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.)

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

Recipes for Other Skin Types

Combination Skin:
Balancing Face Moisturizer

Dry, Aging or Damaged Skin:
Hydrating Face Cream

Problem & Sensitive Skin:
Soothing Facial Moisturizer

Acne or Oily Skin:
Homemade Acne Cream


  1. 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.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

My favorite supplier for aromatherapy recipe ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs. I love their quality, prices and staff - they're all excellent! Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for this homemade face cream...

What Next?

Why not create your own complete skincare routine with more easy, natural facial treatments. Fun, effective and economical!

Homemade Face Cleanser

Homemade Facial Scrub

Facial Steam Recipes

Homemade Skin Toner Recipes

Homemade Facials

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