Homemade Tattoo Aftercare Oil

My husband got a new tattoo a few weeks ago. (It looks awesome, eh?) It is important to be especially diligent with the aftercare of a tattoo so that it heals up nicely. Tattoos are expensive after all. A lot of commercial lotions and moisturizers are scented or clog pores which will inhibit the healing process for your tattoo. That’s why I decided to try my hand at making my own Tattoo Aftercare Oil with just two all natural, good for your skin ingredients.

Homemade Natural Tattoo Aftercare Oil DIY Recipe

Tattoo Aftercare Oil

1/2 c coconut oil

20-60 drops tea tree oil


Place cold (from the fridge) coconut oil into a bowl and break it up into small chunks.

With an electric mixer, whip the coconut oil until soft and airy.

Add in tea tree oil and stir.

Store in a lidded container, ideally somewhere cool and dark.


To use, apply sparingly to tattoo once or twice a day with freshly washed hands.

Note: Do not apply anything to your tattoo until it is scabbing and dried out. This usually takes 3-5 days from the time of the tattoo.

After you are done using it on your tattoo, any leftovers makes an awesome moisturizer for general use.


Coconut oil is ideal for tattoo aftercare because it is moisturizing, while still allowing your skin to breath, as well as antibacterial. Also, coconut oil contains vitamin E which decreases itchiness and flaking. It’s a safe option for those with sensitive skin too. I added tea tree oil because it promotes healing with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.


Do you have any tattoos? How did you deal with tattoo aftercare?

Homemade Natural Tattoo Aftercare Oil DIY Recipe

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2 Comment

  1. Reply
    Marci @ Stone cottage Adventures
    November 10, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    What a great recipe! I enjoy making soap, lotion and herbal salve. Thank you for sharing these helpful tips at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    1. Reply
      November 10, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I enjoy making all those goodies too. The next thing I want to do is try infusing my own oils with herbs. 🙂

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