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.
homemade moisturizer
4.65 from 34 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.
Kristin Marr
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course DIY
Cuisine Body
Servings 1 Jar



  • Combine the coconut oil, vitamin E or tea tree oil, and lavender in a bowl. Now mix. That's it.
  • Apply the moisturizer to the skin. Store at room temperature between uses.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

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.


    1. 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!

      1. Hi , i would like ask using your coconut oil moosturizer…how many minutes will you leave that on skin and am i gonna wash it after?thank you. Hope to have a reply from you…I’m from Phils.

    2. 5 stars
      I love your site and your products! The coconut oil moisturizer has changed my life. I live in a high desert climate and have dry, sensitive skin to boot. I started using it on my face and it actually decreased my pore size in addition to making my skin so much softer. I started using it every night on my cracked heels and after a few weeks my feet were back to normal.
      You might not believe this, but I also have very dry, coarse hair. When I’m done moisturizing my face, I take a little more, rub it into my hands, and then run my hands through my hair! Makes my hair so much more manageable!
      Thank you!

    3. I just made the homemade moisturizer with bergamont oil. I added 10 drops of the EO but the lotion only smells like the coconut oil. Suggestions?

      1. Hey Charli, Some coconut oil brands have a stronger smell than others. My guess is the coconut oil just has a strong scent. You could try adding a couple more drops of essential oil, but I’m not sure the scent will be fully masked.

      1. Hey Phyllis, Unfortunately, there’s really no way to keep the moisturizer solid in warmer climates, unless you’re running the air conditioning. Coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer when it’s melted, it performs the same way on the skin.

  1. 5 stars
    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!

  2. 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:)

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. Lovely smell, but use of citrus essential oils on the skin can cause photosensitivity (basically if you go out in the sun whilst wearing them on the skin, you could burn badly and much easier), so do use caution with these. I did it and the resulting sunburn was very painful and it took a good week and a large tube of aloe vera to help heal it up, plus I couldn’t go swimming in the sun for the rest of the holiday, and had to use a hat/sunshade/blouses covering my arms in the sun until my skin had healed.

    2. 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.

  3. 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!!

    1. 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!

  4. 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.

      1. 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?

        1. Hi Aries, Thanks for the advice. I’m glad to hear coconut oil works for your hair. For this moisturizer recipe, you simply need to stir the ingredients together. The coconut oil should be soft, but does not need to be melted. I have a sunscreen recipe here: Here’s another lotion recipe that may interest you:

    1. 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.

      1. 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 :).

  5. 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!

  6. 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

    1. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

    1. 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.

  9. 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.

    1. 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).

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

  11. 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?

  12. 5 stars
    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.

      1. Hi Kristin, how long would this recipe before it expired?
        Im trying to make one but im not sure if i can use it for a long time. Thanks!????

  13. 5 stars
    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 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    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. 🙂

  15. 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?

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

      1. Hi,

        Thanks for sharing the recipe. I am eager to give it a go. I just wanted to check if I understood this right: do you mean to say this will keep at least for a year? Doesn’t it have to go in the fridge or something? I cannot even ask for it to “last” a year, as it will depend on how much you use, of course, but for it to keep well so long would be great! Also, do you need to warm it up a little in case it solidifies?

    1. 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.

  18. 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?

    1. 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.

  19. 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. . ..

  20. 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?

  21. 5 stars
    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!!!

  22. 5 stars
    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 🙂

    1. 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!!

    1. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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?

    1. 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.

  26. 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!

    1. 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!).

  27. 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.

    1. 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.

  28. 5 stars
    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?

    1. 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 :).

  29. 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.

    1. 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!!

      1. Thank you so much for the insight. I might try the tea tree oil then, that has a pleasant smell. Thank you again 🙂

  30. 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.

    1. Hey Jenna, The tea tree can be left out. This recipe works very well as a base recipe on which you can build and add other oils, as needed. Bergamot and/or geranium are also great for the skin!

  31. Hi,
    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 :\

    1. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. 5 stars
    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?

  34. 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!

    1. 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.

  35. 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 !

  36. 5 stars
    Hi I used this recipe and loved it! However it’s been a couple months and I am noticing that it doesn’t smell too great anymore. How long is one mix good for?

    1. Hey Lynn, I’m so glad you liked it. As long as water doesn’t enter the lotion (bacteria growth concerns) the lotion should last around 12 months. What kind of smell does it have now?

  37. Hi, I have been using this morning and night for about a fortnight and noticed that the skin feels moisturized for 4-5 hours but after that it kinda gets dry as i have a very dry skin.Is there anything i can add to make it better ? Thank you

    1. Hey Suresh, You could try adding shea butter to the coconut oil. Shea butter is pretty hard, so you may want to melt it first and then whip the coconut oil and shea butter together (with a mixer). Another option is to add a nourishing oil, such as: avocado, apricot, or jojoba oil to the coconut oil.

  38. When checking the website I typically use for natural products and oils they had several levels of Vitamin E IU levels….which do you recommend?

  39. 5 stars
    I love this recipe; however, I have been using it as a face wash (as in oil cleansing) instead of lotion. I found it too oily to leave on my combination, mostly oily skin and didn’t want to waste it. I’m 45 and it has reduced redness and blemishes, smoothed the texture, allowed me to go without makeup, and decreased the oil. I love it! Thank you!

    1. Awesome, Lisa! I love that you found a way to use the moisturizer (facial cleanser) and you’re noticing such amazing results! Thank you for sharing.

  40. 5 stars
    Coconut oil is awesome, especially when combined with some other goodies like almond and avocado oils. Lavender and tea tree is also one of my favorite combinations, though I usually go very light on the tea tree as it can take over that lavender pretty quickly. I have such an aversion to grease in lotions and creams that I tend to go in the opposite direction with putting the creams together, but I love the idea of simplicity, not just in skincare, but also for life in general. Busy mom here, too! Love your blog.

  41. Hi Carrie,
    Thanks for all your recipes they are great. I just wanted to know you mentioned you use this moisturizer on your face. Can you also use on your body?
    Thanks Georgie

  42. This has been amazing for me! I am 20 and have recently been struck with adult acne. My boyfriend has a beard that means I get acne AND beard rash but turns out this moisturiser really soothes both! I am so happy. Been using this in tandem with your natural astringent and my skin hasn’t been so healthy looking for ages.

    So inspiring and makes me so comforted that you can get all the goodness you need from simplifying and being more aware of your bodies natural needs.

    Emily from London xxx

    1. Wow! That’s fantastic, Emily!!! Thank you so much for sharing. I absolutely love your statement, “So inspiring and makes me so comforted that you can get all the goodness you need from simplifying and being more aware of your bodies natural needs.” It’s such an amazing feeling to know we can care for our bodies with very simple and basic natural ingredients!

  43. Hi! I found this recipe and bought the coconut oil which I was already using as moisturizer and the oils. I couldn’t find the liquid vitamin E so I’ll just make this without the vitamin. I wanted to ask how many drops of each essential oil should I put? I mean… If I want to put both lavender and tea tree, should I put 5 drops of each oil? And what if just want to try one oil? Do I put 10 drops of one of them? or 14? Sorry, I’m confused! haha.Thank you for sharing this!

  44. HeyKristine,

    I came across your website last night and loved how you make all the products using natural ingredients, It is so simple, Could you please suggest a good cream/gel(of course from your collection) for combination skin, I have large pores.


  45. Hi, thanks for this. Can I use almond oil instead of Vitamin E oil and peppermint oil instead of lavendar oil?

  46. Thank you for this natural recipe. I had mixed as per your recipe, only without tea tree oil. The coconut smell is a bit overwhelming for me though. How can I reduce the coconut smell? Does the tea tree oil takes away the coconut smell?

    1. Hey Ivy, The smell of the coconut oil will depend on the coconut oil used. Some coconut oils have less of a coconut smell, while others are incredibly strong. You could also add a few drops of lavender to help with the coconut odor.

  47. Thanks for this natural recipe! I have mixed as per your recipe, except that I’m using lemon oil and without tea tree oil. The coconut smell is a bit overwhelming for me though. How can I reduce the coconut smell? Thanks!

  48. I just told my mom this recipe and she’s about to make it now! All these great comments are over-whelming we just had to try.I will have to write back after we are done!Found this on Pinterest!

  49. Hello! I’ve been trying to find a good and natural moisturizer for combination skin and this seems to be the product that I am looking for! I do have coconut oil and lavender oil drops, but I do not have the tea tree oil or vitamin E (which I used to use at night and it works great alone!). I did just purchase almond oil and castor oil. Do you think I could substitute with any of those for optimal results? Also, how many days does that recipe last for? Where did you purchase the cute jars?! Last question, do you recommend storing this moisturizer in the refrigerator or at room temperature?

    1. Hey Daniela, I think the almond or castor oil may be too oily when paired with the coconut oil. You could definitely leave the tea tree and vitamin E out and still make a fantastic moisturizer! I recommend storing this moisturizer at room temperature for up to 12 months.

      1. Thank you Kristin! I think I’m going to go ahead and buy the vitamin E and tea tree oil to stick to your original combination 🙂

  50. hi Kristin, I tried to but coconut oil and honey do not mix easily, so I added lemon juice and it worked. my question is: does the acid in lemon affect the beneficial contents of coconut oil and honey? or does it even enhance my moisturizer? by the way, after they mix I added geranium essential oil in it. Thanks your blog is very helpful.

    1. Hey Mark, The lemon juice should be just fine with the coconut oil and honey. I wouldn’t apply the moisturizer with the lemon juice during the day (citrus is light sensitive when applied to the skin), but at night this moisturizer will be great!

  51. I enjoyed making your very easy to make recipe. I truly enjoy its effect on my skin. I use it all over and now have nearly no blemishes on my body. I very much appreciate simple things that work. I now look at the various bottles of moisturizing lotion in my house with regret. I hate to throw them out but neither can I get myself to use them. I believe I will next try your foundation powder. Thank you.

  52. I read through all the comments and didn’t see whether this clogs pores. I am assuming it’s non comedogenic? Thank you!

  53. Hi Kristin, I just love your simple recipes. I have been using Avana night moisturizer but am definitely going to try this, though my skin is very sensitive to change. I hope it works coz this seems cheaper. Al come back to post how it goes.

  54. Hello!

    I would love to try this, but when I tried organic coconut oil cold pressed version, my skin produced more oil. I have oily skin in the T zone only.

    Is there any other product I could use instead of coconut oil? I’m afraid if jojoba oil would do the same.

  55. I just made this moisturizer & it smells great. I have combo skin & I’m using the oil cleanser for my face morning & night (castor & virgino olive oils). Using this moisturizer on top of my oil cleanse willike it be too much? I don’t want to break out. If so should I switch to a different type of cleanse for spring/summer?

    Thanks you

  56. Hi Kristin, I just made the face moisturizer but it doesn’t look like the picture of the one you made, it’s just oil. the coconut oil I used did not have the white cream, it’s that was is missing. I put it in the fridge to make it hard. what went wrong. HELP.

    1. Hey Maria, Coconut oil will look creamy and thick when the outside temperature is cool, and will be completely liquid when the outside temperature is hot. I’m guessing that your coconut oil is in a liquid state. You can use the moisturizer just like that, or stick it in the fridge for a few minutes to make it solid.

  57. Hi
    I hav got a dry skin condition . Because of which got black patches . Would love to try this moisturiser.
    Would you suggest it for me??

  58. Hi, brilliant recipe but after only one month stored in a glass jar in a dark cupboard at room temp of about 18c it has gone hard. How can I prevent this as it now cannot be used

    1. Hey Emma, Thank you. Coconut oil will harden when the outside temperature cools, and then melt when it’s warmer. You could try placing the jar in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes before use, or allowing the jar to sit out while you take a warm shower. The coconut oil should also begin to soften in your hand–if it’s “scoopable.” Unfortunately, there’s really no way to prevent this, just tricks to use the hard coconut oil.

  59. 4 stars
    Hi, is this one of those recipes that you can add arrowroot flour to? To make it less “greasy”? I love this recipe for nighttime, but it tends to be too oily to apply makeup over. Thanks 🙂

  60. Hey Kristin! I’m excited to try this recipe. I bought some oils that I read mentioned in this article and would like your advice on how to mix it and if I’m missing anything. I have the coconut oil, carrot seed oil, Sea Buckthorn Seed oil, vitamin E oil, avocado oil, and frankincense oil. How would you recommend I mix these? I looked up the conversion for drops and read that 1 tsp is approximately 80 drops. Thanks for your advice 🙂

    1. Hey Angel, Its generally recommended to dilute a few drops (about 6 drops) of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, etc.). I’d use the coconut oil and avocado oil as your carrier oils, adding a few drops of sea buckthorn and then dilute the essential oils in this carrier oils, along with a few drops of vitamin E.

    1. Hey Gabby, The tea will greatly shorten the shelf-life (it will only last a few days), and it will be hard to blend the chamomile tea (water based) and oil together. You could try just using coconut oil–that’s what many folks use and love it.

    2. I know this may be a little late for Gabby, buy you can add chamomile essential oil to the recipe to get the soothing results.

  61. I love this recipe so much. It just smells so awesome! About 2 months since I started using this on my face, I started breaking out and getting more acne. Do you think it could be because of this? I found this one website that claims people who have acne should not use coconut oil. Has anyone else had this happen? This is the website I’m talking about

  62. Can I use olive oil instead of Coconut oil? I saw on various different websites that olive oil is great for your skin, but I thought it might effect the texture of the moisturizer? I would love to make homemade foundation and wear it to school! The foundation powder is amazing, and I saw a recipe for foundation using foundation powder mixed with facial moisturizer; Will this moisturizer work for that recipe as well? Thanks!

    1. Hi Rischa,

      Kristin is currently out of the country, but I’ll make sure to let her know of your comment so she can respond when she returns. ~Rachel

  63. Hello Kristin! I am a degree student currently doing my final year project about caffeine. So I would like to ask, do you think it is possible to mix the caffeine extract with the moisturizer ingredient you mentioned before? Caffeine itself a polar substance.

    1. Hi Syaza,
      Thank you for your comment. Kristin is in Paris with her family until the new year. She will reply once she returns! 🙂

  64. 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, 🙂


  65. 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.

  66. 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

  67. 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

  68. 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.

  69. 5 stars
    I love reading and trying diy tips. Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe. I am way too interested in trying it out.

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