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.




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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    • dana

      I never heard it called Quiters Cream but whatever you call it…you are right! It works great! Thanks for your comment, Buddy! Please come back to my blog again!

  • Maryann

    Thanks for posting this. Since menopause, I am getting these weird dry spots and have been trying all sorts of lotions. In addition, my son’s children have that skin condition that I would like to try this on too. Now all I need to do is make them a lot of fries so I can get my catsup container empty.

    • dana

      Maryann…your comment made me laugh! Kids can go through the ketchup! It shouldn’t take you long. ๐Ÿ™‚ When you try it, let me know. I’d love to hear how its working for you. Please subscribe and come back soon!

  • Courtney

    I just made some for the first time. I bought a few of the travel size plastic lotion tubes from the travel section at Walmart and put some in those to give to friends and to carry in my purse. I also put some in the Vitamin E cream jar and in the baby lotion container. I hated to see those perfectly good containers go to waste! Just an idea for anyone who doesn’t have an empty ketchup bottle laying around ๐Ÿ™‚

    • dana

      Courtney, my hall linen closet has a whole basket that is filled with various (possible) lotion containers. I save them because I never know when I might need one. And I never now when I might want to give some out to a friend…and I don’t always have an empty ketchup bottle either! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading my blog. Please come back and read again!

  • Barbara

    A friend alerted me to your blog and I subscribed. Whipped this up and found the perfect container – I had saved an empty bottle that contained flavored coffee creamer – has a nice flip top and the label was easy to peel off. Looks ok sitting on my bathroom counter. You could even add a decorative label.

    • dana

      Ohhh…Barbara….I love the creamer container idea! I bet that is perfect! Thanks for the suggestion. I will definitely remember this one!

    • dana

      My pleasure, Debbie. Thanks for reading and commenting. Please subscribe (if you haven’t already) and come back.

  • Wendy

    This lotion works! My daughter has had eczema since she was born. We have tried everything, including prescriptions! Nothing worked, until she tried this! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    • dana

      I’m glad to be able to share it and to hear from so many that love it! Thanks for sharing your story Wendy. Please come back to the blog soon!

  • Sarah Johns

    My mother use to make this lotion or one similar so I’m glad to get the recipe! I think I may substitute some essential oil for the vitamin E oil. I am just becoming acquainted with essential oils and think they might make a great addition to the recipe!

    • dana

      I have heard a lot about essential oils but I’ve not had any experience with them myself. I’m really interested in the benefits that some might bring to this lotion. Let me know what you try and how it works for you, Sarah. Thanks for commenting. Looking forward to hearing your report. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Paula

    My sister and I own a deli and we constantly have our hands in water. Our skin is so dry. I just completed the recipe. I cannot wait to start using it. My husband also has psoriasis on his elbows and knees. He already had a jar of the vitamin e cream on hand. That’s what he normally puts on it. We are both going to give it a try!!!

    • dana

      This will be perfect for you. I have to wash my hands a lot through the day also. I keep it on my desk. Coworkers are always dropping by for a pump. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know how you like it after you use it for a few days. It won’t take long for you to notice a difference. Thanks for commenting, Paula.

  • Kim

    Have you tried this with Aquaphor? I know it’s more expensive than Vaseline, but it’s oil- AND water-miscible. We use Aquaphor a lot in the pharmacy, and I wonder how it would change the consistency and absorbency of this particular recipe, or if it would make for easier customization of this recipe. Guess I’ll have to try it and find out! (Unless you get to it first. Please let us know if you do.)

    • dana

      I use Aquaphor a lot…it’s my second choice for my hands behind this lotion. ๐Ÿ™‚ A lot of times I put it around my cuticles and then put this lotion on. I keep both on my desk. I wash my hands a lot through the day, and my cuticles get really dry so this is an added layer of protection. When someone mentioned an allergy to Vaseline, I mentioned Aquaphor to them. I haven’t tried it but it is on my list for sure. I’m not really sure of the ingredients of Aquaphor, but it is the same consistency. I think it would be a great replacement. Thanks for commenting, Kim. The race is on, the next batch I make, may include Aquaphor. If you get to it before I do, report back. Okay?

  • Wenda

    I’m allergic to formaldehyde and fragrances which is in almost everything. My dr. Told me to try Vanicream. After I shower I out the cream on my skin everywhere then I put on socks. When I get pedicures the lady is always so surprised at how good my feet are. I can’t use Vaseline or baby lotions. Was wondering if I could use Vanicream with coconut oil and the vitamin e.

    • dana

      Wenda, I’ve not heard of Vanicream, but I’ll tell you, if it were me I’d try it! I don’t know if it will work as well, but it could work better! Please let me know, I’m interested to hear! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment.

  • Libby Allen

    Very interested in making this lotion. Sounds amazing. Has anyone tried using Emu oil? I have use Emu oil for several years for dry skin issues, insect bites, scratches, burns and even applying post surgery to soften and reduce scars. I totally believe in using Emu oil and I think it would enhance the lotion you are already making and using. If anyone tries it, please let me
    know what you think about it.
    Libby Lou

    • dana

      Hi, Libby. How interesting! No one has mentioned Emu oil and I don’t think I’ve ever even heard of using it. I’m definitely going to look into it, though. If you or anyone else tries it in this recipe, please let me know! Thanks for commenting and bringing this up. And thanks for stopping by The Skirt Girl.

  • Carissa

    My girlfriend makes this. It’s amazing. She uses baby lotion vitamin E lotion and coconut oil. The ketchup bottle is genius.

  • Gwen

    I just rounded up all the ingredients and had to go to several places. Here are my tips – be sure and buy the LARGE 15 ouncebaby lotion – there is an 11 ounce and it is not the right one. The best price on Vitamin E oil is Dollar General (yellow sign). DollarTree only had the Vaseline. The vitamin E Cream I had bought at Sams club. I put mine in jars that I had on hand, I will save my next catsup bottle, but needed to use this now. I wiped out the mixing bowl with my hands and it is not too greasy- I think this is a keeper!

    • dana

      Gwen, thanks for the tips. I used to have no trouble getting the large baby lotion, but it seems that the 11 ounce has been easier to find lately, so I’ve been buying 2 and improvising a bit. Thanks again for you comments. Hope that you love this as much as I do. Comment again soon!

  • Shelley Koestler

    I am going to have to try this. Had my knee replaced in November and the other knee scoped to remove scar tissue and my legs are so dry. Have tried so many lotions and I use straight Vitamin E capsules on the scars. I have itched myself so bad I have new scars. Hope this Miracle Lotion works!

    • dana

      Shelley, My dad had knee surgery this past year and he is doing great!! Take care of yourself and do what they tell you. ๐Ÿ™‚ As far as the lotion, the original recipe was given to my friend to help her young daughter. She had an injury on her face and the dr told her to use this morning and night and it would help with scarring. No scarring. I’m not saying it will keep you from scarring but I definitely thing that it helps. And FOR SURE it will help with the itching. I hope that 2015 finds both your knees in tip top shape! Thanks so much for your comments and for reading my blog. Let me know how the lotion works for you!

  • Carla

    I’m enjoying my batch tremendously…….. As I said I’ve used coconut oil for quite awhile now so I know that it gets these tiny little, not necessarily hard pieces, but they do have to be smooshed out……. That’s all it is in the lotion as well…… I do believe it could totally take the place of the Vaseline if someone really wanted to avoid the Vaseline all together…….. If you’ve ever handled coconut oil, you know that it starts to melts on contact with your skin……. I personally believe the Super Lotion needs some Vaseline or Burts Bee equivalent or Aquafor or A&D or whatever they choose to substitute that has the same consistency as Vaseline to aid in the intense moisture process….. Just my opinion

    • dana

      I totally agree with you on that. But honestly, if you replace the Vaseline for the reasons that some people want to, then you would want to replace the baby lotion too. And maybe even the Vitamin E cream. By the time you do all that you have a totally different animal. It might be just as good or better….or it might not work as well. This base formula is pretty amazing. I can think that adding anything is great, but taking away any of the base ingredients might not be. I’d be interested to know if anyone tried to redo it all and go organic, just to see if it worked as well. Wouldn’t you? Thanks again for your comments, Carla. Keep em coming!

  • Dixie

    This is really neat. I’m going whip some up. I’ve used Vaseline for dry heels for years. Saturate your feet after a bath, slip on white socks and leave over night. Clears it up in a couple of days. But I like the idea of vitamin E oil and the baby lotion scent is a plus.

    • dana

      I used to do that exact thing before I found this recipe. This lotion is way better! Give it a try, Dixie! You will love it! Thanks for your comment and for reading The Skirt Girl. Please come back and let me know what you think of the lotion if you try it!

  • Carla

    I made it last week and substituted about 1/2 the Vaseline for about the same amount of the Jar kind (solid) coconut oil…… I put coconut oil in my kitchen aid alone first with the same Whip attachment and whipped really well first then added Vaseline and whipped again then added the rest of products……. I Think it came out Wonderful…. I Love It, but then I’ve been using cocconut oil as a moisturizer for quite awhile now….. Since I’ve never made the original recipe myself I can’t really compare as far as making but the Sunday after I made mine my friend Becky Abels brought little bottles of the original recipe that she had made for our whole Sundsy School Class…. I Think they are very comparable with the exception being mine with cocconut oil occasionally gets a tiny little hard piece in the lotion…..
    Now to answer her Vitamin E Lotion from Fruit of the Earth….. I got mine at Walmart, it comes in a double jar for around $4.50 I think….. It is on the bottom shelf in lotion section on back wall

    • dana

      Thanks Carla! That is great information. So glad to hear about how the coconut oil worked out. Some people have a real aversion to the Vaseline. I wasn’t totally convinced that you could completely replace the Vaseline with coconut oil and after reading your experience with the it getting a bit hard with just half, I’m more skeptical. That being said, I’ve been wanting to try coconut oil as a separate moisturizer for a while and after reading how you and other people like it, I’m definitely going to. Thanks so much for experimenting and reporting back. I am so glad you did that! I hope you enjoy your batch of lotion! Happy New Year!

  • Bridgett

    I have a few questions after reading all these posts. What would the Coconut oil be substituted for? I already used coconut oil to wash my face. Secondly, is Dollar General the only place to find Fruit of the Earth products?

    • dana

      Bridgett, I think that people are talking about substituting the Coconut oil for the Vaseline. I’ve not done this. So I can’t tell you if it works as well or not. You can find Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E cream at Walgreens also. I’m not sure if you can get it at Walmart or not. Thanks for checking out the blog!

  • Steph

    I add Fruit of the Earth aloe Vera gel – it gives it a lighter texture. 6 oz (half a bottle) to the recipe above. I also have a friend who is allergic to scented lotions – I use Aveeno unscented baby lotion in her recipe.

    • dana

      Great suggestions, Steph! This recipe is easy to adapt to your personal needs and I love hearing about what everyone else does. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  • Anonymous

    I have made this for several years and it is wonderful for your arms and legs during both the summer and winter – It really helps to keep tanned skin looking great! There is one difference in the recipe that I have that you might want to try – and yes this is going to sound strange! Mine calls for a little more vitamin E oil and instead of the vitamin E cream I use a tube of Preparation H! Try it – it is great!

    • dana

      Oh my goodness. Preparation H…Now THERE is an ingredient that I’ve not heard of…but I LOVE it. And now that I think of, it makes sense! Might make a perfect cream for puffy eyes! I think I’m going to make up some like this. I already use Vitamin E oil on my eyes at night. Maybe I’ll just switch to this! You win for best ingredient substitution! roflol…please subscribe. I would love to hear from you again!

  • Phyllis

    Love this stuff. My husband has super dry skin and never wants to use anything with a scent. He loves this stuff and uses it all the time. He has even had me give it to another male friend. We have gotten several country red neck men hooked on this stuff.

    • dana

      I have lots of male friends, both redneck and non-redneck, that love this stuff. LOL! I keep a bottle on my desk at work and one of my guy coworkers gets a pump when he passes by. He loves the stuff. Thanks for commenting and getting the word out for all the dudes out there!

  • Vicki Hairgrove

    Can hardly wait to try this. If the bottle says ” reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles” I will spend 10 days on steroids!!! This will be perfect, I can use all of these ingredient!

  • Kris Anderson

    I am excited to try this. I live in the mountains of Montana and dry skin is always an issue. I especially love that you call it a “whipper thingy” as that’s what it’s referred to in our house as well!

    • dana

      Kris, Haha…I thought that was a technical term that only I used! Glad there are other people out there that totally understand! I have never been to Montana but I have a picture in my head that is breathtakingly beautiful! But brrrrr….hope this lotion helps you make it through the long winter. Please subscribe, if you haven’t already, and comment again! Would love to hear from you.

  • Denise Davis

    I was given this many Christmas’ ago. Love it. I keep some made up with different scents of Lotions all the time. Gave to a friend one Christmas. Her husband had extremely dry legs. She had him use this. And he never had dry legs again.

    • dana

      Denise, I absolutely love hearing stories about how people have used this for years or how they got it from a friend. I especially love when someone lets me know it has worked for them. Thank you so much for your comment! Please come back and read my blog again! Happy New Year!

    • dana

      Robin, I believe that a liquid like Witch Hazel would cause the mixture to separate. I have used Witch Hazel a lot as a toner with a cotton ball on my skin before I apply any moisturizer. Thanks for you comment. Please subscribe and let me know if you have any other suggestions or if you try it and find that Witch Hazel works in the lotion. Have a happy New Year!

    • dana

      Jill, sorry we are having trouble with our website. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the website. At the bottom on the right, under the picture, there is a place for you to subscribe via email. Just put your email address in the box and click on the subscribe button. You will get an email everytime I post a new blog. Tnanks for taking the time to read my blog! Please do subscribe and come back!

  • Martha Ann

    Loved finding this recipe. Several years ago we had wonderful sitters with my father in law and mother in law. The doctor said he had never had a bedridden patient with such good skin no signs of breakdowns ever. Turns out the sitter was simply mixing Johnson’s baby lotion and Vaseline petroleum jelly in her hand and rubbing on them. Kept their skin healthy as long as they lived and neither of them ever had a skin break down (bed sore).

    • dana

      Martha, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this from caretakers. It’s great for cancer patients too. Thank you for sharing the story of your in laws. I loved hearing that. And thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Please subscribe and come back!

  • Diane

    Just whipped up a batch. Love the smell and put it all over me from the bowl before I started cleaning up! Parts of me get so itch in winter; can’t wait to see if this works well!!! Thank you!

    • dana

      I’ve never had it go bad. I’ve kept it for months. Just mix it well, don’t add more than a dash of the vitamin E oil because it could separate and don’t let it get too hot. Keep it at room temp. And one other hint, make sure your container is not only clean but dry on the inside! Thanks for reading the blog, Kim. Hope this helps you out! Let me know how it turns out for you!

    • dana

      Mindy!! I’m so glad you love it!! Just wait until you use it a few days! You will wonder how you ever made it without it! Thanks for your comment. It made my day! Come back and let know how it’s working for you!

  • Nancy Kay

    Thank you for sharing this! My husband and I both have very sensitive skin. Hubby has psoriasis & I am currently suffering with shingles. I love the basic recipe & I believe I will use some of the suggestions in the comments to tweek it to my needs. I especially like the idea of adding cortisone for his psoriasis & I will try anything to heal these shingles!!

    • dana

      Oh no, Nancy! Sorry to hear about your shingles. I have heard that is really miserable. I hope that this lotion helps both of you out. Thank you so much for your comment and for reading the blog! Come back and let me know how y’all are doing. Feel better soon!

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