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Homemade Aromatherapy Lotion

Updated on June 6, 2014

I love the beginners set for Aromatherapy essential oils. I remember when I first started creating essential oil items for my own personal use such as lotions, bath oils, bath salts, and such I enjoyed studying all about the way each of the aromas worked. This set gives you so many to start with you can do this with a lot less work than I did.

The following steps can be adjusted for other bases. This is a Lotion.

  • First start with an oil selection.

Which oil would you like to use? What effects do you want. Read about each oil and how the aroma works. I love the lavender oil for relaxation. And I love rose essential oil for focus and meditation.

  • Lotion:

Then (to make the process simpler) find a fragrance free item ( a body lotion for example) that you like already. This will then be used as the base for your home made item. Use only fragrance free so you do not mix essential oil aroma with chemical aroma.

  • Mix Together

Put one drop at a time into the lotion and stir or shake. Add another drop... checking with each drop added for the intensity you would like for the lotion. In most cases a mixture of 8 ounces lotion will need between 4-6 drops of oil. This is an estimation and will vary depending on the thickness of the lotion and the intensity of the aroma oil.

  • Tip

You can try this recipe with essential oils of any kind, and you might even mix different oils together (rose and peppermint for example) but do reduce the drops so the total combined number of drops does not exceed 8 drops per 8 ounces of carrier base (lotion ... etc)

Want to make a massage oil?

A massage oil is easy to make. 8 ounces of Vegetable Glycerin and 4 drops of essential oil. Mix well. Then when you are read to use it put a couple of drops of saline solution (the kind you use to soak contact lenses) on your hands before you put a tablespoon of the massage oil you have prepared. The saline will mix with the vegetable glycerin and give you a smooth massage.


When you are using essential oils be sure to check the grade of each item. I like to use the highest quality of oils for massage and personal care. The lessor quality are ok for candles and room fragrances ... but only if you do not have sensitivities to chemical compounds or non-organic processing.

It is always best to use food grade organic items whenever the product will be used around nature, people, pets, or the planet.

If you are serious about learning how to make your own aroma therapy products for personal use or for gifts then you are going to love these collections (two books with hundreds of ideas in each). Have a blank notebook handy so you can keep an index list of where to find your favorite recipes (from any book) and to write down your own original recipes as well.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Learn more about aroma therapy. Find hundreds of recipes for making your own beauty items which are safe and amazing.

500 Formulas For Aromatherapy: Mixing Essential Oils for Every Use
500 Formulas For Aromatherapy: Mixing Essential Oils for Every Use

More recipes which can make give you a great collection of items for personal use or gifts for friends.

Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Ruled, Red, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)
Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Ruled, Red, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)

Keep track of your favorites and your original homemade aromatherapy lotions and personal care items. The best aromatherapy recipes are those with a personal touch. Which you will think of or accidently stumble upon as you continue to work with the basic ingredients.


Find yourself a wide range of video tutorials about essential oils, how to use them, how to make them, and how to create amazing aromatherapy products. Your lotion can be used for skin or to add to other homemade items (such as hair conditioner or a lovely moisturizing bubble bath or body wash. The videos are fabulous for exploring more ideas. I especially love the books (on this page) so I can refer to them again and again.

Find Aromatherapy Diffusers Here


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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @julieannbrady: Hello JaquarJulie! Nice to see you. Yes! Natural chemistry would be a fabulous hobby!

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    julieannbrady 3 years ago

    Hey there -- this is really cool -- it is a great gift for a young person who might end up being a chemist!

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @GypsyOwl2: I love the starter kit as well!

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    GypsyOwl2 3 years ago

    Making lotion sounds wonderful and yes, that starter set is what I order again and again!