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


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


  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. Packmama
      December 6, 2018 AT 4:25 pm

      can shea butter be substituted for cocoa butter? thanks

    2. Maria
      October 10, 2016 AT 9:54 pm

      I meant has anybody, sorry!

    3. Maria
      October 10, 2016 AT 9:52 pm

      Has any tried to add green tea and oatmeal to any of this recipes?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 11, 2016 AT 2:34 pm

        No, I haven’t tried adding anything to the face cream, but I love the idea of adding green tea or oatmeal!

    4. janet
      January 26, 2015 AT 1:46 pm

      If this is used more less for a moisturizer then what about a DIY face wash? Any recommendations?

    5. Cindy Stinson
      December 7, 2014 AT 3:55 pm

      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!

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