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Homemade Rose and Lavender Body Lotion

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Homemade Lavender and Rose Body Lotion

Homemade Lavender and Rose Body Lotion

Creamy and Dreamy

This rich body lotion is pure luxury on the skin but won't cost you a luxury price tag.

Moisturizing, nourishing and smelling divine with lavender and rose geranium, it is a great addition to ultimate body care.

Skin-loving coconut oil, vitamin E, jojoba oil and beeswax deliver ultimate skin softening and nourishing benefits that leave the skin super smooth and supple.

Lotions are a lighter way to moisturize without the heavy texture of a cream or butter. Although this recipe does border on being a cream, I could not resist calling its texture “creamy and dreamy."

Rose and Lavender Body Lotion Recipe


  • 1 cup jojoba oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil (or 1 capsule)
  • 1/2 cup beeswax white pastilles
  • 10 drops of rose geranium essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

You Will Also Need

  • Small heatproof glass measuring jug
  • Small saucepan
  • 1 x 16 oz glass jar with secure lid (pint-sized canning jar) or 2 x 8oz jars
  • Mixing spoon


  1. Add beeswax, coconut oil and jojoba oil into the glass jug.
  2. Place in a saucepan and fill the pan with water, about a pint or two.
  3. Heat gently to melt all the ingredients, mixing as it melts.
  4. Keep an eye on this and do not allow it to boil.
  5. When fully melted, turn off the heat and remove the jug from the pan.
  6. Allow it to stand and cool to room temperature, stirring every 10 minutes to help it emulsify.
  7. When it has thickened, add in the vitamin E and the essential oils.
  8. Mix thoroughly to combine evenly.
  9. Pour your lotion into the glass jar and secure it with an airtight lid.
  10. This body lotion should last up to 6 months.
  11. Store in a cool dry place or leave it in the fridge in-between use.
Rose geranium is among 10 species of geranium suitable for producing essential oil.

Rose geranium is among 10 species of geranium suitable for producing essential oil.

Rose Geranium

The best rose geranium essential oil is extracted from the geranium plant species Pelargonium graveolens.

There are over 700 varieties of geranium but only 10 that produce essential oil of any great quantity.

The normal garden varieties of the plant do not produce enough oil. Originating on the African continent, it was not until the 17th century they made their way to Europe, most notably Italy, Spain and France.

This incredibly beneficial oil has great balancing properties both therapeutically and for the skin where it creates a balance between dry and oily skin. Used in creams and body lotions, it helps keep the skin soft and supple. Further benefits for the skin are:

  • Insect Repellent
  • Treats Eczema
  • Heals Burns, Ulcers
  • Improves Sluggish Skin
  • Shingles
  • Cellulite
  • Ringworm
  • Sunburn

Rose geranium is a crisp rosy scent that may be used in an oil burner, potpourri, shampoo, massage oil and any homemade skincare product.

Ideal fragrance combinations with rose geranium include lavender, bergamot, lime, carrot seed, angelica, basil, rosemary, jasmine, grapefruit, citronella, orange, neroli and cedarwood.

Lavender oil blends with the majority of all essential oils.

Lavender oil blends with the majority of all essential oils.


The most widely cultivated species of lavender is Lavandula angustifolia, which is the most popular species cultivated for essential oil from the flowers.

Top European exporters include France, Bulgaria and England but it is extensively grown throughout the world. It is not surprising that lavender is one of the most popular essential oils with its extensive qualities.

The light fresh aroma has universal appeal and dates back to Roman times when it was commonly used in bathwater. When used for the skin its benefits include:

  • Heals Sunburn
  • Acne
  • Insect Repellent, Insect Bites
  • Skin Balancing
  • Soothing
  • Cooling
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Eczema, Dermatitis

Apart from using lavender in skin care products, it may be used in oil burners, massage oil, vaporizers, cold compresses, air fresheners, potpourri and as a general disinfectant around the home. Therapeutically it relieves stress, anxiety, migraine, and sleeplessness and is used to help moodiness and allergies, and induces calm and relaxation in a wonderful fragrant surround. Lavender blends particularly well with geranium, pine, cedarwood, nutmeg, clary sage and all the citrus oils.

Your own scented body lotion at a fraction of the cost.

Your own scented body lotion at a fraction of the cost.

Ideas and Tips

Recycle glass jars in the home such as pasta sauce, preservatives, baby food and coffee to use. Always wash, dry and sterilize well before reusing.

ALL these ingredients are versatile and are commonly used in homemade skincare, makeup and hygiene products. If you are planning on making different products it is worth checking out the larger or bulk buy options for a better discount. This makes them extremely cost-effective and if being used regularly, they are unlikely to expire any shelf life dates which all tend to be over a year.

You may play around with the carrier oils jojoba and coconut and substitute them with other oils such as grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil or baobab oil.

This body lotion makes a perfect cost-effective but luxurious gift that will go down a treat with friends and family, or to even sell on Etsy or a market stall.

With lavender and rose, you can make a collection of products, for example, bath salts, hair treatments, body scrubs, face masks, face scrubs, deodorants, hand creams and moisturizers. By substituting or adding essential oils in recipes you suddenly have your own range of matching scented products.

Make your own solid perfume or perfume using these scents and save a fortune on branded ones. Even a men’s eau-de-cologne is easily made with essential oils and jojoba oil as a base. While rose geranium may not suit men, lavender certainly will.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Homemade Rose and Lavender Body Lotion Comments

Luvin on October 26, 2017:

Can the beeswax be subbed for emulsifying wax nf?

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 29, 2013:

Hi Janet,

It is always a pleasure to share a recipe and then to receive comments like this makes it a bonus, thank you so much! I am so delighted to hear you tried the my Oatmeal Blackhead Buster and found it a success, I appreciate you taking the time to try it and let me know how you went, truly it is so rewarding for me. I really am so glad to hear you are finding a difference by switching gradually over to the "bright side" LOL Cheers again my friend, much appreciate your support, truly!

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on July 29, 2013:

I love this recipe as this certainly smells delicious. Thank you for sharing this. BTW, I have been trying out some more of your recipes. Yesterday I tried out the Oatmeal and Yogurt Blackhead Buster and it was fabulous! My face felt so clean afterwards. Since I switched to homemade beauty products - thanks to you - my skin and my hair have become better and better.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 28, 2013:

Hi Gail,

It is always great to have you visit! Buying them online is no problem and it depends on your stores where you live to be honest. health food stores, department stores, anywhere that does aromatherapy supplies, in cosmetic departments of stores and some craft shops may also stock them. Just make sure the essential oils are therapeutic grade and organic if possible. Mountain Rose are a great online stockist for them and virtually all the ingredients and containers you will find in my recipes so it is a good option. Hope that helps!

Thanks so much for your interest and votes, pins!!

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on July 27, 2013:

Thanks for another great recipe, Suzie. This sounds wonderful! Is it easier to buy essential oils at a local store or online? Voted up and pinned.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 27, 2013:

Hi North Wind,

I appreciate your innterest and for taking time to comment. I love creating homemade beauty recipes having spent many years working within the cosmetic industry including work for some of the largest brands worldwide. Less chemicals, more beneficial ingredients and saving money all inspire me and I am glad you found the benefits here. Synthetic fragrance is often added into store bought creams so using the therapeutic, organic version of essential oils is the purest form of the true scent. Have fun experimenting and try it on a plain unscented lotion you have first (the essential oils) to see if you enjoy the combo.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 27, 2013:

Hi Rose,

Many thanks for your lovely comment. Nice to know this fragrant combination is appealing to you, cheers again!

North Wind from The World (for now) on July 27, 2013:

Wonderful recipe. I never thought to make my own lotion or cream before. I suppose I could think up of my own scents that I would like and use them accordingly. Sometimes I find a cream or lotion that I like and either the scent is too mild or too strong but if I make my own I can control just how I want it to smell, I suppose. Very interesting hub!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 27, 2013:

Another superb beauty option! I'm sure that is smells and feels amazing. Thanks, Suzie!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 27, 2013:

Cheers Eddy,

Much appreciate your thumbs up on this recipe!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 27, 2013:

Hi bravewarrior,

So good to see this is a winner for you and if you have dry skin it is ultra moisturizing. You could replace the jojoba oil with other nourishing carrier oils such as olive oil, apricot kernel oil, sweet almond or argan oil.

Eiddwen from Wales on July 27, 2013:

Love this one Suzie and have a great day.


Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 27, 2013:

This sounds devine, Suzi. I have very dry body skin and have to use lotion every day. This particular blend would make me smell delicious!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 27, 2013:

Hi Thelma,

Been so busy this past week, you know those type of weeks, not enough hours! Thanks so much, easy it is and the ingredients versatile which is what I try to think of with all my recipes while introducing new ones. Glad you will be giving it a go in the future i am sure you will love it!!!! Have a lovely weekend my friend!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 27, 2013:

Hi Rose,

So good of you to drop in, love hearing from you! The two fragrances are well suited together and make a gorgeous scent combined that works in every type of product. So good to know my tips and info are appreciated. Cheers for your thumbs up, it means a great deal. Have a great weekend!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 27, 2013:

Hi Cris,

Thanks for visiting and for comment, appreciate you sharing and pinning my friend! Glad you enjoyed this recipe!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 27, 2013:

Hi Bill,

Lavender is always a winner for you, I know! I live in hope . . .some day you will try one of these, I just know it!! LOL

Have a great weekend, always appreciate you Yoda!! Love to Bev go have fun for the weekend!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 27, 2013:

Hi Crystal,

Appreciate your interest, thanks for checking it out!!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 27, 2013:

Another brilliant recipe Suzie. It sounds easy to make and a gorgeous smell as well. I´ll try this when my bought body lotion is over. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely weekend!

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 26, 2013:

This sounds absolutely heavenly! I loved the skin benefits you listed for the rose geranium and the lavender flowers. The lotion recipe looks amazing and not overly complicated. I also appreciated the ideas and tips you provided. Another excellent article! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on July 26, 2013:

Hmm...smells great! Pinning and sharing!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 26, 2013:

Great information as always, Suzie!

I hope you and the Mickster have a great weekend.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on July 26, 2013:

Ooh, this looks great!