DIY Ultra-Hydrating Face & Body Moisturiser

This homemade moisturiser is super hydrating and water-free, so it lasts for ages without preservatives. It can be used on any skin type (oily, dry, combination).

It leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, and the essential oils used can help with anti-aging, acne-prone skin, etc.

Pair this moisturiser with an all-natural skin cleanser, toner, and exfoliant, and you’ve got yourself a skin-loving, toxin-free skincare routine!

You can even customise the recipe to cater to specific needs you might have.

Our Oily House has some great recommendations on essential oils to use, including:

Lavender – great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin
Tea tree – great for normal, oily, or acne-prone skin
Frankincense – great for anti-aging, skin imperfections, wrinkles, and fine lines
Rose – great for sensitive skin, fine lines, crows feet, and wrinkles
Lemon – great for oily and greasy skin
Sandalwood – great for all skin types
Myrrh – great for dry and cracked skin
Helichrysum – great for any skin imperfections, dry and aging skin

Some other great oils include:

  • Patchouli – great for treating skin conditions like dermatitis, acne, or dry, cracked skin
  • Argan oil – good for regulating amounts of oil produced on skin, which may help with acne, and give skin a smoother complexion
  • Calendula – has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that can make it helpful for healing wounds, soothing eczema, and relieving nappy rash (good to use in baby moisturiser)
  • Chamomile – contains anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, which can make it helpful for treating skin conditions like rosacea, acne or other skin issues (also good to use in baby moisturiser)
  • Ginger – contains powerful antiseptic and cleansing properties, making it useful in detoxifying the skin, may help heal acne, and can have a soothing effect on aching muscles (add to moisturiser to make a soothing muscle rub)
  • Peppermint – contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and may provide a cooling effect which can help in soothing irritation and inflammation due to acne, sunburn, or sore, achy muscles (another oil to add for a soothing muscle rub)
  • Wintergreen – contains antiseptic properties, which may help protect skin from infections, and can soothe achy joints (rheumatism), sore muscles, and lower back pain (good to add for a soothing muscle rub)

Before we get started in learning how to make this hydrating face and body moisturiser – 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!!

6-ingredients and only 30 minutes to make. This moisturiser is 100% natural, containing just carrot seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil and essential oils.

If you make this moisturiser, 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 you went!

Homemade Hydrating Moisturiser


  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1 tbsp almond or jojoba oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (can opt to use fractionated coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 5 drops carrot seed oil

To make:

  1. Add shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil to a glass bowl, and set bowl over a pot of boiling water to create a double boiler. Melt all ingredients together, stirring consistently throughout.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, then add in essential oils and vitamin E oil, and stir together well.
  3. Scoop into a glass jar and store at room temperature. Avoid using a pump bottle as this mix will not pump well (it’ll clog). Apply to both body and face as desired. You won’t need to use as much as your standard water-based lotions as it’s more oily. Use within 6 months.

This moisturiser can be used for preventing stretch marks, for baby’s nappy rash, for soothing sore muscles, and for eczema, too. Adjust essential oils used to change the beneficial properties of this moisturiser. Aloe vera gel can even be added to create a smoother-textured moisturiser, and potentially add wound healing and soothing benefits. Simply add 1 cup of aloe vera after adding in the vitamin E and essential oils. Then, using an immersion blender, blend the aloe vera in with the mixture (you’ll need to add the aloe in slowly, incorporating little bits of gel at a time). This moisturiser will last about 4-6 weeks, as aloe vera is water-based.

This moisturiser is soft to the touch, rubs in easily, and sits on skin for hours, locking in moisture and keeping skin soft, smooth and nourished for longer.

DIY ultra-hydrating moisturiser tutorial

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. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Have you ever made your own moisturiser before? What were your favourite scents to use? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa


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