I’m a lotion junky. If my hands are dry and I don’t have access to any, I get antsy. I probably look something like this (I am the cat. Lotion is the bird. Use your imagination, this is the best image I could find).
Bath & Body Works is my friend. But now that all our extra money is going into house things… I thought it might be time to try my hand at making something less expensive. And let me tell you, this stuff is amazeballs. It smells and feels soooooooooo good and it’s hella cheap!!!
I was inspired by this post I found on Pinterest, but I ended up having to put my own twist on things. Here’s what I did.
- 15-oz Johnson’s Baby Lotion (I used the Shea & Cocoa Butter one)
- 27-oz Johnson’s Baby Lotion (I had to use a LOT more lotion than the original recipe called for, so I needed an additional 27 oz)
- 8-oz Vitamin E Cream
- 15 oz Organic Coconut Oil
(Sorry about the graininess of the first half of these photos. Was accidentally shooting with the ISO turned way up. Derp derp)
Just add everything to a big mixing bowl. To get out all the baby lotion I ended up cutting the bottle in half. And taking about 30 pictures of myself trying to get this shot without dropping the bottle.
Just add the lotion, vitamin E cream, and coconut oil to your bowl.
And mix away! Yum!
So this filled up the empty coconut oil container, the empty vitamin E cream container, and empty body butter container I had saved, and a lil extra.
The good news is this made tons and smelled amazing. The bad news is that it was too liquidy. Like, wayyyyy too much coconut oil. And after a few days it sorta separated, with the oil sitting on top.
That’s why I decided to add another 27-oz container of baby lotion.
Of course I gutted it again. Look at all that goodness I’d be missing out on otherwise!
Then I added my first batch of DIY lotion to this extra lotion, little by little (to make sure I didn’t make it too oily again). I ended up adding all of the first batch and mixing as I went.
After rinsing the excess coconut oil from the containers, I refilled them but there was way more lotion this time! Luckily I had an almost empty peanut butter jar I could use. And yes, of course I grabbed a spoon and ate what was left of it first.
This lotion does require a few upfront purchases, so I wanted to break it down and make sure it actually was cheaper than buying from Bath & Body Works (and see how it compared to other less expensive brands).
All together my materials cost me:
- 15-oz Johnson’s Baby Lotion = $2.50
- 27-oz Johnson’s Baby Lotion = $5.00
- 8-oz Vitamin E Cream = $3.75 (the 2-pack I bought was $7.50)
- 15-oz Organic Coconut Oil = $9.00
Grand Total = $20.25 for 65 ounces of lotion = $0.31 per ounce
Bath & Body Works lotion = $11 for 8-oz = $1.38 per ounce
Bath & Body Works body cream = $12.50 for 8-oz = $1.56 per ounce
Bath & Body Works body butter = $15 for 7-oz = $2.14 per ounce
Jergens Ultra Healing lotion = $0.22-$0.26 per ounce
Vaseline Cocoa Butter lotion = $0.20-$0.25 per ounce
MINE IS SO MUCH CHEAPER!!! And it smells so good I want to eat it. I’d say it’s most comparable to the Bath & Body Works body cream (at first its more like the lotion but then thickens up, and the body butter is a bit thicker), yet it’s less than 20% of the cost. So you can make over 5X the amount for the same price!!! This gets me excited. It is a little more expensive per ounce than the budget store-bought brands, but the price difference is small.
Plus… it’s just awesome.