Whipped Dandelion & Coconut Oil Moisturizer

whipped dandelion and coconut oil moisturizer


This recipe is super easy to make and requires just two ingredients: coconut oil and dandelion flowers.

Coconut oil, reputed to have many health benefits when used both internally and externally, is readily available in most areas. I live in small town USA and found two types to choose from in my local grocery store. I buy it in larger quantities for soap making and other projects, through Mountain Rose Herbs.

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Dandelion flowers have been traditionally used to heal rough, chapped skin and soothe sore, achy muscles. In this recipe, it also lends a natural, buttery-yellow tint to the finished product. Not only is this combination great for human skin, but I safely use it on my dogs as well.

Here are a few ways to use whipped dandelion coconut oil moisturizer, but you can probably think of plenty more!

  • Use straight on the skin as a moisturizer.
  • Use as a treatment for flaky scalp.
  • Use as a soothing aftershave.
  • Use as a chapstick.
  • Use as a massage cream for sore back, legs, and feet.
  • Use on your pet’s skin irritations.

Please note that while many enjoy the benefits of coconut oil, some may find it too drying or show signs of allergy to it. Be sure to apply to a small test spot before rubbing on large areas. If you use coconut oil and find that your skin gets increasingly dry, red, or irritated, discontinue use and look for coconut-free alternatives. (You may want to consider a similar infusing method with different oils as used in Dandelion Salve and Dandelion Lotion Bars recipes.)

dandelions in a basket

To make, first you’ll need to pick some dandelion flowers. Be sure to gather them from areas that have not been sprayed by chemicals. Also, because dandelion flowers are an important spring food source for several little critters, including honey bees, don’t pick any one area clean. I try to pick one flower for every two that I leave. That still gives me plenty to work with! (I bought that pretty, hand-made basket in the photo from 1840 Farm.com.)

Once you’ve picked your flowers, leave them in a sheltered spot outdoors for an hour or two to let any little ants and such crawl away. Bring them inside and let them finish drying, spread out in a single layer over a clean dishcloth or paper towel. Let your dandelions air dry for several days or even up to a week or two before using.

coconut oil and dandelions

Measure out:

  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of dried dandelion flowers

and add them to a heat proof glass jar. Set this jar down into a saucepan that contains a few inches of water in the bottom. This will create a make-shift double boiler of sorts.

Set the pan over a medium-low burner for about two hours. This indirect heat melts the coconut oil and helps infuse the goodness of the dandelions into it. Keep a close eye on everything to make sure the water doesn’t all evaporate out.

Straining dandelions from coconut oil

Remove from heat and strain into a small mixing bowl or pitcher while still warm. Tuck the strained oil into the refrigerator until firm.

Using a hand mixer, beat the chilled coconut oil for about five minutes or until it’s light and fluffy. I like to leave this moisturizer unscented, but you could add a few drops of skin safe essential oil such as lavender or peppermint, if you’d like.

Spoon into jars and store in a cool place. The amounts given should perfectly fill one four-ounce jelly jar. It will melt easily, so if you have a warm house, store it in the refrigerator. It will harden from the cold, but just let it sit out at room temperature a while before use.

 

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80 Responses to Whipped Dandelion & Coconut Oil Moisturizer

  1. Allison Rust says:

    I may have to try this! I bought some coconut oil b/c it seemed to be the thing to do and now I never use it. It’s kind of overwhelming how limitless the possibilities are!

    • Jan says:

      I agree! There are so many great things attributed to coconut oil and I’ve not tried a fraction of them. I do like how silky this makes my skin feel though! :)

  2. This sounds wonderful! I may have to make it this year!

  3. Jen says:

    This sounds amazing! My kids and I were planning on gathering some dandelion blooms today! I also won a large jar of coconut oil a few months back. I cannot wait to try this. My husband suffers from skin problems. Thank you!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Just wondering. How how many months would this be good for?

    • Jan says:

      If you store it in a cool place, it should last for several months at least. I always keep six to twelve months in mind as a general guideline for how long infused oils will stay fresh, but it depends on oil type, handling, moisture level in the flower/herb, etc. Additions of vitamin E and rosemary antioxidants will delay the rancidity process in oils. If whipped coconut oil gets too warm and melts a few times, it’s still fine to use. You can rechill and rewhip it, if needed. If it repeatedly gets hot though, shelf life will likely be shortened.

  5. Lisa says:

    If you had an allergy to coconut oil, do you think substituting mango butter would work?

    • Jan says:

      You could try that out, for sure. One thing to watch with mango and shea butter though is that if they’re overheated, they become grainy. I also make a whipped dandelion cream by using: 3.5 oz mango butter, 1.25 ounces of dandelion infused sunflower oil, and a teaspoon or so of arrowroot (or cornstarch.) Whip the mango butter until fluffy, add the dandelion oil, and starch (and any essential oil for scent you’d like) and then whip it all together until fluffy. This avoids heating those sensitive butters like mango/shea, gives you the benefits of dandelions, & still gives you a light texture.

  6. julie says:

    I am confused. You put the dandelions in a jar in a pan with a little bit of water in the pan and nothing in with the dandelions in the glass jar. You never said when to add the coconut oil or where to put it. In the picture the dandilions are in a strainer over a glass jar with yellow liquid in it. The dandilions where in a glass jar..when you heat the dandilions in the glass jar does it produce a liquid you can then strain out? Where do you put the coconut oil and when, and when fo Mr. Dandilions and Mrs. Coconut meet?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Julie, That information is under the third picture down:
      “Measure out:
      1/2 cup coconut oil
      1/4 cup dried dandelion flowers
      and add them to a heat proof glass jar. Set this jar down into a saucepan that contains a few inches of water in the bottom. This will create a make-shift double boiler of sorts.”

      The coconut oil goes in the jar with the dandelions together. Then that jar is set down into the pan of water. Next, the pan goes on a burner to keep the water warm. The indirect heat from the hot water in the pan will gently warm and melt the coconut oil so the dandelion flower properties (and color) are transferred to it. This turns it a really pretty yellow liquid as shown in the picture, but once it cools, it sets back up to more of a solid. I hope that helps!

  7. Michelle Proper says:

    Hi and thank you for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it out! I was wondering why they have to be dried dandelions and not fresh? I thought you can get more of the natural oils out of fresh. Thanks for any help you can give me :)

    • Michelle Proper says:

      Looks like I found the answer in your Dandelion Salve Recipe. I didn’t know they hold so much water. I will be sure and make up a batch of that as well since my yard is abundant in beautiful dandelions! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  8. Cheryl Barnes says:

    I so want to try this recipe…dadelion-coconut-oil moisturizer. I have severely dry skin. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Alicia says:

    This sounds awesome. When you whip the oil mixture at the end it comes out like a whipped moisturizer? Weird that it doesn’t stay more liquidy (I know, not a word :) ) One question, does this have a shelf life? My thought is to make it this summer and give it as gifts for Christmas but will it deteriorate or break down, do you know?

    • Jan says:

      It does sound crazy, but as long as you keep it cool, it will stay whipped up! Heat is the enemy of this recipe. In general, infused oils are good for six months to a year. I usually make up a batch of dandelion oil now to use up in the winter (in salves/soaps/creams/etc), but since coconut oil is so finicky (easily meltable) (also not a word, I think) :D then I don’t think I’d whip it yet. You could infuse it, tuck it away in a cool, dark place and then try whipping it at Christmas, but it’d probably be easier to use it in a whipped body butter type deal recipe. I just gave one a few comments above that never made it to the blog as a post, but I use it and love it! Whipped Dandelion Cream: Infuse sunflower or olive or other light oil with dandelions. This oil can store 6 to 12 months (usually good for a year.) Measure out 3.5 oz mango butter (or shea/cocoa), 1.25 ounces of dandelion infused sunflower oil, and a teaspoon or so of arrowroot (or cornstarch.) Whip the butter until light & fluffy, add the dandelion oil, and starch (and any essential oil for scent you’d like) and then whip it all together until fluffy again. This is more shelf stable than the coconut oil, so wouldn’t melt under a Christmas tree or anything. Just an alternate idea. :)

  10. Anhel says:

    What healing benefits does the dandelion have for the skin?
    I am goi.g to make it, but just wanted to know lol.
    Thank you for posting!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Anhel, I talked about it a bit in this post on Dandelion Salve: https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/dandelion-salve-recipe/ but dandelion oil is traditionally used for achy, sore muscles and chapped skin. The flowers are reputed to have mild analgesic properties. It’s really cool how many people have written to tell me how dandelion salve has helped them. The best part is that the ingredients are inexpensive and readily available to the masses. :)

  11. Debbie Davis says:

    I put coconut oil in a small flip-top bottle (spoon into jar, melt in microwave, and then a funnel helps for pouring into the bottle) and put the bottle in the bathtub. The oil melts during my hot shower and then is perfect to put all over my skin. Love it!

  12. Angel says:

    Thank you Jan for your responce!! I have a yard full of the flowers. I usually make dandelion flower tea with them but i want to try this too!!
    I get chapped lips easy so i thought about adding some vitamin E and some bees wax to make lip balm.

  13. CHRISTY says:

    I would love to have the lip balm recipe as well if you would like to share it.

  14. Loretta says:

    I love whipped body butter. I just made some using mango butter, Shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil.

    I have found that straight coconut oil can be drying. Do the dandelions help with this? Could mango or shea butter be added?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Loretta, Some people find straight coconut oil to be too drying for their skin type, while others have skin that loves it. If you find the plain version drying, then the dandelions aren’t likely to change that much. You could definitely use dandelion infused oil in a whipped body butter recipe though; I’ve done it many times and love it! :)

  15. Pinning this! Looks lovely!

  16. Tanya says:

    Hi!

    This may be a silly question, but I have dandelion tea bags….do you think I could steep them and use instead?

    Thanks!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Tanya, That’s a great question. Dandelion tea is made from the roots (at least I think so – correct me if I’m wrong), whereas we are going for the benefits of the flower. Having said that though, it’s quite possible that the roots have enough similar properties to work in dandelion oil recipes. I’m just not sure, but you could do a test batch and see how you like it! The benefit of using tea bags is that you can just put them straight in the oil then pull them out when done infusing. No messy straining involved (which is always nice!)

  17. JES says:

    Hi Jan,

    Thanks for linking up with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. Your dandelion posts were both featured this week here: http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/2014/05/what-to-do-with-dandelions-link-up-love.html

    Thank you for sharing and hope you link up again this Monday :)

  18. Deb says:

    I have never dried flowers beforeand was wondering do you use the ones that turn white to?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Deb! If some dandelions turn white while they’re drying inside, then I still use them. However, I don’t use the ones that are already white fluffy seed heads out in the field. I just leave them to reseed the area.

  19. nicole says:

    Two questions. Mayhaps i wish to try this with wild roses instead? Theyre abundant where i live. Would it work? Would it be the same process?

    And then, the dandelions are also insanely abundant here, but turn white quick. would i be able to collect and freeze them for future use? Or does thatjust not work as well. Thank you!!!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Nicole, You sure could use it with wild roses, same process. I made some with dried rose petals before; it’s very nice. It didn’t tint the oil pink like I was hoping for, but still – it works!

      You could try freezing dandelions for future use, but when they thaw out they’re a little icky. I find it better to freeze dandelions for water based things I want to make (jelly, soap infusion) where they can be used directly while frozen and use dried ones for oil based things. You can dry your dandelions for a few days, infuse them in your coconut oil, and the oil should keep for some time. I might would refrigerate it for longer term storage, but you don’t have to whip it right away. One thing you could try – that I haven’t done yet, but should work in theory – is dry the dandelions and THEN freeze them. Perhaps layered between paper towels? I’m just thinking out loud with that idea, but it’s worth a small experiment at least!

      • nicole says:

        Oh thank you so much!!! Ill definately try drying them out. And the freezing. I live in alaska and it gets humid in summer so just drying and storing doesnt always work, especially when you open the container over and over.

        And i will definately be trying this with the wild roses!!!! Theyre making my house smell lovely right now!!!!!

        • nicole says:

          So i need help??? Im following the instructions to the T, but everything keeps coming out smelling like fried food. (which is a wonderful smell :b, if i wasnt using it for moisturizer.).

          • Jan says:

            Hi Nicole, It sounds like your oil is getting much too hot. Try lowering the heat (or using a sunny windowsill makes for a nice, gentle infusion too!)

            • nicole says:

              Ok that makes sense. I have my burner down pretty low, but my stove is a bit messed up too, so that could be it. Thank so much for the help. Gonna keep trying this till i get it right!!!!

  20. Kim says:

    I love this recipe. it is so simple and I always have coconut oil and dandelions in my yard. One question, do you cover the saucepan when you heat up the oil with dandelions?
    Thanks!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Kim! I keep the pan uncovered. You don’t want any condensation getting into your oil, since water + oil is where the potential for early spoilage comes into play. I hope you enjoy the recipe! :)

  21. Olivia says:

    I love all your recipes. I just have one question. Where can I get dried dandelion flowers. I don’t trust the area where I live because it used to be an old cotton field before they build homes on it. Thanks in advance for any help in finding a place to buy.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Olivia! I’ve yet to find a good place to buy dried dandelion flowers. I think it’s because they so easily go to seed when dried too long. I have had people write me that’ve purchased wild crafted ones though. You could ask around local health food stores or whole foods type places (the produce manager) and see if they can connect you with a local forager. I hope that helps!

  22. Grace15 says:

    I just made this.. I didn’t like it because it felt like you are rubbing scented coconut oil on you. so I added 1 part cocoa butter to 1 part of this recipie and now it is amazing!! but this was a good start

  23. Christina says:

    This is an awesome recipe. Made a trial batch for myself. But decided to make it as a gift for a bridal shower. I’m running out of dried dandelions. Can I reuse them after I strain them.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Christina, I never seem to have enough either! Fortunately, a few will pop up here and there until fall and I collect them a couple at a time over the summer to help stretch my supply. You could try reusing them once and see how you like the final product. I would think you could judge the strength somewhat on how yellow the second batch turns. The color should be carried along with the health benefits. (At least that’s my theory!)

  24. Colin Sturch says:

    Would it be possible or even advisable to mix different herbs to make an ointment for skin problems: ie: Calendula, Dandelion, Plantain maybe and perhaps a bit of Lavender for antiseptic qualities? Presumably this would be made the same way as the above ointment and salves.
    Struggling to get Calendula ointment in any local Oldham shops.
    Just getting over Seborrhoeic Dermatitis.
    Any advice much appreciated.
    Thank you
    Colin Sturch

    • Jan says:

      Hi Colin, Yes, absolutely! I’m currently using coconut oil infused with violet leaves & calendula and have another batch infused with goldenseal & plantain I use on a spot on my dog’s leg that she scuffed up. You can combine a variety of herbs as needed. A salve with calendula, dandelion, plantain & lavender sounds wonderful. Some people find coconut oil dries and irritates their skin after using for a while, so you might want to use a base of sunflower oil, if you can get that, instead. (I read a study before how it’s better on broken and damaged skin than olive oil. Olive still works too though.) My absolute favorite oil for skin conditions is tamanu oil, it’s wonderful stuff, only pricey and harder to get. Here’s some info on it: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/tamanu-oil/profile If you could add that to your salve, you might find it helpful, but if not – I still like the combination you suggested. I hope you’re able to create something that works well for you!

  25. Liz says:

    Can you do this with dried lavender or dried chamomile flowers?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Liz, You sure can! It won’t turn a pretty color like the dandelion does, but you can use all sorts of herbs and flowers with this idea.

  26. Christine says:

    I am still in the process of collecting dandelions and letting them dry so that I can make this recipe. Right now there are not many dandelions so I’ve only collected about 10 so far. The way mine look as they dry are not like yours in the pictures… Mine closed up. I ended up peeling away all the green parts and notice there is HARDLY ANY yellow left. All the petals are so shrunk, you hardly see them. I would take a picture for you, but don’t see a way to attach a picture here. Did you just take a picture of yours when they looked nice and open for the sake of posting this recipe or is that how yours looked after drying for several days? I am wondering because I am thinking mine the way they are wont give a nice yellow color.

    Also, when making this, do you remove ALL of the greenery or only the stem part, but leave the tiny green pieces around the flower?

    Lastly, if I collect dandelions and press them in a flower press, would that work, too, since technically they are still dried that way? When I press dandelions, they turn out super flat, but are still full of color. I was thinking that pressing them would be an easier way to collect and save them till I have enough to make the recipe or a larger batch.

    Sorry for so many questions >.<

    • Jan says:

      Hi Christine, Questions are great – that’s how we learn! :) I think sometimes it depends on when you pick your flowers – if they’re about spent and not far from turning to seed, they’ll dry up a lot smaller and may even develop the white seed heads while drying. Early in the season too, the flowers are small, so dry up like you describe. When at their peak, a lot of the flowers are huge and gorgeous and they dry out pretty, like the photo. All of that is okay, the dandelion goodness is still in there, just in a harder to see form! You don’t have to peel the green off either, especially if you’re making salve. I like your idea of pressing the flowers though – I would definitely give that a try!

  27. Linda says:

    It is really hard to dry dandelion flowers, most of mine went pooffy too.

  28. Jennie Butler says:

    could you use a dehydrator to dry the flowers? or is air dry on the counter best?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Jennie, I haven’t tried that yet, but it seems to me it should work well. I’d try a small test batch out and see how it goes!

  29. Kristin says:

    Great post. Followed you from the Art of Home-Making Mondays link-up.
    Love for you to come by this week’s Wildcrafting Wednesday and share.
    http://www.herbanmomma.com/2015/04/wildcrafting-wednesday-4-22-15/

  30. Valerie Watts says:

    Can this dandelion infused oil can it be used as a carrier oil? Can it be used in bath bombs, bath melts?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Valerie, It sure can! I JUST made bath melts with some today, in fact. It has lots of uses I haven’t had time to cover here yet and probably plenty more to be thought of!

  31. Debra says:

    Hi Jan,
    I am loving your recipes! Question: Can I use tapioca powder in place of arrowroot?

  32. Jenn says:

    It’s too bad dandelions are used considering they are a great flower that helps bees

    • Jan says:

      Hi Jenn! As a natural beekeeper, I absolutely agree that dandelions are an important flower for bees. If you read the article, you’ll see I mention not picking any one area clean. In most places there’s more than enough flowers for the bees AND people to share, as long as they harvest mindfully. Plus, these types of crafts get the attention of people that normally don’t give second thoughts to dandelions and might otherwise spray them. Dandelion awareness is a good thing! If you don’t want to use dandelions though, you can use calendula instead. (Another flower that my bees love!)

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  36. Nancy says:

    Can I use dandelion tea instead of the dried flowers?

    • Hi Nancy!
      Do you mean dried dandelion tea, like these?
      http://amzn.to/1qxQENA
      If so, you probably could, but you won’t get the same bright yellow shade.
      If you want to keep the pretty color, along with skin benefits, then you could try dried calendula flowers instead.
      Chamomile flowers usually tints oil a pale yellow, so you could also try testing out a dry chamomile tea, to see how it does.

  37. Crystal says:

    Im getting ready make this when my flowers dry but curious if it has the nice dandelion smell??

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  39. Cindy says:

    Our yard and field is full of dandelions (we live in the country and have acres!). My husband was getting ready to go out and spray weed killer on them and then run the lawn mower over them. I had heard of dandelions having a lot of benefits and shouldn’t treat them as a pesky weed. I came across your site by googling what to do with these flowers (I don’t think I’m ready to ingest them quite yet, but won’t mind trying the oils and creams). But I have a question. We have a really small farmhouse and I don’t have anywhere to really lay them out to let them dry. Instead of letting the flowers dry naturally over the course of several days, would it be ok to put them in a dehydrator? If so, have you ever tried that and how long would you recommend to dry them? Thanks.

    • Hi Cindy! I’ve not dried them in a dehydrator, but I’ve heard of others who have done so successfully. I’m not sure of an exact time frame, but if you check them fairly frequently, you should be able to get them just right.
      How wonderful to have so many dandelions available to use! I hope you enjoy the projects!