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Homemade Moisturizer Recipes

Making your own moisturizers isn't only thrifty but is also natural. Homemade moisturizers make great gifts. This page contains homemade moisturizer recipes.


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September 4, 2015 Flag

This all natural moisturizer smells as good as it works. I had dry patches on my face for weeks, the morning after using this they were gone. This is first and foremost a face lotion. Yet it also works wonders on any other area of your body, hands, elbows, etc. It is VERY concentrated, so a little goes a long way.


The cocoa butter will help maintain a younger complexion as it penetrates the top layer of your skin to moisturize deep down. It is also helpful for dermatitis and eczema. The olive oil is rich in antioxidants.

Because of it's ingredients, unless it's cool in your house. You will want to store this in the fridge so that it remains solid. It's not quite as big a pain as it sounds. :) I am now in the habit of walking down to the kitchen and putting on my cream after washing my face. You will want to scrape a tiny bit off the top with a spoon and melt it in your hands. It melts instantly. I use more at night, but hardly any in the day before applying makeup. I cannot stress enough what a small amount you need in order to do the job. This is very economical, it will last a long time!!

I also use it all over my hands at night. You will wake up to very smooth skin. Enjoy!

Total Time: approximately 25 minutes

Yield: a small jar

Source: Pinterest inspired


  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 5 Tbsp cocoa butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil


  1. You will first need to scrape 5 tablespoons of cocoa butter from your jar. This will be a bit time consuming, this stuff is hard! And you want to be careful not to start making it fly everywhere. The only way to do this is to scrape it out with a spoon and then pack it into your measure tightly.
  2. Add all 3 of your ingredients to a small saucepan.
  3. Stirring continuously with a whisk, melt over low heat just until combined. This happens very quickly, maybe a minute! Remove from heat immediately.
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  5. Using a funnel, pour into a glass jar. You will probably want to store this in your fridge so that it becomes solid and easier to apply.
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September 14, 20150 found this helpful

Joan, I purchased this at my local health food store. You can also google it and order it online. :)

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March 8, 2010

Almond oil makes the best, cheapest and longest-lasting moisturizer I have ever used. You use only a tiny bit and work it in well. I used to spend a fortune on the most expensive beauty products in the belief that the more I spent, the better the result and the purer the product.

It was a well-known American beauty writer who told me that in truth the "purest" products on the market were Ponds Cold Cream for cleansing and almond oil for moisturizer. That was fifteen years ago and I've never looked back! I spend about $15 a year at the very most.

By Lucy L. from England, UK

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March 12, 20100 found this helpful

I agree. I love sweet almond oil. My skin just drinks it in.

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June 3, 2013

This is the easiest and best mixture I have found. Lots of words here but it takes just a few minutes. Honest!

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January 27, 20050 found this helpful

Add 1 teaspoon soluble rose oil to 1/2 cup distilled water. Blend the rose water with the glycerin until you have a smooth, creamy mixture. Pour it into a clean bottle and cap it.

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September 30, 20040 found this helpful

Take 1/2 sunscreen (cheapo brand) and 1/2 moisturizer and mix together in the moisturizer bottle. Affordable moisturizer with sunscreen! By Lisa T.

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January 18, 2012 Flag

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good, but thrifty, daily facial moisturizer for the over 60 female?

By Sheela from GA

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January 18, 20120 found this helpful

I like Olay Brand, there are also generics of that to try. I mix & match my moisturizers, depending upon weather, etc. Try out free samples @ dept. stores & online. Also try cheap(er) no-name moisturizers from places like T.J. Maxx, your drug store. I just picked up some bargain moisturizer on sale after Xmas at RiteAid, not bad. Even have found things at the 99 Cent Store! (And you can always seal moisture in by applying a thin coat of petroleum jelly as over night moisturizer.)

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January 18, 20120 found this helpful

I used to use three things when my skin needed a moisturizer. I would wash with either dove or ivory hand soap, the bar kind you buy for the bath tub. Then I would take a small amount of olive oil and rub into my face, I would then tissue it off.

Then I would wash with either noxema or dove soap. I love noxema for my skin but I ended up getting allergic to it on my face. Olive oil is great. I don't just leave it on my skin but I use tissue to softly wipe it all off.

An oatmeal facial feels so good to me every so often. I just get a few oats in my hand and put water on it. Then I rub the oat water on my skin. Leave it for a few minutes and then wash it off. I tend to like using natural things if I have the chance to.

Crisco is the greatest thing also. If you have spots on your hands or feet that won't stop being dry, you can rub this on and put on a glove or a sock overnight with a plastic bag underneath. Or you can just rub it in each night. I am getting ready to do a foot moisturizing treatment with it over night for my feet. You just use a small amount of crisco. It is very good for the skin.

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January 19, 20120 found this helpful

I once saw a lady on a talk show who asked the audience to guess her age. They all guessed around 60 and she was 90.

She said the only thing she had ever used on her face was petroleum jelly.

Go figure!

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January 19, 20121 found this helpful

Get a bottle of glycerin and an eye dropper at the pharmacy. Fill a small bottle (like an empty spice jar) with any light, edible oil; grapeseed, olive, and canola are all excellent. After cleansing, splash water on your face to make sure it's good and wet. Smooth a drop of glycerin over your wet face and neck. If your skin is very dry, add another drop. Then follow with one or two drops of oil. Do this when you get out of the shower, too.

I also suggest avoiding soap and commercial cleansers. Depending on whether I'm wearing makeup or not, I either use the oil cleansing method or just steam and exfoliate my face with a washcloth.

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November 4, 2008 Flag

I would like to make my own skin moisturizer. I would like to make it with lanolin and other products that I can buy in the health food store. I use a natural moisturizer that I add a few drops of essential oils to boost the aroma. It is good, and works well. What I want to make is a body butter that will work with sensitive skin, and help with winter chapping. I was hoping to find good recipes and be able to make and give it for the holidays. Thanks.

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November 6, 20080 found this helpful

Hi, Thank you for all the advice! I had done google searches before asking the thrifty fun community. Make your own is wonderful and just the info that I was looking for! Thanks castleberrycc!

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June 11, 20090 found this helpful

Go to the dollar store and buy a basic lotion with Shea butter in it, then add a jar of vitamin e facial moisturizer and a couple of table spoons of glycerin undiluted. After that, add some sweet almond oil, and a few drops of essential oil. Blend it up and put it in small containers. It's the best cream I've ever had for on the cheap side. You can get most of the ingredients at the dollar store.

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June 11, 20090 found this helpful

You can buy the glycerin at Wal Mart. It's cheaper there than at the craft store.

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November 6, 20090 found this helpful

There are several options:

1) a ratio of water to glycerine works very well. Try a 1:5 ratio. Glyverine is hygroscopic which means it pulls or attracts water molecules from the air. I boil roses or lavender with water, strain, and then add glycerine to make homemade lotion for hands, face, lips. Smells terrific. Dip a couple fingers in it (it's not thick) and rub it on. Non greasy, feels great.

2)Extra virgin olive oil is cheap at discount stores (I buy mine for $3.99 at Aldi). It's a great facial, eye or body moisturizer, and it's cheap.

3)Buy a stick on 100 percent cocoa butter to keep in your purse at Dollar General for..only $1! Great for hands, lips, elbows, cheeks, etc!

4)I don't like to use it often, but petroleum jelly works in a pinch as a facial mositurizer. It wont' clog pores. We keep this for bikeriding as it's a necessity and it also stands in as a good, quick lip protectant. I think the other options I listed are better and more enviro-friendly. However, peoole have been using petroleum jelly for a century or more. I have a tiny jar I keep in the house. This Halloween, we rubbed it on the cut pumpkin surfaces to retard spoilage as they sat out on porch. Can't think of any other great uses. Try the top 3 suggestions, first. Cheap too!

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November 16, 2010 Flag

Wearing foundation during the summer seems to clog pores due to excessive sweating and humidity. To prevent clogged pores, you can make your own tinted moisturizer with two things you probably have in your make-up bag already. Mix some mineral powdered foundation into your regular moisturizer. You can vary the amounts of either the mineral powder or moisturizer depending on the coverage and color you are trying to achieve. This also works for making a luminescent moisturizer (the ones that give you a pearly glow). In that case, you would use some illuminating powder or pearlized eye shadow without glitter.

By abrupt_silence from Seattle, WA


Make Your Own Tinted Moisturizer

I also use this method but I mix liquid foundation with moisturizer. It gives a much lighter coverage. Especially in summer. (05/26/2010)

By blackbess

Make Your Own Tinted Moisturizer

That's awesome. I've found that the type of liquid foundation I use doesn't mix well with my moisturizer and tends to get streaky. What type of foundation do you use? (05/26/2010)

By abrupt_silence

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March 6, 2007 Flag

Good scented moisturizers can be a tad expensive. Here is a simple way to make your own using inexpensive ingredients.



Measure the water and glycerin into the bottle. Add 5 - 7 drops of essential oil. Cap the bottle and shake well. Apply the moisturizer to the skin with cotton balls or pour it into a spray bottle and spritz the body to apply.

By Marie E. Cecchini from West Dundee, IL

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April 22, 20070 found this helpful

Very nice. : )

I like to buy scented oils from and mix them with my store brand fragrance free version of Curel. Saveon has knockoffs of lots of popular designer fragrances and you can buy as little as an ounce at a time.

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