Bath & Body

7 DIY Coconut Oil Moisturizers That Are Better Than Any Store-Bought Product You Have Ever Tried

Cheaper and better for you? Yup, these DIY versions are so much better than your store-bought moisturizer.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

We’re here to tell you that it’s time to ditch your store bought lotion. Yup, toss it out, as it likely contains quite a few irritants (we’re talking fragrance and parabens). Plus, chances are, it may not be doing that great of a job keeping your skin moisturized anyway.

Instead, you can make your own moisturizer (easily, we promise) using the all mighty coconut oil. Coconut oil is the bomb as it not only helps keep your skin super-duper moisturized, it can also help protect your skin at the same time.

Coconut oil contains natural antibacterial properties, so it basically keeps your skin healthy and radiant (heck yes!)

But, most of us don’t just want to lather our skin with straight up oil. So, we’re here to share our fav way to use coconut oil as your go-to moisturizer.

Enter homemade coconut oil moisturizer using all the goodies-shea butter, coconut oil, and of course, essential oils.

Tips on Making Your Own Coconut Oil Moisturizers Like a Pro

Ingredients to create your own moisturizer

Before we dish out all of our favorite blends, here are some tips on making a super moisturizing natural body whip. Plus, we’re sharing the homemade coconut oil moisturizer you will want to use as your base. It can be tweaked to include just about anything your heart desires.

But first, here are some things to keep in mind.

  • For best results, choose unrefined organic coconut oil.
  • Use pure-grade essential oils, not those knock-off store bought ones. We love Young Living and DoTERRA.
  • Keep your homemade coconut oil moisturizer away from heat or you’ll be in store for a total coconut oil melted mess
  • Invest in some small glass Mason-style jars to store your DIY moisturizers in.

Here’s Our Favorite Way to Make Your Homemade Coconut Oil Moisturizer Base

  • 1 cup of unrefined coconut oil
  • ½ cup shea butter
  • ½ cup almond oil

Melt all ingredients in a large pot over low heat while stirring to mix all the ingredients together.

Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool and then add in your chosen essential oils (see variations below.)

Whip with a hand-held mixer until whipped.

Store in a glass jar and let the moisturizer set in the fridge for about 5 minutes.

You can keep this homemade coconut oil moisturizer outside of the fridge once set, just be sure to keep it away from heat.

Use this as your base, and then use the variations below to customize based on what works best for you!

7 DIY Coconut Oil Moisturizers

Coconut Oil Ingredients

#1 Calming Lavender Coconut Oil Moisturizer: A go-to fav way to make this homemade moisturizer is to add some lavender for a relaxing scent. Add about 10 drops of pure-grade lavender essential oil to the base recipe for an after shower moisturizer to promote some serious calm and relaxation.

#2 Energizing Citrus DIY Lotion: Try making an energizing homemade moisturizer by adding 10 drops of lemon or sweet orange essential oil.

#3 Super Dry Skin Coconut Oil Moisturizer Remedy: For super dry skin, try adding ¼ cup of cocoa butter to the base recipe along with 10 drops of lavender essential oil.

#4 The Eczema DIY Healing Cream: We love this homemade eczema healing cream shared by Dr. Axe who recommends adding some honey to the mix. Honey is the shitz when it comes to soothing irritated eczema-prone skin!

#5 The Basil Coconut Oil Moisturizer: Try adding a few drops of basil essential oil to the homemade base recipe for an invigorating scent!

#6 The Holiday Coconut Oil Moisturizer: This DIY coconut oil moisturizer makes the perfect homemade holiday gift, and who doesn’t love getting something made with love? Use the base recipe and whip up a batch of holiday-inspired coconut oil moisturizer with the addition of some pure-grade peppermint essential oil and vanilla. This combo brings some pretty sweet holiday cheer and makes a perfect DIY moisturizer without the addition of yucky artificial fragrance.

#7 The Customizable Coconut Oil Moisturizer: The best thing about making your own is that you can really customize it to be exactly how you want! Have a favorite essential oil blend? Feel free to use that. Get creative and see which scent you like the best. The possibilities are endless.

The Final Word

Basically, making your own moisturizer and ditching the store-bought products is one of the best things you can do for your skin health. Plus, not only will it help your skin look and feel amazing, it will save you some serious cashola. So, go stock up on some coconut oil and whip up your first batch, you’ll thank us later!