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Heavenly Day & Night Face Moisturizer Recipe

★★ Non-Comedogenic & Fast Absorbing ★★

 

We’ve been trying to come up with a Face Moisturizer that utilizes Shea Butter but it’s not too oily, and something that is easy and economical to make. After a few weeks of tweaking and testing (thanks to all our friends and customers who volunteered!!), here is some pretty awesome DIY Heavenly Face Butter.

It includes our one and only Shea Butter, a little bit of dry oils (Almond and Rosehip Seed) and a bit of a secret ingredient that cuts through all these oils and butters: cold pressed Aloe Vera gel.

The Lavender Essential Oil is added because it just smells good, it is the mildest of EOs (even safe for baby’s bottoms!), but if you would like an unscented or EO-free lotion, just leave it out.

Without further ado, here’s our best DIY Natural Face Moisturizer we’ve come up with. Please comment below and let us know what you think!

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Ingredients

 

1 TBS melted Shea Butter (food for your skin and incredible moisturizer)

1 TSP Rosehip Seed Oil (it helps diminish scars and dark spots)

1/2 TSP Almond Oil (great for aging skin)

1/2 TSP cold pressed Aloe Vera Gel

20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (the most gentle of all Essential Oils, reduces excess sebum)

How to

Melt the shea on low-medium heat using a double boiler. Let sit for about 30 minutes or until it reaches 90 degrees or slightly below. Place all ingredients in a small glass jar and stir well. Loosely cover the jar with a lid (do not close it shut while the oils are still hot) and let it sit for about 2 hours, or until mostly solid. With a fork, start stirring and mixing your lotion until you achieve a soft, creamy butter.

Use twice a day on clean skin, once before bed, once in the morning as your base moisturizer.

Shelf Life: This recipe mixes aloe vera with oils and butters, but it has no preservatives, so this lotion should be used within 2 weeks. It’s like making fresh food in your kitchen – eat it when it’s fresh, then make some more!

85 responses to “Heavenly Day & Night Face Moisturizer Recipe

  1. After trying many DIY moisturizers….this is a clear winner!! No break outs and my skin looks great. Smooth and refined. It is the first recipe I have finished completely. Thank you so much for sharing. I do use this under makeup as well. Just after applying I blot with a tissue to remove excess before applying makeup. Works great!!

  2. I really like this. I feel my complexion has improved after starting to use it. On the second batch I made today rather than melting the shea butter I just whipped all the ingredients in my mixer.

  3. I ordered your shea butter today from Amazon. I’m a novice at DIY body creams and, after several days of reading through reviews and websites, I believe I have found the combination of oils I will use for my first project. I’m only going to whip up a small batch at first to test the outcome. Please tell me what you think of this recipe.
    1-Tbsp. each, organic
    Shea butter
    Coconut oil, cold pressed
    Beeswax
    Rosehip seed oil
    5-10 drops lavender essential oil
    Whip by hand until smooth
    Place in small glass container with a glass lid

    1. Your body butter will be way too hard, it will be more of the consistency of a lotion bar or balm. A good point of reference is to keep the butters at 60-70%, Essential Oils at 1-2%, and the rest can be carrier oils like rosehip, jojoba, etc. Adding beeswax should be done with moderation and I would not use it in your first DIY attempt.
      Let me know how it goes!

  4. I ordered your shea butter today from Amazon. I’m a novice at DIY body creams and, after several days of reading through reviews and websites, I believe I have found the combination of oils I will use for my first project. I’m only going to whip up a small batch at first to test the outcome. Please tell me what you think of this recipe.
    1-Tbsp. each, organic
    Shea butter
    Coconut oil, cold pressed
    Beeswax
    Rosehip seed oil
    5-10 drops lavender essential oil
    Whip by hand until smooth
    Place in small glass container with a glass lid

    1. Your body butter will be way too hard, it will be more of the consistency of a lotion bar or balm. A good point of reference is to keep the butters at 60-70%, Essential Oils at 1-2%, and the rest can be carrier oils like rosehip, jojoba, etc. Adding beeswax should be done with moderation and I would not use it in your first DIY attempt.
      Let me know how it goes!

    2. Also, coconut oil is more comedogenic than other oils (on scale of 1-5, it’s usually 4) which means it clogs skin pores more than most oils. I often use avocado oil as my carrier: big fatty acid chains that absorb well, non-clogging and long shelf life. Other oils recommended on site are great too. Frankincense is nice EO for smoothing skin too but not everyone likes the smell (I love it). Great recipe! Will make tonight.

  5. Two questions: In the directions, it says “Loosely cover the jar with a lid (do not close it shut while the oils are still hot)”. Does this mean you are supposed to heat the oils first? It doesn’t say to do so anywhere in the directions. I’ve seen recipes that include heating first, and those that do not, so I’m not clear which method applies here. Also, could you add zinc oxide to this recipe to use it as a combination moisturizer and SPF? One of the reasons I’m slow to replace my store-bought day cream is because it does have SPF, which I really like. Love your website, would have never known about it if I hadn’t just ordered your shea butter, thanks!

    1. Nevermind, I see it now! I’ll try it tomorrow with ZO for sunblock and let you know how it goes!

      1. How did it work adding zinc oxide to this recipe? I would love to make it but want an spf element like you said. Thanks!

  6. If I want to make a bigger batch, like…maybe 1/3 of a cup of shea butter, how much should I use for the rest of the ingredients? I’m super bad at math and stuff.

    1. Hello, Elizabeth! You would multiply each ingredient amount by 5, since 1/3 cup of shea butter is about the same as 5.1 TBS 🙂

    1. You generally need an emulsifier when you mix oils + aloe or water, but I’ve tested this recipe a few times and because the amounts are so little, somehow it holds together beautifully.

  7. Isabella, I made this recipe in the past and upon reading the description again it states Argan and Rosehip seed oil but in the ingredient list it now has almond oil? Did the recipe change? Thanks!

    1. Hello Paras! Rosehip Seed Oil is non-comedogenic, so it is moisturizing and still won’t clog pores, even during Summer months. It’s really the best ingredient to use in this particular recipe. A substitute sometimes used is Grape seed Oil. I hope this helps, feel free to write us any time with questions! 🙂

    1. Hello Justine, We prefer Almond however you absolutely can! Feel free to write us with questions any time 🙂

    1. Hi Shannon!

      Zinc oxide does not absorb, so it will sit on the surface of your skin if you add it, no matter how much you add. It depends on what you are putting the zinc oxide in the recipe to do, however I would not add very much, and make sure you wash it off in the morning 🙂 Thanks for the question, feel free to e-mail us any time at [email protected] and have an awesome day!

  8. Isabella,

    I think my comment was missed… Reposting…

    I made this recipe in the past and upon reading the description again it states Argan and Rosehip seed oil but in the ingredient list it now has almond oil? Did the recipe change? Thanks!

    1. Rebecca, Thanks for pointing that out! It was a typo- now fixed 😉 It is Almond oil, but you can absolutely use a different oil in its place.

  9. Do I need to heat up the ingredients? I’m still not sure about this part of directions. This is my first attemp to make my own cream. Thank you

    1. Hello Veronika! Thank you for pointing that out – I updated the recipe. You do melt the shea, but it’s not necessary to heat/melt the other ingredients. I hope this helps!

      1. Hello Isabella, is it ok just to whip all ingredients or is it necessary to melt the shea butter? Thanks!

        1. Hi Yana, you can absolutely cold whip these ingredients. Only melt if one of the ingredient won’t whip because of its hardness like cocoa or beeswax.

  10. Hi Isabella,
    I just started using Shea Butter and been loving it so far. I want to try this recipe out and was wondering if I could replace only the 1 TSP Rosehip Oil with 1 TSP Frankincense Oil? I was also wondering how much this batch makes or how long it would last? One last question, would it be okay if I were to double it or triple it if I liked it and wanted a bigger batch? Thank you! Hope to hear your response soon!

    1. Hi there, frankincense is an essential oil and not a substitute for rosehip oil, which is a carrier oil. You can a few drops of frankincense to the recipe though if you like that scent. You can double or triple the recipe, of course!

    1. If you use aloe vera gel, it will already have a preservative in it and will be enough to preserve your creation for 2-3 weeks. This recipe is for a small amount of moisturizer that hopefully gets used up within 2-3 weeks anyways, just like preparing food, it’s a lot better to consume it while it’s fresh.

    1. You sure can, maybe add a carrier oil that you like in its place so you get a creamy consistency that makes it easier to apply.

  11. My cream has hardened instead of being in the beautiful whipped consistency. Any suggestions on what I can do to keep it in that whipped consistency?

    1. You can try whipping it again for several minutes – I am not sure if you made enough to use an electric mixer? essentially you are trying to whip it like you would regular butter or cream cheese, you want to add enough air “bubble” into your preparation so it gets and stays fluffy. It does take some practice, and it works best when you have at least 8 ounces of total product to work with because of the standard size of electric mixers available.

    1. Adding honey to this recipe without also adding an emulsifier will not work. Honey is water soluble, so it acts like water would when you add it to an oil – it will float and be separate from the rest unless you use an emulsifier which will tie together the oil/butter with your water-type ingredients. If you love honey for its antibacterial properties, you could use it to clean your face before you use the face moisturizer. Look up “how to wash your face with honey”, it’s super easy and since honey is water soluble, it is easy to rinse off 🙂

    1. Yes, but I suggest you add another light carrier oil to make the moisturizer creamy and easy to apply. Just same amount as the aloe.

  12. I put argan oil instead of the rosehip oil. Would this cause a drastic change in the moisturizer? Also does argan oil make this moisturizer absorb slowly compared to rosehip?

    1. Yes you can! Jojoba, Apricot and Almond Oils are very similar in density and function so you can use them interchangeably.

    2. Hi isabella, thank you for your recipe. I didn’t have all the ingredients including aloe Vera. I only have Shea butter and Rosehip oil.
      I used jojoba oil in substitution for the almond oil, Palmarosa for the essential oil and added about a 1/4 tsp of coconut oil, maybe less. Is the coconut oil ok? I read it might clog pores only after I added it.

      1. I am not aware of coconut oil clogging pores, but I know that people with break out problems or acne prefer to use shea butter alone, or add only 1-2 ingredients to it as needed.

  13. Hi Isabella

    I noticed you said we could omit Aloe just use a substitute oil. What substitute oils for you suggest using to make it creamy?

    1. Not really, aloe is water soluble and the powder won’t dissolve unless you use a little water or hydrosol to dissolve it. If you do a small batch though, it’s worth experimenting with.

  14. Isabella, I was wondering if I could replace shea butter with mango butter in this recipe? I was just looking for a facial moisturizer that would be fluffier and easily spreadable. If you do not recommend this replacement, do you have any suggestions for a mango butter-based facial moisturizer? Thanks!

    1. Hi Marijana, you can use mango butter in place of shea butter, the end product may turn out a little more solid but it will melt on skin contact and your skin will love it, so go for it!

    1. You can but place the moisturizer in the fridge and use it up within 1 week to make sure you’re not using it past its shelf life.

    1. Can you put tea tree Oil or something else in it to give it a longer shelf life . I would like to make some that lasts fir 2 months . Kath

      1. It you want it to last more than a couple of weeks, your choices are A. leave the aloe vera out of the recipe, or B. buy a preservative and add that to the formula. Tea Tree oil is at best an anti-oxidant, which means it can make a butter or oil last longer, but the moment you add water or aloe vera to a butter or oil, you are inviting bacteria, mold and yeast to start growing. Only an actual preservative can be effective in preventing those from growing.

  15. Hello,
    I need heeeeeeeelp! I was making your recipe, but instead of melting only the Shea butter, I put it on the double boiler with the almond rosehip oil as well. Boiled everything except the lavender. Should I throw it out and make another batch?
    Thanks a million!
    Simone

    1. If you had it on low heat and if the mixture does not smell like burnt oil, you didn’t ruin anything. I hope you didn’t bring the oils to an actual boil, that’s really hard to do on a double boiler. Email me at [email protected] if you need more help.

    1. The two preservatives that I know have good results are Geoguard and Phenoxyethanol. Whenever you want to use a preservative, make sure you look for one that is broad-spectrum to cover all your bases.

  16. When I put cream in fridge to cool? My cream came out grainy I read on other receipes to put cream in fridge so I so that after is melted or so I want trill it hardens then add to a cooler?

    1. The cream goes in the fridge when it’s in liquid state. You need to let it solidify all the way in the fridge before taking it out, that’s how you avoid graininess.

  17. Hi, Isabella..thank you for your recipe. But can I add ingredients which contains sunscreen? And what’s natural ingredients that contains the SPFs? Thanks in advance

    1. You can add Zinc Oxide Powder for SPF properties, make sure you add the correct ratio (we have recipes in our blog) and you mix it in well so it disperses throughout the formula evenly.

  18. Hi, I really liked this recipe! I want to make up another batch but I want to substitute kokum butter (for the shea butter). Would that be okay? Thanks

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