Iām a big fan of lotion bars since theyāre portable and mess-free, but sometimes itās nice to have regular lotion on hand too. I wanted to create something especially for men, so I came up with this menās lotion recipe. This DIY menās moisturizer isnāt overly greasy or complicated to makeā¦ and it features essential oils my husband is okay smelling like!
Most men donāt use fancy skincare products and prefer to keep things simple. Letās face it, my husband isnāt going to use my lavender scented lotion no matter how much I love it!
The best menās lotion will have a scent that appeals to men. This recipe combines intensely moisturizing options like shea butter and coconut oil with more masculine scents like cedarwood or myrrh (several scent combinations suggested below).
Many homemade lotion recipes call for coconut and other heavy oils. While Iām a big fan of coconut oil (hereās over 100 ways to use it) some people prefer to not use it in a lotion. More dense options like coconut oil, shea butter, and even olive oil should be balanced out to prevent a greasy feel.
This recipe uses lighter carrier oils and butters for a moisturizing, nourishing, non-greasy lotion. The result is quick and easy to apply with no tell-tale greasy sheen.
Essential oils help really customize the scent and make this lotion appeal to men. While they smell good, essential oils also come with some safety precautions. Certain essential oils can irritate the skin when used in large amounts, especially when used all over in a body lotion.
Hereās a list of essential oils that are skin-friendly and have skin health benefits:
Iāve included a few scent combinations for inspiration, but feel free to use whatever appeals to your nose. I like to keep the total amount of essential oils at around a 1% dilution to prevent skin sensitivity. However a 2% dilution of most oils can be safely used for those who prefer a stronger scent.
Lotion involves emulsifying oil and water together which can be tricky. To avoid the stress of trying to get oil and water to mix, Iāve kept the water out of this formula. Oil-based products also have a much longer shelf life.
Non-GMO vitamin E oil can be added to further extend the life of the carrier oils, though itās entirely optional. Be sure to read the ingredients label though! Most vitamin E is actually a little bit of vitamin E (a.k.a tocopherol acetate) diluted in a carrier oil, which wonāt prevent the lotion from oxidizing and going rancid when exposed to air.
Try this easy, non-greasy homemade men’s lotion recipe with natural scents from essential oils like patchouli, cedarwood, or myrrh.
Prep Time 15 minutes
In a heat-safe glass bowl, combine the grapeseed oil, mango butter, and beeswax. 2 TBSP beeswax makes a thinner lotion that will work in a pump bottle, while 3 TBSP yields a thicker lotion more suitable for a jar.
Fill a saucepan 1/3 full of water. Perch the glass bowl on top of the saucepan.
Heat pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a metal spoon until all the ingredients are melted.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the essential oils and vitamin E if using.
Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and put it in the fridge to cool.
After about 30 minutes the mixture should be opaque and semi-solid. You donāt want it to be hard, but if itās too soft it wonāt whip. Using a stand or hand mixer whip the mixture until itās white and creamy.
Transfer the finished lotion to a glass container or lotion pump and store it in a cool, dry place. This lotion has a shelf life of at about 12 months, especially if vitamin E oil is used.
If you prefer a stronger scent the essential oil blends above can safely be doubled.
Which scents would you try in this lotion? Share below!