Three Of The Best DIY Face Cream Recipes

Three 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.

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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.

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 (adjustable): 100 grams
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Gather all of the ingredients and tools listed above
    diy face cream ngredients
  • 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.

Four More Face Creams To Try

Lavender & 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

Rose & Argan Oil Face Cream

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

Wrinkle Cream Recipe

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

Face Cream 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 (50 Comments)

  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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

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