All Natural DIY Face Cream

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An all-natural DIY face cream that is absolute perfection every time. Made with organic meadowfoam and raspberry seed oils, with skin-protective essential oils (vegan, no beeswax).

Close up of a DIY face cream in a glass jar

Have you tried making your own face cream before? If not – give this recipe a go – it’s actually a lot easier than you may think!

Basically – you take your heated oils, combine with water, blend until they emulsify, add your preservative, and essential oils to your liking. Bottle, label and date, and you’re done!

For this recipe, I’ve used a combination of oils (meadowfoam and raspberry seed) that are rich in antioxidants, are deeply moisturising, and have good stability. They are more suited to normal, dry and even mature skin types. If you have problem skin, feel free to substitute for something like sea buckthorn, borage, camelia, or strawberry. I will be sharing a second face cream that is specifically designed for problem skin soon.

Shea butter is used to add a touch of luxury, and the essential oils I’ve chosen all support the skin in some way.

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So let’s have a look now at,

  • Must-have equipment for making natural skincare products
  • Ingredients for our DIY face cream, and
  • How to make it!

DIY face cream on a ceramic plate with essential oils

DIY Face Cream Basic Equipment

DIY Face Cream Ingredients Oil phase

Meadowfoam oil Limanthes alba

  • A highly stable oil, meaning it has the ability to further prolong the shelf-life of your final product
  • Highly moisturising
  • Prevents moisture loss
  • Often used in natural sunblocks

Raspberry seed oil Rubus idaeus

  • Light consistency
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Rich in Omega’s 3 and 6 essential fatty acids
  • Nourishing
  • Protective
  • Restorative to dry, mature, irritated skin

Shea butter Butyrospermum parki

  • Thick, buttery
  • Gives a super luxurious texture to your face cream
  • Potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (due to the triterpenes, tocopherols, phenols and sterols) {source}

Emulsifying wax O

  • Cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate
  • PEG-free emulsifying wax made from olives
  • Highly stable
  • Able to penetrate through the deeper layers of the skin
  • Anti-ageing properties, improves tone and elasticity
  • Helps bring the water and oil phases together

DIY Face Cream Ingredients Water Phase


  • Vegetable derived
  • Humectant (retains moisture) and emollient (softens and smooths)

Distilled water

  • Non-negotiable! Water is a medium for bacterial growth, so must be distilled

DIY Face Cream Ingredients – after combining

Microcare DB

  • Preservative, can also use Geogard 221
  • Blend of an organic acid with benzyl alcohol
  • Added once oil and water phases have been combined and cooled to below 45˚C

Frankincense essential oil

  • Helps reduce appearance of skin imperfections
  • Promotes skin cell regeneration
  • Soothing, supports healthy inflammatory response
  • Ideal for use in mature/ageing/irritated skin
  • Warm, spicy, clean aroma

Geranium essential oil

  • Promotes appearance of clear, healthy skin
  • Balances production of sebum
  • Ideal for problem skin, but can be used on all skin types
  • Floral, herbaceous, green, sweet aroma

Copaiba essential oil

  • Potent antioxidant
  • Promotes clear, smooth skin
  • Reduces appearance of blemishes
  • Spicy, woody aroma

Yarrow | Pom essential oil

  • Potent antioxidant
  • Contains the skin-loving Omega 5 essential fatty acid, punicic acid
  • Soothing and rejuvenating to the skin
  • Herbaceous, fruity aroma
  • Gorgeous bright blue colour thanks to the chamazulene

Helichrysum essential oil

  • Improves appearance of skin, reduces wrinkles
  • Restorative – assists in skin healing
  • Rejuvenating – promotes youthful looking skin
  • Ideal for dry, inflamed, irritated skin
  • Herbaceous, honey, hay aroma

Juniper berry essential oil

  • Naturally cleansing to the skin
  • Acts as a natural skin toner
  • Ideal for oily/congested or mature/devitalised skin
  • Clean, woody, spicy aroma

Ingredients used for DIY Face Cream

How to make DIY Face Cream

First things first – sterilise all your equipment to prevent microbial growth. I use Ethasan, an alcohol based sanitiser. Spray your utensils, your jugs, and inside your jar for the finished product.

Use precision balance scales to measure out your ingredients for the oil phase, and add to a pyrex jar.

Now measure out your glycerine and water, and distilled water, and place in a second pyrex jug. Tip – 1ml of water is equivalent to 1gm – use the scales to measure this out accurately.

Place both jugs in a frying pan/saucepan, resting them on the lid of a jar – so that they don’t touch the bottom. Fill the pan with boiling water, enough so that it comes up to about the same level as the ingredients in your jugs.

Using a candy thermometer, bring the temperature up to 65-70˚C (149-158˚F).

Once both jugs are the same temperature, and the emulsifying wax has melted, remove from the heat.

Close up of freshly whipped DIY face cream, in a pyrex jug with immersion blender

Place an immersion stick blender into the jug with the melted oils/butter/wax, and blend on a low speed.

Gradually pour in the water phase, and blend till the mixture has emulsified (about a minute).

Stop and leave the mixture to cool down a little, then as it starts to thicken, give it another blend until you get a whipped, creamy consistency.

Now you want to use your thermometer again, because we want the temperature to come down to about 45˚C (113˚F). At this point, add the Microcare DB (preservative), and essential oils.

Close up of DIY Face Cream with essential oils added

Give it one last blend to combine, then let the mixture cool fully before spooning into your glass jar.

Remember to clearly label and date your cream! Hot tip from me, I give each new batch a batch number, so I can look up the ingredients in detail if needed.

That’s it!

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Finished DIY face cream on a ceramic dish with the lid open

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All natural DIY Face Cream

An all-natural DIY face cream that is absolute perfection every time. Made with organic meadowfoam and raspberry seed oils, with skin-protective essential oils. Ideal for normal, dry or even mature skin. Yields 100g (3.38 oz). 

Course Beauty, Skincare
Keyword DIY Face Cream
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Naturopath Lauren Glucina



  • alcohol based sanitising spray
  • 1 100ml amber glass jar with lid 3.38 oz
  • 2 pyrex jugs or glass measuring cylinders
  • 2 jam jar lids to place in the saucepan (pyrex jugs will rest on top)
  • 2 candy thermometers
  • precision scales
  • digital kitchen scales
  • teaspoons
  • immersion blender


    Oil Phase

    • 6 g emulsifying wax O
    • 3 g shea butter
    • 7 g raspberry seed oil
    • 7 g meadowfoam oil

    Water Phase

    • 3 g glycerine
    • 74 g distilled water

    Once Combined

    • 0.8 g Microcare DB preservative
    • 6 drops doTERRA Yarrow | Pom essential oil
    • 6 drops doTERRA Frankincense essential oil
    • 6 drops doTERRA Copaiba essential oil
    • 6 drops doTERRA Juniper essential oil
    • 4 drops doTERRA Helichrysum essential oil
    • 2 drops doTERRA Geranium essential oil


    1. First, sterilise all equipment and utensils. Do not use wooden utensils.

    2. Measure out all ingredients for the oil phase, and add to first pyrex jug.

    3. Measure out all ingredients for the water water phase, and add to the second pyrex jug.

    4. Place two jam jar lids in the bottom of a large saucepan, then place pyrex jugs on top. Add boiling water to the saucepan, so it just reaches past the point of the ingredients in the jugs.

    5. Use the candy thermometer to bring the temperature in both up to 65-70˚C (149-158˚F). Any higher, and you risk oxidising the oils.

    6. Remove from heat and place on a board. Gradually pour the water into the oil's jug, and blend on slow with the immersion blender until the mixture emulsifies (30 seconds to 1 minute).

    7. Stop and let the mixture cool and thicken for a minute or two, then blend again until whipped into a creamy texture.

    8. Use the thermometer again to measure the temperature - cool it down to 45˚C (113˚F), then add the Microcare DB and essential oils. Blend once more to combine.

    9. Let cool entirely, then spoon into glass jar. Label with the date and ingredients. Enjoy!

    Lauren's Notes

    • You can use an electric beater or even an electric hand whisk in place of the immersion blender, but this truly works best and they aren't expensive.
    • Use any combination of the essential oils I've listed - work to 30 drops per 100ml recipe, which is a 1% dilution.


    Herbalist designed all-natural DIY Face Cream recipe, with skin supportive essential oils. Ideal for normal, dry or even mature skin. #DIYskin #DIYbeauty #facecream #DIYskincare #nontoxicbeauty #facecreamrecipe #AscensionKitchen

    Herbalist designed all-natural DIY Face Cream recipe, with skin supportive essential oils. Ideal for normal, dry or even mature skin. #DIYskin #DIYbeauty #facecream #DIYskincare #nontoxicbeauty #facecreamrecipe #AscensionKitchen


    Hi I’m Lauren, practising Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist, and essential oils educator in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m incredibly passionate about food as medicine, and helping people connect with the healing power of Nature. I’ve been sharing my recipes and health articles here since 2012.

    BNatMed, AdDip NutMed, BCS, Certified FitGenes Practitioner.