Preservative & Chemical free lotion recipe

Recipe for an economical, preservative and chemical free lotion created by a local St. Charles Chiropractor

Hi everyone, this is Dr. Shah and I just wanted to share my preservative free, chemical free lotion recipe. We have been really interested in changing all of our household products (health, beauty, and cleaning) to more chemical free and safer alternatives. So keep an eye out for more tips and DIY recipes to make your house more natural.

Lotion: Makes about 12oz I use it as a body lotion and a lip balm. The lotion is like a body butter but it instantly melts into your skin like an oil so hope you like that. I’ve also inserted links to buy the ingredients.


Ingredients and why I picked them:

-7oz jar of NOW brand Cocoa Butter (really moisturizing)

-7oz jar of NOW bran Shea Butter (lots of antioxidants and vitamins)

-2 Tbsp.  Vitamin E oil (Prevents aging, powerful at healing skin and Natural preservative, you can also use tea tree oil as a preservative but its a little drying)

Can also be bought at any local drug store – CVS, Walgreens etc.

-2 Tbsp. Liquid Coconut Oil Natures Way Brand (moisturizing, prevents aging of skin, helps get rid of dead skin cells)

-1 Teaspoon Corn starch (thickens the lotion if needed)

-Scented essential oil if you want (Ex. Lavender, Peppermint, etc.)

– Jar or container ( I recommend a glass jar with a hermetic seal because there are no preservatives in this lotion so a seal will help keep it fresh and no plastic please!)



Step 1: Melt the shea and cocoa butter using the double boiler method (boil a pot of water and put a bowl with both 7 oz. jars of butters on top so the steam will melt the butters). When they are both completely melted (looks like oil) let it cool for about 10 min.

Step 2: Stir in 2 tablespoons each of liquid coconut oil and vitamin E oil to the melted butters.

Step 3: Put the bowl in the refrigerator for 2 hours so the mixture can solidify slightly. It may need more or less time you will know it’s done when it looks like spreadable butter.

Step 4: Take a hand mixer to the bowl and break up the whole mixture. If you want it to be a thicker consistency add 1 tsp of cornstarch. It seems to bind the whole thing together.

Step 5: At this point you can add some essential oils if you want. Lavender is calming, peppermint is stimulating and it will change the scent slightly. If you don’t add any oils it will smell mostly like cocoa butter.

Step 6: Next fill your jar(s), remember it makes about 12 oz. so plan accordingly. This part is messy!

Step 7: Enjoy your homemade, economical, and preservative free lotion!

I recommend this lotion for dry, cracked skin (especially what we deal with during Chicago winters) because the ingredients are strong moisturizers and healers due to the antioxidants and vitamins in them. It works well for pre and post pregnancy uses, especially with round ligament massage because it doesn’t absorb into the skin quickly. Also, since there are no preservatives or chemicals in the lotion it is safe to use on babies. Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions regarding the use of the lotion.

Contact me at or at (630)-442-0057

-Dr. Neha Shah




Dr. Neha Shah
Chiropractic Physician | Webster Technique Certified
White Oak Family Wellness
P: 630-442-0057  E:


About whiteoakwell

White Oak Family Wellness is a whole health clinic located in St. Charles, IL. Services include chiropractic, acupuncture and nutrition. Additionally, each doctor has specialized training in different fields: Dr. Neha Shah specializes in pediatric care, maternal and prenatal wellness and neurodevelopmental disorders of children. Dr. Phillip Gamble specializes in rehab, corrective exercises as well as golf fitness.
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5 Responses to Preservative & Chemical free lotion recipe

  1. Pingback: Homemade Lotion for Sarah | Sarah's Voice

  2. I have put this on my pinterest board and I will try this recipe 🙂 Sounds like it smells wonderful 🙂

  3. Pingback: Non-Toxic Bath, Body and Home Products | White Oak Family Wellness

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