Homemade All-Natural Face Cream

I realize my series on natural products has been slacking a bit, but today I’m sharing something to make up for it – an awesome recipe for a homemade facial moisturizer that I absolutely adore. Seriously, this stuff is amazing!

Jar of homemade face cream on a white and yellow striped towel.

I have dry, sensitive skin so I have to be careful what products I use, particularly on my face. With this homemade cream, I’ve finally found something perfect for my skin type. I use it all year long but it’s especially nice in the winter months since my skin tends to be more dry than normal. Although I think it would be great as a daily moisturizer, it doesn’t have SPF so I stick with a sun protecting cream during the day. Currently I’m using A Perfect World SPF 25 from Origins and I’m liking it.

Since I made the switch from my previous night-time moisturizer (CeraVe) to this homemade blend, I’ve noticed a big difference in how smooth and soft my skin is when I wake up in the morning. It’s glorious! I’ve also noticed that the moisturizer isn’t just lovely for the face – it can be used all over the body. I put it on my hands, knees, feet, elbows and anywhere else I’m feeling dry.

The best part is that the blend is made up of only three natural ingredients, which happen to be packed full of antioxidants -perfect for protecting against free radicals and keeping your skin silky smooth! I’ll also note that a little bit goes a long way. One batch tends to last me a couple months.

Containers of coconut oil, cocoa butter, and olive oil sitting on a white and yellow striped towel.

Another plus –  it smells delicious from the coconut oil and cocoa butter.

Homemade All-Natural Face Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2½ tablespoons cocoa butter
  • ½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

  1. Melt coconut oil first by sticking your container/jar in a bowl of hot water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a small pan or double boiler and heat just until the cocoa butter melts.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Allow mixture to cool slightly, place in a small sealed container/jar and shake vigorously, let it sit for a few minutes and shake again.
  5. Depending on the temperature, the mixture may solidify similar to how coconut oil/cocoa butter do on their own. In the winter the cream will usually be solid. You just have to use your finger to get a little bit out of the jar, rub it around in your palms or between your fingers to warm it up a bit and then apply.

Jar of homemade face cream sitting on a white and yellow striped towel.

Make a batch for yourself and apply it each night after washing your face. Or make a batch for a friend – a small jar of this makes a great homemade holiday gift.

PS – I’m currently on my way to Florida for work. I can’t wait for the 80° weather!!! 🙂

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  1. Wld it be ok to substitute Sweet almond oil for the olive oil because I’m out of olive oil? Also my 11 yr old son has very sensitive skin & always has a rash somewhere. I’ve had to start making our laundry detergent and was wondering if you knew of any recipes for body wash and deodorant that’s good for skin problems. Every deodorant we try gives him the most awful rashes that dr’s cldnt figure out so said for him not to wear deodorant for now but a very active 11 yr old that sweats ALOT lol needs something. So I’ve been looking into doing things the natural way. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m about to give it a try right now. Wish me luck!

  2. I ran across this recipe a few day ago. I have very sensitive skin and can not use most brands on the market. I made this two days ago and can’t believe how soft it makes my hands and face. Today I started using it on my dry legs. I love it. Thanks so much for posting it.

  3. I’ve been using coconut oil for several months now and absolutely love it especially as a facial moisturizer. I have noticed that sometimes the coconut oil tends to leave my skin just a little tight, so I’m looking forward to trying this recipe!

  4. I am so excited to try this recipe! thank you so much!
    im wondering if i could possibly add less cocoa butter (for smoother more liquid lotion like consistency) and switch the olive oil for a carrier oil blend… do you think it would work? perhaps if i put it in the blender?

    thank you!

  5. I tried this cream, and I love it! I added a few drops of Vitamin E oil and lavender essential oil. I have been using coconut oil on my face at night for a few months, and it’s been great for my combination skin. So far, this recipe seems like an even better moisturizer. Thanks for sharing!

    PS – I hope you don’t mind – I posted this recipe on my blog (http://meetmissmarie.blogspot.com/) and cited your original post.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I’ve been using just straight organic, virgin coconut oil on my face and body for about a month and I love it. I’d like to try this for my face, but the only Cocoa Butter I can find is very hard at room temperature, and it’s quite expensive, coming only in a large container. I can’t quite make out the name of the one you show–any suggestions of where it can be purchased? Online? Thank you!!

    • you can shop online or visit your nearest organic supplier, here we have Planet Organic*
      raw cocoa butter is hard, use the double boiler and warm it up to liquid form, when mixed with other liquids it remains softer.

      hope this helps 🙂

  7. Hi!
    I came across this recipe and it helps to clear my son’s eczema.
    If you add a 1/2 cup of aloe vera gel you get a wonderful lotion! Just melt the oils and cocoa butter, cool and add to blender. Slowing add aloe and scrape down sides.
    If you stray from the recipe by adding more aloe or oil it won’t mix right.
    Thanks a bunch and I’m addicted to the smell:-)

    • I don’t have a blender & was wondering if a food processor cld be used. I don’t know if my son has eczema but he has very sensitive skin that gets irritated or breaks out with awful rashes when he uses a lot of over the counter products. I’m going to give your ides a try & thanks for sharing

  8. Hi I’m going to give this a go.. Do you use organic products? Or what are the best products to use? Also do you have any top tips on sunscreens? I know Shea butter Is a natural sunscreen but it doesn’t have a high enough factor.. Is zinc oxide ok to use or just another chemical??

  9. I only use coconut oil to wash my face and moisturize. it works really well. put the coconut oil on your faceand let it steam in the shower then rinse with cool water.
    if you want a natural sunscreen then you could try shea butter. The smell is not all that good but if you mix with essential oils it is better.

  10. How does this lotion work with acne prone skin? I have heard about oil cleansing and have thought to try it but I am so scared of a bad break out!

  11. Very good blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost
    on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform
    like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many
    options out there that I’m totally confused .. Any ideas? Bless you!

  12. I’m looking for a perfect cream recipe that called for lanolin,
    virgin coconut oil, almond oil, rose water, aloe vera. Are
    you familiar with this recipe? I had a copy for years and now
    when I’m ready to make it again I misplaced it. Please email
    me if you can. Thanks Marian

  13. It felt great on my skin, but I genuinely hated the smell. Any idea how can I make it more pleasant to the ‘nose’. Obviously, the shea butter (which I put instead of the cocoa butter) in addition to the virgin oil can’t give you pleasing smell, but I’m pretty certain that something can be added to the mixture for a sweeter fragrance. Many thanks.

  14. Hello, this recipe seems lovely but just a question, can I substitute the olive oil for avocado or grapeseed perhaps? Thank you

  15. Awesome recipe! Natural recipes leave your skin feeling much younger, fresher, and rejuvenated. I will be sure to share this moisturizer with others. Thanks!

  16. I was all excited when I read about this cream so I made it. It did not agree with me as I found that when I washed it off in the morning my face felt dry and tight. I also noticed a patch of dry skin near my right temple. I now use pure coconut oil and I love it. It absorbs well and my skin looks healthy. I guess cocoa butter is not for me.

  17. I just made my first batch using the exact ingredients in the photo (I had all three). Only the EVOO is a different brand. The end result is not white or creamy – it’s golden color more like the Palmer’s Coco butter stick. I made it 11 hours ago and it is still predominantly liquid with a few congealed bits of white – probably the coconut oil.

    Did I do something wrong? I have not tried it on my face yet.

  18. hi! You said that this cream it’s a little heavy to wear during the day under makeup.
    If i replace the olive oil with sweet almond oil or apricot kernel oil or grapeseed oil it will be ok to use it during the day under makeup?
    I’m also interested if you have a recipe for a natural face cream with spf or a natural eye cream.
    Thanks!

  19. I use the whole stick of coconut butter, correct? I had a hard time trying to measure out 2 1/2 tablespoons because it is pretty solid…
    Thanks

  20. i want to remove black spots in my face please send a feed back i have dry skin face and bodies are different colours i want to chance immeddiately

  21. Brittany,
    The recipe sounds wonderful but I’m type 0 blood type and according to the blood type diet I’m supposed to stay away from coconut oil. I absolutely love the way it feels on my skin but occassionally I get a pimple or two on my chin. How would you advise? Thank you! Meredith

  22. Wow this face cream sounds amazing! I literally only just realised you had some great homemade skin care posts! And here I was thinking Eating Bird Food was just about delicious recipes 😉 I will definitely be trying this.

    Thanks Brittany!

  23. This looks simple enough, I’ve been looking up tons of recipes for a face cream, my question is can you add any oils to this for further benefit? If so, which ones would be good? Can you make this with jojoba oil instead of olive oil and can you add essential oils to it I guess is what I’m asking? Isn’t rose oil supp to be good? Any suggestions for my rosacea like skin?

  24. I had HUGE eyebags! Then I remembered reading health benefits if coconut oul somewhere. I started using it around the eye area and have notedthat other people have stared telling me that I look younger and more well rested somehow, confirmation of my observations about my diminished eyebags! I have been combing the internet for testimonials in coconut oil/cream as a facial moisturizer. I’ll now give it a go after eading your and the others’ comments. Thanks!

  25. Hi! Thank you for posting the recipe to make the cream. I’ve been searching for hours and days to find one. I made my face cream following your directions yesterday and it came out to be super hard (like a bar soap). Is it supposed to softer or is this normal? Thanks!

  26. Hello,
    I like your blog, i have been on nature products from few months and liked the idea by doing our homemade stuff, i made body scrub from days and i am going to do ths cream soon 🙂

  27. Thank you soo much for getting back to me soo quickly. I will do that now. Does it need to stay in the fridge one it had solidified?
    Thank you again

  28. Hello
    I bought all the ingredients a couple of weeks ago and was very excited to make it. I was just waiting for my shop bought one to finish. So today I have made it, I made it a 0900 and it is now after 1230 but is still has not solidified, it is still a liquid.
    PLEASE HELP ME
    Thank you

  29. I’m trying for the first time to make my own moisturizer. Everything went well until I tried to whip it, ( I don’t want hard or bar lotion) I thought I would try rose water and as I added it to the mixture while blending it, it turn instantly to a hard wax consistency. It smells great and would make an excellent lip balm:). How do I get it creamy like store bought lotions? Please help!!

  30. I just find your recipe! I ben looking since yesterday for a natural moisturizer, also Yesterday I spend $28.00. On a toner an a small moisturizer from Clinic. Since my skin is extremely sensitive this creams fell good, but to much money. I can weight to try it this recipe! I will save a lot of money since i am not working right know. Thank you so much for this post. Martha L.

  31. @sara,pllsss I ve allergy,dats itchy eyez nd coloured eyes and I ve tried all d eye drops I can get…I am in Africa, nigeria to be precise..pllsss is there any natural way I can cure dis or reduce it…..fanx

  32. I can’t wait to try this blend! For my family we’ve been using coconut oil straight with a few drops of Young Living Lavender essential oil and this is so relaxing. Also in alergy season, having the lavendar helps with itchy eyes. Wonderful, so glad to have found your site.

  33. Hello, thanks for posting this 🙂
    Just wondering i only have coconut oil and olive oil but not the cocoa butter!
    So, is it possible to use shea butter instead? .. Also is it fine to put this cream on my eye area? i’m in my mid 20’s.. Is it a night cream? because i like to put a cream in the morning but i’m afraid it’s not good, you know the sun heat !
    Thanks a bunch 🙂

    • I think shea butter would work fine! I use it near my eye area and haven’t had any issues, but be careful because it’s a sensitive area and might react differently with different people. And yes, I use it as a night cream. It’s a little heavy to wear during the day under makeup.

  34. Hey I have a wheatish complexion plus I have dark circles which badly needs to be cured!! I have a combination skin. The point is can I use the coconut oil before going bed with wheatish complexion?? as I am looking for a remedy that gives glow on my face… 🙂

  35. In the last 6 months I have been trying a ton of homemade concoctions. Yours was the first facial moisturizer I tried because I had all the ingredients. After experimenting with a bunch of other recipes I have found that (drum roll please), that yours is the best! c:

  36. My first acquaintance with coconut oil was when I was sailing in the South Pacific. The Tahitians had the most beautiful skin and hair. On becoming aware that sunscreen actually Causes skin cancer with all those chemicals in it, I researched alternative sunscreens and again and again coconut oil came up. I live in Africa. When I go into the sun or walk the beaches I put on coconut oil. I become lovely and brown and dont burn but of course I dont consciously try to sunbathe or roast my skin. For long periods in intense sun, which I can feel on my skin, I cover up. I read that as a sunscreen, it is best to allow the oil to be absorbed in the skin before going out in the direct sun.

  37. I made some and love it! Now will be giving to my friends. Two questions and a comment:
    Mine turned out a little grainy. Of course, it dissolves when you put it on. I was thinking of putting it in a mini-food processor to smooth it out. Do you have this problem?
    Is 2 1/2 T of cocoa butter equal to one stick? I don’t think it is, which makes the recipe complicated. I am going to melt one stick and measure it and adjust the recipe if it is not 2 1/2T.
    PS I love your blog!
    Finally, Rite Aid has the cocoa butter on sale for .99 (they say half price) right now.

    • Hi Nancy! I’m glad you like the face cream.

      During the winter months when it’s a colder temperature in the house the cream does get hard and a little grainy so you have to rub it in your fingers before applying. Let me know if putting it in the mini-food processor makes it better!

      You’re correct, 2.5 T of cocoa butter isn’t one stick. I think 2.5 T is approx. 1/2 of the stick.

      Thanks for the info about the sale, that’s great. 🙂

  38. This is a great idea. My daughter is really into natural. I think she will definitely like this one. I have some of those mini jam jars and will just use some pretty scraps of fabric to decorate the top. I love making gifts for Christmas so I can add this to my list of great ideas.

    This is for Christi – another great idea is making spice blends. Check for different blends on line, like Montreal Steak Spice. Buying spices in bulk at a bulk food store is really cheap and you can buy just as much as you need. In a nice jar, prettily decorated, is an great, inexpensive gift. I am making this one for my son who is away at University – macho decorated. This is also a great idea for anyone a sodium reduced diet – the fresh herbs and spices have more flavour and you can reduce the salt.

  39. I can’t wait to make some. I love the idea of giving it as a Christmas present, too. Question: Where did you buy your coconut oil and cocoa butter? (I live locally.)

  40. I already use olive oil when I need to moisturize my face, but this just sounds luxurious. I can already imagine how nice it smells. That’s it. Tomorrow I’m going to buy a pretty glass bottle, some fancy ribbon, and all the ingredients!

  41. This is such a great idea, thanks for posting the “recipe”. I am currently unemployed and have been stressed out thinking about gifts for the holidays but this helps me out so much. My mom, sister and grandmother won’t be expecting a gift of course but we are really close and I wanted to get them something regardless of my situation, this will be perfect. Thank you for posting it, it has made my night. I have all of the ingredients already so now I will just need to buy some pretty jars and print up some nice labels. If you have any other crafts or homemade gift ideas please feel free to post those too. Most of the ones I find call for several expensive things so I might as well just buy a gift but this is very economical.

  42. I bet this smells amazing 🙂 I’ve used olive oil on my face before by itself and it made my skin soooo soft – I only used it before bed though, even with really dry skin it makes you kind of shiny for an hour or so. I’ve been needing a new night cream lately so maybe I’ll give this a try!

  43. This sounds great! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! My skin is super sensitive so I also use CeraVe and love it but I’ve been searching for something very natural.

    Can you use this during the day as well? or would it be too oily? Thanks!

  44. this is such a great idea! i usually use just coconut oil on my hands/etc when my skin is dry but the addition of the olive oil and cocoa butter sounds super moisturizing – which i think my poor dry hands might need desperately right now!

  45. I’ve been using Trader Joe’s brand of moisturizer, and I like it, but would prefer something even more natural. I’m going to put cocoa butter on my store list!

  46. So excited to try this! Thanks for posting. Generally I just use raw unrefined shea butter (which I love) but I am always willing to add a bit of variety to the mix.

  47. My esthetician was telling me that it is actually better to use a moisturizer and a sun screen/SPF separately rather than as a combined product. She said that they work, but each product has to give a little something up to be combined, she likened it to the 2in1 shampoo/conditioners–they work, but not as well as using the two products separately.

  48. I also have sensitive skin and have to be really careful with my face products. At night I’ve been using a little jojoba oil and find that it’s super moisturizing and doesn’t make me break out. I was initially terrified of putting oil on my face, but it’s been awesome.

    I can’t wait to try your moisturizer recipe! Love the smell of coconut!

  49. I have combination skin (very dry after washing but gets oily throughout the day.) Would this be too oily for my skin type to you think? Does it feel greasy after application?
    I am looking forward to making a batch to use as a night moisturizer! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • add some cornstarch to the coconut oil-I have started a small business making coconut oil body creams and they are delicious and make your skin super soft-please contact me-I would love to send you one!!!

      • How much cornstarch? I just started making my own deodorant out of coconut oil and 4 other ing in my cupboard and it works!! I was so thrilled!! Let me know what you’ve got brewing… I am very interested in the natural homemade way!!!

        • I use about 4 teaspoons of cornstarch and some essential oils of my choice and about 2 cups of coconut oil and I also add 2 tblsp. of the small beads of beeswax-I use a kitchenaide mixer to mix it all for about 15 minutes and what a beautiful cream-I melt the beeswax in the micorwave for 3 minutes and pour it over the coconut oil as I am whipping it! I would be willing to send you some—-

          • Hello Wendy I’m from Ireland..Is that possible if you can send me this homemade face cream to Ireland because my skin is very sensitive and I can;t use any lotion or cream I ever bought in supermarkets or pharmacies. ButI wud luv to give it a go to your natutal home made cream..Plz let me know how much will be the expenses for that.
            Thank you
            Sobia

          • Hi, I was reading your comment about your moisterizer recipe. Would you be willing to share it with me? I am in my 50’s, get occasional breakouts but generally have combination skin and some wrinkles starting. I itch from most store bought products plus I can’t afford them anymore. I would appreciate any help. Also looking for a good cleanser recipe.

            thanks,
            Mary

  50. I use straight-up Coconut Oil as my face moisturizer and I LOVE it. I’m somewhat breakout-prone so I was worried about slathering oil all over my face, but it honestly makes me break out far less than any store-bought moisturizers (even the expensive ones…) and it’s SO much cheaper.

    • Hi Kristina, Do you use the coconut oil during the day too or just at night? Does it leave the skin greasy and oily? I want to try it out 🙂 Thanks!

      • I use it, just a little bit on my fingertips, while my face is still wet from the shower or washing. It thins out the oil nicely, making it spread evenly on my face, and it makes it absorb into my skin faster, with no greasy slick. I love straight coconut oil on my skin all over after a shower, but I will try this creme for my face. I have very sensitive skin and can’t use anything over the counter for my face. Coconut has anti-bacterial properties so it helps heal your blemishes and keeps skin clear.

        • Coconut oil is a great sunscreen also. I use it straight up every morning. Native Hawaiians have used this throughout time for sun protection!

      • Coconut Oil FTW!
        Tiffany – I mostly use it at night, and use a tinted moisturizer during the day. I only use a small amount and it absorbs very quickly – my skin never feels oily or greasy after it sinks in or in the morning. I’ve never used it during the day but I imagine you probably could.

        • I use coconut oil morning and night and it’s good on fresh shaven legs! Also i no longer have cracked heels…works like a charm on those nasty heels!

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