Eight Of The Best DIY Face Cream Recipes

Eight Of The Best DIY Face Cream Recipes

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

Below you’ll find my all-time favorite homemade face cream recipes which are part of my diy facial care routine.

Similar to the very popular homemade wrinkle cream, these 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.

a pot of natural homemade face cream with flower petals

Seven 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 four more excellent face cream recipes, I hope you enjoy these, I loved them all!

Plus…

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.

One Caveat On Making Your Own Floral Water

The homemade face creams below will keep for a couple of days without preservative, and 12 months with preservative 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 as they can be quite cost-effective and you will probably use all of the cream in four months anyway. Just make sure you use a preservative to get your 4 months.

So, What’s In My 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.

Important: Adding Preservative

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 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 preservative, and 12 months with preservative added.

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Natural DIY Face Cream Recipe

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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Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Yield: 100 grams
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Gather all of the ingredients and tools listed above
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  • Use your small digital scales to carefully weigh out all the oils (excluding essential oils) and Emulsifying Wax into a heatproof container.
    Use your small digital scales to carefully weigh out all the oils (excluding essential oils) and Emulsifying Wax into a heatproof container
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    Then combine the waters and oils together, mix it for at least 3 minutes
  • 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.
    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.
    As your mixture starts to thicken add the essential oils, stir well and spoon into a clean jar.
  • Spoon into a sterile cosmetic jar.
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Notes

Unless otherwise stated all of these homemade face creams keep for about 2 days without preservative, and 12 months with preservative added.
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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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Try to buy quality oils from a trusted supplier like Mountain Rose.

Method:

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Try to buy quality oils from a trusted supplier like Mountain Rose.

Method:

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

I hope you enjoy making this DIY face cream, I know it works well as I use it myself. But if you are eager to see more, below are four recent face cream recipes that I also loved.

Five More Face Creams To Try

DIY Face Moisturizer Recipe For Dry Skin With Antioxidants

So this time, I decided to embrace antioxidants by making use of green tea & lavender to make a DIY face moisturizer that really cares for my dry skin.
Check out this recipe
lavender green tea face cream

Make 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.
Check out this recipe
my best lavender and aloe face cream

Luxurious Natural Face Moisturizer Recipe

By making this gorgeous and natural face moisturizer with rose and argan oil, you can have a little piece of the A-list lifestyle, just for you at an affordable price.
Check out this recipe
best natural face moisturizer

A Homemade Wrinkle Cream That Works

This homemade wrinkle cream is fantastic, it’s perfect for tackling aging effects on the skin, it’s very easy to make & considerably cheaper than store-bought.
Check out this recipe
homemade wrinkle cream 3

A Quality Homemade Face Moisturizer For Men

If a guy is going to use only the 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!
Check out this recipe
diy mens face cream

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Angela Wills
Angela Wills
Hi, I’m Angela, I make most of the homemade things here at Savvy Homemade. I'm an experienced soap maker, skincare formulator, author, busy Mom of 3, and recently a Grandma! "Every day I share my experience while crafting something new, it’s fantastic".

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Discussion (56 Comments)

  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?

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    • 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!

      Reply
  2. Hi Angela,
    If I wanted to add hyaluronic acid to the Mature skin recipe (! – lol, trying everything), at which stage should I add it? Or should I rather add it to a serum? Your thoughts on these would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks. Kind regards.5 stars

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  3. I’ve just brought ingredients to make the luxury skin boost for dry skin cream. I would like to use lavender and geranium essential oils l and potentially orange essential oil. I wondered if I would need to use orange essential or not because it already includes the orange blossom water. What would you recommend?

    Reply
    • Hi Georgina,

      I often use floral waters in combination with their partner essential oils. Orange blossom won’t necessarily have all the benefits of orange essential oil, and vice versa. The only issue you may have is that your finished product will smell more orange-like than you may want. But you can offset this by using a little less orange essential oil and make up the difference with your lavender and geranium essential oils.

      Hope this helps!

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  4. Hello, Angela,

    Thank you for these wonderful suggestions. I made one of your face creams twice, albeit at a year’s distance, so I did not remember the second time that it takes FOREVER for the emulsifying wax to melt! Even when the oils and wax looked completely liquefied and I mixed them with the waters, I found a few pellets in there! So I put it back on the stove, as you suggested.

    I guess the pellets become transparent when they are almost melted and the mixture looks fully dissolved, but it is not? Is that the reason why I still find pellets after mixing? I did not want to keep the oils on the stove longer than necessary, but perhaps I should leave them there another 5-10 min after they look melted, just to be sure the pellet consistency is completely gone?

    Or, am I doing something wrong? In general, have you ever timed the melting time? It would be good to know.

    Many thanks in advance, Beatrice5 stars

    Reply
    • Hi Beatrice,

      Yeah, just leave it for a little longer. I like to stir mine as it sits in the water bath. Not continuously, just to get an idea of the texture of the e-wax. But if you’re struggling, you could use a microwave. Sometimes that does the job a little better. No more than 30 seconds at a time, though.

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  5. Hi Angela

    Which perservative do you recommend sodium benzoate & potassium sorbate or phenoxyethanol & ethylhexylglycerin?

    Reply
    • Hi Paula,

      Honestly, either of these preservatives will work just fine and should provide the result you’re looking for. So shop around and see which one is cheaper to buy. I would also say that ultimately you would want to get experience using both, so you can decide for yourself which one you prefer. Perhaps start with one, use it until you run out and then next time buy the other. Because these two preservative systems can be used interchangeably (add at around 1%) you shouldn’t have much problem doing this.

      Reply
  6. I LOVE this cream – finally someone who understands dry and/or mature skin! I have recently developed a love for oat oil and hemp oil. The oils in this recipe do not smell nearly as much as oat oil and hemp oil would! I am tempted to try substituting them in place to see how it turns out. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe!5 stars

    Reply
    • Hi Trish,

      As much as I think it would be interesting to make these products to sell, with my current lab set up (which is basically a craft table in my kitchen) I just don’t have the resources. There’s also a lot of red tape involved with selling cosmetic products and I just don’t think I have the time to get into all of that, especially now that I’m a grandma. But I do hope my tutorials inspire you to give DIY skincare a try.

      Reply
  7. any idea why your pictures make the cream look creamy white, while mine is as yellow as eggs. (I used Beeswax, will try Emulsifying wax next time- not sure if that makes a difference?). The Vit E oil and Wheatgerm oil are both yellowish, is that it? (But then why does yours look white and creamy?)

    Reply
    • Hi Jolene!

      I’m almost certain that beeswax is the culprit here. While you can get hold of white beeswax, if you give it another go with the emulsifying wax you should get a much lighter color. You’ll also find that your cream will be lighter in texture, and will absorb into your skin much more readily.

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    • Hi Mark,

      Interesting question. I’ve wondered myself in the past and I have given it a go. I found that it was much more difficult to get the oil and water to stay together, and had to use significantly more beeswax than I would normally use of the emulsifying wax. I also didn’t much like the consistancy of the cream as it was incredibly waxy and would take a very, very long time to sink in.

      All in all, I really wouldn’t recommend it. If you’re looking for something to protect your skin from the elements, you’re better of making a balm (they aren’t just for lips and can be used pretty much everywhere!).

      Reply
      • I’m disappointed to see this reply. I wondered the same when seeking to purchase my ingredients. When I click on your link for “Emulsifying Wax” in your DIY anti-aging skin cream, it takes me to a page that lists Beeswax, and you specifically say in your directions “Beeswax is my go-to”. Therefore, I ordered Beeswax, have used pricey ingredients to make this recipe, only to experience the same thing: separation, a thick waxy substance that does not seem very appealing.

        I feel that your directions and recommendations are very misleading if you now indicate that Beeswax is not the recommended choice.

        Reply
        • Hi Jolene,

          I was sorry to read that you’ve had problems with this recipe. It’s important to read my recipes very carefully and follow the ingredients exactly as they are stated on the page. While I understand that you’ve click one of my links in the ingredients section, these pages can talk about ingredients more generally (as we direct people to these pages from all over out website) and it’s always best follow the instructions on my DIY blog post.

          Beeswax is not suitable as a emulsifying agent. Like you said, you end up with a waxy mess that can separate. While beeswax is my go to for anything I can use it in (i.e. candles, balms, soaps etc.), it really isn’t suitable here.

          I hope this clears things up. But don’t worry about having bought the beeswax, there will be plenty of uses for it and it really is a wonderful ingredient.

          Reply
  8. Hi Angela. I have been making creams and lotions for while about a year. Avocado oil is good for dry skin. When I make it for myself I still use it because it keeps the skin moisturized. I never heard of melon oil. Your ratio is as I have noticed 60% water 30 oil and 10 emulsifier. I usually use this type of formulation. At the cooling phase I add helichrysum , lavander, rose essential oil, carrot seed oil,and vitamin e. It kind thins out the cream turns out great ! Preservatives like Germall Plus is .5 to 1.0 rate . Thank you for sharing these wonderful recepies.

    Reply
    • Hi Margie
      The emulsifying wax is the ingredient that binds everything together, so yes you will need this to stop the separation of oils and water. That’s not to say you cant have some beeswax as well which will produce a harder product.

      Reply
    • Hi Priya
      Always check the recommended usage guide before buying a preservative but as a general guide these homemade face creams should keep for up to 4 weeks without preservative, and 12 months with preservative added.

      But 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 couple of days, even with the preservative added you will still have to reduce the creams life span to 4 months.

      Reply
  9. Hi Angela,..I am also a male and will be making this natural cream you have suggested as for years I have had dry skin around my nose and face….and it irritates easily…I have never found a face cream to properly relieve it, and have been wanting to make something natural…..or when I have found something on occasion it seems that the formula changes and it doesn’t soak in anymore…it leaves wax like particles around the sides of my nose visible when i sweat,,,my pores are very, very tiny in this area because I used acne creams as a teenager that did wierd things to my skin like this…so about the wax added…can I substitute it with something less “waxy” as a binding agent ?..I pretty much have the rest of the ingredients listed to give it a go..creams soak in ok everywhere else on my face and forehead, just not my nose area, and I only want completely natural and healing from now on….thanks..John

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    • Hi John, great to hear from you.
      I really don’t find this cream waxey at all as the oils are chosen to absorb quickly. Unfortunately when making a diy face cream the oils and water would separate without the emulsifying wax. You could experiment by reducing the wax a little, in fact my next face cream recipe will have just 5% emulsifying wax, that should be posted in a couple of weeks. I cant give you the ingredients yet as I need to perfect it before it goes live.
      You could also try a face oil or or a homemade serum as these do not contain any wax.
      All the best
      Angela

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  10. Hi

    I want to have a go at making this, I am male and wondering if there are any adjustments to make it a bit more manly in fragrance! Or is it quite fragrance neutral?

    Thanks!

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  11. I’m not really into DIY stuff, I always fail but I really want to try this recipe. It’ll be a challenge but I really do hope it works. It would even be a good item for gift giving if ever I make it right

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  12. I absolutely love Orange Blossom scent and Orange Blossom water, but I’ve heard that it can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and more prone to sunburn. Has anyone had problems with having it in their face cream?

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  13. I’ve made both these creams and I don’t like the smells of the rose water or the orange blossom water – is there any essential oils I can add to make the smell of these creams more palatable?

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  14. Hi Angela! Thanks for all this awesome info. If you would kindly help me with your antiaging cream. All water separated out upon cooling. I continued mixing it but it happened anyway. Thanks a lot!

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    • Hi Pablo. If separation occurs in cool down phase (step 5) place the container back into the pan of simmering water until melted, remove from the heat then continue stirring until cool.

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  15. I made the cream at it feels a little waxy and won’t absorb easily, can I reheat and add some more oil or water to make it lighter.

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    • Hi Tina
      Sorry I missed this comment, my apologies! Make sure you have all the ingredients weighed correctly using a digital scale. For me this was definitely not waxy and absorbed very well. You could try reducing the wax element, its ok to experiment with this recipe.

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    • Hi Geraldine
      I agree this was so good, its non greasy and sinks into my skin so well… Iv’e used the whole pot and will be making some more tomorrow!

      Reply

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