Simple Homemade Moisturizer


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.

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.

What you will need:

How to:

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 (or tea tree) and lavender are both healing and refreshing.

Simplicity in a jar.

My kind of jar.


More DIYs You May Like:


Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (without Coconut Oil)


Homemade Facial Astringent


Homemade Foundation Powder and a Video Tutorial

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

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Kristin is a stay-at-home mom to her two children, Piper (4) and Londyn (2). She loves to share her real food tips, ideas, and recipes for feeding the entire family nourishing real food. She is passionate about encouraging moms on this journey of simple, natural living and traditional, real food. Kristin is a professional writer and the creator of Live Simply.


  • Reply September 18, 2013


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

    • Reply September 19, 2013


      I usually purchase it on amazon or through my local health food store. I keep it at room temperature so it is the perfect consistency!

      • Reply September 19, 2013



  • Reply October 4, 2013


    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!

  • Reply October 16, 2013


    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:)

    • Reply January 13, 2014


      Just wondering how much avocado oil do you add?

      • Reply January 13, 2014

        Kristin Marr

        Hi Patty, I don’t add avocado oil, but if you decide to add it, I would just use 1-2 tsp.

  • Reply October 25, 2013


    What if you are allergic to lavendar…?

    • Reply October 25, 2013


      You can skip the lavender and still reap incredible benefits from the coconut oil. You can also add a bit of tea tree oil if you’d like something a bit healing like lavender.

      • Reply November 5, 2013


        would a citrus (lemon) essential oil work, instead of lavender? This is going to be my first attempt at homemade anything, and excited to try it.

        • Reply November 5, 2013


          Lemon or other citrus oil would work wonderfully! Lemon is wonderful for the skin!

    • Reply July 26, 2014


      Roman Chamomile is a great alternative to Lavender for healing and it smells wonderful :) Geranium, frankincense and sandalwood (2-3 drops of any of them) would be great too for anti ageing/blemish relief.

      • Reply July 27, 2014

        Kristin Marr

        Those are wonderful substitutes. Thanks for sharing, Stacey.

  • Reply October 26, 2013


    This is really great at removing eye makeup as well!

    • Reply October 26, 2013


      Great idea Kelly! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Reply November 16, 2013


    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!!

    • Reply November 17, 2013


      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!

  • Reply November 17, 2013

    Mia Gordon

    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.

    • Reply November 17, 2013


      Great suggestions. Thank you!

  • Reply November 22, 2013


    What does it do to your hair

    • Reply November 22, 2013


      I haven’t tried it in my hair.

      • Reply August 23, 2014


        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?

    • Reply December 14, 2013


      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.

      • Reply December 15, 2013


        It really is great for hair and skin. I once made the mistake of not washing it out. I was a newbie, lol. Big mistake :).

  • Reply December 2, 2013

    Ann Haag

    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!

    • Reply December 3, 2013


      Hi Ann, Sorry for the slow response as I’m on vacation. You can use any essential oil or just leave it out.

  • Reply December 10, 2013


    What can you use besides Vitamin E

    • Reply December 10, 2013


      I can leave it out and will still have a wonderful moisturizer or can add tea tree oil in place of the vitamin E.

  • Reply December 11, 2013

    Mary Kay Heckle

    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

  • Reply December 12, 2013


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

  • Reply December 22, 2013


    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.

  • Reply January 11, 2014


    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!

    • Reply January 11, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      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.

  • Reply January 24, 2014


    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.

    • Reply January 24, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      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).

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Deborah Sayler

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

    • Reply January 28, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      You can try adding more vitamin E to the recipe. Also, consuming coconut oil can help with the dryness.

  • Reply February 26, 2014


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

    • Reply February 26, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hi ishita, I have combo skin and have found this “lotion” actually helps keep my break-outs minimal to none at all. Hope you like it :)

  • Reply March 2, 2014


    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?

    • Reply March 2, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Coconut oil is a great moisturizer. I don’t have dry skin, but it’s worth a try.

  • Reply March 3, 2014


    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.

  • Reply March 5, 2014

    natural living

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

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

  • Reply March 20, 2014

    Kelly Smith

    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 :)

    • Reply March 20, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Thank you so very much, Kelly! This is my favorite moisturizer, used twice daily. I hope others like it too :).

  • Reply March 27, 2014


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

    • Reply March 27, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hi Mannab, This is perfect to use on children. Very safe :). Enjoy.

  • Reply April 5, 2014


    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. :)

    • Reply April 6, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Wonderful, Carrie! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m continually amazed at how multipurpose this moisturizer is.

  • Reply April 16, 2014


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

  • Reply April 16, 2014


    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?

    • Reply April 19, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hi, yes, tea tree oil and lavender oil. It smells wonderful! And doesn’t leave a shine.

  • Reply May 26, 2014

    Charu Jain

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

    • Reply May 27, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hi Charu, I think sandalwood would be great in this recipe!

  • Reply June 1, 2014


    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!

    • Reply June 1, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hey Klaudia, Tea Tree Essential Oil is what I use I just call it “Tea Tree Oil”. It’s great in this recipe.

      • Reply June 2, 2014


        Perfect, thank you!

  • Reply June 16, 2014


    thanks!such a great sharing

  • Reply June 28, 2014


    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!

    • Reply June 29, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hey Tamara, I purchase my small mason jars from Target, Michael’s Craft Store, or Amazon.

  • How long does the cream last?

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

  • Reply July 7, 2014


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

    • Reply July 7, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hey Olivia, It shouldn’t be too runny, pretty much the same consistency of coconut oil when at room temp. The runny texture may come from the coconut oil being too warm and semi-melting from the summer heat. I’d recommend placing the moisturizer in the fridge to solidify a bit.

      • Reply July 7, 2014


        Thank you. :)

        • Reply July 8, 2014

          Kristin Marr

          You’re welcome, Olivia. Did placing the moisturizer in the fridge help?

  • Reply July 10, 2014


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

  • Reply July 18, 2014

    mary gordon

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

  • Reply July 19, 2014


    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?

    • Reply July 19, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      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.

  • Reply July 19, 2014


    Thank you

  • Reply July 29, 2014


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

    • Reply July 30, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hey Stephanie, You can use refined coconut oil. Just watch to make sure your face agrees with the refined version.

  • Reply August 16, 2014


    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. . ..

    • Reply August 17, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Thanks for sharing, Flora2. I’m glad you found something that works great for your skin.

  • Reply August 27, 2014


    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?

    • Reply August 28, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hi angel805cruz, I’ve never tried any of the combos you listed, but they sound wonderful. If you try them let me know what works for you.

  • Reply August 29, 2014

    Vicky T

    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!!!

    • Reply August 30, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hey Vicky, I’m so glad you love this moisturizer! Hooray for natural remedies that work! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Reply September 18, 2014


    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 :)

    • Reply September 18, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      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!!

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