3-Ingredient All-Natural DIY Face Moisturizer

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We show you how to DIY face moisturizer! It's an easy, inexpensive DIY face moisturizer that's great for the body too –and it's so simple. It’s the creamiest, dreamiest moisturizer we've ever used!

A jar of All-Natural DIY Moisturizer on a counter with jeweley and makeup in a tray.

UPDATE: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been updated in July 2022 to reflect new information and helpful content.

We're back with another DIY homemade beauty recipe! We're so excited to share one of our all-time favorite beauty products: a 3-ingredient DIY homemade moisturizer.

This DIY face moisturizer can be used on BOTH face and body. It's really the best natural moisturizer since it's free from toxins and very versatile!

Yes, if you can believe it, three ingredients is all it takes to moisturize and soothe your skin!

This recipe will last for 6 months of twice-daily moisturizing and you can store it at room temperature.

We were inspired by S.W. Basics' Original Cream, which uses a simple blend of coconut oil, shea butter, and olive oil. Rather than pay someone else to stir these ingredients together, we opted to make our own and the result is the creamiest, dreamiest moisturizer we've ever used!

The three ingredients (coconut oil, shea butter + olive oil) to make an All-Natural DIY Moisturizer.

Just a few drops of some essential oils make it smell amazing, not to mention help target specific skin conditions, from sensitivity to acne and wrinkles. Here's a great guide to choosing the right essential oils for your skin type.

Definitely check out the comments below for helpful tips from other readers so you can get some ideas to suit your skin type and sensitivity.

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We opted for rose and ylang ylang, for a lightly floral scent that is both incredibly moisturizing, healing, anti-inflammatory and oil-reducing to minimize breakouts. But you could use any combination you like–play around with it. See which scents speak to you and which oils work best for your skin.

Eight bottles of Plant Therapy essential oils laying on a table.

We love buying essential oils at Plant Therapy, whose oils are 100% pure, free from any additives, adulterants, or dilutions. Their facility is USDA Certified Organic, and their prices are also SUPER reasonable! We also have an exclusive deal with Plant Therapy just for our readers, like you!  If you use our CODE: ROOT10 you will get an extra 10% off at checkout.

You can also leave out essential oils altogether. The first time we made this, we didn't use any and still loved the moisturizer. It naturally has a light beachy scent from the oils, and it just melts into your skin. If you're new to these oils, the moisturizer might feel a bit oily when you first apply, but give it just 10 seconds to absorb and you'll be left with ultra soft, smooth skin.

Pouring olive oil from a pitcher into a jar on a table with essential oils, muslin cloth and a tulip.

Why make your own natural moisturizer?

  1. Making your own beauty products is safer. Most store-bought beauty products contain tons of known carcinogens, hormone disruptors and skin irritants. These make up the ingredient lists of most moisturizers on the market today. Scroll down to the next section where we outline some of the most dangerous ingredients found in popular store-bought moisturizers.
  2. Making your own beauty products lessens your chemical exposure. There are a growing number of safe store-bought brands out there, but most conventional brands contain dozens of ingredients, upping the amount of chemicals we put onto our skin (and thus into our bloodstream) every day. When you can get the job done just as effectively with just a handful of safe, food-grade ingredients, why take the risk?
  3. Making your own beauty products is cheaper. It costs $15 on the raw ingredients but we didn't use the entire jar of anything, so the exact recipe actually only cost about $4.63 to make: $3.96 for 1/2 cup of shea butter, $0.54 on 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and $0.13 on 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Finding a moisturizer under $5 that's as effective and safe as this one is next to impossible.
  4. Making your own beauty products is easy. I've said it before–if you can measure liquid into a tablespoon or a cup, you can make your own beauty products! It’s really that simple. In a matter of minutes, this moisturizer can be yours–and it lasts for 6+ months!
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A jar of homemade moisturizer with essential oils, a tulip, pitcher and muslin cloth.

The Truth About Store-Bought Moisturizers

We hate to be a Debbie Downers, but we feel like we'd be doing y'all a disservice if we didn't shed some light on the toxins found in so many store-bought products. We're not trying to be extreme or scary–but we think it's important to know what you're putting on your skin, and ultimately into your bloodstream.

So, for all the skeptics out there (and we used be just that until our eyes were opened by the Environmental Working Group), we wanted to take some time to talk about the toxic chemicals that are hidden in some of the most popular store-bought moisturizers:

  • CeraVe: Yes, the same “dermatologist recommended” brand that is supposed to be so gentle and kind to your skin. Their moisturizers are full of parabens (which cause reproductive and hormonal problems) and also contain other endocrine disruptors like octinoxate and homosalate. Not so gentle, after all.
  • Olay: Another top-selling brand, Olay's moisturizer contains a slew of various parabens (6 to be exact), not to mention fragrance, benzyl alcohol (an allergen that's classified as expected to be toxic or harmful by both Canada and the EU), polyacrylamide (a synthetic ingredient with high contamination concerns) and a handful of other toxic chemicals rated a 3 or higher by the EWG.
  • St. Ives: Yep, another best-seller at drugstores, St. Ives' moisturizer contains 8 harmful ingredients, from pore-clogging mineral oil (which is made from petroleum) to fragrance, triethanolamine (a human immune and respiratory toxicant or allergen) and linalool (another synthetic fragrance ingredient that has been recommended to be restricted in cosmetics by the International Fragrance Association Codes & Standards).
  • Aveeno: Yet another brand that's always touted as being extra gentle, Aveeno's moisturizers have some of the highest ratings on EWG, with many scoring above a 6 for their inclusion of harmful ingredients, like fragrance, oxybenzone (studies have shown this causes significant photoallergenic or allergenic effects) , methylisothiazolinone (an allergen causing skin and respiratory irritation), octinoxate and retinyl palmitate (which the FDA has declared a known human reproductive toxicant).
  • Philosophy: Lest you think it's just the drugstore brands that use toxic chemicals, the fancy-pants, pretty-packaging brands sold at Sephora and department stores aren't any safer. Hope in a Jar wins almost every award for being one of the best moisturizers, but did you know it contains parabens, retinyl palmitate, geraniol (which is a known human immune system toxicant or allergen) and even diazolidinyl urea (which is a formaldehyde releaser)! Other toxic brands include Clinique, Murad and Kate Somerville, among many others.
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A good general rule of thumb is that if you can't pronounce it, or if you wouldn't know where to buy the ingredient in a store, then you probably shouldn't put it on your skin. Some other brands to avoid: L'Oreal, Neutrogena, Boots No 7 and Clean & Clear, among others.

We hope this sheds some light on why it's so important to read your labels and lower your toxic chemical load. To evoke real change, the best thing we can all do is to vote with our dollars and stop buying products from companies who knowingly include harmful ingredients. I recommend reading this story on the top 10 toxic skincare ingredients to avoid and looking at EWG's Skin Deep to learn more about what's really in our products.

OK, back to happier things: this DIY homemade moisturizer will leave your skin soft, smooth, and glowing. YES!

A variety of makeup and skincare products and jewelry on a counter.

If you try this face mask, let us know what you think! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag us @rootandrevel on Instagram.

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4.56 from 29 votes

3-Ingredient All-Natural DIY Face Moisturizer

Make this easy, inexpensive DIY face moisturizer that's great for the body too —it’s so simple! It’s the creamiest, dreamiest moisturizer we've ever used!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Skincare
Keyword: diy face moisturizer
DIY: skincare
Servings: 6 oz
Author: Root + Revel Collective


  • Add all of the ingredients except the oils into a large glass bowl with high sides. You won't be able to mix them together yet, as they'll be solid.
    1/2 cup shea butter, 2 tablespoons organic extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • Bring 2 cups of water to a simmer in a sauce pan. Once water is simmering, add the glass bowl above, being careful to ensure no water gets into the bowl. Allow the butter and oils to melt, stirring occasionally to combine.
  • Once the mixture is melted and combined add the essential oils and mix well. Then carefully remove the glass bowl from the water and pour the mixture in a glass jar (we recommend these candles jars - they are the perfect size with wide mouths for easy access). Allow the mixture to cool.
    Optional: 20 drops essential oils
  • Once the mixture has cooled, place in the refrigerator until it solidifies completely. Remove and store at room temperature.
  • To use, apply a pea-sized amount of moisturizer to clean skin.


This recipe will last for 6 months of twice-daily moisturizing.
Don't forget you can save 10% on essential oils at Plant Therapy with code: ROOT10

89 thoughts on “3-Ingredient All-Natural DIY Face Moisturizer”

  1. Hi there, I made this and its super greasy, even the small amount you recommend. I see you have many other recipes, do you suggest another one that is way less greasy? I like the feel of nothing on my face after applying moisturizer, very light would be nice. Thanks for so many to choose from! I made one from another site that made me itch awfully, I think it was the beeswax pellets so cant do those. Bless you! Jill

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  3. 4 stars
    Hello, I’d like to make this. The sunspots on my son’s face are dark and he is about to turn 15 soon. About five years ago, he started getting it, but now he gets it more frequently. It also seems to be getting bigger. Obviously, the moisturizer would be helpful, but is there anything else I can add to make that better? Whenever she is out in the sun, he wears a hat, but that doesn’t stop him from getting sunburned. Although we tried to convince him to use sunscreen, he has a dislike for it. However, I wonder if cocoa butter could replace coconut oil? His skin is quite dry right now, so I would like to moisturize it more. I appreciate it!

  4. 4 stars
    Hi Kate, 

    Firstly, thank you so much for sharing this splendid moisturizer recipe. The fall season is here and my skin is quickly drying out to look the same as a crocodile. 

    I made this blend for the first time today. I followed it to a T, except I cooled it outside the fridge. After I set the mixture to cool (at room temperature) in the glass jar, the oils have separated from the water. There is a distinct separation between the two. Was there something I did wrong? 

    Please let me know how to fix. 

    Thank you. 

  5. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this. I use it on my face am/pm, through out the day on my lips and on my body when I want something more moisturizing than just coconut oil. So simple and effective!

    1. Hi Tintu, thanks so much for your question. I’m sure our other readers have wondered the same thing. The unrefined shea butter maintains much more skin care benefits and vitamins. But I don’t see any problems using a refined one, though we would always recommend that our audience/reader take another closer look into the ingredient before trying it out. Or better yet seek a professional expert to make a more informed decision.

      Thank you for being here in R+R community!

    1. It’s so great to hear from you and we are so thrilled to have you as part of the R+R community. Thank you so much for taking the time to write to us, Radhika!

      Everyone’s skin is so unique and different, especially babies’! There are so many factors to account for when creating your own skincare products. This recipe personally works well for my skin, but we strongly encourage our readers to do lots of research and make an informed decision.

  6. hello i am wondering how many ml this makes so i know if i should buy all of the ingredients or do a half batch , thankyou

    1. Hi Emi, great question! So sorry I wasn’t able to measure it in ML but I just know that it’ll last you 6 months’ worth of moisturizer if you use it at least twice daily. Let me know if you’ve tried it!

  7. Hi, I am interested in making this. My daughter, who will be 14 soon, has several dark sun spots on her face. She started getting it when she was about 5 or so but she has more now. They also look bigger. I know the moisturizer would really help that but is there anything that can be added to help with that. She wears a hat most of the time when she’s out in the sun but that doesn’t stop her from getting it. We tried to get her to use sunscreen also but she doesn’t like to use it.
    As for me, I have aging skin since I am 55 years old. Do you recommend anything else I should add to the recipe? I also have some sun spots and some sagging skin especially on my eye lids. I also don’t like it to be too oily. Creamy is fine but not oily.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Claudia, I’m so glad to hear from you and have you as part of the R+R community.

      I’m so sorry you and your daughter are having skin problems. Please know you are not alone!

      Everyone’s skin is so unique and different. There are so many factors to account for when creating your own skincare products. This recipe personally works well for my skin, but we strongly encourage our readers to do lots of research and make an informed decision. We always recommend reaching out to your your healthcare provider for specific advice or recommendations.

  8. Hi I made this formula, but seems a little to greasy for me, its shines lol, how can I make it a little less greasy? should I add or remove something? Im a guy not sure if that matters 🙂

    1. Hi, Sam! I wouldn’t alter any of the ingredient measurements but maybe you could just use a little less? A little goes a long way! How much are you using? I would recommend a really tiny amount–no more than a dime sized amount and that should be plenty for your face!

  9. Alivia Kelsey

    5 stars
    Hello! I would love to make this recipe but with basil infused olive oil? would this work the same way and would it be preserved for the same amount of time? Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Alivia! I’m not sure about basil infused olive oil, to be quite honest. I feel like the infusion of the herb might alter the properties and could actually irritate the skin since you’re essentially adding an edible ingredient that could potentially spoil/rot. I would try it with simple organic extra virgin olive oil.

    1. Hi, Vanesa! You can definitely mix essential oils together! Just find a combination that you like. Personally, I love lavender + bergamot to soothe and calm me down, or peppermint + eucalyptus to wake me up!

  10. Christine Bashara

    5 stars
    I’ve had skin issues since my 20’s.  I have tried ALL
    sorts of moisturizers and nothing has really worked.  I’m excited to see if your homemade face cream will work.  My sister and I made some the other day and so far, my skin is loving it.  

  11. 3 stars
    Hi! I’m going to try this recipe today, but am wondering how you think cocoa butter would work in place of coconut oil? My skin is very dry now and I need extra moisturizing. Thanks!

    1. Hi, Denise! Great question. I think that you could sub cocoa butter in place of the coconut oil or you could double up on the shea butter and keep the coconut oil. Either way, I think that if you feel like your skin needs the extra moisture, you can try out different combinations!

    1. Hi, Sarah! I’m so glad you asked these questions as I’m sure our other readers may be wondering the same thing. In the post, I linked to the top 10 essential oils for skincare (you can find that here: https://bodyunburdened.com/essential-oils-for-skincare/). If you read through, they recommend quite a few essential oils for dry skin–frankincense, geranium, lavender, myrrh, neroli, and rose! As for carrot seed oil, they say, “Carrot seed essential oil is rich in antioxidants, helping to neutralize inflammation and wrinkle-causing free radicals (source). It has a rejuvenating effect on the skin, helping to keep skin smooth skin and aid cell regeneration. For this reason, it’s prized as one of the best essential oils for aging skin.” I think that you could play around with different types of essential oils for this recipe and let us know which one worked best for your skin type!

    1. Hi, Karla! Thanks so much for your question. I’m sure our other readers have wondered the same thing. You could try avocado oil instead of olive oil. Avocado oil contains a high percentage of Vitamin E, as well as potassium, lecithin, and many other nutrients which can nourish and moisturize your skin. The oleic acid also promotes collagen production, which helps grow new skin. I hope this helps!

  12. 1 star
    Hi everyone, I am an esthetician and I want to warn and stress to all of you to absolutely not put those ingredients on your face. Coconut oil and olive oil are not good products to use on the face. Also essential oils are so damaging to the skin and can make you develop a sensitivity to other products I’ve time, as well as many other risks. There is a reason why products are made in a lab, they have been tested and developed by people that actually know which ingredients to mix and which ones are not safe for the skin. That being said, it is true that many skincare brands on the market contain harmful ingredients (like fragance and alcohols), so it’s just important to learn which brands actually have your best interest in mind, but please do not DIY your skincare products. If you want more information about this, I recommend some YouTube channels like Hyram, Susan Tara and Dr dray. You can learn a lot about skincare from them. Hope this helps. (not trying to bash the creator of this, I’m sure she had the best of intentions, but I had to comment and let people know)

    1. Hi Camila,

      Thank you so much for sharing your expertise. It’s so valuable to hear from industry experts who are willing to share their knowledge and feedback. Everyone’s skin is so unique and different. There are so many factors to account for when creating your own skincare products. This recipe personally works well for my skin, but we strongly encourage our readers to do lots of research and make an informed decision. Thank you so much for having our community’s back and providing some additional resources to use.

  13. 5 stars
    Hi Kate, Thank you for the recipe. I followed it to the T but the cream is not easily spreadable. It is thick and more greasy than I expected. Is there anything I can do to fix it?

    1. Hi Riddhi,
      I’m sorry to hear the moisturizer didn’t come out the way you expected. When it initially comes out of the refrigerator, it may be hard to spread but it should soften. Make sure you’re storing the moisturizer at room temperature. You can also try adding some essential oils depending on your specific skin type. I hope this helps!

      1. Thanks Kate. Do you think I could re-heat the moisturizer and then after it cools a little whisk it? I did add Lavender and Tea Tree oils.

  14. 5 stars
    hi! I ran out of moisturizer and have been thinking about using coconut oil instead of buying a new one but I keep reading that its known to clog pores and can make you break out. I used to be prone to bad breakouts and now have my acne under control so I’m nervous about this happening. Is this true? 

  15. Camilla Wissing Mortensen

    Hey Kate!

    I’m from Denmark, so I hope you can forgive me my poor english-skills.

    First of all: Thank you for the article and the recipe! It’s great.

    I’m new to making my own moisturizer and I have a question regarding sun exposure. The moisturizer I buy have factor 15 sun protection. What do you do to protect your face from the sun, when you make your own moisturizer?

    Thank you so much 🙂

    1. Hi Camilla! This is a great question and depends where you live. If you live in a sunnier spot, you might want more SPF. Personally, I like to use a higher SPF but it depends on the makeup and other products I’m using as well! Some of my makeup also contains SPF so I don’t always need it in the moisturizer! I hope that helps!

  16. I know this isn’t exactly the focus of this article but just FYI, in addition to being full of crappy ingredients, every single brand you mention above, with the exception of Boots No 7 I believe, is on PETA’s list of companies that still test on animals! Staying away from those companies is also cruelty free 🙂

  17. Hello! I am starting to research how to make my own moisturizer and I find yours to be the most direct. My question is, the pictures above show solid coconut oil, but the link in the recipe is for fractionated coconut oil. Perhaps I’m just being literal, but figured I’d ask so I do not waste any product. Am I to use 2 TBS of fractionated coconut oil or solid coconut oil? Also, If it is fractionated, could I simply use 1 TBS of rosehip and 1 TBS of Jojoba? I so look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!!!

    1. Hi Rachel!

      I’m so glad you are finding this recipe helpful! You can use either solid or fractioned coconut oil! They each have their own characteristics so you might want to spend a little time researching what works for you! Personally, I prefer to use fractioned coconut oil as it always stays in liquid form and absorbs easier into the skin, but you might find you like the consistency of solid coconut oil over the liquid! My proportions listed above are the only ones I’ve used so I’m not sure how changing the Rosehip or Jojoba will affect the final results. Let me know if you end up testing it out! I love hearing about all the different ways readers are adapting this recipe!

        1. Hi Prathyu! Thanks for your question. Plain olive oil can definitely be used, however, we recommend organic extra virgin olive oil because it contains the highest concentration and benefits of olive oil and also contains zero preservatives or additives.

  18. Hi there,

    are we supposed to cover the jar when we let it cool (either in the refrigerator or before putting it in)?

    Thanks for your help and this recipe!

  19. Cristina Tramullas

    5 stars
    Hello Kate!
    I have tried this moisturizer and I absolutely love it so thank you so much for sharing it with us.
    I just have a little problem and maybe you would know what to do. As I said I adore this moisturizer BUT it’s not enough for my dry skin, my skin feels fine but I feel it needs a little more moisture. Maybe I can add any ingredient or combine it with other products? What would you do? Help please! Thank you so much! Cristina.

    1. Hi Cristina,

      I have used vegetable glycerin to increase moisture. Try a tablespoon or two and see if that helps. 😀 

  20. Hi! I just found your site and I’m new with all that homemade cosmetics products.
    I already bought some oils and other products but didn’t start to use them because i don’t know what is OK to mix and what isn’t.
    I have that list:
    Grapeseed oil
    Apricot oil
    Argan oil
    Almond oil
    Rose hip oil
    Vitamic C drops

    I am 36 y/o and have regular/semi dry skin, with start of slightly pigmentation and small wrinkles beside eyes and mouth.
    What kind of combinaion wuth those oils could help for that problems? and what should be the proportions?

    And- do you have any moisture remedy without coconut or olive oil?

    Thanks for all you are doing!! I leran alot from you blog, but yet not feel confident to start it by myself..

    1. Hey Ruet – congrats on giving this all a go! You could try avocado oil instead of coconut or olive. Lavender is great for wrinkles around the mouth. Rosehip is amazing for wrinkles too and age spots, so possibly try combining those two with your carrier oil (like Avocado) with some Vitamin C drops to help with the pigmentation. As far as the proportions go, look at the recipe in this post for guidelines. Hope this helps get you started!

  21. Hi there,
    I am new this DIY beauty product. Can I substitute olive oil with jojoba oil? I’ve used the S.W. Basic cream and not a fan of the olive oil smell.

  22. Hi Jane,
    Did you use 10 drops of each essential oil in the recipe? 10 Rose Hip Seed Oil and 10 Ylang Ylang? I found your blog and getting ready to order the ingredients and just wanted a little more clarification.

    Thank you,

    1. I use 1:1 ratio of solid to lquid carrier oils. Shea butter is solid, rest are liquid at room temp. So, for example, 1 cup Shea to 1 cup mixture of liquid carrier oils, such as avocado, Young Living V-6 oil, Rosehip seed oil. Melt Shea, let cool to jelly-like then whip in the rest of liquid. Makes ~2C. Rosehip has short shelf life, so out some in small container and store rest in refrigerator. Now I have the base ready, and I can add any essential oil to it as needed during application. Questions?

      1. I think I’m understanding. You are including any essential oils that are added as part of the liquid ratio in the 1 cup of liquid carrier oil?

    2. Jane L Ehlers

      Rosehip seed oil is a carrier oil, so I add 2 teaspoons of this along with other liquid carrier oils to make the 1:1 ratio of liquid and solid carrier oils. When finished, I have a basic body cream, and can add whatever essential oil I want for the particular purpose as I go along. Just put some basic cream in the palm of your hands, and add a drop or two of essential oil, mix, and apply.

  23. Hi! I just found your site and I’m loving it! I can’t wait to re-do my beauty drawer with healthier options. Problem -I’m allergic to coconuts. Is there another option for the coconut oil in this recipe? I know everyone swears by coconut oil as a moisturizer but I can’t use it.

      1. Thanks! I have been using the face oil actually and I’m really enjoying it so I’ll just keep that up. A coconut allergy is challenging as I move forward toward more natural health + beauty options – it seems like they’re in everything!

  24. I just tried this and it came out so liquidy! I must’ve done something wrong as I’m not quite sure why it’s such a thin consistency. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you!!

    1. Hi, Becca: I’m so sorry to hear that. Did you follow the recipe to a T or switch a few things up? Also did you refrigerate the mixture when you were done? It’s liquid when it’s hot but it will solidify once cooled. Thanks!

      1. 5 stars
        I melt the Shea butter, let it cool till it thickens a bit, but not solid, then whip in kitchen aide. when it start getting fluffy I slowly add fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, and a small amount of rosehip oil. I use one part shea to one part liquid oils. Keep whipping until fluffy and spreadable. I have contact dermatitis and have found this skin cream to be extremely helpful! Thank you so much!!

  25. 5 stars
    I’ve been using this for a few months now and I can really feel the difference! Thank you for sharing.

  26. Is this what you use as your face moisturizer? And how about an exfoliator? Do you use store bought? I am going to try this recipe and your toner! Thanks!

    1. Yes, this is what I use as a face moisturizer. To exfoliate, I use masks and scrubs and acids. I recommend checking out the other beauty articles we have here as we recommend specific products for each of those things, some are DIY and some are store-bought. Let me know what you think of this recipe and the toner! Thanks 🙂

      1. Yeah I did! The only thing I can think of is that my shea butter may not have been exactly 1/2 a cup since it was in chunks. When I took it out of the refrigerator it was fine but then I put it in my bathroom and it liquified.

        1. It’s possible, but I wouldn’t imagine that it would make that much of a difference if it wasn’t exact. Where do you live? It’s possible it’s just too hot and/or humid to keep the oils solidified at room temp. You could always just keep it in your fridge, or use it as a face oil instead. Hope that helps!

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