Homemade Moisturizer With Just Three Ingredients
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Have you ever used homemade moisturizer?  I started making it a few months ago because I got frustrated with store bought formulas.  They either made my skin too oily, or it was so dry it started to flake and itch.  I'm also trying to use natural products as much as I can because I want to avoid chemicals on and in my body.

I started use coconut oil as a moisturizer last summer.  At first, I didn't like it because it's a little too oily for my skin, so I just used it at night.  As the temperatures and humidity dropped, my skin got a little dry.  I started using coconut oil both morning and night, and it works perfectly now.  But for summer, I'll need something a little lighter to combat oil.

If coconut oil is too heavy for you or if you want to make a custom formula, here are some basic guidelines.  You may need to play with the recipe a little bit to get it just right for your skin, and if you are like me, you may need to adjust it for winter and summer.

First, I'll give you the basic recipe, then I will gives you different oils and ingredients that you can use.

Homemade Face Moisturizer Recipe

  1. Melt coconut oil and cocoa butter in double boiler until melted.
  2. Add liquid oil and stir until well combined.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. While it is still a liquid, pour in to a jar.  Small mason jars work very well.
That's it!  It really is that easy to make homemade moisturizer for your face.


Which oils should you use?  That depends on your skin and what you have on hand.  If you make a lot of my recipes, you may already have some of these oils.  The rest you can find at health food stores or order from Amazon.  I used my affiliate link here, so if you buy them from my blog, you'll help support my blog. 
  • Olive oil is great for dry skin.
  • Jojoba oil is great for acne-prone skin, dry, and oily skin.  
  • Argan oil is great for mature and dry skin.
  • Sweet almond oil is great for combination or normal skin.
  • Avocado oil is great for mature and dry skin.
  • Emu oil is an emollient, so it helps keep your skin moisturized all day.  Great for mature and dry skin.
  • Neem oil is said to have antimicrobial properties, so it is great for acne-prone skin.
You don't need to add any essential oils unless you want their benefits and scent.  Here's a guide to help you choose the right ones.  You'll just need a drop or two in this homemade moisturizer recipe.

  • Chamomile is soothing for sensitive skin.
  • Peppermint is great for oily skin.  Only use a drop because it tingles.
  • Lavender helps oily and acne-prone skin.  Just use a drop.  
  • Lemongrass is great for toning oily skin.
  • Rosemary works well on oily and acne-prone skin.
Play with the recipe a little bit.  You can use two oils and use a ratio of 1:1 or 1:3 depending on what you have and what your skin needs.  Try different essential oils, or try it without any.  That's what I love about this recipe--you can make it however you want.  

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.