Monday, February 19, 2018

DIY Zero Waste Lotion

Thrifted Sweater // Previously Owned Jeans // 

I'm back with another zero waste, DIY recipe! Today, I'm going to explain why and how I make my DIY zero waste, vegan lotion. 

Why: About 6 months ago, I began to transition all of my beauty products to natural ones. This included my shampoo, conditioner, makeup, and lotion. I was shocked at the amount of toxic crap that is loaded in all of these big name products that people trust and use every day. These ingredients include diazolidinyl urea which has carcinogenic properties and causes dermatitis, parabens which possess estrogen-mimicking properties and have been associated with increased breast cancer, and fragrances which are not required to be clearly stated and can include harmful toxins which cause respiratory problems and endocrine disruption. These ingredients are common ingredients in your typical lotion products such as Bath and Body Works, Aveeno, and Cetaphil. For more information on these toxins and common products that include them, check out this article. On top of all of that, I could no longer justify buying these products as they come in plastic packaging and a majority of our plastic ends up in landfills and oceans further degrading our planet. 

How: Now that you're more aware of what's in your typical lotion products, it's time to make your own zero waste, vegan lotion! 

What You'll Need: 
  1. Combine the coconut oil and shea butter into a blender. 
  2. Add vitamin E oil and essential oil. 
  3. Blend until you have a whipped consistency. 
  4. Transfer to a glass mason jar to avoid plastic usage. 
  • If the lotion begins to lose its whipped consistency, simply transfer to the fridge and it's good to go! This may happen if the weather is warm or you store the lotion in a warm room. 
  • You only need to use a fraction of this lotion as compared with traditional lotion.
  • If possible, try to buy the ingredients in bulk or a glass jar as glass supports a circular economy. 
I hope you found this recipe useful, and if you make it tag me or message me on Instagram

P.S. If you're a student at Villanova, be sure to stop by the DIY Lotion and Lipbalm Workshop tonight that I'll be hosting with the Sustainability Club on campus. We'll be making the lotion above and this chapstick. I hope to see you there! The event info is as follows: 


  1. Love this! I have all this ingredients so I will have to try this!

  2. This is great! I will be making this soon :) Do you use this on your face as well? My twenties have proven to be worse for me acne-wise than my teenage years, so I'm always a little nervous about trying new things on my face. Nevertheless, this will be a marvelous body lotion!!