Frankincense and Myrrh Anti-Aging Facial Cream

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Homemade Face Moisturizer Wrinkle Cream

This homemade face moisturizer cream is great for keeping that youthful look we all long for!

Earlier this week, I went to the mall in search of a new “miracle” anti-aging cream my sister was raving over. Of course, she bought it at a pricey department store and claimed it was made of “natural” ingredients, therefore justifying the outrageous price tag.

After warding off the pushy salespeople, I finally found the cream she was talking about. The first thing I wanted to do was take a look at the ingredient list. In the first few ingredients listed, I saw three things that I refuse to put on my skin: parabens, sulfates, and fragrance. Like many, I am extremely sensitive to strong fragrances, especially when I am putting them near (or on) my face. As for parabens and sulfates, I know they will not help me to look any younger!

Ingredients for Youthful Looking Skin

When I got home, I pulled out my favorite essential oil resources and got to work figuring out another way to have younger looking skin.

Two of my favorite essential oils happen to be mentioned quite frequently at Christmastime – frankincense and myrrh. The wise men were extremely knowledgeable when they brought these compounds to Jesus on the night of his birth because they are very wondrous, indeed.

Frankincense essential oil has a very woody and spicy scent. It is wonderful for aging skin and helps to heal dry skin. It also helps spur skin cell regeneration, thus smoothing wrinkles.

Myrrh essential oil is also anti-aging and is an intensive skin healer (it works wonders on bed sores!). It smells much more earthy than frankincense but also has a spicy quality.

(For more frankincense and myrrh uses, check out these great articles: 5 Ways to Use Frankincense and Myrrh and Herbal Uses for Frankincense and Myrrh.)

Another essential oil that I love for skincare is sandalwood essential oil. Its scent is warm and sweet, yet also earthy and woody. It helps calm the skin and heal cuts, and provide hydration for dry skin.

These three oils provide a powerful amount of skin healing, so I knew that I needed to find an equally awesome carrier oil.

I decided to use avocado oil because it is rich in fatty acids. This makes it highly skin penetrating, moisturizing and it promotes skin cell regeneration. When combined with the anti-aging properties of coconut oil and and the protection of beeswax, it makes a fine facial cream.

Homemade Face Moisturizer Anti-Aging Cream



  1. In a double boiler, melt beeswax, avocado oil, and coconut oil.
  2. Once fully melted, stir the cream and allow to cool slightly.
  3. While still liquid, add essential oils to the cream.
  4. Pour into two 4-ounce containers (4-ounce glass mason jars work wonderfully).

To Use

Use a small amount of cream each night before bed. While it may seem hard, the cream softens as it melts onto skin.

Additional Notes

  • This cream will last for many, many months. As long as the cream doesn’t exceed the expiration dates on the avocado oil and coconut oil, it will not expire. That makes this recipe extremely cost effective as well as a great gift!
  • I also really like this recipe for scars and stretch marks as the oils used are great for skin regeneration. I just started using it as an all over moisturizer and I am loving the wonderful skin-softening effects.
  • If you don’t like the scent of frankincense and myrrh, you can simply use the sandalwood in their place, though the cream won’t be as effective.
  • If you don’t have access to avocado oil, a high quality olive oil will work, though not as well as the avocado oil.

Looking for other anti-aging recipes? Check out this Homemade Anti-Aging Vitamin C Facial Toner. I love the use of hydrosols and lavender!


Katie Vance

About Katie Vance

Katie is a wife, mother, blogger, aromatherapist, soapmaker, and lover of all things DIY. She blogs at Natural Minded Mom. You can also find Katie on Google+.

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  1. Judy says

    Is the beeswax ounces a “weight” measurement and the oil ounces a “liquid” measurement?

    • Katie VanceKatie Vance says

      Hi Judy – correct, the beeswax is a weight measurement because they come in solid pieces and the oil is in liquid measurements. I measured mine using an electronic scale.

  2. Cassie says

    If you use a mason jar, how do you keep from contaminating the moisturizer as you use it? I was going to make this and put in a pump bottle, but it may be too thick for that.

    • Brenda says

      Cassie, I’ve been making my own dyi bath & body stuff for ages. Never had anything go bad. Just use good hygiene, clean utensils etc…’ll be fine. Making small batches insures that it’s all used up in 6 months to 1 year .

    • Katie VanceKatie Vance says

      Cassie – It will definitely be too thick for a pump bottle, but since there is no water in this blend, contamination is minimal. You can always scoop a little bit out using a round facial cleaning pad or wash cloth.

  3. precious says

    Hello, pls where do I get all d ingredient? I rili wanna try it out. Am in nigeria. U are doing a good job here keep it up. Thanks

  4. Dawn says

    Hello peeps! I was wondering if I can substitute Avacado oil for Grape seed oil as I do not have Avacado oil?…?… I have everything else and was trying to figure out what else to put in my homemade gift bags for Christmas!!!! This would be GREAT!

  5. Kelly says

    I’d love to find this already made to be able to purchase. I’d like to try it just don’t have the time right now to make it myself. I’ve been scouring the shelves at stores looking for something natural without those scary ingredients I’d rather not touch, let alone put on my face. And without the huge price tag, as mentioned! Gonna bookmark this page, so hopefully someday I’ll have time to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Brenda says

    I make something similar to this but I leave out the beeswax. I just pour up the oils into a jumbo 1 oz roll-on bottle and it’s super easy to apply. Also the frankincense WORKS! I was thrilled when a fairly deep wrinkle, on my forehead ,disappeared .

    • Katie VanceKatie Vance says

      Oh I love the roll-on idea, Brenda! I totally agree about the frankincense. I’m already seeing great results myself, which is perfect for Christmastime!

  7. Suzanne says

    I CAN NOT use Coconut oil because of the comedogenic rating (acne for days). Shea seems to be a better fit. Also, going to try and incorporate Sunflower Seed oil into this recipe for the carotenoid benefits!