DIY Rejuvenating + Hydrating Rosehip & Shea Face Balm

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know I’m a add-as-much-oil-as-humanly-possible-to-my-face type ‘o gal (I used to be the complete opposite in high school… matte was the thing to be, to strip every last bit of oil from my face), so that’s why I’m into using oil cleansers as the first step in my skincare routine. But I’ve recently switched things up a bit and started using this skin rejuvenating face balm in the evenings as 1) it smells incredible, and 2) it promoted healthy glowing skin while helping to slow down the ageing process in skin (the ingredients used have been specifically selected to promote lush, healthy, hydrated skin!).

I got the idea of using a face balm from Kate Nelson (a.k.a Plastic Free Mermaid), after she shared the face balm she uses when the hot weather dries out her sun cracked skin, she uses a homemade face balm filled with a luscious blend of oils to help hydrate her sun-dried skin.

This face balm also moonlights as a natural makeup remover!

This rejuvenating rosehip & shea butter face balm of mine is packed to the nines with skin-loving ingredients:

  • Rosehip: provides the reparative action to this balm. The many fatty acids in rosehip oil make it excellent for hydrating dry, itchy skin, plus, the skin is able to easily absorb the oil, allowing its antioxidant properties to travel deep into the skin’s layers and help prevent the breakdown of cell membranes in the skin.
  • Shea butter: conditions and smoothens the skin and excellent for treating tired or damaged skin. Rich in vitamins A and E (both great for skin health); vitamin A helps to speed up healing, prevent breakouts, support the skin’s immune system and promote natural moisturising (hydration), while vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that may help reduce UV damage in skin. When applied topically, vitamin E may help nourish and protect skin from damage caused by free radicals.
  • Pink clay: great for sensitive skin types, this clay is rich in antioxidants and minerals including Silica, help to restore and replenish skin by adding moisture to skin, may help draw out impurities and provides a light exfoliating experience with its slightly grainy texture. It may also work to minimise fine lines.
  • Hemp seed oil: full of hydrating omega-fatty acids and works well with most skin types, as it helps moisturise skin without clogging pores. I love it because it works really well when the skin is exposed to extreme temperatures.
  • Cacao butter: smells like chocolate, is chock-full of essential fatty acids that help form a protective barrier over skin to hold in moisture, may also help to smooth scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, and other marks on the skin, and is natural anti-inflammatory. It also contains oleic, palmitic, and stearic acids, all of which help to nourish skin.
  • Castor oil: has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce swelling and puffiness. May also help reduce the size of inflamed pimples or eye bags as well.
  • Beeswax/candelilla wax: keeps this DIY face balm from melting, plus provides a protective layer on skin to help lock in moisture.
  • Geranium essential oil: may help to tighten skin and give it a smoother look.
  • Frankincense essential oil: may help to strengthen skin and improve its tone & elasticity.
  • Lavender essential oil: has the ability to reduce acne, help lighten skin, and may reduce wrinkles.

What’s more, this balm can also be used as a natural makeup remover!! (just be careful not to get it in your eyes, as the essential oils can cause irritation).

Before and after the face balm has finished setting!

How to use balm as a natural makeup remover

The idea behind using a balm to remove makeup and cleanse skin rather than using a harsh oil-stripping chemical cleanser is that the oils in the balm work to pull out oils in your skin from makeup and sebum without actually stripping your pores like a more astringent cleanser can do.

To use your DIY face balm, begin by wetting your face, then warm up a small amount of the balm by rolling it between your palms. Next, gently massage it onto your face, then use a warm, damp washcloth to gently wipe away the balm and makeup gunk. You can follow up with a mild toner or flower water to remove all traces of the balm.

The ingredients used are 100% natural and all bring their own skin-loving qualities!

Before we get started in learning how to make this hydrating overnight face balm – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

If you make this face balm, please let me know! Leave a comment below, and if you take a picture and share it, please tag me on Instagram @simplynaturalnessa or use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa so I can see! I’d love to know how it went for you!

I used old glass jars to store my face balm in (as a way to reuse). This was previously a glass jar which held natural deodorant I bought from Paudha Healing.

Other balms to make

DIY rosehip & shea face balm

This skin-nourishing balm can be used as a deep moisturiser. It may help to revive dull skin and protect it from the changing seasons. You can adjust the recipe by using other carrier oils, I just really love hemp oil <3 If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes for you in the comments below!!

This recipe makes enough to fill approximately 2 x 120ml glass mason jars.

This face balm is so soothing, and smells absolutely incredible!

Note: Rather than using rosehip oil, you can make your own rose petal-infused oil to use instead! Simply combine 2 tbsp of organic dried rose petals with 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil. Infuse overnight, then strain out (make sure to squeeze out petals to get as much of the oil as possible) using a cheesecloth or coffee filter (compost the petals), then voila! Your very own rose-infused oil, all ready to use! (Use up the lot in this balm recipe).


  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1 tbsp cacao butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp candelilla wax (or 2 tbsp beeswax)
  • 1/4 cup hemp seed oil
  • 1 tbsp castor oil
  • 1 tbsp rosehip oil
  • 1/2 tsp pink clay
  • 8 drops geranium essential oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • Frankincense essential oil
  • Optional: 8 drops honey myrtle essential oil & 8 drops jasmine essential oil

To make:

  1. Combine the shea butter, cacao butter, candelilla wax (or beeswax), and hemp seed oil into a small mason jar (you could also use a glass jug).
  2. Place the jar into a saucepan. Fill with water until the water reaches just above the level of the oil line inside the jar (don’t fill it too high, you don’t want any water to spill over into the jar). Heat on medium-low heat until the wax has completely melted.
  3. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  4. Stir in the castor oil, rosehip oil, pink clay, and essential oils, and mix until well combined.
  5. Carefully pour the mixture into your glass jars, then let cool completely before placing the lids on top. Store out of direct sunlight and use within 6-9 months (does not need to be refrigerated).

To Use:

I find it best to apply this face balm just after a bath or shower, while my skin is still damp, in order to help lock in moisture. Simply pat skin dry with a towel before applying a thin layer of balm wherever you need a bit of moisture. If using at bedtime, dampen your face with some warm water, dab some balm around your eyes, on any wrinkles, forehead, or anywhere else you’d like to reduce the appearance of lines, aging or scars.

I use it as a facial moisturiser, so I apply a little all over my face and neck.

I love how easy this is to make, and how effective it is at keeping skin hydrated and soft!

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Before use, test a small amount of balm on skin before using, to make sure there is no allergic reaction to it.

DIY face balm tutorial

Have you made a face balm before? How did it go? Share below! We’d love hear!

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa


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