How to make customized face and body cream

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How to make customized face and body cream

I admit I’m a beauty product junkie. But in my continued quest to live a healthier, less-chemical-soaked lifestyle, I’ve started detoxing my beauty routine. That means reading ingredients, looking for natural alternatives, and trying DIY beauty solutions to find what really works!

If you read the ingredients list on a tube of body cream, you won’t recognize most of them.  It will be filled with unpronounceable ingredients and preservatives, and if you’re lucky, a few nourishing, natural oils, butters and waxes.  And maybe some essential oils too.  

But it IS possible to make your own homemade body cream – if you’re willing to learn the process.  To be honest, making your own beauty products is a lot like cooking.  You start with a recipe to learn the basics, then customize them as you get more confident. But this is also one of my favorite parts of DIY beauty – you can customize them exactly to your skin type and preferences (and use really high-quality ingredients, without paying retail prices!)

Just to be clear up-front – making your own face and body cream is not the best starter project. I’d suggest starting with honey as a face mask, making this cream deodorant, or even making this luxurious cleansing balm first.  Quick, easy, great results.  Making a cream is more like making a mayonnaise.  Easy enough when you know the process, but maybe not the best recipe for your first time in the kitchen!

 

How to make a natural face and body cream

I said that making face or body cream is a bit like making mayonnaise.  And it really is! 

Mayonnaise (and creams) are made of a blend of oils and water. 

But as you know, oil and water don’t mix!

So you need to blend them together in the right ratios, sometimes with an emulsifier to make sure they won’t separate – and amazingly during the blending, it turns into a thick, luscious cream!  

 The recipe below is more of a framework.  You can choose the oils and waters that you’d like to include in your own recipe.

If you’d like a specific recipe to make your own body cream, try my Stress Relief Body Cream – it smells fantastic!

Also, don’t forget the packaging. 

Sure, you could keep your body cream in a plastic food container – but really, what is the luxurious pampering experience in that?! I love collecting vintage jars, or pretty glass jars and pots, or even reusing nice packaging from store-bought beauty products. It sounds strange, but having nice packaging for your homemade beauty products really makes using them a lot more fun!

 

Choosing Ingredients for your Homemade Body Cream

There are two types of ingredients in a homemade face and body cream: oils and waters.  You can mix and match within each type, to use the ingredients that fit your skin type.

Water Part

Here are some options for the water part of your homemade face and body cream:

Oil Part

Here are some options for the oil part of your homemade face and body cream:

How to make DIY Face and Body Cream

DIY Face and Body Cream Recipe

Waters – 3/4 cup total (use a combination of the water options from above)

Oils 3/4 cup total, use a combination of

  • 0.5 oz beeswax
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • other oils options from above
  • 5 drops Essential Oils of your choice
  1. In a double boiler (also called a bain marie), heat the oils until melted. Some oils, like cocoa butter and beeswax, are solid at room temperature. So you need to melt all the oils (solid & liquid) together, making sure you have 3/4 c. oil total at the end.

  2. Pour the oils into a blender (or, into a heatproof container if using a stick-blender). Let the oils cool to room temperature.

  3. Start the blender – then slowly pour the water in – at some point the blender noise will change and you’ll notice that you have cream! Keep blending to incorporate all of the water. You can also blend the cream by hand, but be ready for a workout!

  4. Add the drops of essential oil, and stir to disperse throughout the cream.

  5. Scoop the cream into sterilized jars. Label the jars (don’t forget to include the date!).

That’s it! Making face and body cream is just like cooking – but you end up with a super luxurious, fresh body product.

 

 

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  1. Hi Amanda, am so excited to make this recipe for my 2 years old. Can you please tell me the self life of this particular lotion? Thank you 😊

  2. I’m so excited to try this since I have terrible allergies and react to so many things. For the oil part, do you think vegan wax, cocoa butter and argan oil would be a good combo? Also, do you ever add any type of natural preservative, or is it necessary with this mixture? Thanks!

  3. Hi Amanda- I made this and used coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, shea butter and cocoa butter with rose water. The texture was great when I put it in the jar but after it sat it is “mealy” for lack of a better word. It has little tiny bits in it that feel gritty. Most of them dissolve when I rub together in my hands for a bit but still a few pieces now and then. Any idea which oil would cause this or why it happened? I’m thinking maybe the beeswax or shea?

  4. Hi Amanda,
    After I make the perfect cream , fluffy and white, I put it in the fridge but when I take it out the water has separated πŸ™ any tips as to why this happens?

    Thanks

  5. Hi, this looks luscious! Can you tell me please if aloe gel can be left out? It’s not an ingredient I have on hand nor desire to purchase.

  6. I’m going to be making a face cream with 10% eggplant extract, and add my essential oils, that extract came from soaking the eggplant in vinegar.Do I then add the oils and beeswax?

  7. I’m planning to make your cream but was wondering if I could leave out the aloe gel or what might be a good substitute. I’m having trouble finding it.

  8. Hi, Thanks so much for this recipe, can’t wait to try it. I am wondering if some of the water phase can include witch hazel? Since it is a form of alcohol, it may act as a preservative but, not sure if it will work in the recipe.

  9. Hi Amanda !
    I have another question.
    Can the coconut butter be replaced with shea butter ?
    Thanks for your advice !

  10. Dearest Amanda.. thank u for the recipe… I am looking for the lightest facial cream/ lotion possible for day use…will this recipe you share be light? Thank you…

  11. Hello. do i have to have water in the recipe or can i replace the water with alo vera gel insteady

  12. i am making a homemade sugar scrub for mothers day and i need coconut oil but cant afford it, would i be able to use aloe vera instead?

  13. Hello, I tried to make this cream, and followed the instructions for the most part (I didn’t use beeswax but kept the oil and water phases about the same volume). However my mixture did not emulsify. I added the water phase very slowly to the oil phase, i used first blender, then mixer. Any pointers? Thanks!

    1. Beeswax provides the thickening for the cream, so you do need to use something with that property. A vegan alternative is carnauba wax, but I’ve never used it myself, so not sure of the proportions.

  14. Hi:

    I was ‘thinking’ of reducing the “oils” to 30 – 35 % … (hardener) ex. beeswax on 10 to 15%… and then, the rest should be “water” or liquid!

    I’m only a beginner…

    I dunno if this wud work…

    Please do give my any suggestions…

    Thanks.

  15. Hi Amanda

    I am about to make my own face creams for the first time!!

    Must I use the beeswax or an wax ? I dont like the idea of putting wax on my face?

    Would it work without it ? Can i pop it in the fridge or freezer to help protect it. I presume the wax binds it – is it okay if I want it a bit more oily ?

    Thanks Sharon

    1. Hi Sharon, the wax makes the cream thick (otherwise it will just be a liquid emulsion – maybe like a body milk?) I’ve not tried cream without wax yet but if you don’t mind it being quite thin, then give it a go? You might also add in cocoa butter or coconut oil which are thicker. OR just try a facial oil instead of a cream. Let us know how you get on!

  16. Hi Amanda,
    Please give me the oils quantities to be added. I see beeswax is 1/2 c and cocoa is 1/4 c. And then, you said oils but missing measurements. Pls reply soon as i cannot wait to try this out! Thanks in advance!

  17. How long would the shelf life be? I’ve been looking for a foundation like this to put in my homemade bb cream.

  18. Can I mix glycerin rose oil and rose water to make cream.i dont have beeswax or any other kind of wax so I want to make sure if it is necessary to put any wax?

  19. Hi Amanda I don’t have beeswax or any other kind of wax so can I use castor oil, rose water and rose essential oil .plz suggest me can I make a cream for face from these ingredients?

  20. Hi Amanda! Super excited to try out a home-made body lotion. I was wondering …instead of the beeswax, do you think i could use shavings of a 100% shea butter bar instead?
    Not sure if someone has asked this already or not …so I’m sorry if so! πŸ™‚

    Thanks!

  21. I’m happy to come across this site. How can i make a body mixing the extract of shea butter, lemongrass oil, vegetable oil, essential oil, and moringa seed. Thanks.

  22. This looks absolutely wonderful! I bet it’s super nourishing! What’s the shelf life of this? I’m going to make it when the weekend comes back round! Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Elizabeth, unfortunately because there are no preservatives, the cream only lasts a few weeks – just watch it for changes (smell/appearance) or any mould growth, and then throw it out and make fresh. To have it last longer, store in the fridge.

  23. Hi everyone, I sell a range of Australian and imported essential oils and pre-made base creams on my site http://www.makeyourown.net.au, so please consider shopping with us for your additives when making beautiful natural body and face creams.

  24. I would like to create a light face cream that I can wear under makeup without it being too oily. I have used almond oil, beeswax, jojoba gel and rose water in the correct proportions, but my efforts so far produce a cream that is too heavy. Any ideas for a lighter, matt effect?

  25. Hi! I am so excited I found this…I just tried making it & it’s not as thick as I had thought it would be. For the water phase I used1/4 C Aloe Vera Gel & 2/4 C Chamomile infusion (it was all I had on hand & we’re snowed in) & for the Oil Phase I did 1/2oz beeswax, 1/4 C cocoa butter, 1/4 C Almond Oil, 1/4 C Grape seed Oil & 1TBS coconut oil. Both oil & water measured to 3/4 C each. Did I possibly not let it cool enough before blending? Or maybe didn’t blend long enough? I’m ok if its supposed to be runny but I was thinking it wasn’t supposed to be. Any tips would be appreciated.

    I love the way it feels even if it’s thin…very soft & silky πŸ™‚ Thanks! Janetta

  26. Hi! I just made my very first DIY cream!!! I’m ecstatic! I loved the whole experience and mostly that I was able to do it all by myself! TIP: if you’re afraid it will separate, simply heat a little bit your waters and it will blend perfectly! Xx

  27. Just made this. I used chamomile tea for the liquid, olive oil and 1/2 ounce of beeswax. It emulsified beautifully, but the cream/lotion is SO greasy. I can barely wash the dishes I used and I’m having a hard time even getting it off my hands. Is this normal? Also, when I was letting my oil and beeswax mixture cool to room temp, the beeswax started solidifying. Is this normal? Thanks so much for this recipe and giving me the courage to make my own cream.

    1. The beeswax is really sticky, for sure, and hard to get off (try some boiling water or even baking soda scrub)
      My beeswax tends to start to solidify while cooling, so I’ve started making the water components hotter. I’ve found they don’t necessarily have to be at ‘room temp”, can be in the 90’s, but they DO have to be the “same” temperature to emulsify.

  28. Hey Amanda, just tried making a cream and it came out so runny! It just wouldnt blend, is there anything I can do to remedy this or just start a fresh? In all fairness I didnt use beeswax still waiting for that to arrive but would it prevent the cream from forming?

    1. Hi Chrystal, yes the beeswax is the hardest ingredient in the cream, so without it you made more of a lotion… try it again when the beeswax arrives. Good luck!

  29. So after a frustrating day yesterday, I decided to reheat the cream as it was suggested as it looked curdled and had water beads bleeding from it. I completely melted entire concoction again. Added a little bit more beeswax and a carrier oil this time. So far so good. Glad I made the effort to melt and retry. I am doing in the blender, but I think next time I will use the blender stick. It’s hard to get all the cream out from the bottom of blender with blades. Hopefully it keeps form till tomorrow.

    I do love this mix! I’ve ordered some great EO’s for the face cream once I’ve mastered it, and some amazing EO’s for the lotion. I wish I could make the body lotion a bit more loose. Suggestions? Definitely don’t want to add more waters.

    1. Just wanted to update: the cream has lost the water pearling with the second heat and mix. Love it!!! Wooohooooooo πŸ™‚

  30. I’m inspired by this cream. I’m am also frustrated πŸ™
    I did as per the ‘recipe’ but added a few drops of vitamin E and 1/2 Tsp of organic vegetable glycerin
    It was great ..but then the water pearls. I can’t imagine reheating this every time I need to use it (daily)
    Help!!

  31. Hello Amanda, have you tried using Neem oil? As it is used as a natural anti-fungicide, perhaps it can give the cream a longer shelf life, right?

  32. Hi, I was wondering if you had any experience using coconut oil? Do you think it it hardens even after it’s blended?

  33. Hi Amanda

    I’ve stumbled over your page and would really like to try making my own face cream. However, I’ve had enough trouble finding products that were not enough hydrating and too fatty or oily- so I hope you can help me choose the right ingredients! I would like to make an only hydrating cream that does not cause impure skin or oily skin.

    To compare, my favorite cream now is the Dramatically different lotion+ from clinique which includes: both hyaluronic acid and glycerin to hydrate and not is not too oily.

    Can you please recommend ingredients with similar functions and specifically which oils should I put into the cream to avoid getting impure skin?

    Thank you so much!

    Regards, Nathalie

  34. Hi Amanda,

    Your recipe worked great for me…
    If I want the cream to be less thick so that I can use it with a pump bottle can I play with the beeswax quantity?.. or is there some other trick?

    Do you have any hair mask recipe? That would be wonderfull…

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Ana, thanks! I’ve not thinnned out this recipe that much to go into a spray bottle … but in general you’re on the right track, reduce or eliminate beeswax, and/or substitute the solid oils for more liquid ones. Good luck! (And great suggestion for a hair mask… will have a think…)

      1. By reducing the beeswax i’m not eliminating the emulsifying agent in the recipe?
        I fear that the waters may separate from oils… The idea of using non solid oils is a GO.

  35. ps…this is such a great recipe! I’ve made 2 batches so far, both with a mix of argan oil, coconut oil and of all things, emu oil. I use quite a bit more essential oil for healing purposes…carrot seed, rosehip, lavender. The second batch I got really extravagant and added some bona fide Bulgarian Rose otto.
    it goes on a little Southwest.
    Next quest: a nice light concoction for the eye area.

  36. Hello. Fell upon your blog while looking for acv rinse and infusion recipes and tips. while doing so, fell in love with the idea of homemade beauty products. I love LUSH products, but they are waaaay too expensive. My favorite was a face cream with witch hazel. Was wondering if there is a way to add witch hazel to this recipe… would it go in with the water? essential oils? how much do you think would be added??

    1. Hi Kelsie, yes, you could just add witch hazel in the water phase (just replace some of the infusion or rosewater etc with witch hazel). Have fun!

      1. Hi there. I started to make my own basic DIY lotions, masks, toners, etc. So from your website, and a few other products, I am way in over my head and don’t know where to start. I want to make a facial cream that is anti-aging, moisturizing, etc. I can give you a list of what I have, Please tell me a recipe to make a top of line lotion as I am not a scientist! Thank you so much!

        Cocunut oil
        Cocoa Butter
        Zinc Oxide
        Bees Wax
        Collogen Protein concentrate
        Essential oils (30+ different oils)
        citric acid
        Vitamin B3
        ProVitamin B5
        aloe
        hemp seed oil
        vitamin e
        vitamin c in silicone
        DMAE bitartate
        Lecithin
        Dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone cross polymer (wrinkle blur)

        I think that is about it! I just want to make my own products without harmful chemicals and somehow came up with these ingredients being beneficial, yet now I have no idea what to do with them. If anyone could help my make a recipe for a facial cream I would be so thankful.

        Thank you soooo much,

      2. Thank you for your reply< I winged it, and turned out marvelous! I found, I had to use 1/2 the wax, oil, and double thw water as in blender it became like chunky dough! I also made a lip balm! I am just getting started on this amazing journey inti health, and as a reult (as I am normally frugal) I did decide to buy $200 worth of products, that would be forund in trace amounts in TOP END LINES without the carcinogens! Thanks. You describe it so much easier! Even ppl on site…! I am thinking of blogging to actually, and don;t take this wrong, as you are high up in the game girlfriend, and there is no one touching your status.

        I just do not know how/where to start! How to get advertisements, or work with others! It will be a slow process, as I wish I did this years ago! But then I can't preach what I dont practice. What would you suggest as blog source. Where did you start! Did you do videos? So much. And on dats off, time flies as all i do is research! But feel need to help others. If you could, please send me a little bit of direction. light and love! And all the best for you in life1

  37. Because this has so much water in it how do you prevent bacterial growth? some sources I’ve read state that after as little as 3 days, even refrigerated, bacteria can found…

    1. Hi Judith, that’s the problem with creams, they have a short shelf life. However I’ve found that most of my homemade creams will last for several weeks – 2 months in the cool months, and in the summer just keep them in the fridge. As always, if they look or smell different, throw them out and make fresh!

      Essential oils are antibacterial, but you’re right that in these quantities it won’t kill all of the bacteria.

      1. You can add small amount (0.5% > 2%) of grapefruit seeds extract that is a natural preservaitive and is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal etc. and is also a natural antioxidant. Dissolves well in water, alcohol and oils.

      2. citric acid is a great preservative. but you must dissolve it in hot water first. so this means heating up your floral waters/distilled waters enough to dissolve the citric acid.
        i use about 1/4 tsp to a Cup of cream
        So for this recipe i would just round it up to 1/2 tsp.
        Often I use a combination of Citric acid, vitamin E oil and Colloidal silver.

  38. Hello everyone! I have made this cream 4 times already and I LOVE IT! I would like to share my experience with you.
    So, the first try was with beeswax, olive oil and distilled water infused with chamomile. It was a complete success! I could not believe I made it my self. About olive oil I have to say that it absorbs completely after a few minutes and it leaves the skin soft and beautiful. I make my own face powder and blush and this cream is a great base for them.
    The second time was kind of a disaster because I mixed up the quantities, the beeswax was too much and the water wouldn’t blend in. So I added on top more olive oil and it started mixing but it turned out very thick. I kept it in the fridge so it wouldn’t split up again and used it on my feet. It made them sooooo soft, like a baby’s, it’s amazing!
    After that the other 2 times were a piece of cake! I used olive oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, you name it… I love musk and sandalwood in my cream, it smells like you just got out of the shower!
    Bottom line, I believe that no more than 1/4 of the oil quantity should be beeswax because otherwise it doesn’t blend in properly and it splits. Also I make about 300 grams of cream and keep it in the fridge so it doesn’t go off and I have a small container of about 100 gr in my make up bag and fill it up from the one in the fridge every time it empties.
    I have oily skin and I have been fighting all my life with zits and open pores, I have spent A LOT of money buying special creams and soaps to make it go a way. Well, not any more. Now I say, the simpler, the better… Water, bees wax, olive oil. You really need no more.
    Thank you Amanda for the great recipe!!! Good luck to all, and to all happy cream making!!!

    1. Hi Marina, thanks so much for sharing what’s worked for you – so glad you’re liking it! I totally agree, the simpler the better!

    2. Thank you so so much for your wonderful sharing – it is exactly what I was looking for as I would like to make a cream for my man who has got oily skin. I will certainly follow the simple the better suggestion. Thank you x

    3. Hi Marina/Amanda,
      The oils measurement is not clear in this recipe.
      if you used 1/4 c of bees, did you use 1/4 c cocoa and 1/4 oils as the rest of the mixture so it comes down to a total of 3/4 oils? Pls let me know the oil quantities in cup measurements that need to be added to 3/4 c water. I want to try it asap once i get your reply, greatly appreciate your help!

      1. “Oils – 3/4 c. total (use a combination of 1/2oz beeswax, 1/4 c. cocoa butter, and oils above.)”

        Plain and simple right in the recipe …

      2. I actually found it a little confusing too, that the beeswax was measured in weight and the rest of the ingredients in volume. So, it really wasn’t that plain and simple.

    4. I just made this for the first time and it is amazing. But when you say its thick, are you saying its the same consistency as solid shea butter? Because thats how mine turned out. Its really a solid, not a creamy lotion. Did I make it right? I used equal amounts of water and a combination of shea butter and a little coconut oil, then added drops of vitamin E and tangerine essential oil. Good advice about keeping it in the frig!

    5. Hi Amanda,

      It has been lovely to read your comment; as if I wrote it myself…

      One thing I did “notice” out of experience, is that, creams have longer shelf life on a room temperature tnan putting them in the fridge…in cold areas – bacterias do exponentially survive and spread, more than a higher temperature habitat!

      I made my “first” cream with oils and beeswax and some framboise tea I made, and the result is that the water and oils didn’t mix and the oil clogged up, separating the pinkish water base, so I decided to split the containers : 1 for the fridge and 1 for my bedroom, where I would reach the cream for my feet…after two weeks I checked both of them, and finally saw some moulds on the one which was in the fridge…while the one at my bedroom is still intact…

  39. I just tried making a cream this evening with macadamia oil and rose water and emulsifying wax, it all looked fine then it curdled, is there anything I can do to fix it like when mayonnaise goes wrong? I made a good one before with beeswax, could it be the type of wax I used? Thanks

    1. Hi Kate, if this happens just rewarm the cream gently on low heat, and then whisk/blend again to recombine. Sometimes this happens when the oil/water temperatures are too different. AH – did you not include any beeswax? You do need the beeswax in the recipe for it to hold…

  40. Hi I made the cream it was lovely but after a couple of days it has started to curdle/split any tips on how to get it to stay emulsified? Thanks

    1. Hi Holly, you can gently warm the cream on the stove, and then rewhip it with a blender or whisk … that should turn it back into a cream again.

  41. Just made this for the first time, used hemp oil, mix of Shea butter and cocoa with some lavender and lemon essential oils it’s amazing and so easy to do, I will never buy a face cream again!! Truly inspired thanks Amanda πŸ™‚

    1. I made a face moisturizer I found on the internet without coconut oil. When I first made it , it was nice and creamy, like you buy in the store. The following day it was pretty hard and oily. The lady said it would absorb quickly into the skin. I felt sticky for ages. I’m lucky I no longer wear any make up or very seldom.

      I want a moisturizer that is creamy and soft a week or so later. Does yours stay nice and moist and creamy?

      What is the difference between a facial moisturizer and a body cream?

  42. Hi Amanda, I am also looking for a non greasy quick absorbing formula. Any suggestions? Thrilled to have found your website, thanks for all the great tips!

    1. I’ve been using hemp oil fr Wholefoods fridge section. The kind I put in my salad. Absorbs nicely so far. I’m looking for something even lighter if someone can find it. I tried the coco oil deod for my pit, hmm not working that well yet. I’m a bit stinky.

      1. Hi, Amanda
        The best and the strongest antibacterial and antiseptic is tea tree oil from Australia. Also is good to use for oily skin.

    2. Hi KJ, I would try lighter oils like grapeseed + jojoba, as those should be the most quickly absorbed into the skin.

  43. Can someone suggest a non-greasy oil that absorbs quickly so I can get dressed quickly. I’ve tried coconut oil which smells devine but greasy and so is jojoba. I’m using hemp oil from the fridge section of whole foods which I love how quickly it absorbs but it has to be stored in the fridge.

  44. Hello – I used cold pressed coconut oil and olive oil but the mix just wouldn’t form a cream…any hints??

    1. Hi Pat, it’s so hard to know without being there … did you use all the other ingredients too (the waters + the beeswax)? Did you make it in a blender?

      1. Yes I used the other ingredients as well. I had no beeswax so just used coconut oil and olive oil. However, I went to town and bought a block of beeswax yesterday and am going to do this again. (the first batch is a first class lotion though!) I live in a rural area in B.C. Canada so my choices are limited for ingredients. I’ll let you know how this next batch turns out. Thank you for replying,

      2. Hi Pat, I think you’ll have much better luck with the beeswax in there! Beeswax is what hardens the cream, otherwise all the ingredients are soft/liquid at room temperature, so it remains runny like a lotion.

  45. I want to make this recipe for face cream, but would rather not use beeswax. Can you give me an alternative oil to use please.

    1. Hi, I’ve not tried this myself, but it looks like you can use Candelilla Wax as a substitute for beeswax – just use half the amount of wax in the recipe. Again, I’ve not done this, so can’t say how it will work, but it seems like it should be a good substitute!

    1. Hi, I’ve not tried jojoba wax pellets, so I can’t advise on that. I know some people use carnauba wax to replace beeswax, but again I haven’t used it myself. I think some google searching should turn up the right replacement for you.

  46. Hi, just made 2 x batches of this cream. The 1st was a little runny but I can still use as an everyday body lotion. The 2nd was perfect and made a fabulous thick luscious face cream. Tried it out on my teenage daughter too and she loved it. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I love it.

  47. Hi Amanda I have tried the recipe twice now and for some reason it has separated so I get a small amount of water on top of the cream not sure what I am doing wrong can you or one of your readers help please?? Thanks

    1. Suzanne,
      I used to have the same problem (even with using a blender). I recently purchased a stick blender and I haven’t had the problem since! I don’t know why it makes a difference but everything IMO blends together so much more thoroughly, for me, with a stick blender. I used to add more wax or stearic acid or butter (if I was using) but it still would separate! I can honestly say my stick blender was one of the best purchases I ever made πŸ™‚

  48. Hi Amanda,
    I will try your recipe next weekend, only that I will make only about 100 ml of cream (half a cup), so I need to adjust the oily part πŸ™‚
    Does it matter for the consistency of the cream, how much beeswax or cocoa butter do I put? I plan to melt first like 10 grams of beeswax and 1 teaspoonful of cocoa butter, and when they melt I will put the other oils (I plan to put almond and avocado)..
    Does it matter the order of putting the ingredients?

    Thanks very much!

    1. Hi Stefania, great! Let us know how you get on with the cream. And yes, the amount of beeswax or cocoa butter will affect the final thickness of the cream. Beeswax in particular sets very very hard, so the more beeswax you put in, the stiffer the cream will be. It doesn’t matter what order you put the oils together – just as long as they are all combined before adding in the water ingredients.

      1. Amanda, I was done in half an hour, very easy..
        I finished with only one cup of cream, so I have put 6 grams of beeswax and just 2 grams of cocoa butter, then the rest of almond and avocado oil up to 1/2 half a cup, then the other half only with hazelnut witch, and 4 drops of citronella essential oil..
        I did the mixing by hand, and it wasn’t that hard πŸ™‚
        I’ve got a very light and “fluffy”cream, now it is in the fridge..
        Thanks very much!

  49. Hi Amanda, I love this! Just thought I would add that jojoba oil is a great alternative too. Read up on it and you’ll see how wonderfully different it is from other oils, since in fact, apparently chemically speaking it’s not an oil… My skin can’t take something like olive oil but I’ve been using jojoba for years now. Also coconut oil, another great one!

    1. Thanks Teresa! I love jojoba oil too – have been putting it in my facial oil mixed with a little bit of grapeseed.

    2. It’s true, one does need to “experiment” on oils, since the skin have different encoded dna patterns – that not everyone is the same! I for one had used “canola oil” as base on my face cream, that I also use foor the body, but I had to wash myself again the same day since I was “itching” with it…

      I have decided to “try” purchasing sweet almond oil, even though it’s expensive…I have “collected” major oils in 100 ml comming from Holland, and for this few pairs of bottles I have paid more than 200 euros! But, it seems that they are more trustable that just buying “cooking oils”!

  50. Forgot one other thing! You’ve mentioned about writing the date on the container, but how long does it last for? And, is there anything that can be added to make it a ‘long-life’ kind of thing?!

    1. Hi, the cream should last 3-6 months, but of course use common sense, so if it goes mouldy or starts to look or smell funny, throw it out and make another batch.

  51. Hi.. All sounds really great! But, please tell me what the abbreviation ‘c’ is for, used for some of the the quantities??! Do you mean ‘cc’, or is it short for ‘cup’? Sorry but I can’t work it out because you’ve used ounces as other quantities .. πŸ™‚

  52. Hi, this looks great. Thanks so much for posting this I am looking for healthful alternatives to the stuff available in the store and I am excited to try this recipe. Just one question. Can you recommend a reliable, trustworthy website from which I can order the basic ingredients? Thanks again – Cheers

    1. Hi Rebekah, sure, there are lots of great websites where you can order the base ingredients, depending where you live. If you’re in the USA, try Mountain Rose Herbs.

  53. Hello, Amanda! Great stuff!
    I made this and it lasted for a month. I kept it on my bathroom, away from direct heat and light, in a glass container with a regular lid, not even airtight. It didn’t go bad and it was enough for a month of daily use.
    I did squeeze a couple of vitamin E capsules into it, along with the essential oils. My combination of oils is grapeseed and avocado. They work great on my dry/flaky and not-in-my-twenties-anymore skin. Rosehip essential oil is great for wrinkles, and has a lovely scent πŸ™‚

  54. Hi Amanda, do you have any experience yet as to how long the homemade cream will last before it goes bad?
    I’m sure gonna have to try this because all the cream recipes I’ve found so far include glycerin, which kind of defeats the purpose of making stuff at home, I think.

  55. Hi Suzannah, thanks for stopping by! If you do make the cream, let me know how it works for you (and what types of scents you use!)

      1. Hi Lizeth, there is no SPF in this moisturizer, so if you want sun protection, then yes you would need to use SPF too (or it’s also possible to add some Zinc Oxide to the cream to give it some SPF protection… but you would have to do some research to find quantities and how to add it etc.)

  56. this sounds nice and easy. i bought some lovely handmade creams on etsy, but making them would certainly be cheaper.

    it’s so nice to not be soaking in chemicals!

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