Beach in a Jar: DIY Coconut Oil Moisturizer

Today we will be making what I affectionately refer to as “Beach in a Jar”. This creamy coconut oil moisturizer has the smell of the beach without being an overwhelmingly coconut scent and it goes on like buttah. This coconut oil moisturizer is NOT a typical lotion that you might put on your hands. Rather, it is a thick oil that is perfect for your skin after a long bath, or perhaps even while AT the beach.  I love to take a little dab of it for the back of my neck or forearms where I can smell that deliciousness all day long.

DIY-coconut-oil-moisturizer-featureLet’s start at the beginning though, shall we? You will only need a few basic supplies for this DIY luxury.

Supplies Needed to Make Your Own Coconut Oil Moisturizer Jars:supply2

Let’s hop into the kitchen shall we? This simple, DIY coconut oil moisturizer takes no more than 5 minutes to whip up and is the perfect chore to do while waiting for the pasta water to boil. Warm up 2 cups of coconut oil in the microwave, just 10 seconds at a time until it goes from a solid to liquid.

coconut-oil-moisturizer-CraftsUnleashed Add the oil to the mixing bowl with about 1/2 a cup of olive oil and 15-20 drops of your fragrance oil. Start the mixture off on the lowest setting, otherwise the liquid oil will go EVERYWHERE. You want to incorporate a lot of air into the oil, so as soon as the oils have mixed and start to cool, go ahead and crank up the speed a few notches.  Keep it whipping until your coconut oil moisturizer looks like this:

coconut-oil-moisturizer-craftsunleashedNow you will want to carefully ladle the coconut oil moisturizer into your little jelly jars.

coconut-oil-moisturizer-craftsunleashedOnce you have filled the jelly jars, I just let the bowl sit out for the evening instead of washing it.  The smell is pretty divine :)

Day at the Beach DypOnto packaging…I used the Cappuccino Baker’s Twine Mix for my coconut oil moisturizer jars, pairing the black with the red life preservers and the darkest brown with the navy preservers.

Baker's Twine Amy ReneaAren’t they cute?  They come 2 to a pack and the pack is under $1.50.

life preserversWhen adding a topper to your coconut oil moisturizer jar, simply cut a circle of muslin, burlap or scrap fabric about 1 inch wider than your lid.  I tie the string around the top rim very tightly, then slide it down over the lip of the lid to secure.

Trimming FabricSimply trim up any loose edges, attach the life preservers with 2 little stitches (or hot glue!) and get ready to enjoy the beach!


About Amy Renea

Hey y'all! I'm Amy Renea, a freelance photographer and writer based out of Hershey, PA. I spend my days chasing children and chickens around the back yard, sipping on dandelion tea and munching on sweet potato chips. Come visit the Nest for All Seasons to learn more about my food, photography, DIY designs and modern garden living!


  1. Kathy Kraw says

    Here I go again. I’ve been whipping the mixture for 30 min. and it still hasn’t hardened so I put the bowl in the frig and will let it cool for 1/2 hr. I hope this will work.
    PS: I didn’t use the 1/2 cup olive oil, I use less.
    Anyone else having this problem and if so any suggestions????????????

    • says

      Hi Kathy — I would love to hear how it eventually turned out. I did order a new jar, shipped in the heat to test it in liquid form. To solidify the oil, I put the jar in the fridge as-is overnight. By morning, it was solid white and stayed that way at room temperature a day until I started whipping it up for the mixture. Hope that helps!

  2. Kathy Kraw says

    I just received my order of coconut oil and it is liquid.. Did I order the wrong item?? Can I still use it for the moisturizer? Need to make this for my daughter who going on vacation this Sat.

    Enjoy all your projects.

    • says

      Hi Kathy! That is perfectly fine! With these 90 degree days, coconut oil is often liquid being shipped in hot trucks. Very carefully pour it into your mixing bowl and mix slowly. You are just basically skipping the “melting” portion of the tutorial. As the mix whips it will start to solidify and solidify further when stored in a cool location. For faster results, try chilling the mixing bowl first. FYI, I just ordered another jar from amazon and it was liquid too…it is normal!

      • Kathy Kraw says

        Thanks for your quick answer. I can’t wait to make this for my daughter. She will be so happy to have it for her vacation.

        Looking forward to more DIY projects. Thanks again.

  3. Colette says

    Looks like a great project except the Day at The beach scent–the website charges $5.97 for the scent which is great BUT $8 for shipping! Wish these promoted companies would be a bit more cost effective when it comes to shipping. When this happens I usually chalk up the project which is sad but that is really awful shipping costs for a 3oz bottle.

    • Sarah {Crafts Unleashed Editor} says

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  4. says

    Hi Hollie!

    It sounds like either there is a bit too much olive oil, the mixture wasn’t whipped long enough or maybe the mixture just got too warm in storage. I would try giving it a little stir and keeping it somewhere dark and cool. If that doesn’t work, try adding more coconut oil and whip the bejeebers out of it! Mine hardened from a loose whipped consistency to a thicker lotion while in the jars, but then turns softer when applied to the skin (from body temp). If the mix is kept in a warm temp space, it probably won’t solidify and will stay liquid. Hope that helps!

  5. Hallie says

    I made this and it looked beautiful after whipping. But when I woke up the next day it had separated and there was oil at the bottom and the white on top was somewhat foamy. What did I do wrong?

    • Lori says

      I have this same separating problem despite looooong whipping with a high speed mixer with whip attachment. I suspect this must have something to do with humidity levels–not necessarily temperature levels (maybe that too?)–where you live. This is just my guess. I’m going to have an unusual chance to check my theory as I now live in the humid southern US and am moving to the dry southwestern US in 5 wks. I hope it solves the problem.

      • says

        Hi Lori! Thanks for the feedback. I am not sure why it is not working out, but would love to hear if things are better in a lower humidity! I made 4 jars and used them through spring and summer, finishing the last one off a few weeks ago. I think the main culprit would be not mixing long enough, but the amount of olive oil could throw things off depending on the heat at which the mix is stored. If it is in a warm place, the mix will definitely revert back to a liquid oil (I would guess around 80-90 degrees or so), but otherwise, I am not sure what is causing the mix to separate. My jars hardened the next day or so after mixing and then stayed that way until I used them. One fail safe way to make it a solid is to use ONLY the coconut oil with the scent and skip the olive oil all together. The mixture will not be as light, but will most certainly make your skin soft!

    • Sarah {Crafts Unleashed Editor} says

      Hi Lisa, the solid is coconut oil.

      Per Amy’s instructions: “Warm up 2 cups of coconut oil in the microwave, just 10 seconds at a time until it goes from a solid to liquid.”

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. says

    Hi Crystal! The reason I melt it down is to get it to the same consistency as the olive oil — it seems to mix better/splatter less that way :) I would love to see your finished result!! Make sure to share with us!

  7. Crystal says

    Hi. I usually spoon the solid into my stand mixer and then just walk away. It becomes this soft goodness that I love to put on my skin. My question is, does making it a liquid first make the final product even smoother/better? Have you tried whipping it from the solid form? I plan to try your method when I make my next batch. :) thx

  8. JaneEllen says

    Will have to go to HL to get some cute little round jars I found there which would be perfect for this moisturizer. I can almost smell it, yummmmm, love fragrance of coconut (reminds me of days on beach in San Diego). Going to pin this for when I can print out. Have folder full of home remedies, this will be great for all seasons. We live in dry climate (western CO) so having something to pamper myself with will be wonderful. Our budget doesn’t allow for me to buy expensive dept. store goodies for my skin. Happy days Great post, glad you shared this.

  9. Patricia Routt says

    This looks and sounds so nice, especially for people with dry skin. I’ going to try this. Thanks for sharing.


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