Homemade Apple & Pumpkin Spice Lotion Recipe

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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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Handmade DIY Face Cream for Men

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Homemade Gift Idea for Guys - Handmade DIY Face Cream for Men

Despite many common stereotypes, a lot of men actually use skin care products on a regular basis – including face creams and lotions. A common issue I’ve heard from the men I know however, is that facial care for them are often scented too strong if they’re created specifically for men or they smell super girly if they’re not. Also that sometimes finding suitable unscented products can be a chore.

So here’s a homemade face lotion recipe just for your favorite man. It’s ever so lightly scented with a masculine fragrance, can easily be crafted in under five minutes, and is formulated to be gentle enough for faces and sensitive skin. Gift it this year as a homemade Valentine’s Day gift, a Father’s Day gift or even a Christmas stocking stuffer.

DIY Lightly Scented Face Cream for Men - Handmade Gift Idea for Guys

Men’s Lightly Scented Face Cream Recipe

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4 oz. Unscented Gentle Face Cream Cosmetic Base
1 ml Happy (Type) For Men Type Premium Grade Fragrance Oil (or other skin safe masculine scented fragrance oil)


Using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the lotion base into a small glass measuring cup or glass beaker. Then, using a graduated plastic transfer pipette, measure out 1 ml of the fragrance oil – or 2ml for a stronger scent – and mix well until fragrance is fully incorporated into the lotion base.

Now simply spoon the lotion into a 4 oz. plastic container or a glass jar with lid and cap. You can label your jar with a hand drawn label for a more intimate look using a blank label sticker sheet to create your message or product label or simply dress it up a pretty strip of washi tape around the jar.

For more homemade gift ideas for men check out these posts on Soap Deli News as well as my Father’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest that contains handmade gifts for guys that you can buy and DIY.

Natural Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

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DIY Beauty and Skin Care Recipe - Homemade Natural Lemon Basil Lotion Bar Recipe

I originally shared this natural solid lotion bar recipe on Kanelstrand blog back in November of 2012. But just in case you missed it, I wanted to share it here as well. After all, the natural fragrance of this homemade solid lotion bar is just perfect for summer! And we all know keeping our feet moisturized and looking great is a priority if we’re going to sport sandals or hit the beach! This simple solid lotion bar recipe yields one 3 oz. lotion bar, although it can easily be increased by simply doubling the recipe once, twice, or more!

DIY Handmade Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

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1 oz. beeswax
1 oz. refined shea butter
1 oz. olive oil
15 drops lemongrass essential oil
15 drops basil essential oil


You will need to use a mold for this solid lotion bar recipe. I chose to use an empty 3.6 oz. container of my favorite ice cream – Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino – that I simply washed out and allowed to dry. However, you can also use a silicone muffin cups or these super cute flower shaped silicone baking cups. You’ll also need a digital kitchen scale, a glass measuring cup, a metal or plastic utensil, and your microwave.

How to Make Solid Lotion Bars - Easy DIY Homemade Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Bar RecipeStart by weighing out the beeswax and shea butter. Place in a glass measuring cup, then melt at reduced power in your microwave and stir. Next, weigh out the olive oil and stir into the beeswax and shea butter mixture. Now simply add 15 drops each of the lemongrass and basil essential oils and stir. Pour the liquid lotion mixture into your mold and set aside to cool. You can quickly speed up this process by placing the filled mold in the refrigerator or freezer.

How to Make a Natural Solid Lotion Bar from ScratchOnce your lotion bar has cooled and completely solidified it’s ready to be removed from the mold. I popped my upcycled ice cream container mold in the freezer for a minute or two. As the ice cream mold is wax lined, my solid lotion bar slid right out once I was ready to remove it from the mold! If you used a silicone mold, simply turn the lotion bar out of the mold used.

Beauty DIY - How to Make Solid Lotion Bars - Handmade Natural Lemon Basil Lotion Bar RecipeNow all that’s left is to package your lotion bar to your liking. A 4 oz. plastic jar is perfect for this. To use, simply rub onto skin and massage in. As this is scented with natural essential oils, you can also use this product on your lips.

Did you know that basil essential oil is antibacterial? And, like lemongrass essential oil, it can help to repel biting insects!

Prefer to craft an herbal vapor rub salve for chest congestion and coughs?

Simply substitute the lemongrass and basil essential oils for 30 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 15 drops of camphor essential oil. Rub onto chest as needed to help relieve symptoms.

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