Natural Face Moisturizer

A healthy homemade facial moisturizer that hydrates, protects and balances combination skin

This natural face moisturizer recipe is especially good for combination skin that's normal or dry in some spots and oily in others (usually the "T Zone" - forehead, nose and chin areas.)

It maintains healthy moisture levels and helps balance your skin's natural oil production.

Plus, its aromatic blend of sandalwood, lavender and ylang ylang supports your nerves and mind as well. Use it morning and night to start and end your day on a happy, gentle note.

Note: In the homemade facial moisturizer recipe below, use 1 tablespoon of emulsifying wax for a light moisturizing lotion or 2 tablespoons for a rich, creamy texture.

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Dry, Aging or Damaged Skin
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Acne or Oily Skin
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Natural Face Moisturizer Recipe


1 to 2 tablespoons (4 to 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) Aloe Vera

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

1 teaspoon (5ml) Vitamin E

10 drops Grapefruit Seed extract

8 drops Lavender essential oil

1 drop Geranium essential oil

1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil



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


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


Slowly pour the hydrosol/aloe mixture 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 (use a bottle for lotion) 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 less emulsifying wax.

For a creamy thickness, add more.

If your skin is sensitive, leave out the aloe vera gel - some people find it irritates their skin.

Choosing carrier oils for your skin type: To meet the specific needs of your skin, you can customize your natural face moisturizer with small amounts of 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, replace up to 10% of the jojoba with Evening Primrose, Kukui Nut or Sweet Almond oil.

You can also replace the hydrosol with other flower waters such as calendula, chamomile, lavender, rose geranium or rose. Or you can just use plain, distilled water.

Where to Buy Natural Face Moisturizer Ingredients

I've recommended Mountain Rose as my favorite supplier since starting out on this journey. I always research suppliers for quality, ethics, price and selection, and they're great on all fronts. So I feel good about offering their products to you.

Having said that, I have to share another supplier for essential oils that I personally now use because I've found their quality to be the best. I switched to doTerra after buying a few oils like lavender and tea tree and comparing them in my recipes.

What I found was that they worked faster and more effectively than any other brand I've tried. So I want to offer their oils to you as well. It's always good to have options, don't you think?

Here's how I see it...

Buy from Mountain Rose when you're watching your budget. Also for base ingredients like emulsifying wax and carrier oils.

Buy from doTerra when quality is your most important factor. You can shop 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 learn more about the perks of going wholesale.

Buy from Amazon if you love variety. You can always find deals, and you'll never run out of options.

Just remember that if you pay a low price you're going to get a low quality, especially in the land of essential oils. This is an area where you need to buy the best you can afford, trust me.

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