Essential Oils, Healthy Living

Homemade Face Cream

March 16, 2015
Easy recipe for absolutely FABULOUS Homemade Face Cream. All Natural! Via View From The Fridge

I’m on a kick over here to whip my skin into shape for summer! Ever since I ran out of my store bought moisturizer a month or so ago, I’ve been trying out a couple different ‘homemade’ face cream recipes.  I’ve been doing quite a bit of research on what is the best oils to use and the best combination of ingredients.  I’ve also been trying the concoctions out on my own face to see what seems to work best for me, and I’m finally ready to share!

Easy recipe for absolutely FABULOUS Homemade Face Cream. All Natural! Via View From The Fridge

First, let’s back up and discuss WHY I wanted to make my own (and why you should, too)!

So why make my own?

First of all … it’s cheaper.  Much cheaper!!  Those fancy store bought lotions (and even just the drug store variety) are expensive!!

Next … I know what’s in it.  I can pronounce all the ingredients (all three of them).

It’s all natural!

And finally, it makes my skin feel amazing!  I use this cream twice a day and a face mask twice a week, and I’m loving my new skin!!  Seriously … this cream is fabulous!

Store bought cosmetics and beauty products are a big question mark in my book.  For a lot of people, they can be a major source of chemical exposure.  An average beauty product (including most lotions and moisturizers) contain dozens and dozens of chemicals, some known to be harmful, and many more that have not even been tested for safety in humans.  This homemade recipe is SO EASY, all natural, and works better than any other store bought product I’ve tried!

If you want a little more information, and a little more motivation to replace some of your commercial products with homemade (all natural versions), check out this short video, The Story Of Cosmetics:

Listen to the Story of Cosmetics:

Convinced to give it a try?  This recipe really couldn’t be easier!

Here’s what you’ll need:




Mix it up

An easy three steps …

  1. Place all three ingredients in a medium bowl (or in you kitchen aid mixer … which I don’t have).
  2. Beat oils for several minutes (~3 minutes) until they are very creamy.
  3. Place in small GLASS or metal jar (just not plastic), label, and enjoy after washing!
Easy recipe for absolutely FABULOUS Homemade Face Cream. All Natural! Via View From The Fridge



Easy recipe for absolutely FABULOUS Homemade Face Cream. All Natural! Via View From The Fridge


I’m only about 1/2 way through this little jar and it’s been about three weeks (and my husband also uses it).  This batch should last us nearly two months and I use it morning and night on my face, neck, and shoulders (and sometimes hands and feet, too).

I’ll warn you … when you first start using it, you’ll probably think it is pretty greasy.  Just use a tiny bit and it literally melts into your face!  The more you use it, the better you skin gets at absorbing the moisture, and the less and less greasy your face feels.

Seriously … within a week, your face will be amazingly soft!



Let’s talk about the benefits of these oils and why I choose this combination:

  • Unrefined Coconut oil: Promotes collagen production and heals damaged skin.  It is packed with antioxidants which are shown to have anti-aging effects.  Why use unrefined for beauty products and creams?  Because it’s additive and chemical free.  It is richer in proteins, vitamins, and antioxidants.  Coconut oil in general is an awesome oil to use for skin products because it’s solid at room temperature (though it quickly melts into your skin).
  • Vitamin E oil can help block free radicals, and thus slow down the skin’s aging process and the formation of wrinkles (!!).  It also promotes healing and helps to heal any scars, brown spots, other skin issues.  Bonus:  It’s also wonderful for your nails, so be sure to spread a little around!
  • Essential Oils:  Now, you can totally make this cream with just the coconut and vitamin E oils, and it will be wonderful (and, most importantly … all natural).  But, if you want even more benefits adding an essential oil or combination of a few essential oils can really give your skin the extra boost and leave it looking even more fresh, lightened, smooth, and younger! Below are some great recommendations on what oils to use for what type of skin.  If you only choose one, however, I recommend Frankincense.  It has amazing properties to restore, smooth, and improve skin tone!

Recommended Essential Oils to use in Face Cream (pick one or a combination of several):

Oily or Acne Prone Skin:  Cedarwood, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca Altenifolia (Tea Tree), Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang

Dry Skin:  FrankincenseHelichrysum, MyrrhPatchouli, Royal Hawaiian SandalwoodYlang Ylang

For Anti-aging:  Frankincense, GeraniumHelichrysumNeroliMyrrhPatchouliRose, Ylang Ylang

For Scarring:  FrankincenseHelichrysumNeroliPatchouli,

Sensitive Skin:  HelichrysumNeroliRoman Chamomile, Rose,

I’ve actually made two creams using different combinations of essential oils.  For my ‘Day Cream’ (the one I use under makeup in the morning) contains Frankincense and Lavender.  Like I mentioned above, Frankincense has wonderful restorative properties.  It’s works to fight the signs of aging (hooray!!).  I also use Frankincense in my Restorative Face Mask for these same reasons.  Lavender is wonderful for treating acne and smoothing skin tone.

Easy recipe for absolutely FABULOUS Homemade Face Cream. All Natural! Via View From The Fridge

For my ‘night’ cream that I apply just before bed, I kept the Frankincense and Lavender, but also added Lemon and Melaleuca (or Tea Tree) oils for their blemish-fighting abilities!  Lemon Essential oil should only be used at night because of it’s photosensitizing properties (basically it makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight).  I love lemon at night, however because it brightens skin and acts as an astringent and detoxifier.

Easy recipe for absolutely FABULOUS Homemade Face Cream. All Natural! Via View From The Fridge

All four of the Essential Oils that I have used in these two creams are available in the Essential Oil Starter Kit (an absolutely fabulous deal!!).  If you’re looking to get started with Essential Oils, this is a wonderful way to start.  It includes all the most popular oils, a diffuser, and an education pack that will have you excited about all the wonderful things you can do (and problems you can solve) with the oils!  Click HERE to learn more or simply send me an email with questions:

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And … if I still don’t have you convinced to attempt making your own skin cream (I understand there’s only so many hours in the day … believe me!), at least check out this site: 

Another great resource (if you still want to use store bought products) is the Cosmetics Database from The Environmental Working Group.  Search for your products favorite products to see how they rate, or find the least ‘toxic’ products in many categories.  We use this ALL OF THE TIME to choose sunscreen for our family (especially for our little boys).  It also has great info on hair care, nail care, perfume, and many, many cosmetics!

Or you could just make your own and know exactly what’s in it (wink, wink)!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’d love to hear your thoughts if you decide to give this a try!


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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney March 16, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Great idea for a night and day cream!! I love that you can make them yourselves.
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  • Reply Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness March 17, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Love this! I’ve tried just plain coconut oil before as a moisturizer, but I really didn’t like it. I didn’t know to wait a week or two for my skin to adjust! And, adding the vitamin E and Essential oils are genius! I’ll be making this soon when my current moisturizer is gone! :)
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  • Reply Laurie March 18, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Awesome! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at VMG206 Brag About It

  • Reply Sharilee March 19, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply Anna @ Sunny Side Ups March 21, 2015 at 11:54 am

    I LOVE this!! My face reacts to just about everything, and I love that I can see exactly what’s going into my moisturizer this way! Definitely giving this a try! :)

  • Reply Lou Lou Girls March 21, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    This looks incredible! I need some right now. Pinned and tweeted. We are so thrilled to have you at our party. Please stop by on Monday at 7, so we can see your amazing projects. Lou Lou Girls
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  • Reply Burlap and Sawdust March 21, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I will be trying this!!

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  • Reply Lill June 24, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Thanks for sharing! I have made by own face cream but find it so greasy and oily that by the time i need to apply my makeup, it doesn’t go on well. Besides letting it sit for longer, which i don’t have the time to in the AM, is there something you can suggest that i add or omit in order for it not to be so greasy? At night time i love this as i don’t have any makeup on but in the AM i am finding i am using my store bought moisturizer that absorbs almost instantly into my skin. And I’m trying really hard to stick to my natural homemade products.

    • Reply Katie June 24, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Hi Lill … I have the same issues. I LOVE it at night, but in the morning I can only use just a tiny bit OR wait for a longer time OR use more powder are my options. I have started using grapeseed oil on the mornings I don’t have a lot of time. Grapeseed is liquid at room temp, and I just use a tad mixed with Frankincense and/or lavender or lemon essential oils. It seems to be far less greasy and absorbs quicker in the morning. Something to try?? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  • Reply Lynn S July 14, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I made some today for me and my daughter and followed the directions exactly. It looked just like the picture you posted; however, this evening when I was going to use it I found that it was very runny and it looked like the Vit E had separated from the coconut oil. What in the world did I do wrong?

    • Reply Katie July 20, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Oh no! Mine did not separate (and I’ve made it 4 or 5 times). It does harden overnight to more of a balm, but as soon as I reach my finger in the jar to scoop a bit out, it turns into a liquid. I have no idea why yours is so runny? I do notice that when we don’t have the air conditioning on on a hot day or it’s super humid in our house the cream gets much more liquidy. Maybe that’s the case? Or if you store it near a hot shower? So sorry it didn’t work out!

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  • Reply Hannah Parker October 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Mine didn’t mix as creamy It was just oily – how did you get yours to look like the pics?

    • Reply Katie November 13, 2015 at 9:32 am

      I just kept mixing … After about a minute or two of constant mixing it turned from oily and clumpy to creamy. Good luck!

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    Would you recommend peppermint oil for the face? By itself or combined with lavendar?
    Thank you!

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  • Reply Laurie February 3, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I have a sensitivity to coconut oil…do you know if shea butter could be used instead?
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  • Reply Elizabeth February 8, 2016 at 12:09 am

    How long does this cream last before it goes bad? I have a cream with coconut oil and shea butter that ended up moldy within two months.

    • Reply Katie February 12, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      We use ours up within about 2.5 months, but over that amount of time, we haven’t had any problems with it going bad!

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