Some people spend years studying how to make natural skin care that offers nourishment and therapeutic benefits . . . with no harsh or chemical ingredients.
We are here to help you create some of those high-quality, luxury recipes without the years of study, research, and practice. (We’ve done all of that for you!)
In this post, you’ll learn 3 recipes for DIY natural skin care.
They’re not complicated—we’ll walk you through the steps to make each one and show you where to get the pure organic essential oils and ingredients you’ll need.
The 3 recipes we’ll share in this post are for a nighttime skin serum, a gorgeous whipped body butter, and a smooth, moisturizing lip balm.
Together, they offer you three approaches to natural skin care—for your face, your body, and your lips. (You are definitely going to love this DIY lip balm; we think you’ll want to keep your homemade lip balm with you and use it throughout the day!)
Before we get started, we want to touch on something very important.
All of our ingredients in these recipes are 100% pure.
The essential oils are organic, organically raised, or wildcrafted. They are lab-tested to ensure they don’t include synthetics, pesticide residues, or other unwanted ingredients.
The carriers—like jojoba oil and shea butter—are not processed, or as minimally processed as possible, and never include any additional ingredients. This preserves the raw, natural benefits, such as essential fatty acids and vitamins, inherent in the butters and oils.
Please treat your skin with love and care! Be sure to use only the best!
Recipe 1: Bedtime Skin Serum
Using a good night serum restores your skin from daily stressors, such as the weather, sunlight, and pollutants or irritants in the environment.
Our recipe is made with luxurious oils that support skin cells as they heal and restore themselves—including rich pomegranate seed oil, which contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and is known as one of the most potent antioxidants in the natural world.
We’ve also included “liquid gold”—argan oil—a light, silky oil that offers antioxidants such as vitamin E, and has long been used in natural skin care, and is amazing for mature skin.
Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax. Its molecular structure means it has a very long shelf life and offers stability to natural skin care products (and to the skin itself).
And finally, we have two incredible, nourishing essential oils for skin—lavender and carrot seed!
Lavender may be the most famous essential oil of all for skin care and this is due to its versatility, its gentle but strong nature, and its ability to support rejuvenation.
Carrot seed is another well-known essential oil for skin care, able to offer balance and clarity to the complexion. (We’re also using carrot seed in the whipped body butter recipe below.)
- 2 tsp Argan Oil (Argania spinosa)
- 2 tsp Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
- 1 tsp Pomegranate Seed Oil (Punica granatum)
- 3 drops Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 2 drops Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus carota)
- 1 – 1 oz Amber Glass Bottle w/Coned Cap
How To Make It:
- Add all ingredients to the 1 oz. glass bottle with coned cap.
- Roll bottle back and forth gently to blend.
- After cleansing your skin with an organic cleanser, apply to face, neck, and chest.
After washing and cleansing your skin with natural skin care products, use a few drops of this serum to massage your face, neck, and chest.
Note: A little goes a long way! Use small amounts and massage in well to deeply replenish your skin’s natural, healthy radiance.
Recipe 2: Carrot Cake Whipped Body Butter
The main ingredient in this nourishing, natural skin care product is organic shea butter, which is full of natural antioxidants, like vitamins A and E.
Be sure to use shea butter that’s raw and unrefined (refined shea butter is often treated with a hexane solvent that removes the butter’s natural therapeutic properties).
Vanilla-infused jojoba is simply pure jojoba that’s been allowed to infuse with vanilla! It closely resembles the natural oils produced by our skin (called “sebum”) making it an excellent choice for a DIY homemade moisturizer.
We also included coconut oil to round out the base of this incredible body butter! Coconut oil is a “staple” in natural skin care, and with good reason! It is chock-full of natural fatty acids and antioxidants.
As promised, carrot seed is one of our essential oils for skin in this recipe! Skin loves this essential oil, and it has such a rich, warm, perfume-like aroma, that we named our body butter for it. The “spicy oils” in this natural skin care product—ginger and clove bud—add their warmth and zest.
- 4 oz. Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii)
- 1 oz. Vanilla-Infused Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
- 1 oz. Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera)
- 10 drops Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus carota)
- 6 drops Ginger Oil (Zingiber officinale)
- 4 drops Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllata)
- 3 – 2 oz Glass Jars
You will also need a 16 oz. glass or Pyrex measuring cup, and a pot that the cup fits into.
How To Make It:
- Put the measuring cup into a pot that’s about ¼ full of simmering water. The water will heat the measuring cup from the outside.
- Melt the coconut oil and vanilla-infused jojoba in the measuring cup. Use a glass stirring rod to gently mix them. (A stainless steel spoon also works great!)
- Put the shea butter into a glass or stainless steel mixing bowl. (Hint: It helps if your shea butter is in smaller chunks.)
- Pour the melted ingredients over the shea butter.
- Let the melted ingredients soften the shea butter.
- Add the essential oils and stir gently.
- Use a stick blender or handheld blender to whip the ingredients together into a light, fluffy consistency.
- Spoon the body butter into three 2 oz glass jars.
Want to experiment a little? Kpangnan butter makes an excellent substitute for shea butter in this recipe!
Recipe 3: Tropical Cocoa Lip Balm
This is a rich, decadent homemade lip balm that soothes and nourishes dry, depleted lips.
Cocoa butter and beeswax combine to lend some firmness to this balm, still allowing it to glide smoothly over the lips. Cocoa butter is extremely rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins (including 5 IU of vitamin E per oz!) We recommend using raw, unrefined cocoa butter in your homemade skin care products, so it retains its therapeutic properties (and its rich, chocolatey aroma!)
Vanilla-infused jojoba and coconut oil make this balm softer and silkier. Coconut oil has one of the highest natural presences of lauric acid and is one of the finest, most widely used natural moisturizers in natural skin care.
Our lime essential oil is steam distilled, not cold-pressed. The steam distillation removes any concerns of phototoxicity (cold-pressed lime essential oil is phototoxic and causes skin reactions in sunlight, but steam distilled lime is not phototoxic). So, go ahead and enjoy your Tropical Cocoa Lip Balm even on sunny days!
- 40 drops distilled Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia)
- ½ oz. Vanilla-Infused Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
- ½ oz. Beeswax Pellets (Cera alba)
- ½ oz. Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera)
- ½ oz. Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao)
- 12 Lip Balm Tubes
- 1 Lip Balm Tube Tray (optional)
This recipe makes about 12 to 13 lip balm tubes. Using a lip balm tube tray will make it super easy to fill each tube with melted balm.
In addition, you will also need a 16 oz. glass or Pyrex measuring cup, and a pot that the cup fits into.
How To Make It:
- Put a 16 oz glass or Pyrex measuring cup into a pot that’s about ¼ full of simmering water. The water will heat the measuring cup from the outside.
- Melt the beeswax in the Pyrex measuring cup.
- Add the vanilla-infused jojoba oil, stirring with your glass stirring rod or stainless steel spoon.
- When the beeswax and jojoba are melted, add the cocoa butter and melt.
- Add the coconut oil and melt.
- Add the essential oils, stirring gently.
- Pour the melted lip balm into your lip balm tubes.
When filling the lip balm tubes, try to fill them to the very top of the tube. This will ensure that the top of your lip balms is smooth once hardened.
The lip balm liquid will begin to harden within a few minutes. Be sure that you allow them to harden for a few hours before use!
Some Things to Keep in Mind
What if . . .
Your lip balm starts to harden before you have it all in the tubes?
Simply put your Pyrex back into the simmering water and let it re-melt.
What if . . .
Pouring from your Pyrex measuring cup into your lip balm tubes is too messy?
You can use a plastic pipette (the kind you might remember from physics class!) It takes longer, but it’s a lot more precise . . . and an easier cleanup!
Crafting Natural Skin Care Products that Work for You
Effective skin care doesn’t have to include synthetics or chemicals.
And homemade skin care doesn’t have to be confusing or complicated.
Once you have a few recipes that you love—and a resource for natural ingredients that you can trust 100%—you can DIY natural skin care products that work for YOU and can even make products for people you care about.
Seeing others find a natural skin care product that really, truly works (and knowing that you made that product for them) is so fulfilling.
If you make one of these skin care products, or if you just love the ingredients, share your experience below to help others! Your input can offer a lot of support to people just learning.
About the Author
Throughout her 35 years as a registered nurse, Karen Williams was passionate about using plant-based medicine to support health & well-being. After extensive study in the field of aromatherapy, Karen made a career transition to become the co-owner, lead product sourcer and head aromatherapist at Aromatics International. She loves sharing the benefits of essential oils and natural living with others – and is proud to work together with her grown children and a wonderful team to deliver the highest-quality organic and wildcrafted products directly to your door.