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DIY Baby Lotion

Baby LotionIt’s baby week at Jenni Raincloud!  My “baby” is coming frighteningly close to growing into a little girl.  Let me tell you, I’m holding onto that last ounce of baby as long as I can!  I’m not even anxious to potty train her and a big girl bed-I can’t even deal.  So, before my baby days are behind me, I wanted to share a few recipes that come in handy when caring for a baby.  Baby lotion is a staple in my home.  Our winters are dry, as are our summers.  Even the healthiest baby skin can become parched at times.  I have created a thin, light and calming lotion, perfect for babies, and mommas alike!

You might be questioning why should you make your own baby oil, powder and lotion??  A babies skin is more susceptible to chemicals and irritants.  While babies don’t typically suffer from dry skin, they easily lose moisture.  It is important to replenish their skin after a bath.

Baby LotionJohnson & Johnson is the most popular baby product brand here in the US.  While they make quite the effort to keep things a bit more natural for babies sake, I still am not convinced.   Making your own, ensures that your baby’s skin is getting nothing but the best, most pure ingredients.

Lavender Baby Lotion

1/4 cup almond oil (find it HERE)

1 TBSP glycerin (find it HERE)

1 TBSP. emulsifying wax (find it HERE)

1 cup distilled water (find it HERE)

1 tsp. NeoDefend (find it HERE)

15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)

1 tsp. Vitamin E (find it HERE) (optional)


  1. Fill 2 medium sized pots halfway full with tap water.
  2. Add a medium sized glass bowl with a spout in each pot.
  3. In the first “double boiler” add almond oil and emulsifying wax.  Turn heat only to medium.  This will be called our “Oil Mixture”.
  4. In the 2nd “double boiler” add water, neodefend and glycerin.  Turn heat to medium.  This will be called our “Water Mixture”.
  5. Once both double boilers reach a temperature of about 120-135 degrees, pour your water mixture into your oil mixture.  I use THIS thermometer.
  6. Using a hand mixer-blend your mixture for about 1 minute.  Periodically check your mixture over the next 30 minutes making sure the water doesn’t separate.  Blend as often as you want but once the cream cools and thickens a bit and you see no water separating your cream is ready to be transferred to a container.
  7. Add essential oils and vitamin E once mixture is cool.
  8. Transfer to a bottle with a pump or disc.  Find pump bottles HERE and disc bottles HERE.

**Distilled water must be used in order to keep your cream fresh longer.  I have included a preservative with this recipe.  NeoDefend is considered certified organic and non-GMO.  It is antioxidant and very gentle to the skin.  Those of you weary of using a preservative must remember that it only makes up .75-1% of your product.  You can read more about NeoDefend HERE.  Your cream should always be stored in glass bottles preferably dark glass.  This will also keep your cream bacteria free longer.  Any container that allows you to pump out your lotion is a good idea-this keeps you from depositing bacteria from your hands into your lotion.**

A note on Lavender essential oils.  I rely on lavender to calm my kiddos.  It’s an amazing tool to aid with sleep issues.  I add essential oils to my daughter’s baths and of course I put it in all of my baby products.  You would be surprised at the calming effect this essential oil can have!  On particularly trying sleep issues I also diffuse lavender in their rooms.  Find the best quality lavender HERE.

Make this lotion and rest easy that you are giving your baby the best product made with natural ingredients and of course, LOVE.

xx, Jenni


DIY Baby Lotion


  1. Sure wish there was a pin button on your posts.

  2. hey
    for what do you need the citric acid in the recipe?

  3. Could I use beeswax instead of emulsifying wax?

  4. I followed the directions as you listed but the water mixture is separating from the oil mixture. What did I do wrong? When I combine the two mixtures do I keep it in the broiler or take it out of the heat?

    • Carissa-What do you mean by broiler? Yes, definitely take it off the heat. You don’t want it to get any hotter. Sometimes you have to blend your mixtures periodically for 30 minutes-1 hour. Sorry it’s not coming together-it can be tricky the first time, don’t give up!

      • Sorry meant boiler. I took my glass measuring cup off of the heat once the two mixtures were combined. So after you blend in is it normal for the mixtures to separate? I kept mixing them back together for about an hour and left sit for a few more hours and they seemed to stay mixed together better but the lotion was super running….nothing like the photo you have posted. Do you have any ideas of why it would be so runny or any advice?

        • Carissa-you have to keep mixing it until it stops separating. It could be thin because we have different brands of emulsifying wax-I use Mountain Rose Herb. I use exactly a tablespoon for this recipe to keep it thin. To make it thicker you can use more. I don’t know if this works but if you melt about 1/2 a tablespoon more then add it to your mixture and blend again, it might thicken it up. I’ve never tried it but it seems like it would work. Keep me posted!

  5. Hi Jenni,
    I have another question for you =) I was thinking to use this recipe as a base for a magnesium lotion. I think turning the water-mixture into a magnesium solution would to the trick.
    Water-mixture: 1 cup distilled water + 1tsp citric acid + 1tbsp glycerin + 1/2 to 1 cup magnesiumchloride flakes
    and then still following the rest of the recipe.
    Do you think this could work?
    Greetings from Germany =)

  6. What is the estimated shelf life of this?

  7. Jennifer,
    I made this lotion and it went bad really quickly, probably within a month. What can I do to prevent this from happening again? Also, it didn’t turn out very thick, do I just need to mix it longer? It was pretty watery almost like it would work well in a pump container rather than a jar. Also, sorry, one more thing, it was a little bit sticky, is that how it is for you? I thought that it might be the glycerin. I was going to try your other lotion that doesn’t have glycerin in it, do I need the glycerin? Thanks!

    • Madalyn-I have had a bit more education on lotion making since I posted this. I have since added a non GMO, certified organic preservative-NeoDefend. This will help prolong the shelf life of your cream. NeoDefend must be used in conjunction with citric acid. Citric acid helps to lower the pH. NeoDefend only works if your cream’s pH is between 3-6. Bacteria has a harder time growing in a lower pH so that’s where the confusion comes from with citric acid being a preservative.
      About the thickness-next time you make this cream, I would add a heaping tablespoon of emulsifying wax-that will thicken it up. I don’t like to use too much emulsifying wax because it’s an ingredient that does nothing for the skin. It simply thickens up your cream.
      Thanks!! Sorry for the late response.

  8. I was looking at the recipe and do not see the ingredient citric acid. I would like to make this for my new grandson. Thanks for your help.

    • Kelly-I have omitted citric acid-My facts were wrong on this ingredient-it is a pH adjuster, no a preservative. This ingredient was causing my lotions to have too low of a pH-possibly irritating for some. NeoDefend is in it’s place and will help preserve the cream better-Whenever there is water in a recipe-mold and bacteria are very likely to form and a preservative is a must. Thanks!

  9. Hi Jenni,

    Great blog! I was just wondering whether there was an alternative to NeoDefend preservative as I am unable to locate it to buy where I am?

    Also, do you have any PH balanced body wash recipes that I can use on my toddler and newborn please?

    Thanks in advance!


    • Kay-I would just look for “natural preservatives” where you live. That’s how I found neodefend. I haven’t worked with anything else for lotions.
      As for a ph balanced body wash, they are so hard. I don’t recommend making your own for a toddler or newborn. It’s just too hard to balance and preserve properly. I would buy. Bummer, I know but I’ve tried so many times and just never feel good about body washes I make.

  10. Hi

    I was wondering if i could use Euxyl as my preservitive ? As i cant find the Neodefend her in SA. Look forward to hearing from you.

    Ps. I love your blog❤️

    • Sukainah-Hi! Thank you so much! Ok, what I found was that it is fine to use in lotions. What I couldn’t find is whether it is free of harmful ingredients such as formaldehyde. You’ll have to dig a bit more to find that out. Hope this helps!

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