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Homemade Moisturizer- As Easy As 1, 2, 3!

I’ve been receiving a lot of emails over the past few weeks asking for a homemade moisturizer recipe, and as my loyal readers know- your wish is my command! As the weather starts to cool it’s very common to experience dry skin, especially in very cold and dry climates. Moisturizer is needed to slow down the evaporation of water from the layers of the skin. Even people with oily skin need to moisturize their skin, no matter what skin type you have if you’re over 25 years of age you should be moisturizing daily. To put it bluntly, moisturizing and lubricating the skin is absolutely necessary if you don’t want to end up with a dried-out, wrinkled prune face.

Personally, I believe the best moisturizers on earth are derived straight from the earth in the form of pure botanical oils and extracts. I’ve said it a billion times, and I’ll say it again- Mother Earth provides everything you truly need to care for your body! American Indians believe the cure for every ailment is within 20 miles of where you live, that  is if you live in a natural environment where plants are allowed to grow freely. One of the reasons why plant chemicals have such a dramatic effect on human physiology is because all living things are composed of families of related organic compounds. Proteins, enzymes, sugars, and vitamins from plants are bound to have some effect on similar substances in our own physiology. For example, antibiotic properties in plants perform the same effect on humans. They are present in the plants to provide an antibiotic function fopr the plant. In other words, the structure of botanicals corresponds identically to the structure of the human body.

My daily moisturizer consists of just 3 natural, botanical ingredients- Argan Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, and Lavender Oil. Deciding which botanical ingredients to use in your moisturizer will depend on your skin type, and personal preference- it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Choose A Carrier Oil…

Argan Oil

The carrier oil makes up about 2/3 of your moisturizer, and provides a base to add your other essential oils to. I use Argan Oil for my base oil because it offers excellent skin protecting properties, and readily absorbs into the skin without leaving a “greasy” feeling behind. In fact, Argan Oil is so wonderful all on it’s own, you could use it without adding anything to it and you’d still have a wonderful facial moisturizer great for all skin types!

Some Carrier Oil Options Include…

  • Jojoba Oil- Dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin.
  • Olive Oil- Dry or aging skin.
  • Sunflower Oil- Dry or aging skin.
  • Kukui Nut Oil- Normal, combination, oily or acne-prone skin.
  • Macadamia Nut Oil- Normal, combination, oily or acne-prone skin.
  • Apricot Kernel Oil- All skin types.
  • Sweet Almond Oil- All skin types, takes longer to absorb, but is a wonderful facial oil.
  • Grapeseed Oil- Normal, oily, or acne-prone skin.
  • Avocado Oil- Dry and aging skin.
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil- Normal, combination, or acne-prone skin.
  • Hemp Seed Oil- All skin types.
*You may want to experiment with different carrier oils to see which one works best on your skin before moving onto steps two and three. You may even find that you are happy with using your carrier oil by itself, and that’s totally fine! The carrier oils make excellent stand alone moisturizers- the oils in steps two and three are completely optional.

2. Choose A Skin Nurturing Oil

Rosehip Seed Oil

Adding a skin nurturing oil to your moisturizer will make your skin really happy! I use Rose Hip Seed Oil due to it’s amazing skin regenerating and firming properties, but there are many other options available, simply choose the one (or more!) that best match your skincare needs.

Some Skin Nurturing Oil Options Include…

  • Tamanu Oil- A wonderful skincare oil that’s wonderful for oily skin, treating/prevent acne, and diminishing scars.
  • Sea Buckthorn Oil- Great for all skin types, and works wonders for dry skin!
  • Carrot Seed Oil- A powerful healing oil great for any skin type and a little goes a looong way!
  • Borage Oil- Wonderful for improving the health and appearance of all skin types, and an excellent choice for acneic or inflamed skin conditions.
  • Evening Primrose Oil-  Great for all skin types, and rich in ingredients essential for many anti-aging problems like sagging skin, dry and rough skin.
  • Neem Oil- Awesome for oily and acne prone skin, very rich in antimicrobial and healing properties.

3. Choose An Essential Oil…

Homemade Moisturizer

When it comes to essential oils and skincare the options are almost endless! Take time to do your research and choose an essential oil that your skin will love. My personal favorite essential oil for skincare is lavender because it’s balancing, neutralizing, anti-bacterial, soothing, skin regenerative, great for all skin types, and one of the most versatile essential oils on earth!

Other Excellent Essential Oils For Skincare Include…

Acne Prone Skin: Tea tree, Helichrysum, Lavender, Geranium, Grapefruit, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Basil, German Chamomile, Cedarwood, Rosewood, Palma Rosa, Thyme & Lemongrass.

Dry Skin: Carrot Seed, Cedarwood, Jasmine, Geranium, Lavender, Orange, Palma Rosa, Rose, Roman chamomile, Rosewood, Neroli, Sandalwood, ylangylang & Rose Geranium.

Normal Skin: Cedarwood, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosewood, Ylangylang, Angelica, Rose Geranium & Lemongrass.

Mature/Aging Skin: Carrot Seed, Frankincense, Fennel, Geranium, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Sage, Cypress, Lavender, Neroli and Rose Geranium.

Combination Skin: Geranium, Rosewood, Ylang-ylang, Rose Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Chamomile, Palma Rosa, Sandalwood & Mandarin.

Easy As 1, 2, 3 Homemade Moisturizer Directions:

First, you’ll need something to store your amazing homemade facial moisturizer in- I use a 1 oz. glass bottle with dropper lid I purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs for  $1.15. Mountain Rose Herbs is also a great place to buy the ingredients for your homemade moisturizer!

  1. Fill 1 oz. glass bottle 2/3 full with your carrier oil of choice. 
  2. Fill bottle *almost* the rest of the way full with your skin nurturing oil(s).
  3. Add a FEW drops of essential oil(s) of your choice- about 5 drops total, or 2-3 drops if using peppermint which is really strong. You may want to add just a drop or two of essential oil at a time, shake bottle, and give it a sniff test- you should be able to smell the essential oil, but you don’t want it to be so strong that it’s overpowering. 
That’s all there is to it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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  1. I have been avoiding oils on my face for years and years because of oily skin, acne, etc. Can you share how you use this oil and how (if) one can avoid it leaving your face feeling oily?

    • Dear Jennifer,

      I’ve found that the oil absorbs quite fast and does not leave my face feeling greasy, just be sure to apply the moisturizer to a clean face! The book Beauty, Health & Happiness sold at Lily Organics is a great read as the author was a long time acne sufferer with extremely oily skin. I have done quite a bit of research and have found that using healthy oils on the face & skin does make the skin more oily or produce more oil. Please feel free to reach out again if you have any more questions.


    • Jennifer,
      I used to have the same issues as you with my skin. I started putting oil on my face a little over a year ago. I use a concoction of argan, tamanu, tea tree, lavender and put it on after cleansing my skin at night. Let it absorb for 20 minutes (so it doesnt all rub off on my pillow) and then go to bed. I’ve even used it under my make up. I used to get so shiny after half an hour of putting on makeup and now my skin is matte all day! Its super good for preventing wrinkles too. Best thing thats ever happened to my skin hands down.
      - Samaya
      ps. putting a hot cloth over your face helps with the absoption.

  2. Stephanie Reed says:

    Are all of these oils safe for nursing mothers? If not, which of them should I avoid!

  3. Thank you for such a great post! I’m always looking for natural, “clean” produces for me and my family! I love making our own detangler and detergent! I can’t wait to add this to the list to homemade goodies!

  4. Hello,
    I’ve really enjoyed your reading your website. I’m on a mission to make my own natural skincare products and your website has been extremely helpful. I noticed the recipes for making your own facial serum and moisturizer are very similar. I’ve been educated that apply your serum and then your moisturizer. When making your own serum and moisturizer and applying one right after the other, is it too much/heavy on the skin? Is using both the serum and moisturizer underneath a sunscreen also be too much/heavy?
    Thank you so much for all your assistance. Again, your website is a great resource! :)

    • Dear Elizabeth,

      You are correct! Serum first, then moisturizer :) I apply my sunscreen after serum/moisturizer with no problems of it being too heavy at all. I’ll try to post my homemade sunscreen recipe soon!


  5. librarypat says:

    I will have to check into this. My shins and ankle dry out so fast in the lat fall and are cracked all winter. I will plead guilty to not being too careful about keeping them moisturized with anything. Thanks for a most informative post.


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