Eight Of The Best DIY Face Cream Recipes

Did you know that natural DIY face cream is often far better for your skin, or that anti-aging creams are simple to make at a fraction of the price?

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Most of you will agree with me that shop-bought skin creams and moisturizers are very expensive. But did you know that natural homemade face cream is often better for your skin, or that it’s actually very simple to make at home, and comes at a fraction of the price?

So, although there are many other homemade face moisturizers for you to try your hand at. In this post, I want to focus on how to make some of my all-time favorite DIY face cream recipes.

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Similar to the very popular homemade wrinkle cream, the creams below are great for reducing and preventing wrinkles, they are also none greasy and absorb quickly into the skin. I often apply the rose anti-aging cream after using my homemade anti-aging serum or facial oil as it helps it penetrate the skin more quickly and eliminates the oiliness.

Eight DIY Face Cream Recipes

I will start by showing you how to make my Rose Anti-aging Cream for mature skin. I’ll then follow that up with two variations, a luxury skin boost for dry skin, and my day cream for combination skin.

But keep reading, because after that I have 8 more excellent face cream recipes, I hope you enjoy these, I loved them all!

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About Making Your Own Floral Water

To give your face cream that little extra, you can substitute all of the distilled water in the recipes below with floral waters (also known as distillates, hydrolats, and hydrosols).

You can also make your own floral water by steeping dried flower petals or herbs in boiling water for 10 minutes, then straining through a fine strainer or piece of muslin.

The homemade face creams below will keep for a couple of days without preservatives, and 12 months with preservatives added.

A preservative is particularly important if you do go down the ‘making your own flower water’ route. You must use a preservative or it will only stay fresh for a very limited time, and even with the preservative in it, you will still have to reduce the cream’s lifespan to 4 months (12 months with purchased flower water/distilled water).

That’s not to say that I wouldn’t recommend making flower waters, I definitely would, Just make sure you use a preservative to get your 4 months.

So, What’s In My Homemade Rose Face Cream?

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This is for mature skin, it’s an indulgent homemade face cream that has everything you need to combat wrinkles and boost regeneration.

  • The Wheatgerm and Avocado oils are rich in vitamins and healing properties that soothe, moisten and encourage new cell growth.
  • Rose essential oil is the crème de la crème of essential oils for combating wrinkles but it’s extremely pricey. If you can afford the high price tag you will not be disappointed and you will find that a little goes a very long way, after all, we’re talking drops here so it lasts for years when kept in the right conditions. But if Rose essential oil is out of your budget, use Rose Absolute which has come a long way in recent times. Or even Rosewood which although not quite as potent is a very good substitute.
  • Frankincense is another high targeting essential oil for mature skin, cell regeneration, wrinkle targeting, soothing, and meditating are just a few of the properties this first-rate essential oil can bring to the table.

Adding Preservative To Face Cream

When it states to add the preservative, you will notice I give a choice of when to add it. When buying your preservative the packaging should always give a guideline of when it can be added along with a maximum temperature limit. Most good preservatives can now be added at the cool-down phase, this is my preferred method as it eliminates the chance of overheating and destroying it. But always check the recommended usage guide before buying it. Unless otherwise stated all of these homemade face creams keep for about 1 week without preservatives, and 12 months with preservatives added.

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How To Make Face Cream At Home

This natural homemade face cream recipe is for mature skin. It's often better for your skin, it's very simple to make, and comes at a fraction of the price.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Yield: 100 grams
Author: Angela Wills
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  • Gather all of the ingredients and tools listed above. Use your small digital scales to carefully weigh out all the oils (excluding essential oils) and Emulsifying Wax into a heatproof container.
    15 grams Avocado Oil, 10 grams Wheatgerm Oil, 15 grams Emulsifying Wax NF, 1 gram Vitamin E Oil
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  • Place the rose water and distilled water into a separate heatproof container, you can actually add the preservative to the water at this point but as there’s a chance it could easily overheat, I prefer to add it later at cool down phase.
    45 grams Rose Hydrosol, 15 grams Distilled Water
    Place the waters into a separate heatproof container, you can actually add the preservative to the water at this point but as there’s a chance it could easily overheat, I prefer to add it later at cool down phase.
  • Place both containers into a pan of simmering water; use 2 separate ones if you can’t fit both containers in. You need to keep the jars off of the bottom of the pan to help protect the oils from the direct heat. I use the top part of a stacking steamer placed in a larger pan and this works great.
    You can also use trays in the bottom, or you can use a double boiler.
    Place both containers into a pan of simmering water
  • Once the Emulsifying Wax has melted remove both containers from the pan. Then combine the waters and oils together, mix it for at least 3 minutes.
    Once the Emulsifying Wax has melted remove both containers from the pan
  • Continue to stir at regular intervals until the cream cools to below 45C. Use your infrared thermometer gun to test this.
    using an infrared gun to test temperature when making diy face cream step
  • If you are using a preservative and haven’t added it earlier, now is the best time. The easiest way to add this is by placing the cream container onto the digital scales (.0000 of a gram scales are best) press the tare button (resets it to zero) then add the 1 gram with a dropper or small spoon.
    1 grams Preservative
    If you are using a preservative and haven’t added it earlier, now is the best time
  • If separation occurs in cool down phase, place the container back into the pan of simmering water until melted, remove from the heat then continue stirring until cool.
    As your mixture starts to thicken add the essential oils and stir well.
    4 drops Rose Essential Oil, 3 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
    As your mixture starts to thicken add the essential oils, stir well and spoon into a clean jar.
  • Spoon into a sterile cosmetic jar.
    1 Cosmetic Jar
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Unless otherwise stated all of these homemade face creams keep for about 2 days without preservative, and 12 months with preservative added.
Category: DIY Skincare
Cuisine: N/A
Difficulty: Intermediate

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Two Interesting Variations

Luxury Skin Boost For Dry Skin

Vitamin A,B1,B2,B5,D and E are all present in the Avocado oil, helping to heal and moisten dry skin.

Argan oil and kukui nut oil are bursting with vitamin E so they are very hydrating and protecting; Kukui nut oil also has a high concentration of Vitamin A and C so it’s great for very dry, sore or acne-prone skin.

The essential oils I’ve chosen for this diy face cream compliment the base oils fully, combating dry dull skin for 24 hours whilst helping to regenerate fresh new skin cells to give a healthy glow.


  • 15g Avocado oil
  • 15g Argan oil
  • 5g Kukui nut oil
  • 14g Emulsifying wax NF
  • 35g Orange Blossom Water
  • 25g Distilled Water
  • 1g Preservative (optional)
  • 3 drops Myrrh essential oil
  • 5 drops Neroli essential oil
  • 1 Cosmetic Jar


Use the same method as the Rose Anti-aging Cream above.

Clear & Bright Day Cream For Combination Skin

Melon seed oil is rich with vitamin C and omega 3 and 6, it absorbs into the skin very quickly taking all the other oils with it. Melon seed oil also holds great healing and skin protecting properties.

Jojoba oil is also rich in vitamins; it’s a great choice for combination skin, the antioxidant properties are ideal for clearing excess oil and conditioning the skin. I’ve also added a little wheatgerm oil to increase the vitamin E content to help soothe and hydrate those flaky dry patches.

Sandalwood and ylang-ylang both have rebalancing values to help control oily and overly dry patches and their antidepressant properties will help kick-start your day and also put a spring in your step.


  • 15g Melon seed oil
  • 15g Jojoba oil
  • 5g Wheatgerm oil
  • 14g Emulsifying wax NF
  • 35g Lavender water 
  • 25g Distilled water
  • 1g Preservative (optional)
  • 3 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 5 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • 1 Cosmetic Jar


Use the same method as the Rose Anti-aging Cream above.

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Wrinkle Cream Recipe With Honey And Orange

Similar to my first homemade wrinkle cream this natural anti wrinkle cream is another great overnight treatment, it’s perfect for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles in your facial skin. But you can also get some great results when using this cream on cracked heels or dry hands.

my best lavender and aloe face cream
Lavender and Aloe Face Cream

I’m loving this lavender and aloe face cream recipe! It’s great for sensitive skin, speeds healing, soothes, calms, and also restores your natural glow.

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A Quality Homemade Face Moisturizer For Men

If a guy is going to use only one DIY skincare product, what should they use? This amazing homemade face moisturizer for men is what I came up with, and it really is amazing!

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How To Make DIY Eye Cream Without Using Preservatives

Specially formulated to keep eyes looking bright, young, and full of life. This DIY eye cream doesn’t call for any water, it can happily keep for up to a year.

Luxurious Natural Face Moisturizer Recipe with Rose and Argan Oil
Luxurious Natural Face Moisturizer with Rose and Argan Oil

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Homemade Wrinkle Cream That Works!

This homemade wrinkle cream is fantastic, it’s perfect for tackling any ageing effects on the skin, it’s very easy to make and considerably cheaper than store-bought anti wrinkle creams.

I hope you enjoy making these DIY face creams, I know they all work well as I use them myself. Let me know how you get on and ask any questions in the comments below.

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Angela Wills

Hi, I'm Angela, and I make most of the homemade things here at Savvy Homemade. I’m fearlessly dedicated to creating tried, tested recipes & products that will work for everyone. I'm an experienced soap maker, skincare formulator, author, busy Mom of 3, and recently a Grandma! Welcome to SavvyHomemade, it's my true passion.

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Discussion (60 Comments)

    • Hi Julia,

      Unfortunately floral waxes are totally unsuitable for emulsifying. In fact, the benefits of floral waxes in general are disputed and research suggests all they possess is a mild aroma and no skin benefit. I would stick to using a good quality, total emulsifying wax such as NF or BTMS 50. You could use Olivem1000 if you prefer a natural e-wax.

    • Hi Semonaalie,

      You can, however, make sure it is safe for use on the skin. Also keep in mind that different emulsifying waxes have different usage amounts. So you may need to play around with your measurement until you reach a thickness you’re happy with. You may also find that not all emulsifying waxes produce a texture that you will like, so that may require experimentation as well.

      If you’re very unsure, make small batches. Maybe no more than 20-50g at a time so you don’t waste too much of your ingredients. You can also make a very simple formula, using just distilled water and vegetable oil to save money while working with new e-waxes.

      Hope this helps!

  1. You did not respond to the question I ask you the other day about what to replace Kukui oil with other than Rice Bran Oil?

    • Hi Paula,

      Oh my gosh I’m so sorry, for some reason I thought I had already answered it. Please forgive me.

      Rosehip Seed Oil and Melon Seed Oil are great subs, as is Avocado Oil. Although, you could also try Evening Primrose. I’ve got a bottle of that myself and It’s such a gorgeous oil on my skin, I’m finding myself making any excuse to use it right now.

      Hope this helps Paula, lovely to hear from you again. Happy formulating!


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