Homemade Face Cream for Oily Skin

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How to make a homemade face cream for oily and acne prone skin, with soothing aloe vera, calendula, licorice and Manuka essential oil.

Close up of a pottle of homemade face cream for oily, acne prone skin

Back with another homemade face cream recipe today, and this time we’re creating a cream specifically for oily and acne prone skin with some pretty incredible active ingredients.

This means we’re selecting carrier oils with a lighter consistency, replacing the water component with soothing aloe vera juice, adding cleansing, antiseptic essential oils (we’ll be using THE best essential oil for acne – Manuka!), and finally – incorporating licorice root extract to reduce inflammation and even out skin tone.

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Ingredients and equipment for homemade face cream laid out on the table

Equipment for Making Face Cream at Home          

Homemade Face Cream Ingredients

Again, these ingredients have all been chosen for their suitability to oily, problem skin.

Oil Phase

Calendula infused oil Calendula officinalis

  • Calendula is one of THE top skin herbs, its reduces inflammation, soothes the skin, promotes healing of wounds and acne scars
  • Typically in herbal medicine making we use extra virgin olive oil as a carrier when making salves, and a lighter, more neutral oil when making skin care products
  • You can infuse calendula in any of the lighter carrier oils suited to oily skin: camellia, borage, sea buckthorn, strawberry
  • To make it, fill a jar with dried calendula flowers and petals, cover with carrier oil, cap, leave to infuse for a couple of weeks or more out of direct light, then strain ready for use

Camellia Oil Camellia oleifera

  • Very light in texture
  • Regenerative, restorative
  • Suitable for all skin types, including oily and problem skin
  • Possesses antioxidant, disinfectant, germicidal properties
  • Contains squalene – a protective, emollient compound found in the skin’s sebum

Shea butter Butyrospermum parki

  • Thick, buttery
  • A little goes a long way, giving a luxury feel to the end product
  • Rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds

Emulsifying Wax O

  • A PEG-free emulsifying wax derived from olives (yes, you can use beeswax as an alternative)
  • Highly stable
  • Penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin’s surface
  • Brings the water and oil phases together

Water Phase

Aloe Vera Juice Aloe barbadensis

  • Soothing, cooling
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Wound healing
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Known as the ‘plant of immortality’

Once Combined/Emulsified

Microcare DB

  • This is a preservative – a blend of an organic acid with benzyl alcohol
  • Preservatives are recommended to prevent microbial growth, and promote shelf life

doTERRA Manuka essential oil Leptospermum scoparium

  • Strong cleansing and protective properties, to help prevent the breakout of acne
  • THE essential oil for acne!

Licorice Root Extract Glycyrrhiza glabra

  • Optional – it’s likely this will be tricky to source, we’re talking an alcohol fluid extract/tincture. Try a trip to a local herbal dispensary. For external use only, in the recommended amounts
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Brightens skin, reduces hyperpigmentation and evens out skin tone
  • Mildly anti-androgenic

How to Make Face Cream for Oily Skin, Step by Step

First – use your alcohol based sanitiser to sterilise all your equipment – from utensils to jugs to glass jars – everything!

Next, use the precision scales to weigh out all the ingredients for the oil phase, and place in a glass pyrex jug or similar.

Weigh out the aloe vera juice for the water phase – you may need regular kitchen digital scales for this.

Rest both jugs in a large saucepan, then add boiling water – until it just reaches the same height as the ingredients.

You’ll want to keep a candy thermometer or two on hand – we’re going to bring the temperature up to 65-70˚C (149-158˚F) so the emulsifying wax completely melts. Go any higher and you’ll start to damage the properties in the oils.

The oil and water phase - in pyrex jugs, over a double boiler - melting in order to make a homemade face cream

Once you’ve reached that temperature, remove the jugs and slowly pour the water phase into the oil phase, while you blend on low speed with an immersion blender.

The mixture should emulsify within 30 seconds to a minute. At this point, stop, let it cool a little, blend again – you’ll notice it really starts to thicken and fluff up. Great!

Homemade face cream once the oil and water phases have been combined

Clean your thermometer and measure the temperature again, we want to cool it to about 45˚C (113˚F). At this point, add the Microcare DB (preservative), and essential oils and blend again.

Hero shot of homemade face cream with Manuka essential oil beside it

Now, this last part is optional – you’re actually good to go now, but if you’ve been able to source the licorce root extract, this is where you add it.

7ml – blend it quickly through.

This will make the consistency of the cream considerably thinner (although, more potent!). It will also take on a slight tan colour.

Ok – all done and ready to bottle, label and date!

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Homemade Face Cream Recipe

A natural face cream recipe for oily and acne prone skin, with soothing aloe vera, calendula, licorice and Manuka essential oil. Naturopath formulated.

Course Beauty
Keyword Homemade Face Cream
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 100 ml
Author Lauren Glucina



  • alcohol based sanitising spray
  • 1 100ml amber glass jar with lid 3.38 oz
  • 2 Pyrex jugs or glass measuring cylinders
  • candy thermometers
  • precision scales
  • regular kitchen digital scales
  • teaspoons
  • immersion blender

Oil Phase

  • 6g emulsifying wax O
  • 3g shea butter
  • 7g calendula infused oil
  • 7g camellia oil

Water Phase

  • 77g aloe vera juice pure

Once Combined

  • 0.8g Microcare DB preservative
  • 30 drops doTERRA Manuka essential oil
  • 7 ml licorice root extract/tincture optional


  1. Sterilise all equipment with the alcohol based sanitiser.

  2. Measure out ingredients for the oil phase with the precision scales, and place in a pyrex jug.

  3. Measure out the aloe vera juice for the water phase - you may need to switch to kitchen digital scales for this. Place in a seperate pyrex jug.

  4. Stand both jugs in a saucepan with boiling water - enough water to reach the level of the ingredients. Use thermometer to bring the temperature up to 65-70˚C (149-158˚F).

  5. Remove jugs from the pan, then gradually pour the aloe juice into the oil phase, blending with an immersion stick blender on low (for about one minute).

  6. Let cool a little, then blend again - the mixture will thicken. Bring the temperature down to 45˚C (113˚F), then add the Microcare DB and essential oils. Blend once more to combine.

  7. Stop here, or if you've managed to source the licorice - add and blend once more.

  8. Bottle, label, date and enjoy!

How to make a homemade face cream for oily and acne prone skin, with soothing aloe vera, calendula, licorice and Manuka essential oil. Naturopath formulated skin care recipe. #DIYbeauty #DIYskincare #DIYfacecream #Naturalbeauty #acne #oilyskin #essentialoils #doterra #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.