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Lotion and Cream for Baby – Homemade Olive and Coconut Oil

on February 17, 2014
The Ingredients.

The Ingredients. No, there is no Passata in it. Im using an empty sterilised bottle to keep the lotion in.

A lotion / cream for baby that is natural and reasonably priced is challenging to buy.  Recently, when my second baby was born I was given a tub of  Neal’s Yard Remedies Baby Balm.  It is wonderful stuff and I love it.  Containing Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Beeswax it leaves babies skin so soft.  But at £10.50 for 50 grams it got a bit pricey as I used it every day as an all over moisturiser after little one’s bath.

I particularly loved the product as I know Olive Oil has long been used as a moisturiser and I know that it contains antioxidants, rich emollients and vitamins.  Particularly, I know that it is recommended for children with eczema as a natural alternative to other prescribed creams.  With all these benefits for the skin I was keen to continue its use.

Not long after, as I was shopping in the baby aisle of my local Waitrose, I noticed that they had tubs of Solid Coconut Baby Massage Oil priced at £2.89 for 125ml.  I wondered if I could make a my own baby balm.  Hot footing it round to the Olive Oil Section I bought a 500ml bottle of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil for £3.39.  The beeswax and Shea Butter I figured could be done without. 😉

Once home I made up a batch and was pleased with the results.  It readily soaks into the skin and does not mark clothing.  It has a very faint, pleasant fruity aroma; it’s almost as if the olive oil and coconut oils almost cancel each other out.

Below is my recipe.  I hope you make some up too.  And if your feeling adventurous, add the Beeswax and Shea Butter and let me know how you get on.

For step by step photos, scroll to the end of the ingredients/method.


125 g (4.4 oz)    Solid Coconut Oil
500 ml    (18 oz)  Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Obtain a clean and sterilised (I put mine through the dishwasher) jar or bottle for the finished lotion.
  2. Pour the Olive Oil into the prepared jar/bottle.
  3. Heat the coconut oil in the microwave on high for 40 seconds to melt it.  As the coconut oil I buy comes in a plastic container I simply remove the lid and pop it in the microwave as is.
  4. Pour in the heated Coconut Oil.
  5. Put lid on jar/bottle and gently shake to mix ingredients well.
  6. Leave to cool.

It’s that simple!

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© 2014 Simone L Woods

18 Responses to “Lotion and Cream for Baby – Homemade Olive and Coconut Oil”

  1. […] the highest quality and that was safe and lovely to use from birth and this is.  The very simple recipe is here if you are […]

  2. a says:

    Appreciate this post. Let me try it out.

  3. turtle says:

    I made this yesterday, and when it was still liquid a couple of hours later I added 5 more oz of solid coconut oil… I put it in the fridge to cool it faster, and it hardened up really hard! but after about 5 minutes sitting on the counter it was liquid again!! what went wrong?? also, it’s not really lotion-y, just oily… did I fail completely??

    • Mamasim says:

      Hi Turtle,

      No you have not failed at all.
      The recipe will not be an emulsified lotion type, more of a set oil – which is great as it doesn’t contain any chemicals or waxes that you need to emulsify oil and water.

      You do need to experiment with the amount of solid coconut oil you put in as it will depend on that and ambient your room temperature as to how much it will ‘set’.

      Keep experimenting and let me know how you get on.


  4. […] have used my homemade olive oil lotion from birth on all my kids so would smother her scalp day and night to soften the scales. I have to […]

  5. […] I have used pure olive oil as a moisturiser but now I use my homemade olive oil/coconut oil lotion.  See the recipe here. […]

  6. […] my children because I believed they were bad for babies skin.  In fact I make my own baby lotion (see the recipe post here) that is really lovely.  I use it on babygirl and the boys my and […]

  7. Jessica Eggleston says:


  8. Jessica Eggleston says:

    Hi! I live the idea of making all natural baby products!! I just made my own batch about an hour ago. Question… How long does it take to cool/harden a little??? Mine is still looking like pure oils and I’m afraid it’s going to make a mess?! Also is it ok to use other essential oils in the mixture such as lavender?
    Thanks!!! :-)

    • SimAuthor says:

      Hi Jessica, ita takes an hour or two to cool down and set. It all depends on the room temperature as well. If it does not set, warm it up gently again and add a little more coconut oil.

      You can certainly use essential oil, but be careful as they are very strong.

      • Jessica Eggleston says:

        Oh thank you! It’s still liquid over 24 hours later. Lol… I will definitely try adding some more coconut oil. So do I heat all of the ingredients up together?? Or just the coconut oil I’m adding?

  9. Elizabeth says:

    If you let your coconut oil to warm up on the stove top instead of microwave it it will even be better for your baby. Microwaves destroy healthy vibrations and causes food to become lifeless.

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  11. Sarah-Jane Covey says:

    What a great idea, I am sure this lotion would be good for mum’s too, not just baby!

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