The Skirt Girl Super Lotion

I have had numerous requests, over the years, for my lotion recipe. I’m going to put it out there once and for all today. But I need to give credit where credit is due. In the interest of full disclosure I need to tell you how I came to it and let me warn you this is going to sound like a commercial. About 10 years ago a friend of mine told me that her daughter had a skin issue as a child and the dermatologist had told her how to make lotion. It had helped and she gave the recipe to me. It was incredible. I started making it for friends and family. I give it as gifts, occasionally. I have searched for something on the market that was as good but I always end up coming back to this. It keeps my skin super soft even in winter. I’ve had hives a couple of times and each time it was the only thing that would sooth my skin. A sweet, older lady was telling me about her dry, cracked heels. She had tried everything and had even gotten a prescription cream but nothing worked. I made her a batch and told her to use it each night before bed and when she got out of the shower. She came back to me within two weeks and said that her heels had not been that smooth in years. I have many friends with sensitive skin that love it. I am very sensitive to smells, so this is perfect. It has a very light scent. This past summer I decided to experiment with a high end face cream. It gave me such a rash!! Everything irritated it. I had to stop using all my normal products. I switched to a super gentle moisturizing cleanser. I needed some moisturizer on my face but couldn’t stand the thought of experimenting with another product. (You can read more about some of the products that I have tried, and what worked or didn’t work, here: Suddenly Sensitive Skinย ) So I turned to my Super Lotion. It is a little heavy for my face, but I used it while my face was “healing” and it made my skin soft again so quickly. My mom uses it as a face cream all the time. I could probably tweak the recipe a bit more and make it lighter for a face cream, but usually I just use it as a body and hand lotion. I told you. That totally sounded like a commercial. It is not a miracle potion. It won’t promise to take 10 years off your face, brighten, tighten or plump. But it is good stuff. And before anyone goes off on telling me that any of the ingredients are bad and shouldn’t be used on your face or skin or whatever… I’m just saying this is what I use. I love it and I have loved it for 10 years. So…here’s what you’ll need: Plain Johnson’s Baby Lotion (the pink kind), Vitamin E Cream, Vitamin E oil and Vaseline. Like this…

15 ounce bottle of Johnson's baby lotion, Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E Cream, Vitamin E Oil, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

15 ounce bottle of Johnson’s baby lotion, Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E Cream, Vitamin E Oil, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Before we begin, a few words about these ingredients…I have tried different scents of the Johnson’s Lotions for the base. I have tried store brand baby lotions. I have tried the Calming Lavender & Chamomile. It did not calm me. It stunk. Literally. I tried the Shea & Cocoa Butter. No. I tried Aloe & Vitamin E…it was okay. I used the white Johnson’s 24 Hour Moisturizer…eh. Let me just say, nothing works as good as plain old pink Johnson’s Baby Lotion. The Fruit of the Earth brand Vitamin E cream is just what is readily available to me. It was what was recommended to me in the original recipe. I have used Gene’s Vitamin E cream in the past. Gene’s is yellow but it works well. It comes in a much larger container so make sure you measure it out and save the rest for the next batch. In this picture I have a store brand petroleum jelly. I, typically, get Vaseline but it wasn’t available at the dollar store that I was in at the time I was buying these ingredients. Did I tell you that I get all this stuff at the dollar store? Or WalMart? Or Target? Or Walgreens? Anyway, this no name petroleum jelly works just fine.

This next part is complicated…not really! Squeeze every drop of the Johnson’s into a mixing bowl. Then add the whole 4 oz jar of vitamin E cream in. Add about a cap full of the Vitamin E oil. DO NOT PUT TOO MUCH VITAMIN E OIL IN!! It will cause your concoction to separate. Honestly, this is something that I have added to the recipe that wasn’t called for in the original. So, you could do without it if you don’t have it. I just think it makes the mixture a little more velvety. As for the Vaseline…this is a judgment call. I use 3/4 cup, usually. If your skin is really dry and you are going to use it mainly at night, go ahead and use a full cup. Or if you try the 3/4 cup and it’s still too heavy, reduce it for you. This is YOUR super lotion. Don’t be scared to tweak!

Doesn't look like much yet, does it?

Doesn’t look like much yet, does it?

Now you are going get out the mixer. I have a Kitchen Aid and I use the..ummm….whipper thingy. Am I being to technical? Okay…here’s a picture:

Whipper thingy

Whipper thingy

Next you do what you do with a whipper thingy. You whip the daylights out of it.

And...we're whipping..

And…we’re whipping…

It’s going to start to fluff up.

Don't forget to stop it periodically and scrape up from the bottom with a spatula to get it all incorporated.

Don’t forget to stop it periodically and scrape up from the bottom with a spatula to get it all incorporated.

This next part is crucial. It is VERY important to remember. Do NOT lick your fingers or your spatula. By now this is going to look like the prettiest, fluffy, pink, birthday cake icing you have ever seen. It’s not. Fight the urge.

IMPORTANT! THIS IS NOT CAKE ICING!!

IMPORTANT! THIS IS NOT CAKE ICING!!

 

I know what you are thinking. “I have this giant bowl of lotion. What am I going to put it in?” Again…I have tried many options. You could use the lotion container that you just emptied, but it would be a bit small. You could use old Softsoap containers, but the pump on those can be contrary. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put this stuff in a repurposed pump bottle only to have the pump not work. So…my perfect vessel?

Ketchup bottle is perfect!

Ketchup bottle is perfect!

 

After you have washed out ALL of the ketchup, you are going to need a large freezer bag. Dump all the lotion into the freezer bag, zip it up and squish it down to one corner.

1 gallon size Ziplock freezer bag

1 gallon size Ziplock freezer bag

With scissors snip the very tip of the corner of the bag off. Carefully, pipe the lotion into the ketchup bottle.

Be careful to not cut too much of the tip of the bag or you will have a big mess!

Be careful to not cut too much of the tip of the bag or you will have a big mess!

 

I am sure that you could put a cute label on the bottle. In retrospect I wish I’d done that for you here. You know…The Skirt Girl logo on the front? Wouldn’t that be cute? Oh well, you get the idea. And it’s just us here, right?

The Skirt Girl Super Lotion (pretend there is a cute logo)

The Skirt Girl Super Lotion (pretend there is a cute logo)

 

If you like this post here are some others you mightย also enjoy:ย  Suddenly Sensitive Skin and Favorite Products or perhaps The Skirt Girl’s Green Smoothie

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363 comments

  • Correna

    hi I found ur super lotion on here several months ago thought I would try it well actually my family tried it and coworkers too my dad had diabetes so very dry skin he loves it and ask me to make it for him the girls at work love it and so don’t the patients asked for web site and recipe they said I should bottle it and sell it but I told them that I couldn’t do that not right got the idea from skirt girl but just wanted to say thank u my skin was not cracked at all this past winter due to ur super lotion

    • theskirtgirl

      Oh! That is wonderful Correna! I don’t sell the lotion either, for that very reason. It’s not my recipe. It just wouldn’t be right! But I do love sharing the lotion recipe and other recipes and just fun stuff. That’s why I have the blog…and this story makes it worth it. Thank you for sharing my website with your friends and family! You made my day!

  • Ann

    I’ve made this before using the Honey Apple. It was great! I just made a batch using Cocoa Butter & Shea, it smells really good! BTW I lOVE your technical word for the “whpper thingy”! I actually Laughed Out loud! Thanks for your post! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • theskirtgirl

      Thanks Ann. Love the Honey Apple idea! Thanks for reading my blog. More good stuff to come. Stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cathy Street

    I made a batch of this and hubby and I love it. But, the next batch I will use a try the Johnson’s honey apple. Hubby not to fond of baby smell. :-). Thanks so much for the recipe!!

    • theskirtgirl

      You’re welcome Cathy! Hope that you find a scent that your husband can live with. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading my blog. Do come back again!

    • Rachel

      Hi Dana, enjoy the tweaking, my best one for my red break out on my face is the Vitamin C , I did a small batch , so here goes,

      1/2 cup J&J lotion
      1/4 cup petroleum jelly
      1/4 cup Vitamin E Cream
      1/4 cup coconut oil solid (not Melted)
      5 drops of Vitamin E oil
      8 drops of Tea Tree Oil
      4 -1000 mg’s of crushed vitamin C pills Mix well (mine did separate) but I just stir it , It does keep the red face rash away . (keep away from eyes.)

      It works for me , Thank You for the encouragement to try tweaking.
      I make the Lotion and give it away to friends and relatives / with the recipe
      So thank you again for sharing, Rachel

      • theskirtgirl

        Oh wow! This sounds amazing! I can NOT wait to try it your way! Thanks for taking the time to send me the recipe and do the research! ๐Ÿ™‚ You are the best!

  • Brandy M

    Just made a batch today. It was very easy! And so far it feels great on the hands. Going to try it on my feet tonight! Thanks for the recipe!

    • dana

      Rebekah, I haven’t tried adding SPF. I’d be interested in doing that, though. I know we’ve talked a lot about how great his is for winter skin, but my favorite use for this is on my legs in the summer. Makes them soft and almost dewy looking. Perfect after you’ve been in the sun or at the pool. Thanks for commenting, I’m hoping that someone else has added SPF and can advise us both.

  • Crystal Williams

    This won’t work for people with eczema because of perfume sensitivities. I use vitamin e capsules and poke a hole in it with a needle that’s the purist form then slather on cerave cream and when that’s obsorbed slather on a layer of petroleum jelly. Do this everytime you get out of the shower before bed. If that doesn’t work then you need a steroid cream. Ask your dermatologist they’ll tell you I’m right.

    • dana

      Thanks Crystal! Although everyone with eczema doesn’t have perfume sensitivities, some people do. If you are extremely sensitive to smells then this might not be ideal. I’m sensitive to smells but this doesn’t bother me. I use the Vitamin E capsules around my eyes too at night. Great for the lashes. Thanks again for your comment.

  • Aunt Marti

    Gotta tell ya, sweetie — I made my first batch of “SuperLotion” today, and I think I’m gonna love it! Next batch will be with unscented lotion, so I’ll report back.

    • dana

      Please do! I can’t wait to hear. I’m very sensitive to scents. The baby lotion I can handle, but unscented would be better, if it works as well! I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you.

  • Antoinette

    Hi Dana! I LOVE this lotion!! Thank you so much for posting the recipe! I substituted the vasoline with coconut oil right out of the jar and it is amazing. So silky smooth. I’ve shared it with family and friends, some of who suffer from eczema or sensitive skin issues and they absolutely love it. No more dry and cracked skin! It’s wonderful that it keeps your hands so soft even after washing them. My other lotions have taken a back seat to this one. So glad I found your blog on FB!

    • dana

      Antoinette! I’m so glad you found my blog too! And I’m even more glad that you decided to make the lotion! I hope you continue to make it and give it to your friends….and tell them about my blog. You can like The Skirt Girl on Facebook and get some extra tidbits and maybe a laugh or two. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog! Thanks for your comment! Hope you have a great week!

  • Sara

    Hi, I found this recipe through Facebook 2 weeks and have made two batches since!! I wanted to come back to comment to let you know two things. 1.) This stuff is AMAZING! With four people with massive contact dermatitis made worse by winter and one (me) with ‘unresponsive/abnormal exzema’ using lotions we have a hard time finding something that works, but this is it. 2.) This recipe can be modified to fit what you have or want…within reason.
    For those asking about store brand lotion, its thinner than Johnson’s so the results are not as ‘fluffy’, but still a great finished product.
    Coconut oil-warm your mixing bowl, add fully melted coconut oil, whip by itself until very slightly opaque, add vitamin E cream. Whip and scrape, whip and scrape-until fully mixed. Add Vaseline and lotion, scrape and whip per instructions.
    I added 4 tablespoons coconut lotion, no vitamin E OIL and added 4 tablespoons sesame body oil-perfect for us!

    • dana

      That is awesome information, Sara. I love that people can make this exactly what they want. Experiment and find the perfect fit for their skin needs. I love the addition to the sesame body oil too! Thank you so much for reading the blog and for testing things out and reporting back. I hope you come back.

    • Rachel

      Thank you Sara, Just what I was looking for, and glad I waited to start my Coconut oil batch, What a lovely morning surprise just in time !. Dana, Thank you so much for us being able to read all the comments that helps we other’s to decide what we will be able to put together to help our conditions.
      The Car Mex is good for hands and feet but, not good for my face red breakout, so will try the coconut oil batch hopefully today, Will let you all know how it turns out and if it worked for me,
      .Rachel

      • dana

        Rachel, I am thrilled to death that you all discuss things on here. I want everyone to feel free to share their ideas. It is a great way to learn tips and secrets, isn’t it? Please do let me know how your batch turns out! Have a great week!

  • Rachel

    Finally I found how to make the lotion cream, Thank You so much, Thought I was doomed forever with out it , I have made 2 different batches , one J&J and one with Carmex using less Vaseline , which changes the smell a little , I really like it ,only having it one day (keep away from eyes,) my next batch will try the coconut oil and beeswax,as coconut oil is the only thing that gets rid of the dry scaly skin on my face when it breaks out .
    I have read every comment on your blog and at 76 too tired to make a batch tonight , maybe a nap then give it a try, if not tomorrow is another day. I ‘am thrilled to be able to try different kinds.
    Rachel

    • dana

      Rachel, I’m so glad you found The Skirt Girl! Please, comment back and let me know which lotion combination you like best! I love reading about everyone’s experiences. Thank you so much for commenting and for reading my blog (and all these comments!) Hope to hear from you very soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anne

    I have made this for myself and love it. I had icing containers leftover from doing a cake. Used those for my lotion. Love it. I have a friend whose daughter is allergic to vitamin e. We are going to try making this with coconut oil/cream. I will let you know how it turns out. Any other suggestions?

    • dana

      Anne, isn’t this stuff great?? Yes, I’ve heard people have used the coconut oil in place of the Vaseline, not sure how it will replace the vitamin e cream. There might be consistency issues. I would try replacing the vitamin e cream with a cocoa butter cream. Just a thought…Let me now what you do and how it works for you! Thanks for your comment!

  • Jennifer

    I do not usually ever comment on blogs but I had to thank you for posting. I’m a 33 year old mother and have always, ALWAYS had dry skin; unfortunately my daughter has my dry skin issues as well. I’ve used just about every lotion from dollar store brand to prescription and never really had the results that Iโ€™m seeing from this “recipe.” Iโ€™m using it on my four year old and her dry, rough skin is improving as well. Her pediatrician had me putting straight Vaseline on her, but this seems to be working even better. Iโ€™ve been using it for less than a month but the itching and flaking Iโ€™ve had since puberty has been almost eliminated! Iโ€™m so beyond impressed! Iโ€™ve been telling everyone I know about this lotion and your site. Again, I sincerely thank you for sharing this.

    • dana

      Jennifer, I absolutely loved reading your comment. I have heard so many people say this same exact thing. I’ve used any one of these ingredients on their own and … well, nothing fantastic. But something about the combination really works! It’s just something that people should know about. I’m so glad that you found my blog! Thank you for taking the time to comment. It really means a lot to me that you would do that. Please continue to share the website and the lotion with your friends! I appreciate it more than you know!

  • Melissa Lynn Rorer Fowler

    I intend on trying this as soon as I can whip up a batch. I have had an extremely dry patch on my left elbow for over four months now and have tried everything possible to get rid of it. I have tried numerous lotions, triple antibiotics and aquaphor. Nothing is working.

  • Janet Gomez

    I whipped up a batch tonight. My husband has severe plaque psoriasis. Instead of vitamin e oil I used tea tree oil. We will see how it works on him. Thanks for this recipe

  • Mike

    This article is great and I can’t wait to try this for my psoriasis. Also I like the simplistic feel of your site, but I don’t like that there is no navigation until the very bottom of an article, coming even after the comments. Would love to see a sticky nav panel or something like that on the left side of the page.

    • dana

      Mike, Thanks so much for commenting and I agree with you on all of that. I had no idea what I was doing when I built this, but you will be happy to know that I have a pro working on it. So there are some good changes coming very soon. The Skirt Girl is getting a make over! Yaay! It’s going to be much easier to navigate. My plan is to keep the theme very minimalistic. I don’t like a lot of overwhelming busy stuff everywhere. Check back after I make the changes and tell me what you think. Hope you love the lotion! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Terrie

    oh I’m so happy to have found this! My girls (5 & 3), hubby and myself have severely dry skin and nothing seems to help…. I’m going to get to the store this weekend and get the ingredients for this!

  • Hope

    Hi Dana! Is it ok to use the store brands for all the ingredients? I went to Dollar General today and they didn’t have everything in stock and I just wondered if store brands were ok. Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try this ๐Ÿ™‚

    • dana

      Hey Hope. I honestly haven’t used the store brand on the Johnsons or the vitamin e cream. I used store brand for the petroleum jelly and I used store brand for the vitamin e oil. they seemed to work just fine. The only way to know about the store brand lotion is to take the plunge and use it. Are you our volunteer? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • hope

        I might be :). I did get the store brand vitamin e oil and cream. I have Vaseline at home already so I will just use that. I have to make another trip to the store this afternoon and I will see what I can find. I will let you know how it turns out! Thanks so much!!

    • dana

      Me too! And this blog is a smile zone. Anyone not about smiling….well, this probably isn’t the blog for them. Hope you had a great Bridge Day, Barb! The weekend is on it’s way!

    • dana

      JoAnn, thank you for commenting. I hope the lotion will help her the way it has others. Tell her that The Skirt Girl is saying a prayer for her!

  • lauragbeck

    I completely can appreciate the desire to provide a good product for your family, however the ingredients simply aren’t safe. Petroleum jelly does not let the skin breathe which it needs to do. It, along with the Johnson & Johnson is simply a combination of products that completely disrupt your endocrine system, along with many other health issues. I just don’t think you want that for your family.

    • dana

      Thank you so much for your comment. As I said in the blog, this recipe is not for everyone. Some people will disagree and question the ingredients. However, this is a blog about what I use and I do use this proudly. It has given such relief to so many people who had tried everything else. I’ve seen it. I’ve experienced it. The ingredients have been a staple to many people for generations. Thanks again for taking the time to respond and voice your concern.

      • lauragbeck

        Seriously – ignorance over ingredients is foolishness. Parabens and synthetic fragrances are not staples. They are dangerous. You are right – it’s your blog. Perhaps it would be wise to investigate the products you are using and their toxicity level.

          • dana

            Not at all! I never mind hearing an opinion delivered with a great attitude and a smile! And, can’t we usually tell if there is smile attached to that clicking keyboard? I could see your smile in the post. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Mike

          Laura, since you seem to be a pro in this subject matter, why don’t you suggest an alternative to some of these ingredients that don’t have the parabens and synthetic fragrances that are dangerous, but will offer the same effectiveness?

          • lauragbeck

            Hi Mike, I was sure I had replied – this isn’t my blog, therefore, I was not going to point to a company that DOES provide SAFE and effective products for not only our children, but, the entire family – Beautycounter is that company – We have the strictness ingredient policy in the country – we screen out over 1500 ingredients, and yet provide a SAFE and EFFECTIVE line of products. We believe everyone has the right to know, and that every body is worth using safe – You can check my personal site out via my own blog, http://stepbystepwithgrayce.wordpress.com – thanks for asking, Mike!

  • Dawn

    How long does one batch last? I am wanting to try this lotion, but I also want to be sure it’s actually cost effective to make my own instead of buying the lotion I’ve used for years. Could you give me a quick estimate on cost per batch and length of time?

    • dana

      It cost about $8.50 for a batch. It makes about 25 ounces or so. How long it lasts depends on how you use it. A little goes a long way, I will tell you that and I’ve never had any go rancid. Thanks for asking and I hope this answers your questions. I hope you decide to give it a try and it works as well for you as it has for others!

    • dana

      Thanks for commenting! I know that some will disagree with some of the ingredients in this lotion, but this helped me and it has helped many other people. I would love to hear any comments for substitutions that work for you and others! People have suggested coconut oil in place of the Vaseline, but no one has really suggested a replacement for J&J.

    • dana

      I think it was your comment on Facebook that I answered. If that wasn’t you, let me know. I don’t want to ignore anyone’s questions or comments. Thanks for reading! Hope that you have great results with the lotion!

  • Susan Bryan

    I’ve really want to try this recipe. I’ve been ordering a lotion for years that has been a miracle to my dry dry legs. Seems like this could be a great substitute. Most people are familiar with coconut oil in a solid form. But you can also buy it in a liquid form. Not sure if that might work better or not?

    • dana

      The coconut oil is a kind of a solid that softens by the warmth of your skin. What I have in my pantry came to me as a liquid. But after being in my pantry it solidified. But it melts so easily. I would think if it remains liquid, it has something else in it.

    • dana

      Oh, and Susan, let me know if you find more about coconut oil. I would love to know. Also several people have tried coconut oil and they love it that way too. I’ve not tried it yet, but it’s on my list. Thanks for commenting. I hope that you love this lotion, however you make it, as much as I do!

  • Holly

    I’m pregnant and just bought cocoa butter (enriched with Vitamin E) for preventing stretchmarks but do NOT like the smell. Do you think I could substitute it for the Vitamin E cream?? Or should I stick to straight up Vitamin E?? Thanks!

    • dana

      First, Holly, congratulations on the baby! I have a friend who uses the Johnson’s cocoa butter in this instead of the regular Johnsons. I’m not sure if the smell would be any better for you though. If it were me, and I hated the smell, I would skip the cocoa butter and just make it like original recipe says. I really do think that this will work just as well or better for stretch mark prevention. Just use it often. Good luck! Let me know how it works for you!

    • dana

      I’d be interested in knowing that too, Jacque! Please if anyone has a good body wash recipe, let us know! Thanks for commenting Jacque! Hopefully someone can help us out!

    • Becky

      I’ve been using Nivea In Shower Body Lotion. Maybe the Dana’s lotion recipe could be tweaked and you could have an in shower version? Please let me know if someone tries this! I’ll be getting the ingredients for the lotion and trying this out myself. We’ve made laundry detergent and household cleaners… Now for lotion. Thank you!

  • Lib

    Just made my first batch of this…I did not use as much Vaseline…and instead if Vit. E oil I used sweet almond oil, which is suppose to have some skin tightening effects, plus just smells good…already feels amazing!!! So glad I found your site!

    • dana

      I’m glad you found me too, Lib! Tell your friends! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you like the lotion. Each time you make it you’ll tweak it a little more and adjust it to exactly what your skin needs at that time. Love hearing from you!

  • bill

    Going to try thanks for recipe,I got dry skin from diabetics on my legs. Thanks so much for caring about your friends.

    • dana

      It would really help you take care of your skin. My brother was a diabetic so I know how important it is. Let me know how it works for you, Bill. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Come back!

    • dana

      Laura, I love hearing from people that this lotion has helped. It seems to do wonders for a lot of people with eczema. Thanks for leaving a comment and for reading my blog!

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