Zero Waste Simple Face Lotion

Who said going zero waste had to be time consuming? If you are new to zero waste or DIY natural beauty, this simple recipe is for you. This is only the first of many crunchy recipes to come.

Simple Face Lotion

Time: 5 minutes

Difficulty: Easy


  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp) coconut oil
  • 5-6 drops essential oil (optional)

Recipe_Simple Face Lotion


  1. Melt coconut oil in a double boiler for about 1 minute or until completely melted.
    • I do not have a double boiler so I just put about an inch of water in a pot on low. Then I put my glass mason jar in the water and the coconut oil in my container. Storing my lotion in a glass jar is sustainable and easy for concocting. No need to dirty another dish!
  2. Add essential oil and let cool.
    • Adding essential oil is actually completely optional! There are some other essential oils listed above that are good for skin. (Not being an expert I’m not certain of all the properties of the essential oils. A quick google or Pinterest search can help you decide which ones are best for your skin.) I use tea tree because it is good for acne and lavender for the anti-inflammatory properties. The combination of these 2 smells is my favorite.
    • To quicken the cooling process, I usually stick my mason jar in the fridge. If you do that than I definitely recommend following step 3.
  3. Optional: Once cooled, wipe lotion with a fork to get a creamy texture.
    • It also makes it picture perfect 😉

To Use

Take a dime sized amount and let it melt in your hands. Apply it on a fresh face for the best results.

In a pinch this is also great as a body lotion. Using it on the body gives a shiny glow.


  • This recipe is shelf stable (it’s really only 1 ingredient) and usually lasts me 3-4 months.
  • Coconut oil is great for acne because of the antibacterial properties.
  • The lotion has a slow absorption rate; using a dime sized amount for your entire face is more than enough. I love to use this lotion and then apply loose makeup powder. The lotion not being fully adsorbed helps the foundation stick.
  • Coconut oil has a low melting point (that’s why it so easily melts in your hand). Depending on the temperature of your home, it might not stay solid. During the summer months this lotion can get very liquidy for me. But do not fear! It still works great.

Simple Face Lotion

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. What are your favorite simple, all natural beauty recipes? Or just getting started going granola- what are your questions?

Happy Making-

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6 thoughts on “Zero Waste Simple Face Lotion

  1. Do you find you have issues with getting the coconut oil on things? I’ve had difficulty with cleaning some of my cooking utensils after using coconut oil so I’ve been hesitant to try it on my skin or hair.


    1. I have found that coconut oil can leave a bit of a coating on things like the sink and utensils. A bit of hot water and strong soap usually does the trick to help clear it away. Using it on skin is great! But it isn’t great for hair. It just leaves a coat and I find doesn’t work as a moisturizer.

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