DIY Bronzing Lotion
DIY Bronzing Lotion
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Get ready to glow this summer with this DIY Bronzing Lotion recipe. This homemade bronzing lotion is the perfect way to add a touch more glowing bronze to your natural summer tan. Plus, if you're looking a little pasty and nervous about wearing that new summer dress you bought, you can quickly apply this to add some glow and tan to your body! This is a great beauty recipe with coconut oil that truly nourishes the skin while bronzing your up. Try out this homemade bronzing lotion recipe this summer and see how much of a life saver it is! 

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueBath and Beauty


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Coconut oil - cream form
  • Cocoa powder
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • 2 small bowls
  • Storage container
  • Optional: shea butter
  • Optional: highlighter

Soft Glam Makeup Tutorial

Now that your body is bronzed and summer ready! On those special nights out where you want to put a little extra effort in getting ready try out this Soft Glam Makeup Tutorial so you can look extra summery and fresh! 

DIY Bronzing Lotion

Homemade Bronzing Lotion Instructions

  1. You want to make sure you have all the ingredients you need before you get started, so raid your kitchen really quick and grab what you need.

    NOTE: If you would rather use a lotion from the store that you like instead of making your own you can do that. Just make sure it is a colorless lotion. 

  2. Starting with the cocoa powder put about 2-3 tabelspoons of cocoa powder into the small bowl. 

  3. Depending on your skin tone you will then want to add cinnamon, nutmeg, or both.

    Pro Tip: If you have a deeper skintone naturally you will want to lean toward adding a bit more nutmeg to your mixture, and if you have a lighter skin tone you can add cinnamon to lighten up the cocoa powder color. 

  4. Mix your different powders together. You will want to add the cinnamon, nutmeg, or both about 1 teaspoon at a time and stir until you get to a color that you find matches your skin tone. 

  5. Add 4-5 tabelspoons of coconut oil to a separate bowl. 

    Optional: If you want to make more of a whipped lotion consistency you can add shea butter to your coconut oil. Add about 1/2 c. shea butter for every 8 tabelspoons of coconut oil. 

  6. Add your powder mixture to your coconut oil. Make sure to only add about one tablespoon of powder at a time. 

  7. Mix the coconut oil and powder mixture thoroughly.

    Optional: You can also take an old highlighter and a pair of scissors or a knife to scrape the top layer of your highlighter into the mixture. This can really help to add an extra glow to your skinw hen you apply this bronzer. 

  8. Test out the color on your skin, and see if you need to add more of the powder mixture if it is not coming out very opaque. 

  9. Extra Tips: Remember when applying this lotion to let it dry before putting on clothes because it can transfer a bit. Also, this is a bronzing lotion, so it will wash off when you shower. 

  10. For Storage: You will want to put this in an airtight container and store at room temperature like any lotion product. Especially if you only use the coconut oil, you can even store it in the fridge to keep it from becoming too liquidy. 

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Won't this feel sticky, especially during night outs?

What a great tutorial! This is such a lovely DIY beauty idea for summer!


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