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Homemade Apple and Pumpkin Spice Lotion Recipe

Homemade Apple & Pumpkin Spice Lotion Recipe

September 16, 2014

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.

Homemade Apple and Pumpkin Spice Lotion Recipe

You’ll also love the light warming sensation you get from the addition of cinnamon, clove and ginger essential oils in this homemade pumpkin spice lotion. Not only will you smell like yummy pumpkin pie spice with a touch of apple, but you’re skin will thank you too!

Homemade Apple and Pumpkin Spice Lotion Recipe

Homemade Apple & Pumpkin Spice Lotion Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


.25 oz. cocoa butter, refined
.25 oz. beeswax
.25 oz. stearic acid
1.9 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil, refined
.75 oz. grape seed oil
.75 oz. rosehip seed oil
.35 oz. shea butter, refined
.05 oz. Phenonip
10 drops vitamin E
.15 oz. Nature’s Garden Crisp & Candied fragrance oil
25 drops cinnamon essential oil
5 drops clove essential oil
10 drops ginger essential oil
.25 oz. Cyclomethicone
.8 oz. aloe vera gel
.5 oz. distilled water
.1 oz. pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract


For 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, but 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 that’s not overpowered or masked by the natural scent of unrefined ingredients.

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

To create this apple and pumpkin spice lotion you’ll need to begin by weighing out the cocoa butter, beeswax, shea butter, stearic acid and coconut oil with a digital scale. Combine in a double boiler and heat until melted through then weigh out and add the rosehip seed and grapeseed oils. Mix to combine then remove from heat.

Check the temperature of the melted ingredients and when they reach between 140°-155°F weigh out and add the Phenonip which you’ll need to prevent the growth of mold, bacteria and fungus. This is a necessary preservative as this lotion recipe contains water. (You can substitute the Phenonip with Optiphen, which is paraben free, but you’ll need to add it at around 120°F.) Mix into the lotion base.

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

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. Whisk until thoroughly combined then pour into your container or containers of choice. Yields approximately 6 oz.

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  • 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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