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Homemade Lotion with Frankincense, Lavender & Peppermint Oils


Homemade lotion - Dr. Axe

Did you know that almost anything you put on your skin can seep right through and into your bloodstream? (1) Yes, that includes parabens and other dangerous chemicals in skin products. So while many of you have taken the clean eating movement seriously (and that is fantastic!), many are forgetting about the products that they are slathering on their bodies.

Unfortunately, too many of these products are littered with chemicals and preservatives that head right into the bloodstream and travel throughout our bodies, wreaking havoc by causing inflammation and more. But it doesn’t have to be that way with natural skin care, including my homemade lotion for your face and body. Aging is an indication of the time moving forward and while we cannot stop time, we may be able to help reduce the signs of it through our skin. (2)  This lotion is easy to make and will soothe the skin while offering a healthy glow soon after the first application.

To make this amazing homemade lotion, you can use a double-boiler or a glass heat safe bowl — you can also use a glass measuring cup — that fits inside a pan. Put the benefit-rich olive oil, beeswax and shea butter in the container you have chosen for heating over medium heat and slowly melt while stirring. If you are using a glass container and saucepan, make sure the sauce pan has enough water in it to cover about half the glass bowl.

Olive oil has amazing moisturizing characteristics without being too greasy. Olive oil has been used since ancient times and it contains squalene, which is a phenolic compound that is filled with useful anti-aging antioxidants, hydrating qualities and may fight skin cancer. (3

Beeswax is another amazing skin-healing ingredient. In a recent article, I noted how it locks in moisture. Beeswax is filled with  softening and emollient rich vitamin A, which can help rebuild damaged skin cells. And being comedogenic, it won’t clog pores — keeping the skin moist and blackhead free.

Shea butter adds more richness to this hydrating skin-glowing lotion. With the ability to boost collagen, shea butter is a perfect ingredient to add to this blend.

Once these ingredients have melted and are well blended, remove from the heat and add the essential oils. Frankincense is my go-to when it comes to skin. Not only is it an anti-aging and wrinkle-fighting ingredient, it helps heal bacteria-containing blemishes.

Lavender partners right up with frankincense to help reduce acne-causing bacteria while providing useful relaxing benefits as well. And let’s not forget about peppermint oil, which travels with me wherever I go. While it can eliminate headaches in seconds by placing a drop on the forehead, it can eliminate aches from sore muscles and rejuvenate the skin. Peppermint essential oil is microbial, providing calming effects to inflamed skin such as a sunburn, eczema and psoriasis.

Now you can try it out to see how you want the texture. For a creamier texture, you can use an electric mixer or hand beater for a minute or two. Once all ingredients have been well blended to the desired consistency and has cooled, place in a container. I like to use a glass mason jar, but you can also use a BPA-free plastic bottle with a pump. I like to keep mine in the refrigerator during the warmer months to maintain consistency since the coconut oil can melt. You can decide what works best depending on where you live.

Be careful not to get your homemade lotion in your eyes, making sure to wash your hands after application. I hope you enjoy this wonderful chemical-free lotion that is gentle enough to use every day!

Homemade Lotion with Frankincense, Lavender & Peppermint Oils

Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4–6 ounces


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoons beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 10 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil


  1. Place the olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a glass bowl in a pan with water (or you can use a double-boiler).
  2. Heat the ingredients, while stirring, and melt. Continue to stir until well blended.
  3. Remove from heat. Add the essential oil.
  4. Stir again until well blended.
  5. Allow it to cool and check the consistency. For a thinner, creamier consistency, use a hand mixer (or electric mixer) for one or two minutes.
  6. Place in your favorite container.
  7. Apply, as needed, to face and body, avoiding the eyes.

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  1. Janet on

    I made this recipe and I like it. However, after a couple of weeks the lotion developed a grainy texture. I still use it, but I would like to correct the problem when I make another batch. How can I keep the lotion from becoming grainy?

  2. Vicki on

    Can you recommend a brand or place what type of beeswax white or yellow? Shea butter refined or unrefined. Its all very confusing.

  3. Sam on

    Is there a vegan alternative to the beeswax that offers the same benefit? Thank you in advance as well as for this recipe! Can’t wait to try!

    • Elizabeth on

      Ive made mine without beeswax. The only difference is that it isn’t temperature stable. It will melt above 75 degrees F. But it works fine, I just added a little more Shea butter tonoffset the consistency

  4. on

    I made body lotion and I put too much rose essential oil it.
    It smells so strong,I can’t use it.
    Can you please tell me the trick to take out the strong smell of rose oil.

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Hi Nadia, do you have more olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter? You can add more of these ingredients to help offset adding too much rose essential oil. I hope this helps!

  5. Lind on

    Are the essential oils necessary to preserve this hand lotion recipe? Can I leave them out for an “unscented” lotion? Thank you!

  6. Lind on

    Hi! I’m wondering if the essentials oils in this recipe are necessary as a preservative, or can I use my favorite essential oils? Thank you!

  7. Brenda on

    I followed this to a tee but it unfortunately doesn’t absorb well. Stays sort of greasy on my skin.
    Not sure what needs to be done to tweak it.


    hi dr axe

    i’ve tried to purchase the numa essential oils from internet but have no luck.
    do you ship them to australia melbourne
    need them due my wife is fighting secondary cancer in her lymph nodes in her left supraclavicular node and the left subpectoral adenopathy
    do you have any suggestions in what I can do for my wife in either essential oils or dietary program or anything that will help her.
    finding it really distressing in the advice of one practitioner is so different to another, i would really appreciate your expert guidance

    • Cathy on

      You can buy a book at Amazon call young living oils. I’ve been taking doctor X class on line to learn oils. So sorry to hear about your wife must be horrible I’m going 3 illness myself and I know how defeating it feels one seems like there’s no 1 there to help. I have found the oils to be marvelous the ones I know to be the best are probly vidimir and Franken cent, Another thing you might want to look into neutral silver it’s been great helping me along with the oils. Don’t buy any other silver only neutral silver there’s a big difference. I bought my 1st from Amazon with oils and Silver and what a mistake. God-bless and good luck


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