Homemade Face Moisturizer and Natural Wrinkle Cream

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Homemade Face Moisturizer Wrinkle Cream

Homemade face moisturizer and wrinkle cream to keep that youthful look we all long for. It is natural so you avoid the harmful chemicals AND the high price!

This homemade face moisturizer and wrinkle 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 wrinkle 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 creating a homemade face moisturizer to help me 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 provides 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 the protection of beeswax, it makes a fine face cream.

Homemade Face Moisturizer and Wrinkle Cream



  1. Begin making this homemade face moisturizer in a double boiler by melting beeswax, avocado oil, and coconut oil together.
  2. Once fully melted, stir the cream and allow it 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 the skin.

Additional Notes

  • This homemade face moisturizer and wrinkle 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, high-quality olive oil will work, though not as well as the avocado oil.

Do you like this homemade face moisturizer and are looking for other anti-aging recipes? Check out this Homemade Anti-Aging Vitamin C Facial Toner. I love the use of hydrosols and lavender!


About Katie Vance

Katie is a wife, mother, aromatherapist, and lover of all things DIY. She offers consultations and gives simple aromatherapy advice at Katie Vance, Aromatherapy Simplified. You can also find Katie on Facebook.

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  1. EugeniaB says

    I already use essential oils, avocado oil and coconut oil on my face. I would like to try this recipe but I have a question. I use these oils in the evening so I don’t mind the fact that my face gets/looks oily. Will this cream make my skin look too oily/greasy if I want to use it as a day cream?

  2. Debra says

    Can jojoba oil be used in place of the avocado oil? If so; would the replacement ratio be 1:1, jojoba to avocado? Thank-you.

    • Amanda Socci says

      I had the same reaction, Linda Biscombe! This project will set me back approx. $160, including the Ball mason jars! If anyone can find cheaper sources, please post those here! I think we’re all very interested in a DIY lifestyle free from chemicals!

      • Sue says

        Amanda, I make all my own skincare products and I’m wondering where you arrived at 160.00?
        Essential oils aren’t cheap but you get a lot of drops per bottle.
        When I started my diy’s I bought some good oils, beeswax, etc essential oils and while the initial cost was up there (but nowhere near what you said) I’ve made a lot of products for me and family members. Most of these things last a long time before you have to reorder.
        As for essential oils- there are a lot out there. I like Eden’s Garden, but there are many others. I don’t buy from the 2 big MLM companies. I feel you pay a lot more for them and they aren’t necessarily better. You really need to look for yourself. So many companies to choose from.

        • Amanda Socci says

          Hi Sue: Sure thing. Based on Katie Vance’s links to purchase the items from MountainRoseHerbs.com, here is the exact breakdown:
          beeswax, 1lb. – $20
          avocado oil, 8 oz. – $10.25
          unrefined coconut oil, 32 oz. – $18.50
          frankincense oil, 1/2 oz. – $37
          myrrh oil, 1/2 oz. – $50.75
          sandalwood oil, 1/8 oz. – $30
          Ball mason 4 oz. jars, set of 12 (Amazon) – $10.72
          Total for all: $177.22

          I don’t think it’s just a matter of doing research because people like me who are just starting out or who have no clue would probably go with MountainRoseHerbs.com because we don’t know who to trust or what to do. If you can refer other places you trust to buy essential oils at better prices, I’d love to hear where you buy. Thanks!

          • Sue says

            Hi Amanda,
            I see where you got the prices now. You can do much better shopping elsewhere. Amazon has great deals on oils (but I wouldn’t buy essential oils there) I’m talking about Coconut, Avocado etc.
            I love Eden’s Garden. High quality and good prices for essential oils. I’ve also heard Spark Natural is a good one.
            I’ve never ordered from Mountain Rose. They are a good company though. I think the prices are too high.
            Rocky Mountain is also a good source for essential oils.
            I hope this helps!!! Natural is the way to go 🙂
            And remember- once you get a good inventory you will get a ton of good products out of it. So your price quote doesn’t match all that you can make.

          • Brenda says

            Amanda, if you look carefully on Ebay you can get good quality stuff there. The beeswax can be purchased in really small amounts if you’re not to sure about being a diy-er. Also, any clean jar can be used for your homemade products. Most people that DIY just reuse whatever they have on hand. Little jars and pots from your cosmetics work perfectly.

  3. Judy says

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

    • Katie 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.

      • Patrizia Armfield says

        Where did u find an electronic scale ? I hate battery operated scales …can’t trust them

        • Brenda says

          Pat, batteries store electricity. Just purchase good quality batteries and change them every 6 months and you shouldn’t have any problems.

  4. 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…..you’ll be fine. Making small batches insures that it’s all used up in 6 months to 1 year .

    • Katie 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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 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!

  9. 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!