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Homemade Apple & Pumpkin Spice Lotion Recipe

Learn how to make this delectable apple and pumpkin spice lotion recipe. This DIY body moisturizer combines two favorite fall scents — apple and pumpkin spice — to create an amazing fragrant blend for homemade lotion. Create this warm and cozy skin care product to care for your dry skin. Or give these as DIY fall gifts.

pumpkin spice body moisturizer

DIY Pumpkin Spice Lotion for Fall

This luxurious homemade apple & pumpkin spice lotion recipe is perfect for the fall season! It contains rosehip seed oil prized for its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties as well as skin nourishing coconut oil, shea and cocoa butters.

Not only does this moisturizer keep skin hydrated, but you’ll also love the light warming sensation you get from the addition of cinnamon, clove and ginger essential oils. In addition, when you use this this homemade pumpkin spice lotion you’ll also smell like yummy pumpkin pie spice with a touch of apple.

Ready to explore yet another way to use pumpkin spice this fall? Make this spicy fall lotion with my recipe below!

Homemade Apple and Pumpkin Spice Lotion Recipe

Apple & Pumpkin Spice Lotion Recipe

©  Rebecca D. Dillon

Need a fresh new way to care for your skin this autumn? Add this warm and cozy fragrance to your fall skin care routine. 

To create this homemade pumpkin spice lotion recipe I used the Crisp & Candied fragrance oil from Nature’s Garden. I wasn’t overly fond of this scent in the beginning as it was overly sweet for me. However, the addition of the cinnamon, clove and ginger essential oils gave it more of a spicy punch and I was really pleased with the resulting scent.

As the focus of this homemade lotion recipe is on not only on its skin nourishing properties but also on the fragrance, I highly recommend using refined ingredients so you get a true scent. This keeps the fragrance from being overpowered or masked by the natural scent of unrefined ingredients.

Pumpkin Spice Moisturizer Ingredients

The ingredients for this recipe will yield approximately 6 oz. of apple and pumpkin lotion by weight. Here is what you’ll need to make this autumn body moisturizer:

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How to Make Apple & Pumpkin Spice Lotion

Here is how to make pumpkin spice lotion with apple fragrance notes:

1. To create this apple and pumpkin spice lotion, begin by weighing out the cocoa butter, beeswax, shea butter, stearic acid and coconut oil with a digital scale.

2. Combine the ingredients in a double boiler. Then heat until melted through.

3. Next, weigh out and add the rosehip seed and grapeseed oils. Mix to combine then remove from heat.

4. Check the temperature of the melted ingredients. When the temperature reaches between 140°-155°F, weigh out and add the Phenonip. Mix into the lotion base.

NOTE: Phenohip is a preservative and is necessary need to prevent the growth of mold, bacteria and fungus in your lotion formulations. This is a necessary ingredient as this homemade lotion recipe contains water. Alternately, you can substitute the Phenonip with Optiphen, which is paraben free. However, you will need to add it at around 120°F. 

5. Now weigh out and add the fragrance oil, essential oils and vitamin E and stir to combine.

6. Once the oils start to thicken to and turn a creamy color weigh out and add the Cyclomethicone, distilled water, aloe vera gel and vanilla extract.

7. Whisk until thoroughly combined then pour into your container or containers of choice.

8. Allow the product to cool completely, then screw the lids onto your containers. The lotion will thicken as it cools.

pumpkin spice lotion recipe

How to Make Lotion without Palm Oil

Should you wish to make this DIY apple and pumpkin spice lotion recipe palm free, you may substitute the stearic acid (most commonly derived from palm sources) with beeswax bringing the total amount of beeswax used to .5 oz. and omit the stearic acid all together.

Can I Make This Body Moisturizer Vegan?

You can make this lotion vegan by using a vegetable based emulsifying wax in place of the beeswax and/or stearic acid! You can also substitute the beeswax with a vegetable based emulsifying wax if you don’t need the skin protection of beeswax.

If you love my DIY pumpkin spice lotion, then be sure to try these other uses for pumpkin spice essential oil. Not only will you learn how to make pumpkin spice essential oil blends, but I also teach you how to use pumpkin spice for natural home fragrances as well as other homemade skin care products.

You can also keep up with all of my new DIY bath and beauty recipes by following Soap Deli News online. You can find and follow me on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


  • Sam

    September 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Is there an alternative to the Cyclomethicone? My usual places I order from do not carry it or it is out of stock, and shipping to Canada from the states is very expensive. Thanks!

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      September 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Not that I’m aware of. You can omit it from the recipe but it the texture and feel will be slightly different. I find it helps make lotions more silky and less greasy feeling.

  • Tina Peterson

    September 26, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Hi – this sounds wonderful! Must be the Natures Garden oil that gives it a apple scent? I did have a question…

    I made up a spiced pumpkin body scrub using actual spices: nutmeg, cinnamon & pump pie spice – I want to use those actual spices in a body butter. Do you think the spice will stain skin or be to heavy so the butter doesn’t whip up? I’m just worried about ruining a batch.


    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      September 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      If you’re using enough spice that the scent is highly noticeable I would worry about staining or “grit” left behind on skin in a body butter. I’d recommend using a small amount of the essential oils for those ingredients instead. Definitely do a small test batch first!

  • Michelle R.

    October 17, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Thank you for posting such a helpful recipe, Rebecca!
    I have a question about the Fragrance that you used from Nature’s Garden.
    I couldn’t find it on their website (maybe I didn’t look thoroughly enough), and was wondering if there are any alternatives to be used to obtain that particular scent? I’m very new to things like this, and haven’t ventured out into the experimenting on my own yet… Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you so very much,
    Michelle R. <3

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      October 17, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Here’s a direct link to the fragrance.

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