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.

Customizing Your Homemade Face Moisturizer Recipe

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.

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.

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