A soothing natural face moisturizer for sensitive or problem skin

This recipe for making your own homemade face moisturizer is formulated for supporting sensitive skin and "problem" skin troubled by rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and other unhappy skin conditions.

It helps soothe minor redness and irritation while also supporting a healthy level of hydration.

Plus, its blend of lavender, chamomile and helichrysum rejuvenates by calming inflammation, increasing the generation of new skin cells and reducing the appearance of scarring.

This recipe makes a fairly light homemade face cream, but if you're looking for a thicker cream, just increase the emulsifying wax to 2 tablespoons. All other ingredients and instructions stay the same.

Homemade Face Moisturizer Recipe


1 tablespoon (4g) Emulsifying wax

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

1 tablespoon (15ml) Vegetable Glycerin

1/3 cup (75ml) Calendula Hydrosol (floral water)

1 teaspoon (5ml) Vitamin E

10 drops Grapefruit Seed extract

7 drops Lavender essential oil

2 drops Helichrysum essential oil

1 drop Chamomile 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 hydrosol just until lukewarm. Do NOT skip this step - your moisturizer will separate later if the hydrosol is too cold.


Slowly pour the hydrosol 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 moisturizer into a clean, sterilized 8oz (250ml) dark glass or PET plastic bottle and allow it to cool before putting the cap on.


As it cools, stir or shake the moisturizer occasionally (at least once an hour) to prevent the ingredients from separating. This can take up to 2 or 3 hours.


Store your natural face moisturizer in a cool, dark place.

Storing Your Homemade Face Moisturizer - Important!

I have found that whenever my homemade lotions, moisturizers or sunscreens get too hot they separate. Because they don't have the same chemicals as commercial products, these natural face moisturizers really do need to be stored in a cool(ish) location.

I keep a little jar on the night table and the rest in the refrigerator clearly labelled.

Customizing Your Homemade Face Moisturizer Recipe

Consistency: For a thicker consistency, add a little more emulsifying wax. As I mentioned above, to reach a creamy consistency, increase the emulsifying wax to 2 tablespoons.

Choosing the best carrier oils: Here's where it gets fun! To meet the specific needs of your skin, you can customize your blends with small amounts of various carrier oils.

If your face is pretty calm but reacts to all but the mildest of products, stick with the calendula or apricot kernel oil.

For rosacea, eczema or psoriasis, replace some of your main carrier oil with a bit of Evening Primrose, Sea Buckthorn or Rosehip oil.

If you tend towards dryness, replace some of your main carrier oil with up to half a teaspoon of Avocado oil or up to a tablespoon of Sweet Almond oil.

If you have trouble with oiliness or breakouts but find that acne products irritate your skin, use Grapeseed oil - it's non-allergenic but also helps control oil production.

Hydrosols: You can also replace the calendula hydrosol with other flower waters such as chamomile, helichrysum, lavender or rose. If budget is an issue, you can simply use plain, distilled water.

Where to Get Ingredients

I started using essential oils from doTerra after comparing them to the other brands in my stash.

I found myself using fewer drops per recipe and actually getting better results. Plus, I've never had a bad reaction, which sometimes happens with other brands.

doTerra's oils cost more than other brands, and that's as it should be. It's like buying a BMW vs. a Kia - the more expensive car is the better quality vehicle.

If you can afford them, I recommend giving doTerra's oils a try and comparing them for yourself.

You can buy doTerra's oils at retail prices by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get a store-wide 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on the wholesale thing - why spend more than you have to, right?

I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs if you're on a tight budget. Their oils are more affordable and the quality is good. They're also a one-stop shop for all my other aromatherapy recipe ingredients. Click the links for...

Or... If you love having tons of options to choose from, browse through Amazon and see what looks good to you. Just remember that inexpensive oils are likely to be lower in quality - how else do they get the cost so low?

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