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DIY Face Moisturizer with Shea Butter & Essential Oils


DIY face moisturizer - Dr. Axe

Moisturizing your face on a daily basis is crucial to having youthful skin. Your skin goes through a lot given its exposure to environmental toxins, as well as chemicals that may be in your food and skin care products. By moisturizing your face with a natural face moisturizer, you will help provide much needed nourishment, leaving your skin softer, more elastic and well-hydrated.

Additionally, using the right moisturizer as well as applying it at the right time can make a difference. You need a daily face moisturizer that includes key nutrients to enhance the skin. By applying it while the skin is damp, you can lock in a bit of moisture, helping keep the skin nice and supple — key characteristics of younger-looking skin!  (1)

Using a moisturizer that is compatible with your skin type is important, too. Here’s a recipe that works for all skin types.

How to Make Your Own DIY Face Moisturizer

Let’s dive right in! Start by placing a small heat-safe bowl in a pan of hot water, or use a double-boiler. Pour the shea butter and argan oil into the bowl and blend until melted. Loaded with vitamin A, shea butter is very nourishing for the skin. It provides much-needed moisturizing while also reducing inflammation and boosting collagen production. Argan oil is another perfect ingredient since it also eases inflammation while offering the benefits of vitamin A, vitamin E and antioxidants.

Now that you have blended the shea butter and argan oil, carefully remove the bowl from the hot water. Add the carrot seed oil and blend using a fork or small spatula. Carrot seed oil does more than just help the eyes (in fact, pure carrot seed oil is edible), it is pretty amazing due to its super antioxidant qualities. These antioxidants — specifically carotenoids — give the skin amazing healing opportunities. (2)

OK, now it’s time to add the essential oils. I recommend lemongrass, lavender and chamomile oils for this recipe. Add the oils and make sure to blend well. Lemongrass oil is a fantastic brightening and toning agent that will help keep acne at bay. It has antiseptic and astringent properties, which can help you obtain glowing skin while sterilizing the pores and strengthening the facial skin.

It’s no surprise that lavender plays a role in this DIY face moisturizer. Lavender is very healing — not only for relaxing aromatherapy purposes, but also for skincare. It has the ability to restore the complexion and reduce acne, all while soothing you.

Chamomile oil is a little expensive, but well worth it. It promotes healthy skin with it’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and offers lots of healing as it soaks into your face.

Once you have made your DIY face moisturizer, you can transfer it to a small jar. Store it in a cool, dark place and it should last a few months; I sometimes keep my products in the fridge.

Apply each morning after you shower while your face is still moist and at night before bed after a gentle cleansing with my homemade face wash.

Daily moisturizing, with the right ingredients, is essential. In most cases, this DIY face moisturizer will not cause irritation. However, if you experience any discomfort or an allergic reaction, leave out the ingredient that causes the irritation. Or, try experimenting with leaving out certain oils to figure out which ingredient might be bothering you. 

DIY Face Moisturizer with Shea Butter & Essential Oils

Total Time: 5–10 minutes
Serves: 20–30 applications


  • 3 ounces argan oil
  • 1 ounce shea butter
  • 1 ounce carrot seed oil
  • 5 drops lemongrass oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 6 drops chamomile oil


  1. Pour argan oil and shea butter into a heat-safe bowl.
  2. Place the bowl in a pan of warm-to-hot water.
  3. Allow the shea butter to melt and blend the two ingredients.
  4. Carefully remove from heat and add the carrot seed oil. Blend well.
  5. Add the essential oils and blend again.
  6. Apply to a clean face in the morning and at night.
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  1. Alicia on

    I love the way this smells. I am curious if it is supposed to stay in oil form as the picture looks more like a cream? Worried I might have gotten something wrong (even though I followed the directions perfectly). Thanks!

  2. Kim on

    I have been diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis although I have never shown symptoms of Psoriasis, many in my family have. This being the case I am trying to jettison all toxins and was thrilled to find your site with all these wonderful recipes. I made this moisturizer and used it on my face regularly then I actually started to get a psoriasis patch on either side of my mouth. Why?! Which ingredient is most likely to have caused this reaction and I will try again without it. Is there another recipe you would recommend?

    • Heli on

      This moisturizer might be way too potent for your skin. There really is a LOT of essential oils in big quantities in it, maybe try it with just the shea butter and argan oil or with 3 drops of lavender essential oil as it is known for being soothing

    • collee on

      get the book by John A. Pagano, a holistic chiropractor. He outlines a program with no medication. You can order it online. it works.

  3. Terri on

    Does not look anything like the picture. That is one heck of a lot of carrot seed oil. I used a whole 1 oz bottle. One ounce of shea butter is pretty small. The finished product is more usable in a liquid bottle with a dropper. So…I added more shea butter and blended everything together. Then transferred to a jar. It looks like the picture.

  4. Lisa on

    I’m trying to take care of my family. When I think I’m doing right, I later find out it’s all wrong! I’m so busy, I need a resource I can trust to turn to for healthy, nutritious recipes and food recommendations.

  5. Anna on

    For those wondering about it staying in oil form, i put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes then whip it up with a mixer. it should whip up nicely. i do the same thing with my body butter recipe.

  6. Sharon on

    I’ve been using coconut oil and lavender on my face at night this winter because nothing else has helped my dry flaky skin especially on my forehead. It has helped tremendously like nothing else. I first tried fractionated coconut oil but it didn’t help so tried the organic oil. Do you see anything wrong with using it on my face? So far it works the best

  7. Elizabeth on

    Love it! I added cocoa butter this time and love that I can play with the oils! I’m even going to whip it after it cools down and is creamy!!!

  8. Holla Dean on

    An entire ounce of carrot seed oil? That makes this very expensive. Is that an error? Every other recipe I’ve ever seen using carrot seed oil uses only a few drops.

    • Margie on

      A few people have commented on the carrot seed oil. Maybe they are confusing it with carrot seed essential oil. Look for carrot seed oil, unrefined and cold pressed. I believe this is what’s used in this recipe.

  9. Lori on

    Has anyone with sensitive skin tried this? I used Neutrogena for years never made me breakout- would rather use all natural ingredients though.

  10. Silver jago on

    Are the Ingredient measurements correct here ?
    Is it not better to add
    1 OZ OF ARGON OIL !!
    I HAVE my AROMATHERAPY certifications and i may well stand corrected for this particular product.
    But this is more of a serum NOT a moisturiser .

    S Jago


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