Learn how to make the simplest homemade moisturizer. Plus, the 5 best homemade face moisturizer recipes and the 8 best store-bought (natural) moisturizers to use on your face for glowing, moisturized skin.

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

I love simplicity.

What’s the opposite of simplicity?

Complicated.

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.  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 solution.

So far natural face cleansers, homemade foundation powder, natural shampoo and conditioner, homemade deodorant, and a luxurious body wash have been easy clean beauty swaps. Trust me there have been many failures. Body odor and greasy hair are no laughing matters.

Don’t worry.

I only share the products that leave me feeling civilized, clean, and amazing. No greasy hair here.

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

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 for the body. 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.

There are many different ways to make your own homemade face moisturizer. If you’re looking for a great moisturizer to use on your face, here are my favorite recipes.


  • SHEA BUTTER FACE MOISTURIZER Melt shea butter with oil. That’s it! Super easy and great for all skin types.
  • ARGAN & ROSEHIP OIL Ideal for mature skin types, this antioxidant moisturizer is easy to make: just stir and apply!
  • BODY BUTTER A homemade moisturizer for the whole body: face, arms, legs, feet. Make this all-in-one moisturizer with shea, mango, and/or cocoa butter and oil. It’s non-greasy and lasts for 6 months.
  • MOISTURIZING FACE SERUM Combine squalene and argan oil to make this ultra-moisturizing face oil. Can be used as a simple moisturizer or with a face cream (shea butter is great) in the colder months.
  • ALOE AND OIL MOISTURIZER Combine hydrating aloe with jojoba oil (of your favorite skincare oil) to make this anti-inflammatory moisturizer.

If homemade isn’t your thing. Here are the best natural store-bought moisturizers. Learn about each of the 8 best natural moisturizers here.


  • Laurel Antioxidant Facial Serum For all skin types, particularly great for acne-prone skin or those looking for a lightweight daytime moisturizer.
  • True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil For all skin types. The Clear Line helps to balance oily and breakout-prone skin. The Calm Line is for sensitive skin that helps soothe and comfort skin while giving it a gorgeous glow (also pregnancy safe, according to True Botanicals). The Renew Line helps target signs of aging (the top seller).
  • Blissoma Pure – Sensitive Care Complex For ultra sensitive, combination, dry skin, reactive skin, and all ages.
  • OSEA Advanced Protection Cream A super moisturizing cream with plant-derived amino acid DPHP, which visibly firms and plumps the skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines. For dry, sensitive, and aging skin. (use coupon code Livesimply for 10% off)
  • OSEA Blemish Balm Moisturizer Fast-absorbing moisturizer clarifies to promote an even skin tone with nutrient-rich seaweed and tea tree, juniper, and thyme essential oils. For oily, blemish-prone, and combination skin.
  • Evan Healy Shea Butter Moisturizer Rich in essential fatty acids, vital phyto-nutrients, and antioxidants. For dry, troubled & sensitive skin.
Simple homemade moisturizer. Just three basic ingredients. Nourishes the skin, naturally.
homemade moisturizer
4.68 from 37 votes

Simple Homemade Moisturizer

This homemade moisturizer consists of a mere three ingredients. And the best part? This recipe takes only seconds to whip up. Simplicity has never been, well, simpler. This recipe works for the body. See suggestions above for the face.
Kristin Marr
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course DIY
Cuisine Body
Servings 1 Jar

Equipment

  • 1 storage container with a lid (if using coconut oil) or dropper bottle (if using jojoba oil)

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine the coconut oil or jojoba oil, vitamin E or tea tree oil, and lavender in a storage container. Now mix. That's it. If you're using this on your face, I recommend using jojoba oil (and a dropper bottle); not coconut oil-see notes below.
  • Apply the moisturizer to the skin after cleansing and using a toner (here are the best natural face cleansers).
  • Store at room temperature, for up to 6 months, between uses.

Notes

Coconut oil ranks high on the comedogenic scale (it can easily clog pores) so it can cause some folks to break out. For me, I can use it on my skin, just not my face or neck. That said, how the oil is produced also is a big factor. If you have sensitive skin it’s best to avoid coconut oil. Instead, jojoba oil is great for all skin types and may be used as a moisturizer. I love to combine jojoba oil with shea butter to make an ultra-moisturizing face moisturizer.
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.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!
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236 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love reading and trying diy tips. Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe. I am way too interested in trying it out.

  2. Hi,
    I wanted to ask you whether this recipe is good for oily skin or dry skin? Coz I’ve heard from a lot of people that coconut oil clogs the pores and it makes our face more oily. Actually I have a sebaceous skin, so tats why I’m asking this.

  3. 2 stars
    Though these oils are good for your skin, coconut oil is HORRIBLE , well not horrible, for the skin. Coconut oil leaves a residue under the skin that then causes acne. The residue left under the skin cannot be removed by regular cleansers sold from stores. To get this residue to go away through cleaning (and not a breakout) is through professional laser cleansing operations done by professionals for hundreds of dollars sooooooooo, trust me, you don’t really wanna use coconut oil, ask skin specialists.

    1. I’ve talked to many skincare specialist about this and just like anything coconut oil isn’t for everyone. It ranks high on the comedogenic scale so it can cause some folks to break out. For me, I can use it on my skin, just not my face or neck. That said, how the oil is produced also is a big factor. A great resource for this and skincare expert to consult about oils is Laurel Skincare.

      LS Team

  4. I want to try this recipe but I am confused , at the begining it says the ingredients are :
    1/2 cup coconut oil
    1 tsp vitamin E oil
    6 drops lavender essential oil and/or essential tea tree oil

    but at the recipe it says vitamin E or tea tree oil and lavender.
    Which one is optional, tea tree or vitamin e or lavender ?

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Everything except the coconut oil is optional. Coconut oil alone can be used as a moisturizer, and then from there you can just add to it if you want.

      LS Team

  5. Skin care is very important for both males and females. Your article has been enlightening and fun to read and I am grateful so thank you for sharing.

  6. Hello, I am almost 60 and am looking for the correct oil and recipe for cleaning my face at night and a recipe for essential oils to use as a facial moisturizer daily. In the summer I have normal to dry skin and in the winter I have dry skin. Thank You, 🙂

    Kelley

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