The Trick to Getting All of Your Lotion Out of the Bottle

September 2, 2015 | By | Comments (4)
Courtesy of Instyle

Courtesy of Instyle

Some people won’t face the outside world without a mascara—for me, I refuse to start my day without a generous coating of body lotion. I picked up the habit (read: addiction) from my mother, and it’s the most indulgent part of my day. But anyone who has ever applied lotion with even mild regularity knows the frustration that comes from trying to get that last quarter of product out of the bottle. My beauty shelves are often strewn with nearly empty lotion bottles. Fortunately, there is an easy DIY fix: add a rosewater face mist to the bottle to create a sprayable moisturizer (just make sure it’s alcohol-free). “Rosewater has calming, anti-inflammatory properties,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Hospital. And unlike adding just plain water: “It can dilute lotion without likely affecting its moisturizing properties.” Read on to learn how to do it yourself:

What You’ll Need:

Bottle or tube of lotion with approximately 1/4 of the product left inside.
Rosewater spray of choice.
Spray bottle, like this one from The Container Store.


1. Pour approximately a quarter cup of rosewater (I love Glossier Soothing Face Mist, $18; into the lotion bottle. It’s best to start with a little and add more to achieve your desired consistency.
2. Replace the cap and shake it up so the the two formulas mix together.
3. Pour the concoction into your spray bottle and check the consistency. It should be light and spritz easily, not clogging the nozzle.
4. Spray away! Use it when you’re in a hurry or need a fresh boost of moisture throughout the day.

This article originally appeared on instyle.comThe Trick to Getting All of Your Lotion Out of the Bottle; Lindsay Dolak. 


  1. Yetta Jean Roberts

    I may try the third solution by Angela3 since I have a second bottle of the same lotion. Thanks to all suggestions.

    December 19, 2015 at 12:21 pm
  2. Mike Baeten

    i use a device that helps me empty my bottles. It is called ‘Soap & Lotion Bottle Saver Connecter Coupler’ by Use Every Drop. Check it out on Amazon!

    November 28, 2015 at 10:04 am
  3. Kathleen

    That’s exactly what I do. Also with tubes of toothpaste.
    Diluting lotion with rosewater sounds interesting, though. You can purchase rosewater at MidEastern, or sometimes, Hispanic groceries for a lot less than $18.

    September 3, 2015 at 9:23 am
  4. AngelaS

    This is a much more elegant solution than mine. As my favorite lotion is sold in a plastic bottle, I cut the bottle in half when it gets so low it will not dispense. Storing the bottle in a zipper lock baggie keeps it from drying out the two or three days it takes me to finish it up.

    September 3, 2015 at 4:15 am

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