Homemade Facial Moisturizer Recipes


Homemade Facial Moisturizer RecipesNatural face moisturizer recipes

I LOVE making my own natural moisturizers at home.  It’s a satisfying experience making them, not just because of the process itself, but also the feeling of having smoother brighter more radiant skin afterwards.

Natural facial creams and lotions are very easy and low cost to make, but the best thing about making your own skin care products is that you can add the perfect mix of beneficial “active ingredients” to suit your unique skin type and condition.

Here are some base recipes you can make from simple ingredients.  You can then add other ingredients to create your ideal recipe.

Lets start with a rundown of a few important base ingredients you can use.

Natural facial moisturizer recipe base ingredients:

  • Almond oil
  • Argan oil
  • Rosehip oil
  • Extra virgin coconut oil
  • Apricot oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Olive oil
  • Carrot seed oil
  • Borage oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Safflower oil

Almond Oil – all skin types

Almond oil is light and nourishing for skin. It doesn’t leave a heavy residue because it absorbs quickly. It is nice as a moisturizer base or as a moisturizing facial serum. You can add other oils like rosehip, carrot seed, argan, wheatgerm or borage oil to protect against environmental damage and repair damage.

Argan Oil – damaged skin and anti-ageing

Argan oil contains a high concentration of vitamin E and fatty acids, which help other ingredients absorb deep into the skin layers. It is also an antioxidant making it an all around winner as an ingredient in skin care moisturizers and serums.

Rosehip Oil – repairing and anti-ageing

Rosehip oil is another oil that has regeneration properties and does wonders for ageing damage skin or scarring. You can add it to a base oil for a nourishing moisturising serum or in moisturizer.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – anti-bacterial and moisturizing

Extra-virgin olive oil is highly moisturising for skin and it also contains antibacterial properties which make it perfect for an acne treatment. It’s quite gluggy in its consistency so you’ll need to warm it  slightly before adding it to any serum or moisturizer.

Apricot Oil – light moisturizing

Apricot oil is very similar to Almond oil in its consistency and can be used in place of Almond oil. almond and oil is an excellent massage oil,  or for use as a light moisturizer.

Jojoba Oil - nourishing, anti-aging and repairing

Jojoba is another oil that closely matches the skin’s own sebum making it able to absorb into the skin readily and an excellent serum or moisturizer base. Used with rosehip oil, argan oil, carrot or borage oil it makes an amazing anti-ageing serum that also great for softening wrinkles.  Blending this oil with the others mentioned above makes for a wonderful moisturizing and antiaging cream.

Olive Oil – moisturizng and anti-ageing

Olive oil is yet another wonderful ingredient you can include in home-made facial moisturizer recipes. Just like Jojoba Oil it closely resembles the skin’s own sebum and can be used with or in place of Jojoba Oil.

Carrot Seed Oil – repairing nourishing and anti-ageing

Carrot seed oil is rich in vitamin A making it excellent for appearing sun damaged skin. It’s also perfect for rejuvenating dry mature skin. Add about three or 4% carrot oil to your home-made facial moisturiser recipe.

Borage Oil – anti ageing and anti-inflammatory

Borage oil is a natural anti-inflammatory making it great for people with skin conditions. The capsules you can buy it to take internally can also be used like vitamin E capsules as an overnight facial treatment by simply opening the capsule and applying the oil to clean skin. Add to your homemade facial moisturiser recipe for a soothing boost.

Grape Seed Oil – great for acneic skin or oily skin and blackheads

Is a really good base oil for oily, acne prone skin  or complexions with lots of clogged pores. It absorbs well and doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily.

Avocado Oil – dry skin and mature skins

Avocado oil is packed full of essential fatty acids and other nutrients that are highly beneficial for dry and mature skins. You don’t need a lot of avocado oil in your blend to enjoy the benefits of this oil.

Safflower Oil – good for blocked pores and mature skins

Safflower oil is high in linoleic acid, I’ve included this oil because you can use it in skin serums for dry mature skin thanks to its high content of essential fatty acids. More importantly include safflower oil in your diet in the form of salad dressings and other recipes because it has lots of benefits for skin when taken internally.

Soybean Oil – dark circles and puffiness

This oil is perfect as a 1/3 blend in homemade facial moisturizer recipes if you have dark circles around your eyes

So there you have it, my list of favourite oils to use and home-made facial moisturiser recipes. By using these oils and adding a few essential oil ingredients (more on those in a moment) you’ll be giving your skin the nourishment and moisturising effects of  top of the line commercial skincare products without having to pay the exorbitant prices for the privilege of using them.

Not only will your skin feel amazing, that you have the peace of mind knowing that you are only using pure and natural ingredients with no potential side-effects.  You can find 201 recipes, over 97 ingredients and how to use them in Natural Homemade Skin Care Recipes book here

Step 1. Make a simple (3 ingredient) serum that you can use on it’s own OR “convert” into homemade facial moisturiser recipes.

Tip:  Make sure you only use serums or  home-made facial moisturizers on fresh clean skin. Your moisturisers will add not only absorb better, that won’t be locking in all of the dirt and oil that’s been sitting on your skin from the day before.Homemade Facial Moisturizer Recipes

Storing your base oils and glass bottles is the best way to keep them fresh and uncontaminated. It’s also easier to keep them on hand for when you’re ready to make your moisturiser.  Some people are content just to use serums as moisturisers but many people are so accustomed to using lotion on the skin that they prefer to use their recipe in that form.

You can buy glass bottles in many shapes and sizes from Mountain Rose Herbs or Sunburst Bottle

Ingredient Number One – The “Base” or “Carrier” Oil

**Beeswax – you will need beeswax to make a moisturizer with your serum** available from Amazon

Homemade Facial Moisturizer Recipes

Choosing a base oil for your skin type may take a little thought. If you have oily skin, choose a lighter oil like almond or apricot. For dry or mature skins start with jojoba or argan oil. You can also choose a combination of base oils and play around with the mixture until you find a blend that feels right on your skin.

I generally use one to 3 base oils as a starting point and then add other oils like borage, and carrot seed oils when my skin feels like it needs a little more TLC.

Just remember that your base oil is going to be the main ingredient of your blend, so it pays to make a smaller quantity the first time just to see how you like it.

I know this sounds a little vague for those of you who would like me to be more specific, but the fact is the more you experiment with different oils the more addicted you’ll find yourself becoming good idea of perfecting your recipe to suit your unique skin. After all there is only one you, and only you will know what feels the best for you.

Okay okay I hear you saying just give me a basic serum to start with!

So here goes….

My absolute two favorite base oils are argan oil and/or Jojoba Oil. Why?  because they are both easily absorbed into your skin without leaving a sticky residue. They are both very moisturising and have anti-ageing benefits so I like to use a 50-50 blend of these oils to start with.

Based on your skin type here is a mini list of oils to suit general skin types (pick yours below)

  • Argan oil (perfect for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
  • Jojoba oil (excellent for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
  • Apricot kernel oil (good any skin type, but especially normal, dry, and aging skin)
  • Sweet Almond oil (an all encompassing great facial oil, but can take longer to absorb into skin)
  • Safflower oil (good al around oil for acne-prone, normal and dry mature skin)
  • Grapeseed oil (excellent for normal, oily, or acne-prone skin)
  • Avocado oil (used in smaller amounts for dry and aging skin)
  • Hemp seed oil (a light oil good for all skin types).
  • Olive oil (a little heavier but good for all skin types)

Your base oil is going to make up around 2/3 of your finished oil blend. Don’t worry, I will show you how to mix them shortly.

Step 2. Adding “active” ingredient essential oils to your natural face moisturizer recipe.

Most of the ingredients I am going to suggest here won’t cost you much  but there are others that will make you take a deep breath when you get to the checkout.

Fortunately the more expensive –  and very optional I might add –  ingredients are extremely concentrated and will last you two to three years when using them regularly. More expensive oils like rose oil (it’s like liquid gold as a hydrating moisture bath for your skin) and a $20 bottle of concentrated rose oil will give you the same benefits of having a years worth of hydration spa treatments at your local salon.

So relatively speaking, even though you don’t need to buy expensive ingredients, the benefits far outweigh the cost compared to the equivalent price of an expensive bottle of skin cream from your local cosmetics counter.

Find your “nourishing oils”

Homemade Facial Moisturizer Recipes

It’s absolutely fine if you want to skip adding the nourishing bonus oils but experience tells me that once you get started you’ll probably find yourself becoming addicted to the results and want to try more ingredients as an everyday treat for your skin!

So here are some suggestions for nourishing oils to include in your facial recipes:

  • Tamanu oil (amazing for acne-prone problem skin)
  • Neroli oil (very antiaging and fabulous for red veins or rosacea as is parsley oil/infused parsley leaves in the oil)
  • Sea buckthorn oil (powerful nourishing oil, excellent for all skin types, but especially mature, aging or dry skin)
  • Evening primrose oil (acne, aging, normal skin, hormone balancing and can be taken internally to reduce acne)
  • Neem oil (very antimicrobial and healing, neem oil is tops for acne and oily skin)
  • Emu oil (a powerful emollient emu oil is protective and nourishing for dry or aging skin)
  • Extra virgin coconut oil (warm before use as it melts at low room temperatures – great for itchy dry or acne prone skin)
  • Rosehip seed oil (anti-wrinkle oil – highly regenerating and well known for it’s firming and anti-aging abilities – perfect for dry, aging, and normal skin)
  • Carrot seed oil (you only need a tiny amount of this oil, but it’s superb for any skin type especially scarred damaged skin and wrinkles)
  • Borage oil (ridiculously high in oleic acids making it great for most skin types, but especially oily and acneic skin, can go rancid if left in warm or light conditions)

Now, you might want to add a little bit of “flava” with an essential oil!

Step 3.  add “active oils

(STOP: IMPORTANT, if you are making moisturizer add these oils AFTER Step 5.)

Remember! You only need a couple of tiny drops of essential oil to get the benefits you need for your skin. Essential oils are potent (and they last for a ridiculously long time when you use them this way)!

Homemade Facial Moisturizer Recipes

  • Tea tree oil (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial – amazing for acne prone skin but only use a few drops)
  • Lavender (acne, oily, or dry skin – lavender is soothing healing, you only need a tiny amount)
  • Peppermint (like lavender, peppermint is great for oily and acneic skin,  It’s an astringent, and leaves your skin with a tingle)
  • Chamomile (best to use chamomile is Roman – healing and soothing, so it’s great for ALL skin types.  Costly though)
  • Rose geranium (a healing general essential oil – this is especially good for dry, sensitive skin, mature aging, and normal skin)
  • Palmarosa (great for any skin type, but perfect for acne prone clogged skin, in addition to being softening and soothing for aging skin)
  • Lemongrass (brightening and toning, this is a great oil for normal, oily, or acneic skin)
  • Rosemary (anti-microbial so great for acne prone oily skin)
  • Rose oil (extremely hydrating – can use a few drops in a spray bottle of water for a hydrating spritz, perfect for dry mature and aging skin)
  • Frankincense oil (good for mature skin – softening, anti aging and good for wrinkles)
  • Fennel oil (skin brightening for dull skin and also clearing blocked pores – lifts tires looking skin)
  • Sandalwood (great for acneic skin and blotchy skin – normal, oily and dry skin)
Step 4. How to create your recipe:

Now we are getting to the fun part!  Mixing your recipe.  I am going to start with a serum and then show you how to add beeswax to turn your serum into a natural face moisturizer recipe.

  1. Fill your bottle to 2/3 full with your base oil.
  2. Add your “nourishing oils” to about 95% of the total volume.  When using extra virgin coconut oil warm and add only up to 20% so it doesn’t “set” the blend.
  3.  Now add 4-8 drops of essential oil (5%) NO more.  Only add 1 percent peppermint oil if you don’t want watery eyes or “onion syndrome”.  Add UP to 3 drops of tea tree oil and 2 drops of lavender if you are using it. You only need a tiny amount of these oils as they are super potent, so remember – even if they smell faint or you think you need more – don’t get heavy handed with the essential oils.
  4. Place cap on top and shake well.

Keep your facial oil in a cool place out of sunlight.  They will last for about 9 months.

Important tip: If you are using borage oil this goes rancid fast so only buy a small amount and add it to each batch sparingly.

Step 5. Making your homemade natural face moisturizer recipe:

Wash your hands and all containers (both mixing and storage) as this recipe does not contain preservatives (adding tea tree and neem oil helps it last longer).


1/2 cup of your oil serum blend

2 tablespoons cosmetic grade beeswax

1 cup of warm water (can add aloe juice into the water or carrot juice for added nourishment made up to the cup full)


Warm your oil blend (excluding essential oils in a double boiler) with beeswax until just melted. Stir together well.

Homemade Facial Moisturizer Recipes

Slowly whip in warm water/water juice mix.

Remove from heat while still stirring until the moisturizer “sets”.  Add essential oils and stir in gently.

There you have it – your own homemade natural facial moisturiser!

It’s FUN and addictive making your own homemade facial moisturizer recipes.  You’ll love the feel of your skin after using them and you know you’re saving money and at the same time using non toxic ingredients.

I love making and using the serums – you can use our serum wizard to find the right ingredients for your skin or visit our recommended products to find ingredients.
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About Mia

Mia Gordon is a blogger, natural remedies expert, researcher & author, best known for her popular "Natural Home Made Skin Care Recipes (Amazon)" book which shares hundreds of easy homemade face masks, skin care recipes, acne treatments, and anti aging oil blends to protect, nourish and beautify skin. A simple, easy to follow guide to healthy radiant skin at home.

  • Ashley Gardiner


    This was super helpful, but I have a question about making a moisturizer. I want to use the following oils:

    -Argan Oil
    -Macadamia Oil
    -Grape Seed Oil

    -Sea Buckthorn Oil
    -Carrot Seed Oil


    And then add beeswax and shea butter to make it into a moisturizer. Do you think these oils will work well together? Or will it just be a giant mess?


    • http://www.naturalskincarerecipes.com Mia

      Your recipe is great, the only thing to remember is that some oils are more liquid than others so for thinner oils with a thinner viscosity you will need a little more beeswax (better to be too thin than too thick by overdoing the beeswax content).
      Remember to add carrot seed oil and essential oils after the liquid has cooled a little to ensure you preserve the vitamins and beneficial acids in these ingredients as heat can effect them.

      Love to know how you get on :)


  • Ashley

    Hi again Mia,

    So I made the face lotion but I think I messed up. It still works but I don’t think it fully emulsified and now I have pockets of water that appear when I stir it. I think the problem may have been that I used green tea and let it steep too long so the water cooled. I also used my blender because I don’t have a food processer that allows you to pour liquid in once it is on. And I think it may have been too think for the blender so maybe it didn’t mix properly. Either way, it still works.. It just doesn’t look great. Any suggestions? Or ways I can fix this?

    Thanks so much!

    • http://www.naturalskincarerecipes.com Mia

      Hi Ashley, Beeswax is an emulsifier that binds oil and water together for a smoother mix. Warmed ingredients do work better and blending them together with a brisk whisk usually is sufficient.

  • Natasha

    I fell so motivated by this website. Today I went and got the ingredients.
    I used an Acne designed recipe for my teenage daughter.

    Carrier oils: Grape seed and Safflower
    Nourishing oil: Neem oil
    Essential oil (once cooled): Lavender.

    It looks good and feels nice on our skin, although I poured off some unmixed watery liquid. One problem I haven’t fixed is that the Neem oil ABSOLUTELY stinks. I cannot smell the lavender I added, but my question is can I add some stronger scented essential oil like rosemary or tea tree on top of the lavender that’s already there? I can’t see a teenager using a product that smells like Neem oil!

    • Natasha

      What a difference in a day. This morning I have a teenager with less angry acne, less redness and a belief in a natural product (despite the odour issue) that I hope she will keep using now she has first hand experience of the difference it has made – I wonder now what will her skin look like in two weeks.

  • Rachel

    Hi, today I tried to make this but when stirring the water and the beeswax completely separated. What did I do wrong?

  • Meredith

    Help! The beeswax and water separated when I was (slowly) pouring it in. I ended up pouring out the remaining water that didn’t mix. Now my “lotion” is hard and clumpy :( Can anyone tell me if there is anything I can do to revive the mix? I hate to waste all those pricey oils I used!!! :(

  • Sheree

    Sorry but I’m confused. How/when and how much beeswax do I use? I made the serum and saw that I needed beeswax but don’t see how to include that. I obviously am not reading this carefully…. :-). Where is that info?