Lotion For Dry & Mature Skin

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So last month when I shared my posts on how to make homemade body lotion, along with that lovely DIY lotion bar. I didn’t mention that I’ve not long graduated with a diploma in Organic Skin Care Formulation. During my time on the course, I learned how to formulate all sorts of different skincare products.

For the final project, you had to make your own lotion from scratch. I worked hard to get this recipe just right and I think it was my very best emulsion so far.

my best diy body lotion for dry and mature skin


So, today’s DIY skincare tutorial was my final project, a homemade lotion that will nourish any part of your skin!

I felt it was about time I shared it with you, and I really do think it’s a great product! This body lotion is formulated with great ingredients that will keep your skin feeling fresh, hydrated and younger for longer.

When it comes to anti-aging, I always feel like so many people focus on the face. Have you ever heard that old Hollywood saying, about how you can tell someone’s age from their hands, their neck or some other part of their body? I feel that came about because so many people only care about how their face looks! The body needs some anti-aging love too, you know!

Great For Dry and Mature Skin Types

The ingredients I have chosen for this body lotion are tailored for dry and mature skin types. While the ingredients are excellent for nourishing and rehydrating skin, many of them have dual functions, in that they also possess anti-aging benefits in a skincare product! More on the ingredients shortly.

A DIY lotion That Feels Great, Doesn’t Cost The Earth!

When applied to the skin, this lotion has a very creamy consistency and smooth texture, more like a homemade body cream. It feels quite expensive to me, despite our chosen ingredients being reasonably priced. That’s right, you can get most of these ingredients pretty cheaply.

When devising this product for my course, I wanted one that the everyday woman could afford. While formulating an extremely expensive, luxurious product might be fun, I ultimately wanted to make a product that I might go into a store and consider buying myself.

But even if it is a good DIY lotion for someone on a budget, It still makes my skin feel great! After applying this to my skin, it feels immediately softer. When using over a period of weeks, I noticed my skin felt softer, healthier and more supple all the time. I even noticed a change in the consistency of my skin, as it looked so much smoother.

I also found this to be a great everyday body lotion. Have you ever bought a new lotion, put it on in the morning and waited for aaaaaaaages for it to sink in? I mean, I just want a product that doesn’t need me to wait an hour before I can put my damn clothes on. This lotion fits that bill. While it doesn’t sink in immediately, it does absorb very quickly. Learn more about how carrier oils behave and which sink in quickly here in my guide to The Best Organic Carrier Oils & Their Uses.

Step 8b: Your final ingredients will change the color of our cream to a nice ivory

This Lotion Smells Gorgeously Grown-up

The blend of essential oils in this homemade body lotion is strong but also very pleasant. The floral notes of the Lavender and Geranium are very apparent in the top and middle notes, and then the scent profile finishes with an oriental twist from the Frankincense in the base. I adore this fragrance, as well as the powerful benefits and properties these essential oils bring to this formulation.

When I was doing my course, the target audience I chose for this product was middle-aged women. Why? Because I’m a middle-aged woman too and thought I have a good idea of what she wanted. So when I was choosing the essential oils, fragrance was a big deal to me.

I wanted one that smelled relatively grown-up. I don’t want to smell like a woman in her 20s. While I want to look young for as long as possible, I did want a fragrance that I personally (and hopefully the consumer) could take seriously. After all, I didn’t want to smell like a reality tv star’s perfume range! I think I succeeded with this.

It’s important to understand the benefits of different oils, as well as how they smell together. Smell and properties should be harmonious, and neither is more important than the other. Take a look at my Essential Oils Use Chart to learn a bit more about essential oils.

Anyway, let’s take a closer look at our ingredients.

Lotion Ingredients

Oil & Water Ingredients

Cooldown Ingredients


Rice Bran Oil: Possibly one of the best carrier oils for someone with dry skin, its hydrating and moisturizing properties are almost unparalleled. One of the best things about this oil, too, is that it is so cheap to buy! A lot of people are sleeping on rice bran right now, for sure.

Macadamia Nut Oil: This spectacular oil has been selected to nourish, rehydrate and rejuvenate dry and mature skin. This is the only natural, plant-based oil in the world that contains palmitoleic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid found in our skin. As our skin ages, we lose this important compound, which may lead to the visible signs of aging. Perhaps this ingredient alone could help restore your youthful glow.

Chamomile Hydrosol: Dry skin doesn’t just affect our appearance, it can also be quite painful. Chamomile hydrosol will help soothe irritation of the skin caused by dryness. Cracked, flaky skin will never bother you again.

Essential Oils: The powerful combination of lavender, geranium and frankincense essential oils will penetrate and hydrate some of the deepest levels of your skin. And while it’s there, it will help to stop the visible signs of aging in their tracks with its abundance of antioxidants and anti-free radicals.

Green Tea Extract: Green tea extract is the key to younger looking skin for longer! There are few antioxidants in this world that are as high performing as this gorgeous tea. But if it couldn’t get better, this extract will help keep your skin strong, giving you armor to weather the storms of everyday life.

Olivem 1000: This is an emulsifying wax that I’ve recently started using. It’s a natural alternative to BTMS-50 or NF. While it’s an all in one emulsifier, I have found it needs stabilizing, which is why I’ve added a small amount of xanthan gum. On the whole, I quite like this emulsifier, especially as it’s completely natural. However, it can have a bit of a soapy feel to it.


Step 1: Place the Rice bran oil, Macadamia nut oil, and Olivem1000 in a heat-proof beaker, weighing as we go with a jewelry scale. Place the Chamomile hydrosol in a second heat-proof beaker.

how to make body lotion for dry and mature skin Step 1: Add your oil and water phase to their respective beakers and place in a waterbath to melt the wax

Step 2: Combine the glycerine with the xanthan gum in a small separate beaker.

Step 3: Add the xanthan gum to the glycerine

Step 3: Place the two beakers containing your oils and water into a water bath (using both the hot plate and metal container) preheated to 70C. The laser thermometer should be used to ensure the correct temperature and to monitor the temperature every 5 minutes until the beakers are removed from the water bath. The beakers may be removed once the emulsifying wax has completely melted.

Step 5: Remove the oil and water phases from the waterbath once the wax has melted

Step 4: The oil phase must now be added to the water phase beaker. It should be whisked with the metal whisk as the oil is pouring and after pouring has ceased. Note that it will begin to emulsify rapidly.

Step 6: Pour the water phase into the oil phase and stir

Step 5: The glycerine-gum mix may now be stirred in using the glass rod.

Step 7: Add the glycerine gum mixture to the emulsion

Step 6: Once the mixture has reached a temperature of below 40C, the cooldown ingredients can be added, excluding the Preservative Eco. Stir the mixture thoroughly with the glass rod once the ingredients have been added.

Make your own body lotion Step 8: Add your final ingredients, including the vitamin e, essential oils, green tea extract and the preservative.

Step 7: Using a pH indicator strip, check the pH of the product and ensure that it is compatible with Preservative Eco. To check the pH, make a 10% dilution of the emulsion with distilled water. Then, dip the pH indicator strip in the dilution. Compare the strip to the chart on the packaging to ensure a safe pH.

Step 8b: Your final ingredients will change the color of our cream to a nice ivory

Step 8: Add the Preservative Eco to the mixture and stir thoroughly once more with the glass rod. Check the pH in the same way we did before to ensure the preservative has not changed the pH of the product.

Step 9: Transfer to the pump bottle, add the cosmetics label and apply any further packaging as required.

This is one of many DIY lotions that I’ve made from scratch, hope you enjoy it, I know that I do.

Author: Angela Wills

Title: Founder and Author - Savvy Homemade

Expertise: Beauty Recipes, Skincare Formulation, Soapmaking, DIY Crafts, Parenting


Angela Wills is an author, founder, and the driving force behind Savvy Homemade. With over fifteen years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to every post she writes. She is fearlessly dedicated to creating tried and tested beauty recipes, skincare formulations, soap recipes, and many other DIY crafts that will work for everyone. Angela has a Diploma in Skincare Formulation, is a proud member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, and infuses each DIY product with her passion and expertise.

Discussion (16 Comments)

  1. I made some substitutions based on what I have on hand and this lotion turned out fantastic! It feels like silk. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  2. Hi Angela,
    I am really interested in trying this but I can’t seem to find Olivem 1000. If I use beeswax instead, would I still use 9 grams?

    Thank you!!

    • Hi Ashtyn,

      Unfortunately no. Beeswax will not properly emulsfy your creams and lotions. Olivem1000 can be a little tricky to find. However, I have had a lot of success when searching for this product by it’s INCI. ‘Olivem1000’ is technically a trade name, so if that brand doesn’t sell in your region you’ll have to look for a generic one – this is where the inci helps.

      Search for ‘Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate’. You may see it being called ‘olive derived emulsifying wax’. If all else fails, I’d have a look and see if you can get emuslifying wax NF or BTMS 50. Those two aren’t natural, but they will definitely emulsify your lotions if you follow manufacturer guidelines.

  3. Hi Angela,

    Thank you so much for sharing such informative post on making DIY lotion!!!! I myself have very dry and sensitive skin. This is such a fun recipe. May I know besides Macadamia Nut Oil, would you recommend adding any other oils that offer a better anti-ageing effect? I recently read that Marula or Rosehip Oil are top of the list for anti-ageing.

    Would you recommend adding any other oil specifically for anti-ageing? I really appreciate your help in advance.

    • Hi Rosie,

      You’re right, rosehip is an excellent oil for anti-aging, and will also give your skin a beautiful glow/dewy quality to it. I have no experience using marula, however, but why not experiment? As for other oils, I would take a look more at your essential oils, as they’ll give you your biggest bang for your buck.

      Rose and lavender are an excellent anti-aging combination, although rose essential oil can be a little expensive. You can get yourself some rose absolute, which is very similar but a little cheaper. A different extraction method is used to extract the oil, that’s all.

      Other than that, there are lots of botanical extracts you could make use of. I love using glycerites, and some of them are excellent for antiaging. I’ve heard pomegranate glycerite is fantastic for this purpose, and of course, rose glycerite. Another good option is green tea glycerite, as it helps to make your skin more resilient.

      Getting to know your ingredients is such an important and often exciting part of formulating skincare products. Keep up the good work! 😀

    • Hi Lara,

      I would suggest 2 grams of aloe vera gel/jelly. While it can be a good idea to add this to the heated water phase, I don’t think it’s necessary if you’re using a good, broad-spectrum preservative and your aloe is pure (although may have a small amount of preservative in it). You also get the bonus of 100% aloe goodness (rejuvination, skin healing) which can sometimes cookout in the heated water phase.

      Hope this helps!

    • Hi Tami, If you are adapting the recipe in this way, take into account that Olivem1000 is very different from emulsifying wax NF.
      I would increase the amount of wax to around 7 grams and reduce the water down to 65g. And, you can leave out the Xanthan gum.
      Can you let me know how it goes, and if it works for you I will add it as an adaption to the post. But please also take note that I have tried it this way so I can’t guarantee the best results 😉

  4. i want to make the lotion for dry and mature skin using NeoDefend as a preservative. Do you know how much I would add? The label says 0.75-2.0%. Have you used this preservative before? I made the wrinkle cream with calendula extract and am really liking it. I used 1 gram NeoDefend in that one. I am really enjoying your website! Thank you for sharing your recipes.


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