Learn how to make nourishing, homemade, PUMPABLE lotion using pure, natural ingredients with this simple and easy to make recipe.
I am absolutely, completely, totally addicted to lotion. Whenever I wash my hands for any reason, I need to put on lotion or else my hands feel like they’re so dry that they’re going to turn into sand paper!
I suppose this habit began because I’ve always lived in a dry state (well except when I went to college in Florida; but I was still just addicted to lotion there). It might also be partially influence by my grandfather. He hated lotion (thought it was too girly) so his hands were always dry and they’d crack and bleed. He honestly did not care, but I decided I’d try avoiding that by slathering on the lotion he didn’t like.
All Natural Pumpable Lotion
However, as I have strolled along the natural path, I’ve come to discover that commercially purchased lotions, just like SO many other things, contain ingredients that aren’t any good for or even detrimental to the body.
So I began to play around with oils and wax to create my own lotion. The first result was my Homemade Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Lotion. This lotion is SUPER moisturizing and quite thick. I love using it on the rougher spots such as my heels or my elbows. However, this lotion is too thick to put in a pump bottle for convenient and frequent application.
Well, after I started making my Homemade All-natural Oatmeal Diaper Rash Cream, I learned the benefits of oats when applied externally to the skin. Besides assisting in preserving the skin’s natural barrier function and removing any unwanted oils and dirt from the pores, oats also contributes in moisturizing the skin.
The way I use oats in my diaper rash cream, however, cannot be done in a pumpable hand lotion (at least logically I don’t think it could). What I do for the rash cream is grind it up very finely. But for pumpable lotion, it seems like the granules of ground up oats would get stuck.
So I tried using oat infused aloe vera juice instead. And it has been working very well!
After having used this homemade lotion for several weeks, I have noticed that my skin is very smooth and soft. It feels great! Plus I love that the pure ingredients are nourishing for it.
You can use essential oils in this recipe if you’d like. They can add extra nourishment or scent. My favorite combination for this lotion is to use almond oil for the liquid oil and add about 30 drops or so of orange essential oil. YUM!
If you’d like to, when you create the oat infused aloe vera juice, you can also add some dried herbs or dried tea to it! Just keep in mind that whatever herbs (or essential oils for that matter) that you add will affect the smell/scent of the lotion. Here are a few (not all) ideas (there are TONS of benefits for each, so I recommend researching them before deciding which to use if you haven’t already):
- green tea
- lemon peel
- marshmallow root
- orange peel
When adding the herbs, add about a tablespoon along with the oats. You can also infuse your oil(s) up to 6 weeks before making this recipe with your choice of dried herb(s) for a stronger infused lotion.
UPDATE: I’ve recently discovered that this lotion is also awesome to use as shaving cream!
NOTE: This recipe was revamped (improved) after lots of great information from my super awesome readers in early 2021.
Homemade All-natural Pumpable Lotion
- 1 cup
aloe vera juice(you'll end up using ½ cup of it after it has infused with oats)
- ¼ cup old fashioned oats
- dried herbs or tea, optional (see post for ideas)
- ½ cup
almond oil (olive or jojoba work too)
- ½ cup
- 3 tablespoons
(1½ oz.) beeswax, shredded or chopped into small pieces (or use pellets)
- 1 tablespoon
- 1 tablespoon
vitamin E oil(good for the skin and is also a natural antioxidant, helping it to last longer)
- 2 teaspoons
leucidal liquid SF, optional (acts as a preservative to keep it safe to use and mold free)
- 2 teaspoons
arrowroot powder, optional (reduces greasiness and assists in skin's absorption)
- essential oils of choice, optional
- Put the aloe vera juice, oats, and any dried herbs you'd like to infuse the lotion with in a bowl. Cover and allow to soak for 24 hours at room temperature away from direct sunlight.
- Run the oat infused aloe vera juice through a clean tea towel over a bowl and squeeze out the liquid. Discard or compost the oats.
- Measure ½ cup worth of oat infused aloe vera juice (if there's not enough, add more aloe vera juice until there is). Set aside.
- In a glass bowl, place the almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and honey. Heat over a saucepan with shallow simmering water (making a double boiler). Heat until completely melted.
- Allow the oil mixture to cool down until it touchably warm, but no longer hot.
- Stir in the vitamin E, leucidal liquid SF, arrowroot powder, and any essential oils
- Pour the ½ cup oat infused aloe vera juice into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.
- While running a handheld or stand mixer on low, slowly (in a very thin, slow stream) pour the oil mixture into the oat infused aloe vera juice. Whip until thickened, fluffy, and lotion-looking.
- Pour the lotion into a pastry bag (as used for cake decorating) or a plastic zip bag (snip off a corner after filling). Squeeze into an empty lotion bottle. Alternatively, just put it in a glass jar.
- With the preservative (leucidal liquid SF) in it, you can store at room temperature (75° Fahrenheit) or less for two weeks or longer (how long depends on where you live, humidity, altitude, etc.). To ensure it will last longer, you can keep it stored in the refrigerator (though it will lose it's pumpableness if you do this).