12 Months of Sustainable Living / Green Beauty

It Smells like Christmas! Homemade Cinnamon Body Lotion

Homemade Cinnamon Lotion

I’m a bit of a sucker for anything cinnamon so when I say this lotion smells like you’re rubbing Christmas all over your body, then I mean it!

This is the perfect body lotion if you have dry skin or during the winter months when our skin just needs that little bit of extra care. But despite it being a very nourishing lotion, it soaks into your skin quickly and doesn’t leave you feeling sticky at all.

Homemade cinnamon lotion in old jam jars I reused and prettied up with string.
I love using old jam jars for beauty products – they have the most wonderful shapes!


When making DIY beauty products it’s important to remember that they won’t last as long as the store bought ones because we tend to not include preservatives in them. This is fine if you’re planning to use your lotion pretty quickly but if you want it to last a bit longer, preservatives are a must. Some recipes call for cosmetic preservatives that you can buy online, however it is difficult to figure out what can and can’t work and I couldn’t find anything in any of my local health stores. So I use a few drops of lemon juice as my preservative. Now, this does not mean the lotion is on par with something that’s store bought and won’t become moldy, but so far my lotion has lasted for at least a month which if you’re just looking to make something for yourself is perfectly fine.

This is a really easy one with very simple ingredients, my only extra tip would be to not skip over the whisking/mixing step. You need to really whisk your lotion well to ensure it doesn’t separate at a later stage. So here goes…


1 x medium mixing bowl

1 x glass measuring cup

1 x air sealable jar


½ cup coconut oil – in solid form, not liquid

½ cup shea butter

8 drops cinnamon essential oil

4 drops ylang ylang essential oil (or anything else that has a sweet smell to go with cinnamon)

5 drops lemon juice (from a bottle is fine)

The lotion making process in progress. This is after the shea butter and coconut oil has been whisked together.
Make sure your shea butter and coconut oil combination is nice and fluffy once mixed.


  1. Soften your shea butter in the microwave until it is easy to mix, but not liquid
  2. Mix your shea butter with your room temperature coconut oil (you might need to warm it up a little to soften it, but make sure it’s not liquid)
  3. Add your lemon juice
  4. Mix with a hand mixer for 15 minutes – the lotion’s consistency should be light and fluffy with no clumps and everything should have combines
  5. Add your essential oils and mix for another 5 minutes
  6. Transfer to jar
The final product. Light and frothy homemade cinnamon lotion.
The final product!

A Note: Despending on how long you take to use up your lotion it might not stay as frothy as it was in the beginning and get some air bubbles in the consistency. I’ve found that not to make any difference to how well the lotion works if you rub it on your skin, just make sure your oils never separate.

Hi, I'm Andri. A 20-something creative, content creator, writer, reader, traveler, healthy living enthusiast and eco warrior! My day job is in digital publishing, but just like The Loud Library, I am full of contradictions. I love my bunny rabbit Olive, cows and sharing my journey to rediscover my spark.

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