Homemade Facial Moisturizer Recipe

A healthy, natural face moisturizer that nourishes and protects normal skin

This recipe for homemade facial moisturizer is formulated for normal skin that's neither too dry nor too oily.

It helps maintain a healthy level of hydration, supports the growth of new skin cells and helps keep your skin's natural oil production in balance.

Plus, its blend of lavender, chamomile and palmarosa soothes not only your skin, but your nerves and mind as well!

This recipe makes a fairly thick homemade face cream, but if you're looking for a lighter option, such as a face lotion, simply reduce the emulsifying wax to 1 tablespoon. All other ingredients and instructions stay the same. (Oh, but you might want to use a bottle with a lotion pump instead.)

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Hydrating Face Cream

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Homemade Facial Moisturizer Recipe


2 tablespoons (8g) Emulsifying wax

1/3 cup (75ml) Jojoba, Kukui Nut 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 Geranium Hydrosol (floral water)

1 teaspoon (5ml) Vitamin E

10 drops Grapefruit Seed extract

8 drops Lavender essential oil

1 drop Chamomile essential oil

1 drop Palmarosa 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.


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 facial moisturizer into a clean, sterilized 6oz (175ml) dark glass or PET plastic jar and allow it to cool before putting the lid 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.

Customizing Your Homemade Facial Moisturizer Recipe

For a thinner consistency, add a little less emulsifying wax. As I mentioned above, to reach a lotion consistency, reduce the emulsifying wax to 1 tablespoon.

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.

For example, if your face is mostly normal but tends slightly towards oiliness, replace some of the jojoba with some Grapeseed oil.

If your skin tends a little towards dryness or is beginning to show a few wrinkles, use a bit of Evening Primrose, Sea Buckthorn or Rosehip oil.

The vegetable glycerin in this homemade facial moisturizer recipe acts as a humectant, which means it attracts moisture to your skin.

If you want to add a more active rejuvenating ingredient, you can replace all or part of it with some natural (NOT from a pharmacy - from a health food store) Aloe Vera gel.

Aloe is nourishing for any skin condition and generally supporting clean, healthy, happy skin.

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

Where to Buy Homemade Facial Moisturizer Ingredients

I prefer Mountain Rose for all my basic ingredients, like the carrier oils oil and hydrosols. I trust them - their quality is always great, their prices are good and their customer service is terrific.

For essential oils, I use doTerra. After comparing and experimenting with my recipes, I saw that recipes using doTerra's oils worked faster and better - plus I never experienced any of the glitches like headaches or skin irritation that happen with some other brands.

doTerra's oils cost more, which makes sense because with essential oils, you always get what you pay for. Spending a little more for something stronger and cleaner makes sense to me. (Plus I actually use fewer drops than the recipes call for, which cuts costs. Genius!)

You can shop doTerra retail by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get 25% discount. Message me to get more info on the perks of wholesale membership. Discounts are awesome!

If you're someone who loves choices, Amazon is great. You can compare, read reviews, and there's lots of price ranges to fit your budget. Just remember to buy the best essential oils you can afford - they go directly into your bloodstream, so you don't want junk.

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