Simple Homemade Moisturizer

Simple homemade moisturizer. Just three basic ingredients. Nourishes the skin, naturally.

I love simplicity.

What’s the opposite of simplicity?


Who’s got time for complicated?

Certainly not this mom.

I take this simple philosophy when it comes to my kitchen. I try to keep things simple and stress-free while still nourishing my family with the very best real food. This year I decided this approach to simplicity needed to transfer to more than just my kitchen. After all, I do write a blog called Live Simply. Simply being a key word.

I’ve been busy applying my goal of getting back to simplicity in all areas of life.  My focus these past few months has been in the bathroom and simplifying my beauty routine by making my own products. If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I am on quite a kick with this new endeavor. If it goes on my body, I am determined there must be an effective, clean, and simple way to make it. So far homemade foundation powder and a luxurious body wash have been keepers. Trust me there have been many failures. Body odor and greasy hair are no laughing matters.

Don’t worry.

I only share the recipes that leave me feeling civilized, clean, and odor-free.

Simple homemade moisturizer. Just three basic ingredients. Nourishes the skin, naturally.

Gone are the days of believing beauty products need to be complicated, store-bought, and loaded with multiple ingredients.  I’ve learned simplicity is usually the very best recipe one can find. Simplicity has been the name of the game for thousands of years, long before our modern age of complicated lists of ingredients which do more harm than good.

So, in the name of simplicity, I bring you a new tried-and-true beauty recipe, a homemade moisturizer. One which will leave you smelling of sweet lavender while at the same time moisturizes and heals your skin.  This homemade moisturizer consists of a mere three ingredients.  Yes, you heard that right. Three ingredients. And the best part? This recipe takes only seconds to whip up. Simplicity has never been, well, simpler.

Simplifying simplicity.

And smelling good while doing it.

Simple homemade moisturizer. Just three basic ingredients. Nourishes the skin, naturally.

Simple Homemade Moisturizer
  1. I warned you. This homemade moisturizer is simple. Here's what you do: combine the coconut oil, vitamin E or tea tree oil, and lavender in a bowl. Now mix. That's it.

If you’re making this moisturizer in the colder months, when coconut oil tends to be very solid (hard as a rock), you can whip these ingredients together with your hand mixer creating for a smooth, creamy product.

I use this moisturizer in the morning and the evening on my face. A tiny little dab goes a very long way. Avoid applying this wonderful moisturizer to your hair. Trust me.

I have very oily skin and find coconut oil provides my skin with the perfect moisture it needs without the greasy feeling I often get from store-bought moisturizers. The vitamin E and essential oil are both healing and refreshing.

Simplicity in a jar.

My kind of jar.

Simple homemade moisturizer. Just three basic ingredients. Nourishes the skin, naturally.

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 The incredibly helpful eBook, packed full of recipes and pictures: DIY Organic Beauty Recipes

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  • Amanda says:

    Where do you buy your lavender oil? And, once made, you keep this moisturizer at room temp? :)

  • Kristina says:

    I use straight coconut oil every night for my face so, I love this idea! I have to try this! Love those little spoons in the picture!

  • Trisha says:

    I have used this recipe too without the Lavender. My skin was still a bit dry…soft though. I added some unrefined avocado oil (great for dry or aging skin) and that did the trick! Just a tip for those with dry skin:)

  • Cindy says:

    What if you are allergic to lavendar…?

  • Kelly says:

    This is really great at removing eye makeup as well!

  • Cheryl says:

    Approximately how much does this recipe yield? I would like to make 12-4oz jars as Christmas gifts. Any help you can provide will be much appreciated :) Thanks!!

    • Kristin says:

      I get a little less than a 1/2 pint mason jar worth when I make it. Great Christmas gift idea! I gave away small little jars of this last year and everyone loved it!

  • Mia Gordon says:

    Wonderful recipe – very silky and nourishing for skin. May I suggest adding carrot seed oil, sea buckthorn and tamanu oils for their regenerative and repairing properties. Also excellent for stretch marks. Essential fatty acids help penetrate the skins upper layers and take beneficial nutrients deeper into skin…this recipe is lovely, I’m going to make it with yang gland and neroli oils for scent.

  • Holley-Shae says:

    What does it do to your hair

    • Kristin says:

      I haven’t tried it in my hair.

      • aries says:

        i’m a bit confused then as to why the part that says “Avoid applying this wonderful moisturizer to your hair. Trust me.” for those who have a different hair texture than yours (and who may read your blog), you may want to refrain from adding info such as that; it can seem a bit misleading. i have naturally curly/coiled hair, and coconut oil and vit E are exactly what i use in my hair. i can see how it would be too oily for those with a certain hair type/texture, but for others it would work perfectly, and they may not know because you said don’t put it in your hair. on another note i am one who is considering phasing out certain parts of my face skin care, and thinking of using more homemade products. i’m a bit nervous about just oil as a moisturizer, as i typically have oily/combo skin, but we’ll see if it works. i figure why not, it’s about the only part of my body that i don’t use natural oils. i am wondering, did you mix yours in a blender or did you just stir? and if so did you melt the coconut oil first or not? have you ever made one with sunscreen?

    • Lauren says:

      Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for hair when used as a mask. It can, however, leave your hair very greasy until it’s washed.

  • Ann Haag says:

    Hi Kristine, Thanks for the really simple moisturizer recipe! I am looking for something I can make fresh which will reduce the likelihood I will have an allergic reaction. I have a question, I have a slight allergy to Lavender oil, can I use a different essential oil which would be compatible with E and coconut oil? Thanks!

  • Claire says:

    What can you use besides Vitamin E

  • I am having my daughter make these as Christmas gifts for her Aunts and Uncles. We are getting the oils from Young Living because they are 100% natural and food grade. I have found some of the other oils are not as pure. Just a thought. heres the website

    • Grandma says:

      After four months of research I decided Native American Nutritionals was the best source for essential oils. They are also food grade, and they share their gas chromatograph tests – Young Living does not. They are also quite a bit less expensive than YL. 15ml Sacred Frankincense from Oman is $65. I also love that they are not a MLM company.

  • MaryAnn says:

    I have all the ingredients to make the home made moisturizer I can’t wait to try it……MK

  • Jessimer says:

    I really enjoy your simplistic approach to life. This moisturizer has improved the health of my skin ten-fold. Thank your for your smart, easy to follow advice.

  • Tanya says:

    Hi, thanks for this post! I have a perhaps silly question because I have never tried making my own moisturizer nor worked with coconut oil. Do you leave the moisturizer on the skin or wash it off after a certain amount of time?
    Thank you!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Not silly at all, Tanya :). For this moisturizer, just simply apply to cleansed skin and leave it on your skin. The coconut oil will feel oily at first, but will be absorbed into the skin.

  • Arlie says:

    Does the lavender and vitamin E help solidify the coconut oil? I ask because the picture shows something that looks more like refrigerated coconut oil then the clear liquid I am used to at room temperature.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Arlie, The lavender and vitamin E are just for the skin benefits, they don’t help the texture of the coconut oil. Coconut oil at room temperature will be solid, when heated will be liquid. If your house is really warm you can place a cup of coconut oil in the fridge and then whip it in a mixer (for softness).

  • Deborah Sayler says:

    The homemade moisturizer with cococnut oil started to dry out my face. i think it needs some other oil added with it.

  • ishita says:

    Hi, I have a combination skin..hope this will not make my face break into acne.

  • Susan says:

    My skin is really dry and cracks easily, it burns to have cream on my hands and arms, how would this feel on hands and arms?

  • Sarah says:

    I love mine. I followed your recipe exactly and use it twice daily on my face. I’ve been trying to combat the fierce coldness we have been experiencing up here in Northern MN. It has been very drying on my face, plain coconut oil hasn’t even been able to keep the dry, tight skin away but the addition of Vit E and lavender has helped immensely. If I’m outdoors for a long amount of time, usually clearing snow, I make sure to get some more on when I walk back through the door into the house. Thank you for the recipe. I’m trying the makeup powder next. I am extremely fair skinned also so I’ll start with what you use as a concoction. I can’t wait.

  • Hi there,
    We recently featured your article on a blog post titled ‘top 10 Top 10 Best Homemade Moisturizers’

    You can find it here:

    Please share if it’s ok with you! I’ve also sent you an email about this via the contact page!

  • Kelly Smith says:

    Love this! I’ll be including a link to this wonderful recipe in a skincare round-up post I’m writing for Keeper of the Home for April. Hope it sends lots of new friends your way! Blessings, sweet friend, Kelly :)

  • Mannab says:

    I’ve got three kids which need this sort of treatment, is it fine if I so give them yhis

  • Carrie says:

    This is also a fantastic diaper ointment! My daughter had a tummy bug and got a horrible rash. I had used some other ointments I had and they didn’t work. I decided to slather her bum with this just before bed and the next morning her rash was completely gone!! Just thought I’d share with you. :)

  • Vicky says:

    Thank you so much for posting this; so helpful and a really lovely moisturizer! x

  • Bingo says:

    Thanks for the recipe. Did you just say tea tree oil and lavender oil? Wont it smell bizarre? And wont this cause me to shine?

  • Charu Jain says:

    Hi Kristin, I wanted to ask if Sandalwood Oil can be used instead of Lavender Oil?Thanks.

  • Klaudia says:

    Hi Kristin, I can’t wait to make this moisturizer :-) just one question: would it be okay to use tea tree essential oil instead of the tea tree oil (as I have the essential oil at home already) or is the regular oil important to have in there for a specific reason? Thanks!

  • hiza says:

    thanks!such a great sharing

  • Tamara says:

    Where do you purchase your small jars? I was thinking abt making this for my sisters, but I can’t seem to find the right size jar. Thanks!

  • How long does the cream last?

  • Thank you for a prompt reply. I will defenetly try this.

  • Olivia says:

    Imade this, and it was very runny. Is it supposed to be?

  • Jenny says:

    Kristin! A Zillion thanks for posting this. This is really helpful!

  • mary gordon says:

    Am going to make and try it on my skin I have a darker skin types

  • Adele says:

    Hi Kristin, I am really looking forward to trying this recipe and was wondering if I can store it in a plastic container, or does it need to be glass? In another post it mentions that you store products with essential oil in glass containers – is there a reason for that?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Adele, If you’re going to store the moisturizer long-term I would suggest a glass container, as it’s best to store essential oils in glass. But, if you’re going to use it quickly (within a few weeks), plastic will be okay.

  • Adele says:

    Thank you

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi, I was wondering if I can use refined coconut oil, or does it have to be unrefined. Thanks!

  • Flora2 says:

    I think my skin is well moisturized but since I’m 40+ – I also needed to start using a better moisturizer. I tried the one you recommended, but my dermatologist recommended the Somaluxe Moisturizer – and he was right – its EXCELLENT for dry skin. It’s non-greasy and if you have very dry skin and you need the extra moisturizer, I think you’ll the Somaluxe Moisturizer. Your make-up glides over it, and many others suggest using it on elbows and other troubled spots. . ..

  • angel805cruz says:

    Can I use peppermint and hemp seed oil? can I use Peppermint lavender and hemp oil together?
    Is this diy lotion good for face neck and arms?

  • jaynee says:

    iis lavender essential oil the same? and also, Is there any substitute for liquid vitamin E?

  • Vicky T says:

    Oh, I love this moisturizer! Thank you so much…I made some for a friend and loves it too! I truly see a difference in my skin when I use this diligently every night on my face. I have also used it on my baby’s bottom and it worked and on my husband’s dry feet. Thanks again for sharing, this recipe is fabulous!!!

  • Sharon says:

    Hi I am just wondering is this just a face moisturiser or a body one as well.

    Also, if it can be used for the body, would it work with a few drops of vanilla for a lovely coconut and vanilla scent?

    Look forward to trying it and thanks in advanced :)

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Sharon,

      This recipe can be used for the whole body. Some people desire a thicker lotion for the body, but this recipe is definitely safe if you like it as a whole body moisturizer.

      I think vanilla would be a great addition to this recipe! You’ll smell delicious :). Enjoy!!

  • Jacqui says:

    Need to know if recipe has to be refrigerated after you make it. And how long is the shelf life? Thanks so much!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jacqui, The moisturizer will last at a year when stored in glass on the counter (no need for refrigeration.) It could probably last even longer, but essential oils are generally only “good” for a year.

  • Rose says:

    Hi! Is it possible not using Virgin Coconut Oil? Because the Virgin one still has coconut meat in it so I feel like it will not be as smooth when applying on face. Thanks so much for this post. I have never used DIY moisturizer so such a simple recipe is a big help.

  • Bethany says:

    I actually use coconut oil in my hair. It’s the only product I use. I have curly/coarse hair and it took me 34 years to figure out this was the best thing for my hair.

    I am interested in trying this on my face as well.

  • gabriela says:

    I was using vitamin E in my creams before, usually not more than 6-8 drops, and the result was greasy and hard to absorb in the skin. You recommend 1 teaspoon … that sounds way too much. Do i do something wrong?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Gabriela, The oil used with the Vitamin E can make a difference in absorption. You’re welcome to leave it out of this recipe if your skin doesn’t absorb it well, it’s used for extra moisture.

  • Simone says:

    Wish I found this recipe sooner! How would you suggest I harder this moisturizer? I live in the Caribbean so the oil would be liquid over here!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Simone, The moisturizer will be soft/liquid in the heat. It will still be good for using on your face and skin, as it will melt with your body temp anyway. The only option for creating a hard moisturizer in the heat is keeping it in the fridge (but then it will be very hard!).

  • Trudy says:

    I just purchased some Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Frankincense essential oil. I have been looking for a recipe for an anti aging moisturizer to use morning and evening. What ratio would you suggest and could I use all these together? I also have Lavender. I can’t wait to make it and try it. Thanks so much.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Trudy, Is the Vitamin C in powder or liquid form? If liquid, I don’t personally have experience using it in homemade moisturizer, but I would probably start with 1/2 tsp for this recipe (it’s better to use less than more in the beginning). I personally would use the same ratio for lavender and vitamin E as called for in the recipe and 5 drops of frankincense.

  • Kathy says:

    I love this moisturizer recipe–so far I’ve only used the tea tree oil since I didn’t have lavender oil. But doesn’t this make your pillow greasy during the night?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Kathy, I’m so glad you like it! I’d recommend using a little bit less (if possible) and allowing the moisturizer to absorb into your skin before laying down for the night. That will probably help with the pillow situation :).

  • Jennifer says:

    This sounds just what I am looking for. Am a new mommy and trying to find natural products for me and my newbie :) Just one question that I didn’t exactly see an answer for. I know lemon is a natural antibacterial so I was wondering if I squeeze fresh lemon juice in the coconut oil will that be ok? I so, do you know how much lemon juice I should use with the coconut oil. Thank you so much and I am so excited to see what other natural products you have that I can make.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jennifer, Congrats on being a new mommy!! After my first child, I began exploring natural products too…and well, here I am today ;). Lemon is great for the skin! The only caution is that citrus will make your skin light sensitive, so the lemon may be a better option for an evening or night moisturizer versus during the day. I would start with a small amount of lemon juice, around 1 teaspoon. If you’re using lemon essential oil, I would use a 2 drops, a little bit goes a long way! If you desire more, you can add it later. Enjoy!!

  • Virginia Davis says:

    Do I have to use vitamin E to make this?

  • Jenna says:

    I am going to make this soon. I am thinking of leaving out the tea tree because tea tree smells a little powerful for me. Can you still smell the tea tree once everything is combined? Will it still function properly without the tea tree oil? That is, do properties of the tea tree oil balance the mixture and would leaving it out leave the mixture out of balance? Thank you in advance. I am excited to try it.

  • Elsa Pires says:

    I have super crazy oily skin, isn’t this going to be way too greasy?
    Also, I have coconut oil at home but, at room temperature, it is rock solid… can I use that one? Will it get a little smoother, once mixed with the oils?
    I really want to try this but my face is always so oily and shiny that I’m afraid of everything I put on it :\

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Elsa, I have super oily skin too. I used this moisturizer for a couple of years (and loved it), but after a while my oily skin needed a change. I switched to a shea butter based lotion (recipe here) and a facial serum. For super oily skin the facial serum may be your best product because it absorbs into the skin very quickly.

      The coconut oil will harden when it’s cold. If you decide to make this moisturizer you’ll need to melt the coconut oil with heat (microwave/stovetop), then add the oils. You can also whip the melted coconut oil and oils with a mixer to return the oil back to a solid, but whipped and spreadable consistency.

  • Jenny says:

    Hi Kristin,

    Thanks for sharing this. Sounds good. How long does this recipe last til it goes bad? Does it have expiry date?

    Would appreciate if you could answer please. :) Thanks again!

  • lavender says:

    Hello. I love this post, it was really helpful.
    I have been suffering from moderate acne for over a year now, and it is hormonal. Im on meds right now and ive been trying so many different things. Im so happy i stumbled upon essential oils for acne a few days ago. Im so excited to go ahead and order them and get started, I just want ot make sure I am getting the right stuff. I know for sure that I want Clary sage, and Tea tree, but im not sure what else to get. Also, I read somewhere that castor oil is good for acne as a carrier oil. I have decently oily skin during the day, but It dries out easily. Im also 20, if it makes any difference. Any suggestions?

  • Joy says:

    I have been following you for awhile and love everything I have tried from your site. You truly make things simple! I was wondering though, I would like to try the acne fighter blend you mentioned above. Would you reccommed adding it to a carrier oil and using it like your facial serum or is there some other way I should go about it? Thanks so much!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Joy,

      Thank you so much.

      I’m looking at the acne fighter directions right now. Plant Therapy recommends, “To use apply directly to each acne spot using a cotton swab.” I add the oil to my facial serum, but (according to the directions) you can also use the oil directly on pimples for a spot treatment.

  • Suresh says:

    Hi can this be used as a body moisturiser as well ?

  • Briagh says:

    Hello, just wondering if you use this as a day and night face cream or if you do something a little different for the day? I have combination skin and I will be using coconut oil, vitamin e oil, lavander, tea tree oil and frankensence. What would you recommend for day versus night cream? Thanks !

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