This DIY lotion is similar to my summer Coconut Oil ‘Day at the Beach’ Jars, but a little more substantial, yellow in color and smells like fall itself. The base oils are coconut oil and shea butter (pictured) found at bulk food stores, specialty groceries or online. I buy mine at Amazon or Costco. The rest of the supplies for this DIY lotion can be ordered quickly online at Consumer Crafts.
- Fragrance Oil – I used Pumpkin Spice, but Walk in the Woods or even Baked Apple Pie would be nice for fall! You will need 20-25 drops.
- Large Amber Canning Jars or Small Quilted Jars (Just $1.00!)
- 2 Cups Coconut Oil (approximately)
- 8 oz Shea Butter
- Stand Mixer
- ***Seen in Tutorial photos — Twig Pumpkin and Large Burlap Ribbon
The process for this DIY lotion is slightly more involved than my previous tutorial, but similar. You start with the solid coconut oil (about 2 cups) and shea butter (8 oz) and melt it down very slowly. DO NOT BOIL. I use my microwave and go 10-30 seconds at a time until the solids turn mostly liquid. The mixture looks gross at first until the two oils completely mix and air is whipped into the concoction.
See those chunks of shea butter? They are very soft from being melted, but not completely liquid. That is fine. Better slightly solid than to go too far and boil the oil. Let your mixer go on level 1 or 2 until:
When the mixture just slightly holds to a spoon, you can bump up the mixer speed to 3-4. Keep increasing the whipping speed as more air incorporates into the mixture and it becomes less sloppy and liquid.
It will take 10 minutes or more to get this whipped icing type consistency for your DIY lotion. If you want the mix thicker, you can add some more liquid coconut oil at this point along with your 20-25 drops of fragrance oil. Whip to incorporate. Dispense the mixture into your jars and allow it to “harden up” a bit over the next couple of days.
This loose recipe will make one large canning jar and three smaller jars. You could make a ton of the smaller jars as gifts! Note that the color is slightly “lemony” in the clear jars, so I like using the amber jars to give the pumpkin shea butter DIY lotion a bit more “fall” feeling without adding coloring.