Make Coconut Lavender Body Oil in an Apothecary Jar

This cute canister was an impulse buy, but I have no buyer’s remorse. With a piece of wire, a novelty ring, and a wooden spoon, I made my own apothecary jar. (photos by Bob Farley)

With a canister or jar, a piece of wire, a novelty ring, and a wooden spoon, you can make your own apothecary jar. I made one in just a few minutes and filled it with my new favorite homemade lavender coconut body oil. The canister was an impulse buy. I could have used the old green glass jar I bought a few years ago from the thrift store, or the old brown jar a friend gave me last year, or the red candy jar that I stuck in a closet last month. Come to think of it, I have a bad habit of collecting jars and bottles and I need to get around to doing something with them. Yes, I think I will make more of the apothecary jars and fill them with oils, bath salt, sugar scrub, washing powders, body butter, face mask, and muscle rub. What a great gift idea!

Homemade Coconut Lavender Body Oil Recipe

By the end of the summer, my skin is in bad shape — dry, itchy, sun-damaged, and wrinkly looking. Lotion is not going to cut it. I need oil.

It’s simple to make a lightly-scented body oil. I am very sensitive to fragrances and have a hard time finding fragrance-free products that I like. I love natural earthy, woodsy, herbal, or citrus fragrances, so adding a few drops of my favorite essential oils to a coconut oil base is a perfect solution for me. The combination of coconut oil and essential oils is nice, soothing and calming. My skin benefits from the oil, and my nose appreciates the faint scents.

I should have put together my apothecary jar before pouring the liquid coconut oil and lavender essential oil into the jar. I had to wait a good while for the oil to solidify again before I could handle the jar to attach the wire, ring, and spoon.


- Coconut oil is a solid below 76 degrees Fahrenheit, and becomes a liquid when above 76 degrees. No need to heat up the oil, simply put the oil outside in the sun on a summer day to liquify.

- After the oil turns to liquid, pour into your DIY apothecary jar.

- Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and stir well.

- Allow the oil to cool and return to a solid state.

When you need to apply the oil, use the wooden spoon to scoop out the amount needed, warm it up in your hands, and apply to your dry skin.

What Kind of Coconut Oil?

Shopping for coconut oil can get a little confusing. Raw, unrefined, refined, organic, pure, cold-pressed, expeller pressed, and unhydrogenated are some of the terms I saw on the containers. I don’t care for all of that. If I am going to cook with the oil, I might want to buy an organic, raw, unrefined oil, but since I want to wear it on my skin, I know that I want an odorless oil. I don’t want to go around smelling like a coconut. Don’t let all of the fancy terms steer you wrong. A good ole regular brand of refined coconut oil will do. Look for it in the cooking oil section in any grocery store.

9 Responses

  1. Lozan says:

    The thing is this is such a great idea of making essential oils for babies. Keeping it in Jar and air tight is good.

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  3. Laura says:

    Really great gifting idea.

  4. Patricia says:

    Great idea! I use The Lou Ana Refined Coconut Oil after showering in the Winter months to prevent dry skin. It works, but I think adding the Lavender oil will make it okay too. I'm going to make a hand softener with sugar and coconut oil for when my hands get dry and chapped, to use before washing them.

  5. Lorrene says:

    How much coconut oil did you use with the 10 drops of lavender?

  6. Cindy says:

    I love that — customized fragrances! I think I might add one drop tea tree oil : )

  7. Vicky - FL says:

    I am going to try this!

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