How to Make Your Own Hand Lotion With Crisco

by Sylvia Cini ; Updated September 28, 2017

You can make skin lotion with Crisco products.

woman's hand rubbing lotion on leg image by Tracy Martinez from Fotolia.com

Crisco oils and shortening are primarily designed for use in your kitchen. But you can do more with the products than bake cakes and make salad dressings. You can also use them to make custom hand lotions. Use either plain Crisco shortening or original oil to make beauty products. Both are made from the oil of the canola plant, which is naturally low in saturated fat. Crisco products contain no additives or preservatives, which eliminates the risk of harmful side effects from prolonged skin contact.


Combine 4 oz. Crisco shortening, 2 oz. beeswax, 2 oz. glycerin, 2 tsp. lecithin in liquid form and 4 oz. distilled water in a metal bowl.

Fill the base of a double boiler with water and bring it to medium heat.

Place the bowl over the boiler and stir its contents constantly with a spoon until they're evenly melted.

Transfer the mixture, while hot, into a glass jar such as those used for jam.

Allow to cool before use.

Apply the mixture in moderation after cleansing your skin.


Blend equal parts Crisco oil and petroleum jelly.

Add a fragrant oil, at least half a teaspoon for every cup of Crisco. Use a heady scent such as vanilla, almond or jasmine.

Scoop the mixture into a jar and store.


  • Add food coloring to increase the visual appeal of Crisco lotion. Your Crisco lotion will last for several months. Replace it if the oils separate or there is a noticeable change in the appearance, scent or color.

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About the Author

Sylvia Cini has written informative articles for parents and educators since 2009. Her articles appear on various websites. Cini has worked as a mentor, grief counselor, tutor, recreational leader and school volunteer coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Clark University of Worcester, Massachusetts.