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!

    6. Sharon
      November 27, 2014 AT 11:04 am

      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.

    7. Sally
      August 30, 2014 AT 11:55 pm

      Does this need to refrigerated once made?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 31, 2014 AT 10:36 am

        I don’t refrigerate mine.

    8. Jpeacock
      July 22, 2014 AT 12:48 am

      Coconut oil has a natural SPF of about 15, but obviously it would have to be re applied:)

    9. Lena
      April 16, 2014 AT 8:05 pm

      Did you know carrot oil naturally protects against UVR. Maybe try mixing some in the facial cream for the daytime!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 17, 2014 AT 8:28 am

        Great tip! I’ll have to look into adding some to my day cream.

    10. Stephanie
      December 27, 2013 AT 7:33 pm

      Amazing! I added some Vitamin E Oil. Thank you loads!!

    11. Natalia
      December 8, 2013 AT 7:20 pm

      Does it matter what kind of coconut oil you use? I have the cooking one would it make a difference?

      1. Eating Bird Food
        December 8, 2013 AT 9:41 pm

        Hi Natalia – I’d just make sure it’s extra virgin coconut oil.

    12. Erica
      November 7, 2013 AT 4:49 pm

      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!

    13. Dido
      October 14, 2013 AT 10:25 pm

      Whats good for dark spots…

    14. whit
      October 2, 2013 AT 4:29 am

      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!

    15. sisu
      August 20, 2013 AT 2:39 am

      Thanks for posting! I have dry in my face.. sensitive skin too, plz help me here ? so can I try this …?

    16. Erica
      August 18, 2013 AT 9:27 pm

      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.

    17. Nadia
      August 14, 2013 AT 5:44 am

      Hi! would I be able to use shea butter instead of cocoa butter?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 14, 2013 AT 8:16 am

        Hi Nadina. I think that should work fine.

    18. Flora
      August 2, 2013 AT 7:23 am

      A nice recipe, pls I want to know if it is advisable to add green tea to it.

    19. Suzanne
      July 12, 2013 AT 10:23 am

      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!!

      1. whit
        October 2, 2013 AT 4:24 am

        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 🙂

    20. Holly
      July 10, 2013 AT 6:05 pm

      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:-)

      1. Cindy Stinson
        December 7, 2014 AT 4:14 pm

        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

    21. Amanda
      July 5, 2013 AT 1:45 pm

      Just wanted to let you know that coconut oil is a natural sunscreen with an SPF of 15.

    22. Sharon
      June 13, 2013 AT 5:30 am

      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??

    23. season
      June 1, 2013 AT 7:07 pm

      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.

    24. Corin
      June 1, 2013 AT 9:02 am

      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!

    25. lift and glow pro and lift serum pro
      May 22, 2013 AT 4:55 am

      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!

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