Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Most Amazing DIY Lotion

Most Amazing DIY Lotion

This is a project that I actually did in February, after seeing it on Pinterest and reading this post on The Crafty Blog Stalker.  I wanted to come up with a cute DIY container to jazz up my own post, but that hasn’t happened yet. I’ll let you know if it ever does.

In the meantime, I fell in love with this lotion. It’s amazing. It’s thick, and because of the petroleum jelly, a little oily, but definitely in a great-before-bed kind of way. It has totally made my dry, cracked heels and toes look smooth and pretty (I still use my pumice and foot file in the shower), and it’s great on my hands when they are all dry and cracked from doing drywall and yard work!  They might still be a little callus-y, but they don’t look like it!! :)  I use it almost every day - it’s great when you get out of the shower, and when you just need a moisture boost. I’m making my second batch, which prompted me to actually post this post.

And even though I didn’t DIY any containers, I definitely found some cute ones, which I’ve posted below!

So here’s how you make the lotion:

Lotion ingredients

Gather up a 27 oz. bottle of Johnson’s Baby Lotion (which comes in a variety of scents; I chose Vanilla Oatmeal), 2- 4 oz. containers of Vitamin E cream (a super value pack!), and a 7.5 oz. container of petroleum jelly.

Combine the ingredients

Combine the ingredients in a large bowl. (I used a disposable Rubbermaid bowl with a lid – so I could cover and store the lotion while seeking out cute, smaller containers.)


And mix with a hand mixer until everything’s combined…

Super thick, amazing DIY lotion

…into a thick, amazing new creamy lotion!

Because the lotion’s so thick, you can’t really pump it out (as in, you can’t really refill the Johnson’s container). I like to refill the Vitamin E containers for travel and giveaway. I refill the petroleum jelly container to keep in the bathroom.

Containers at Marshalls

I found these cute ceramic containers at HomeGoods and Marshalls to keep other places (like my bedside table).  I like that they have wide openings and are shallow, and their lids are really easy to get on and off.  They’re the perfect kind of containers for this lotion that you have to scoop out before rubbing it on! :)

My containers of lotion


The first time I made this lotion, I could only the Vitamin E at Meijer and it was about $4.50. (It is also available on Amazon.)  Target had a better selection than Meijer of Johnson’s baby lotion scents (including Honey Apple, Shea & Cocoa Butter, Vanilla Oatmeal, and Lavender).  This time around, I was able to get everything at Wal-Mart, which was convenient. The Vitamin E was under $4, and the Johnson’s selection and pricing were comparable to Target.


So, if you’re in need of a good, new lotion, try this one out and tell me what you think of it!


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  2. Could you substitute coconut oil for petroleum jelly

    1. I can't see why not! I was just chatting with a friend who said she didn't like the idea of rubbing petroleum jelly all over herself, because it's...well, petroleum. So something like natural coconut oil might be the perfect answer. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

    2. I would, and figure out a more natural way to make this product because or only is Johnson lotion full of extra chemicals, petroleum jelly is not good for your skin.

  3. Would grape seed or almond oils be OK to use?

    1. I can't see why not! I am not sure of their shelf life...I make this lotion and I know it lasts and lasts (since it's such a big batch), but if you don't think they'll "spoil" or if you'll use it up faster than I do, I know that it's probably a great alternative to petroleum jelly. If you do try it, let me know how it works! I've got a friend who's just gotten me interested in the idea of using natural oils for skin, so maybe I should try it, too!

  4. I used coconut oil in place of petroleum jelly and it worked great. This lotion works really well!


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