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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Why make your own natural moisturizer?
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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!
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.
3-Ingredient All-Natural DIY Face Moisturizer
- 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.