A rich, nourishing homemade face moisturizer for dry, damaged and aging skin

It's really quite easy (and economical) to make your own homemade face cream to nourish, protect and revitalize dry, mature or damaged skin.

This recipe uses a blend of carrier oils, glycerin and essential oils to replenish your skin's moisture, improve its elasticity and support the growth of healthy new skin cells.

I generally use it as a night cream - it's very rich (and it makes your face shiny) so I like to let it work its skin smoothing, wrinkle reducing magic while I sleep. Plus, its deep floral scent calms the mind and balances the emotions, which helps promote healthy, restful sleep. Bonus!

Homemade Face Cream Recipe


2 tablespoons (8g) Emulsifying wax

1/3 cup (75ml) Jojoba or Apricot Kernel oil or
a combination of oils suited to your skin (see below for suggestions)

1 tablespoon (15ml) Vegetable Glycerin

1/3 cup (75ml) Rose Water

1 teaspoon (5ml) Vitamin E

10 drops Grapefruit Seed extract

4 drops Sandalwood essential oil

3 drops Patchouli essential oil

1 drop Frankincense OR Chamomile essential oil

1 drop Geranium essential oil

1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil



Stir together the oil, emulsifying wax and glycerin in the top part of a double boiler, warming slowly over a low heat until the wax is melted. Remove from heat and pour in the Vitamin E.


In a separate pot on the stove or in the microwave, gently warm the rose water just until lukewarm.


Slowly pour the water into the oil, stirring constantly with a wire whisk until the mixture is thick and smooth.


Stir in the essential oils and the grapefruit seed extract. Pour the homemade face cream into a clean, sterilized 6oz (175ml) dark glass or PET plastic jar and allow it to cool before putting the lid on.


Stir the mixture occasionally as your homemade facial moisturizer cools to prevent the ingredients from separating. Store in a cool, dark place.

Customizing Your Homemade Face Cream Recipe

For a thinner consistency, add a little less emulsifying wax.

Choosing the best carrier oils: You can customize your homemade face cream with small amounts of Avocado or Evening Primrose oil. Read the carrier oils page and see what might work best for you.

You can also replace the rose water with other hydrosols such as calendula, chamomile, helichrysum, lavender, rose geranium or sandalwood - all of which are good for dry, aging or damaged skin types.

Storing your Homemade Facial Moisturizer

I got an email from Louise, who wrote:

"Hi, I tried your recipe for the face cream this morning & I'm delighted!! Its lovely & I was really surprised at how much it made. How long will it last if stored in a cool dark place, do you think?"

My answer:

"I would suggest putting most of the cream in a container in the fridge (should keep for about 6 months or more) and then transferring small amounts at a time to a little jar you keep in your bathroom cabinet.

That way you can have some on hand without having to run to the kitchen (or freeze your face off) but you also maximize the preservation factor.

I was thinking 1/4 cup or so in the bathroom - or whatever would be about a week's worth. (Depends on how much you use and how frequently.) Then you could just wash out the jar with hot soapy water once a week and refill it from your stash in the fridge."

Where to Get Supplies

I like Mountain Rose Herbs because they're ethical and sustainable, with lots of quality choices at good prices. I also like that they're a one-stop-shop for all my basic ingredients.

After some experimentation and comparison, I switched my oils to doTerra because I found they work better. They cost more than some other brands, but that's because the quality is higher. There's no fillers or substitutes to drop the cost of making them.

You can shop retail by clicking doTerra's Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on how to maximize your savings.

For the best variety of any online store ever, browse Amazon. They have every brand you can imagine, and a wide range of prices.

Please remember - you get what you pay for, especially with essential oils. If a bottle of oil only costs a couple of dollars, it's only going to be worth a couple of dollars. There are no laws enforcing purity so you have to trust the supplier. Buy the best oils you can afford.

Here's how I think of it... For budget, choose Mountain Rose. For quality, choose doTerra. For variety, choose Amazon.

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