I love coconut oil. I think it’s amazing. It smells great and it has so many benefits for hair, skin, and health. I’ve been using it straight as a face moisturizer for the past few weeks, but I’ve also been breaking out a little the past few weeks. Well, I read a few days ago that coconut oil can actually be comedogenic, despite being antibacterial. So, I decided to try making a new moisturizer to replace coconut oil.
I adapted this recipe from one by Say Not Sweet Anne. Her recipe had coconut oil in it, so I replaced it and changed some of the proportions to account for different oil textures. This is a more acne-friendly version of her Clean and Healthy DIY moisturizer.
I am so impressed with the results. This lotion is as luxurious and incredible smelling as any expensive moisturizer I’ve ever tried. And it only cost $5.25 to make. It is so wonderfully creamy and effective that I only need a tiny bit to cover my whole face, so this jar will probably last at least a few months. Definitely a good deal.
You will need:
- Aloe Vera Gel: non-greasy, lightweight moisturizer, anti-inflammatory, nutrient rich
- Almond Oil: deep moisturizer, soothes irritation, reduces dark circles
- Jojoba Oil: anti-bacterial, natural antiseptic, non-greasy oil moisturizer
- Beeswax: locks in moisture, protects skin against damaging elements, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory
- Essential oil of your choice: benefits depend on the oil you choose (I used lemon oil which is anti-bacterial and antiseptic, and orange oil which is soothing for the skin. Be careful choosing an oil because some may not work well with your skin type or may have other effects like increased photosensitivity)
- A makeshift or real double boiler (I use the makeshift version- boiling water in a larger pot with a smaller pot on top, here is a universal double boiler)
- A hand mixer (I like to use one with a whisk attachment, I find it works better)
- A large bowl
And here is the full recipe:
Homemade Aloe Vera Face Moisturizer
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel*
- 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oils
- 2 drops vitam e oil- optional
- Heat the almond oil, jojoba oil, and beeswax in the double boiler until melted and well combined (it takes about 2-5 minutes for me)
- Pour the oil mix into a bowl large enough to use a hand mixer in without splashing
- Walk away and let the mixture cool to room temperature- for at least an hour, probably more.
- Mix the essential oils into the aloe vera gel
- Once the mixture is room temperature, start slowly adding the aloe vera gel as you use the hand mixer to whip up the moisturizer. You may not need all of the aloe so add it gradually.
- Continue to whip until it reaches your desired consistency (I used my hand mixer for about 10 minutes)
- Put in a container with a tight lid and enjoy!
* You must use actual aloe vera gel, not aloe juice or fresh aloe from a plant. Without the gel consistency, the moisturizer will not whip and mix properly.
This moisturizer is absolutely fabulous. The texture is exactly like butter. Since I used lemon and orange essential oils, it has an incredible citrus scent. I couldn’t believe I actually made a facial moisturizer that actually feels so creamy and luxurious. Why buy lotion when it is so easy to make it at home?
Just look how beautiful:
Don’t you just want to put it on right now? I know I do. There’s just something about creamy fluffy lotion that is so appealing.
So, try making this lotion and let me know how it goes for you!
supplies used in this post
UPDATE: If you are having trouble with your aloe vera face moisturizer, here are some common issues:
- Moisturizer is liquidy
- Too much almond oil will throw off the ratio of oil to water and give you a liquidy consistency. Stick to exactly 2 tablespoons, or slightly less. If you accidentally add too much almond oil, increase the jojoba oil to the same amount
- Too little beeswax will give the moisturizer a thinner consistency
- Adding the aloe too quickly can cause you too add more than necessary
- Aloe isn’t blending
- If you don’t let the oil mixture come to room temperature before you mix in the aloe, it simply won’t work. They need to be the same, or close to the same, temperature to mix
- If you add the aloe too quickly, it may not blend. Remember to add gradually while mixing.
- You might just need to keep mixing! It might take longer than you expect.
- Can I replace the almond oil in this recipe?
- Yes! Just use 4 tablespoons jojoba oil instead of 2 almond and 2 jojoba
- Can I use fresh aloe from my plant?
- No. You need aloe vera gel. There are plenty of tutorials online on how to make your own aloe vera gel. Wikihow has a straightforward tutorial. I can’t guarantee it will work because I haven’t tried it myself.