Orange Ylang Ylang Homemade Lotion

I was blown away by how cool this process is the first time I made homemade lotion. I couldn’t believe that I made such a completely different product from the ingredients that we started with, and I love how thick and fluffy the lotion is. It is very moisturizing without feeling overly oily or greasy, and it soaks into skin quickly. I like to use it as a hand cream, though it would work wonderfully on any dry skin areas. Here is how to make a natural orange ylang ylang homemade lotion.

Orange Ylang Ylang Homemade Lotion DIY Recipe

Orange Ylang Ylang Homemade Lotion

Recipe adapted from EcoBeauty


1/4 c water
1/8 tsp borax powder
6 drops orange essential oil
4 drops ylang ylang essential oil
1/2 c grapeseed oil
2 tbsp grated beeswax


Bring water to a boil in kettle and immediately pour over the borax in a bowl. Stir until dissolved. Add orange and ylang ylang essential oils. (Or whatever essential oils you want.) Set aside.
Place oil and beeswax in the top pot of a double boiler (a makeshift double boiler can be made by placing a small pot into a larger pot that is filled partway with water) over medium-high heat or in the microwave, and mix together until completely melted.
Pour the oil mixture into a blender and turn the blender on. Add the hot water mixture in a slow, steady stream. Blend on a high speed until well combined. The mixture will become the consistency of a cream.


Store in an airtight container. Using a tinted container is always a good idea because light makes the oils go rancid. If the lotion is in clear plastic or a jar, keep it somewhere cool and dark such as a drawer.


Feel free to customize the scents to make it all your own.


Have you made lotion before? What scents do you think would be the best?

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10 Comment

  1. Reply
    April 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Mmmmmm I can smell the scent through the screen! This sounds lovely, but I would have to find the ylang ylang essential oil you refer to, I have never heard of it! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorites where I found you!

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      April 6, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Oh, the ylang ylang smells so pretty. However, I think nearly any floral scent would work well with the orange. I’m all about using what I already own, haha.

  2. Wow that does look really easy to make! Who knew?

    1. Reply
      April 7, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Yeah, I was surprised too. It felt like a fun little science experiment.

  3. Reply
    April 29, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to try this! Where do you usually get your ingredients from?

    1. Reply
      April 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Awesome! I get nearly all my ingredients from a local, independent health food store called Nature’s Fare Markets.

  4. Reply
    May 15, 2016 at 9:29 am

    What does the borax do?

    1. Reply
      May 15, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      The borax is the emulsifier. It allows the oil and water to mix together to create the thick lotion consistency.

  5. Reply
    December 3, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Mine never got creamy. I used Almond Oil. Is that why. It seemed like i blended it long enough.

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      December 5, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that. In all honesty, it is a finicky process. I’ve had times myself when my lotion doesn’t thicken up properly as well. I can’t answer for sure, but I’m wondering if the temperatures were an issue. The oils and the water with borax should be about the same temperature. And as I mentioned in the post, you need to pour it very slowly and steadily. I did some reading online as well for other ideas and it sounds like using a whip attachment may help if you have that on a mixer instead. Many people also use stick blenders instead of a regular one. I hope that helps!

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