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Lavender & Coconut Oil Moisturizer for Dry Skin



Natural moisturizer for dry skin - Dr. Axe
It’s that time of year when our skin often feels itchy due to the changes in the weather. The cold temperatures outside combined with the low humidity and dry air can create this nagging feeling of dry, itchy skin. There are some amazing natural skin care remedies for solving this problem, including this natural moisturizer for dry skin with lavender oil, coconut oil and shea butter.

Shifting from store-bought products to making our own is one of the best things that my wife, Chelsea, and I have done. I think that it’s easy to forget how what we put onto our bodies — like a moisturizer for dry skin — is just as important as what we put into our bodies. Here is why …

The Breast Cancer Fund Organization shared how beauty products affect us beyond skin level. “When it comes to beauty products, the effects of the ingredients they contain can be more than just skin deep. The cosmetics industry uses thousands of synthetic chemicals in its products, in everything from lipstick and lotion to shampoo and shaving cream.” (1)  

A lot of the ingredients used for cleaning industrial equipment are the same ingredients used in most skin care products. This should be enough information to help you choose a natural approach to cosmetics! In the U.S., the cosmetics industry is allowed to put thousands of synthetic chemicals into personal care products, regardless of their link to cancer, infertility or birth defects.

There are some simple things you can do to make winter more comfortable for your skin:

  • Avoid frequent showers and baths that are too hot. The hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, causing it to feel dry and itchy.
  • Avoid chemical-laden soaps, such as those containing perfumes, alcohol and synthetics. These can cause lots of irritation by drying out the skin.
  • Try moisturizing your skin as soon as you step out of the shower or bath. Simply pat yourself dry with a towel, and while the skin is still damp, apply a great natural moisturizer like the one below. Then, let it air dry.

Here is a great DIY moisturizer for dry skin that you can make right at home with just a few ingredients, including the mighty coconut oil for skin and the benefit-rich lavender oil, which has natural antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics that help nourish and protect the skin. 

Lavender & Coconut Oil Moisturizer for Dry Skin

Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: Makes approximately 6 ounces


  • 15–20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 ounces unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 ounce shea butter
  • 1 ounce jojoba oil
  • ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 1 ounce pure aloe


  1. Place ingredients into a mixing bowl. Blend all ingredients using a hand mixer until it is whipped to a light and fluffy consistency.
  2. Place in glass jar with lid and apply once or twice a day to the skin. If possible, apply to the skin while it is damp to help seal in moisture.

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  1. Lindsey on

    We have tried the organic unrefined coconut oil but I’m my son who suffers from severe Ezcema is allergic to it making him itch worse. Amy recommendations on a different oil to try? That has antibacterial properties to it that I could rub over his whole body? He is 7.

  2. Gerry on

    When you use pure aloe, should I scrape the gel from the plant or use the store bought gel? Does I need a preservative if I use the plant?

  3. Kathleen on

    I have fractionated coconut oil that I use for my body lotion. Could I just add lavender drops to it to get the same effect as your recipe?

  4. Emily on


    I have been experiencing very dry skin under my lower eyelids, from the corner of the eye and a little below that. There is also a patch under my left eyebrow.
    I have tried using hypo-allergenic facial cleaners and using moisturizers . I have had this problem for about a month. Sometimes it seems to get a little better but never going away.
    I wear contact lenses and eye make-up. I tried to use baby shampoo to remove the make-up, but that seems too drying as well. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you may have.
    Thank you :)

  5. Kaaren Davis on

    my skin really hates shea butter. Is there another butter with similar properties and consistency that will work instead? Mods required to the recipe?

  6. Saira butt on

    Hello just wanted to know what ingredient pure aloe was? Was it from the gel or juice not quite sure please could you state this…

  7. Renee on

    I am so bummed! I made this, following the ingredients list and found that after using it 5 days my knuckles and parts of my palms were drying out. Anyone able to explain this? Help!

    • Linda on

      Same here. I added arrowroot powder and blended with a hand mixer; I added a tablespoon at a time… I’m guessing I used about 1/4 cup all together. The cream was still a little watery and the oils were separating, but after about 3-4 days, the cream appeared thicker and I no longer have to keep stirring it.

  8. Uma on

    Hello Dr,

    My son(4 years old) had a second degree burn(right upper thigh) last year(Jan). He was healed good but in 1 place ,since the burn is deeper he got a bump. Plastic surgeon advised us to remove the bump. He undergone a minor surgery on Dec 13 , 2017. They put a straight line stitch. Dr advised us to massage the scar. I tried with raw cocoa butter , cocoa butter with coconut oil(not satisfied) and aloe vera (from the plant)(looks OK). Could you kindly suggest us natural moisturiser and to treat the scar better.

  9. Taylor Stith on

    I just want to show my appreciation for this recipe. My skin is very dry and I’ve been trying to get rid of as many chemicals in face products as I can as well as create a routine that is simple but healthily effective. My skin went through an adjustment period with this lotion where the lotion would just lay on the skin as an oil without absorbing well but about after two weeks my skin just started soaking it in, I absolutely love this stuff. Also, I have noticed that goat milk and lotion made from goat milk tends not to moisturize my skin well enough so my facial skin starts flaking a bit by the end of the day. For those of you with the same issue who still want to use goat milk because of its beneficial properties, I want to suggest (as a fellow dry skin person) using the recipe on this page first and then using the goat milk product. That face will be feeling healthy and moisturized enough to use the goat milk again (and tea tree oil) if your skin is as dry and sensitive as mine :)

  10. Claudia on

    I don’t have Shea butter nor vitamin e but I do have hemp oil, castor oil, and tamasu oil… Can I replace any with these ? Can I still make it ?

  11. Claudia on

    If don’t have Shea butter npr viramin e but i do have castor oil, hemp oil, and tamari oil .. can I use any of these? … can I still make this ?

  12. Jodie on

    Hello. I have been using this recipe for a few weeks now and love it! Especially nice is not having all the chemicals. One question, it does not seem to last long enough on my skin and I tend to get itchy toward the middle of the day (winter here, which does not help). Is there any adjustment I can make to the ingredients that will help me?

  13. Ybanovich on

    Ok I am becoming more and more disappointed – am I missing something or can I just not find facial recipes that used to be available – now all I see are ingredients with no measurements

  14. Marina Bakica on

    Hi Dr. Axe,

    After reading your DIY recipes I went ahead and bought the ingredients and today I was about to make the foundation make up sunscreen and the dry skin moisturizer when to my surprise I noticed that the website has a new look and that the quantities of the recipes ingredients are not there anymore!
    Please, let me know where I can find this information.
    Thank you in advance!
    Marina Bakica

  15. Tracy on

    Hi, Dr Axe,

    Thank you for your useful information & tips on natural health. I am inspired by your blog. I followed your recipes and made skin toner and anti-aging serum successfully. However, when I tried this recipe, it is watery & yellowish in colour. No matter how long I whipped with the blender, it is still in liquid form, nothing like cream or lotion form. Because the shea butter is hard, I melted it with coconut oil, jojoba oil in a glass bowl over a sauce pan, as suggested in your other recipes for cream or lotion.

    Is there anything I may have missed? Do you have a video to show how to make cream or lotion form product? Appreciated your reply. Thanks.


  16. Brenda on

    I have a severe inflammation on my scalp. Dermatologist prescribed cortisol ointment and I think that I’ve put too much and it aggreviated my conditioned. They also prescribed oral predistone and I felt horrible taking it so I stopped. What can I do myself naturally to relive this inflammation and control my hair loss.

    • TruthSetsYouFree on

      Drink distilled water and eat scrambled eggs with ginger/ garlic/tomatoes/in pure non-salted butter.

      Eat that each morning. Then drink a lemon+distilled water mix and 30 minutes after that drink only distilled water the rest of the day. Repeat.

      Add pure vitamin C and coconut oil to a bowl, mix it well and heat it in hot water in your sink, never use the microwave. When it turns into oil, rub it into your hands and then rub it into your scalp.

  17. Stacy on

    Thank you for the wonderful article, I would like to share a useful tip with any woman who is struggling with aging lines and wrinkles. I’m only 36 and when these lines started to show up in my face it was a total nightmare, it really affected my confidence and productivity. I tried multiple products, homemade face masks but nothing really helped, all I got was dry skin and no results. When I asked my friend Emma for help, she suggested the Dead Sea Spa Elixir, it’s an all-natural skincare and spa cream. I couldn’t believe how that changed my life, no more wrinkles and my face looked so shiny and young more than before. Stop wasting your time on any other products, Check their web page here and thank me later.

  18. Donna Dee on

    I made the moisturizer but the aloe is separating from the moisturizer. Did I do something wrong or should I melt it gain and whip it? Is this normal?

  19. Sue on

    Can you suggest any oils that may fade or remove tattooed eyebrows? I know that’s a lot to ask of oils but I thought I’d give it a shot. Someone did suggest lavender but I haven’t tried it yet. Since they were put on over a year ago, they have faded a bit on their own but are still a light taupe color. If you have any other suggestions, I’d appreciate it. Thanks.

    • Rick on

      Might want to look into Vitamin C facial serum, and a green tea based facial product. They’re both mentioned to have skin lightening effects. Just my two cents here, good luck. – Rick

    • Serena on

      Helichrysum Oil may do the trick. I use a great product made by a friend of mine r who is a tattoo artist. She, together with a chemist friend came up with s blend of essential oils that makes tattoos heal more rapidly. A side effect is that when the oil is used in area of hyperpigmentation on the skin, it really lightens dark areas. The company is called
      Mutations & the product is called After Care Balm. She has a website.
      Good luck. I am an esthetician an have seen great results in my clients that have used it to lighten skin hyperpigmentation.🍀🍀

  20. Nancy J. Capps on


     Lavender Oil is great!  I just survived advanced Metastatic Breast Cancer; and during the lengthy diagnosis and referral process- before Chemotherapy- I kept the burning outbreak of sores at bay with Lavender oil and all natural Dr. BRONNER’S Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree & Eucalyptus castile based soaps (mixed together at home) as cleansers and compresses. 
    -For your grandmother:
    Lavender and Aloe (fresh) also healed my severe radiation burns.  Dr. BRONNER’S Rose liquid soap has been great on my skin since radiation, so you may have her try it. Drinking lots of Coconut water also helped my recovery.
    Lavender oil helps Soothe, regenerate skin and helps reduce scarring. It is very gentile in application, but powerful in healing. Additionally, I also used a balanced blend of all natural pure oils I created myself which helped me greatly. I will tell you that I included Lavender as well as Frankincense and Myrrh in my personal blend of oil, which was inspired by the holy word. If you try the above formulation, I would suggest ORGANIC Coconut oil on her delicate skin.

    I am not a Doctor; but I have self studied herbal and natural medicines for many years after conventional medicines failed and caused severe side effects for other conditions for which there is no known ‘cure’. Most important- I was the patient and had great results!

    I prayed and turned to the Bible over 22 years ago. I was led to the passage  “LET THE HERBS OF THE FIELD BE THY CURE”. I read everything I could get my hands on, including many different traditions from many cultures, as well as scientific studies across the world. In the end, I was led back to where I started from, the main Biblical oils added to the other oils I learned on my quest for healing.

    Hope this helps.

    May the Lord Bless your grandmother with his healing Love!

    THANK YOU DR AXE for all you do and the wonderful site! GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR MOTHER & KEEP HER CANCER FREE!

    Nancy J. Capps, North Carolina

  21. Alonso on

    I tried it out and its very effective. I love Lavender essential oil and Coconut oil they have lots of positive benefits. I want to recommend this to my grandma but im not sure if she can take lavender since she ha breast cancer 2 years ago. Dr Axe I want to ask you if she can take lavender.

    • Rhonda on

      I am a breast cancer survivor and am working to be a cancer conqueror. I use Lavender oil all the time. As the matter of fact, I use essential oils almost exclusively in my home for natural, chemical free, personal care products and medicines. Lavender oil will not be a problem for her at all unless she is just sensitive to that one oil.

  22. Hazel Holman on

    I have got lots of aloe plant what can I use this for.

    Coconut oil I cook with it I fry my eggs and use it for cooking and it is lovely. Is it ok to have a tea spoonful of coconut oil in a cup a tea three time a week it this good for my body. I like Dr Aex I found him on my facebook and I think he Fabulous.

    Hazel Holman, 47 Scothern Road, Nettleham, Lincoln LN2 2TU England UK

    • TruthSetsYouFree on

      My friend is T1 Diabetic and he has it in his coffee and tea everyday and also eats/drinks a table spoon x2 before and after each meal.

      He use to take 5 needles a day since birth, he hasn’t had a needle in over a year now every since starting coconut oil. Cold pressed non-gmo.

      So I would say, yes, it’s fine to put coconut oil in your tea.

    • Robyn on

      I love coconut oil also. I cook with it alot ,use it in my hair and on my skin. It is good for so many things. I even put a spoonful in my coffee sometimes. Recently went to Dr. For rash under breast which was told it was a yeast infection and told me to get Monistat. I try to use natural things as much as possible. Found out that coconut oil was good for that also. I tried it and it cleared up in about 4 days.

  23. Sheila on

    My daughter has recently been diagnosed with a coconut allergy. She is an adult (30) and a vegan. Through research we have found most detergent, shampoo and lotions have coconut or a coconut derivative. We are looking for an oil that can be substituted for coconut oil. Would mango butter be a goo substitute in your moisturizer?

  24. Tamia on

    I want to ask about pure aloe. Are you talking about that green aloe from the grocery store? Is that the aloe I need to use or should I use the oil? I’m making a store on etsy. I’m glad I follow you. So much info. God bless you, Merry Christmas Happy New Year!!!

      • Susan on

        You can purchase an aloe plant or just an aloe leaf. I’ve seen them at the grocery store here in Texas. Be sure and hand filet the aloe leaf, removing the green skin and any green residue as it is not good for you. Just clear pure aloe is what you want. Or you can order aloe jelly from Deborah’s Collection online.

  25. Sarwat khan on

    I like your reasurch .It’s true we used lot of unhealthy things , and then suffer from different painful conditions .thanks Dr Axe.Wish you a very happy Christmas

  26. Dawn muntz on

    I really like your post my heath i have alot thats wrong i deal with i b s i have had the gastro bypass fifteen years ago my potassium vitamin d is low thyoid my sugar is back

  27. Mey on

    I planning to make the Lavender & coconut oil mosturizer for Dry Skin and the Homemade Frankincense and Shea butter eye Cream but I was wondering how long does the batch last. I plan to give it out to people as a gift. I know that it does not have preservatives so how long will it last before it goes bad or becomes ineffective?


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