essential oils to naturally keep away mosquitoes.
Cranberry Chutney Lotion Tubes
This recipe pairs the wonderfully sweet and tart scent of cranberry with the moisturizing benefits of cocoa and mango butters and the anti-oxidant qualities of Manuka honey. The push up packaging makes it less messy than a traditional lotion bar, but you can create the recipe as a standard lotion bar if you prefer. Soap Deli News has the recipe.
Bronzing Lotion Stick
Are you bummed out by your pale skin? Give yourself as summery glow with a DIY bronzing lotion stick made with a little cinnamon and cocoa powder for color. The example uses cedarwood essential oil for fragrance, but you could easily swap out your favorite essential oil. Head over to the doTerra blog to learn more.
Glitter Lotion Bars
Give your broken eye shadow, bronzer, or highlighter a new life by using the powder to make lotion bars that will give your skin a sexy shimmer. The Makeup Dummy has the instructions.
Treat your significant other to a special evening with this DIY edible and moisturizing massage lotion. Scratch Mommy has the recipe.