You might not know that you can easily make a DIY facial moisturizer that will firm and rejuvenate your skin. This recipe is one of my most popular anti aging recipes that many have found effective. Get ready because making a cream can be a bit labor intensive but once you experience the thick creamy goodness that is homemade face cream, your skin will drink it up and you’ll feel incredibly accomplished!
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I’m going to be really honest with you at the risk of sounding vain-I’m concerned about wrinkles. I haven’t quite accepted that I don’t have 20 year old skin anymore. In the future I plan to settle down about this but for now I’ll just keep coming up with anti aging potions and this DIY face moisturizer has become a big favorite of mine and helped to smooth and plump my skin!
This homemade moisturizer is not only moisturizing, it also is firming and will help even skin tone! It is perfect for aging skin but any skin type can benefit. Get ready, this is the mother of all “anti aging” moisturizers!!!
First off, let’s discuss one reason skin starts to age…
In your late 30s, wrinkles suddenly look deeper because the skin’s natural oils decrease, the moisture barrier breaks down, and the skin dries out. This is why I focus so much on moisturizing. If you don’t replenish your skin’s oils, wrinkles will form. It’s amazing to me how different my skin looks when it is dry and dehydrated. Using the right emollient can make a massive difference!
Why Make Your Own Face Moisturizer?
You might question whether it’s worth it to make your own facial moisturizer. In the majority of store-bought products you will find a long list of harmful chemicals, especially in products making anti aging claims. Creams/lotions that you buy at a store are also full of water, thickeners, emulsifiers, preservatives and artificial fragrances. None of which are beneficial for the skin. In fact, many ingredients in a cream/lotion product can cause more harm than good.
In my cream recipes, we must use a preservative and emulsifier and water is a necessary ingredient to make a light, soft cream but I keep these ingredients to a bare minimum and I choose a natural preservative and a plant based emulsifier. We also don’t rely on unnatural fragrance and turn to essential oils instead.
Another angle to think about is that many over the counter creams can be expensive. You get 1 jar or bottle and up to half or more of that container is water! When you begin making your own beauty products you must build your ingredient inventory and this can seem like a lot but with those ingredients, you can still make tons of more beauty products for years to come!
When you calculate how much it costs to make 1 jar of face cream, it’s a fraction of the price of a typical anti wrinkle cream you’d buy from a skincare company.
Homemade Face Moisturizer Ingredients:
- Rosehip oil– Rosehip Oil penetrates deeply into the lower layers of the skin. It regenerates cells and increases collagen production. It is rich in vitamin C, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and retinoic acid, which studies have shown it brightens and tightens skin! Rosehip seed oil also helps restore skin’s elasticity, fade age spots, reduce broken capillaries, and balance oil glands. It is very beneficial to dry, irritated and mature skin.
- Cypress Essential Oil– Cypress Oil is an amazing oil-It has been used to treat incontinence because it’s tightening action is so strong it can be applied on the skin over the bladder to help the bladder to tighten. Wild huh? Cypress oil also improves circulation, strengthens blood capillaries, is antibacterial, anti-infectious, and anti-microbial. Wow! Cypress oil is amazing for varicose veins and broken capillaries. It’s firming and tightening action is what really excites me!
- Clove Essential Oil-Clove seems like an odd choice to put on your skin, I know. It’s a “hot” oil so we’ll only be using a tiny amount. The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value is 1,078,700!! This tells you antioxidant capacity–Uh….. clove’s number is exceptionally high. Just in case you don’t know-antioxidants are a really good thing. Especially in the anti aging realm. Antioxidants attack free radicals in the skin that are there to harm and age skin. Clove also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
- Geranium Essential Oil-Geranium is one of the top essential oils for beautiful skin. When in doubt-add Geranium. Geranium is great for regenerating skin cells and revving up circulation. It is extremely healing. It also promotes even distribution of melanin-which helps even out the overall tone of the skin.
- Pomegranate Oil-Pomegranate oil helps protect and restore collagen and elasticity. It penetrates deeply which makes it a fantastic oil for this wrinkle cream. After all, oils don’t help us if they can’t get deep into the epidermis. Pomegranate oil helps balance the skin as well as improve skin tone. It is high in vitamin C, moisturizes thoroughly and has high antioxidant properties.
- Avocado Oil-Avocado oil should be added to this recipe if your skin is really dry. Avocado Oil is a very rich oil that boosts this creams moisturizing ability. This oil is very high in Vitamin E. It is a powerful antioxidant that strongly fights free radicals. According to this study, avocado oil can increase collagen metabolism. Compared to other fruits, avocado has the highest amount of vitamin E. Vitamin E not only helps to moisturize but has anti aging qualities as well.
I have chosen specific carrier oils and essential oils for this diy face moisturizer. However, there are many wonderful ingredients you could use instead of the ones I recommend. A few powerful oils that would work are argan oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. I would not recommend grapeseed oil, virgin coconut oil or olive oil for this particular recipe.
I did not add a butter into this recipe but you totally could replace one of the oils for a butter like cocoa butter, shea butter or mango butter. Using a butter in any homemade beauty products helps relieve overly dry skin that suffers with dry patches.
Instead of 1 cup of distilled water, you can use any water based ingredients here such as an hydrosol, hyaluronic acid or aloe vera gel.
As far as essential oils go, I love the blend I have chosen but you can omit what you don’t have if you are wanting to save money. For anti aging, I also love carrot seed oil for wrinkles and tea tree oil for it’s antibacterial properties for combination skin or acne-prone skin.
Preserving Your DIY Moisturizer!
Distilled water must be used in order to keep your cream fresh longer.
I have included a preservative with this recipe. NeoDefend is considered certified organic and non-GMO. It is antioxidant and very gentle to the skin. Those of you weary of using a preservative must remember that it only makes up .75-1% of your product. You can read more about and purchase NeoDefend HERE.
What You’ll Need to Make DIY Face Moisturizer:
- 1/4 cup Rosehip oil (buy it HERE)
- 2 TBSP. Pomegranate Oil (buy it HERE)
- 2 TBSP Avocado Oil (optional) (buy it HERE)
- 1.5 TBSP Emulsifying Wax (buy it HERE)
- 15 drops Geranium Essential Oil (buy it HERE)
- 15 drops Cypress Essential Oil (buy it HERE)
- 5 drops Clove Essential Oil (buy it HERE)
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (buy it HERE)
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1/2 tsp. NeoDefend (buy it HERE)
- Immersion Blender
- Meat Thermometer
- 2 Medium Sized Pots
- 2 Glass Bowls (Pyrex glass measuring cups work really well since they have a spout)
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- 4 ounce pump bottles or a 12 ounce jar.
DIY Facial Moisturizer Recipe
You might not know that you can easily make a DIY facial moisturizer that will firm and rejuvenate your skin. This recipe is one of my most popular anti aging recipes that many have found effective. Get ready because making a cream can be a bit labor intensive but once you experience the thick creamy goodness that is homemade face cream, your skin will drink it up and you'll feel incredibly accomplished!
- 1/4 cup Rosehip oil
- 2 TBSP. Pomegranate Oil
- 2 TBSP Avocado Oil
- 1.5 TBSP Emulsifying Wax
- 15 drops Geranium Essential Oil
- 15 drops Cypress Essential Oil
- 5 drops Clove Essential Oil
- 10 drops Lavender
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1/2 tsp. NeoDefend
- Immersion Blender
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- 2 medium sized pots
- 2 glass Pyrex measuring cups (for double boiler)
- Meat Thermometer
- Glass Containers
1. Fill 2 medium pots 1/2 way full with water.
2. Place a glass bowl or Pyrex measuring cup with a spout in each pot.
3. Heat wax and oils in 1 pot and water and neodefend in the other pot.
**Remember that oil heats up faster then water. Your goal is to get both mixtures at the same temp. before you can combine them so take care to not heat your oils to quickly-I raise the heat on my water mixture higher to balance out the difference.**
4. Once the emulsifying wax is melted and the neodefend has dissolved, and both your water mixture and your oil mixture are around the same temperature, remove from heat and pour the water into the oil.
**As a rule of thumb, both mixtures need to be about the same temperature when mixed. This temperature is typically around 160 degrees.**
5. Take a immersion blender and mix your water/oil mixture for about 40 seconds to 1 minute. Let stand for 15 minutes then mix again for about 30 seconds again. Once you notice that the water isn’t separating at the bottom of your bowl after not mixing for a few minutes, you are done mixing. This process can take up to 1 hour. You can't mix your cream too much so make sure you've done enough mixing before moving on to the next step.
6. Once your mixture is no longer hot, add your essential oils then pour into containers.
7. Let containers set for 24 hours. Your cream will thicken in this time.
This recipe make 12 ounces. I recommend dividing the 12 ounces into 3 4 ounce pump bottles and storing what you aren't using in the fridge for optimal freshenss.
Go HERE for a more detailed account of how to make a cream and I’ve also written a trouble shooting cream making!
Looking for an Easier DIY Facial Moisturizer?
Is this natural face moisturizer recipe more than your bargained for?
Adding water to a carrier oil is more involved than creating something like a face oil or a balm. If you enjoy creating diy skincare products, you must make a cream at some point just because it’s fun and the end product can be so light, fluffy and creamy. However, moisturizers that contain water aren’t always the best way to relieve dry skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
A face oil or beauty balm contains no water, therefore they are more powerful and potent than a cream that contains up to 50% water. Below I’ve listed my most effective (and easier to make) recipe for a natural moisturizer.
- coQ10 Sea Buckthorn Face Oil
- Vitamin C Boosting Sea Buckthorn Balm
- 3 in 1 Beauty Balm
- Rejuvenating Face Oil
You could easily keep this recipe and omit the emulsifying wax, water and neodefend. This would be a wonderful facial oil!
Facial Moisturizing Storage:
This recipe makes 12 ounces.
Your cream should always be stored in a glass jar or glass bottle, preferably dark glass. This will also keep your cream bacteria free longer. Any container that allows you to pump out your lotion is a good idea-this keeps you from depositing bacteria from your hands into your lotion.
I like to store mine in a 4 ounce glass bottle with a pump or cap so I can prolong the shelf life. I keep the rest in the fridge until I’m ready to use it! Find 4 ounce bottles HERE.
There you have it-this recipe has strong anti aging potential!
Always use high quality ingredients in your recipes. I have linked all the products I personally use.
Use this DIY face cream morning and night after cleansing and toning. For an added anti aging boost, make this easy Anti Wrinkle Eye Stick to rejuvenate and smooth fine lines around the eyes!
Are you planning on making any of the firming cream to sell on etsy? Please e-mail me to let me know – would love to buy some – I’m not much on making my own.
Thanks Jennifer….Marci Swetmon
Hi Marci! I want to use it longer on myself and hopefully hear from people that have made it before I charge people for it. If the results are good I will absolutely sell it. I made a batch of 12 ounces though-since you are my absolute BEST client you are welcome to 4 ounces of it-I would charge $32 for you-the ingredients are much more expensive then the creamy shea moisturizer so if I do end up selling it, I’ll have to charge more. If you are interested, message me on Etsy and we’ll make it a custom order.
I sent you a message via esty Jennifer – so let me know what we need to do….thanks so much you are a dear
Rosehip cypress firming cream. I am not good at making things. Do you make this cream and sell it, I sure would love to try it. Is there anyway I can purchase it.
Please sell on etsy!! I need this ASAP.
Lisa, Honestly-I have not used this long enough to make sure the results are worth charging people for it. This cream is based on research rather than experience-If I get people making it and having good results and if I have good results I will for sure put it on my Etsy shop!! Thanks for your interest!!
I have rose geranium ESO will that work as well?
Paulette-I’m not 100% sure but my common sense tells me it would work great! I say use it! Thanks!
Can this be used near the eyes?
E, Yes you can. I would be careful not to get it in the eye but it would be a wonderful eye cream!
I appreciate your recipe and all the explanations of health benefits of the ingredients. But I question the 2 Tablespoons of Rosehip oil. I have never seen Essential oils be required in any measurements other than drop or ML. Also the cost would be extreme. Over $60.00 for just that one ingredient!
Hi Leslie, Rosehip oil is not an essential oil. It’s more like a carrier oil. I have linked the rosehip oil I used. It’s about $33 for 1.5 ounces, which is 3 tablespoons. I know the company NOW offers it like an essential oil but it is not. Thanks!
Thanks for another wonderful recipe! I can’t wait to make this. I finally got my Emulsifying Wax for the lotion recipe you posted a couple weeks ago. So, looks like I’ll be “cooking” up some beauty this weekend!
Shirley! That’s great! Let me know how it goes!!
Thanks for all of your amazing recipes, I have made several different ones and always love the finished product! One question, how much does this recipe make and what is the best kind of container to store it in??
Christy! It makes 12 ounces. I put mine in 3 4ounce containers. Glass is best. A pump or cap on a glass bottle is perfect-it helps preserve. I get most of my bottles and jars from http://www.specialtybottle.com. Amazon has some good bottles as well. Thanks!!!
Hi, can this be used when pregnant or breast feeding?
Cheryl-Many women use rosehip oil on their tummies during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks but I have heard there is a little controversy due to it having a lot of Vitamin A. If it were me I would use it. I have also heard that Cypress oil is a little controversial due to it’s blood circulation benefits. In my opinion if there is a risk at all, it would be small. You’ll have to make the call. Thanks!
Please let us know when you make this to sell !!
I am wondering if I can use just the oils to make a serum rather than a cream. Would i need to change any quantities?
Bernadette, Absolutely! I suggest it as an alternative at the bottom of the post. Just omit the water, citric acid, and emulsifying wax. You will see results sooner due to not watering it down!
Would I need to heat the oils if I am making the serum? I made the lotion and loved it.
Kathy-No heating necessary!
Essential oils need to be first checked for safety. http://www.naturesgift.com has good info…
WARNING: Clove oil is a known dermal and mucous membrane irritant and sensitizer. It should not be used on the skin, or, if necessary, used in very weak dilution (less than 1%). It should not ever be applied to broken or irritated skin. Avoid use of any Clove oil if you are on anti-coagulant therapy (blood thinners.)
WARNING: Cypress oil. Possible reproductive toxicity, avoid during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
I’m excited to try this blend minus the clove oil
Thanks for the info.! I’m not familiar with that website-I’ll check it out! I use a tiny amount of clove-5 drops per 12 ounces. I’m not concerned about it at all. Omitting it will still give you a great cream!! I know Cypress oil is controversial while pregnant but again the small amount used does not concern me. I will add this info.about cypress oil and pregnancy to my post though!
Would this be ok to use on acne prone skin?
Just found your site and love it!
Hi Heather-I have dry, but blackhead prone skin-I have been using this for about 2 weeks and have not had any clogging-Rosehip is so good for your skin but I have heard of cases that it caused people to break out-Bottom line is that everyone’s skin is different. Until you try it you won’t know. The likely hood is low that you’ll have an issue. If you are oily I would omit the avocado oil. Good luck-it’s really worth a try-I’m loving how well my make up goes on and looks on top of it even! Thanks!!
Jennifer – you have out-done yourself on this one – it is the best! It’s perfect under make-up. I like to use the Creamy Shea Facial Moisturizer at night with a touch of the Rosehip Cypress Firming Cream around my eyes. Very impressed with the Rosehip Cypress Firming Cream – it’s a keeper!
Thanks Marci! I love it too! It makes makeup go on so smooth!! Thanks for trying it!
Is rose hip oil the same as rose hip seed oil?
EB-yes it is!
Anytime Jennifer – your products are fantastic – keep up the good work.
Will you please share your creamy Shea facial moisturizer with us?
EB-it’s this recipe! https://jenniraincloud.com/dry-skin-moisturizer-2/
OK Jenni – I beginning to run low on the fabulous product you have me hooked on! Please let me know when you are going to sell it on esty.com – I cannot run out!!
Marci-I’m so glad you like it! Message me on Etsy when you need more. I haven’t decided if I’ll add it yet!
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This feels great, thank you! I did modify it a bit. I didn’t have geranium and clove EOs so I used Clary Sage and Carrot Seed. I also have been trying to get away from using EW so I used soy lecithin. I am new to it and it did not emulsify well at all. Any tips for using soy lecithin? I was thinking of adding in some beeswax next time.
Hi Carrie-I would like to get around emulsifying wax too but have not found a suitable alternative! I have no experience with soy lecithin, but I know beeswax doesn’t mix water and oil well-I’ve tried that route and ended up with a wasted product. Good luck!
Thanks Jenni! I played around with the lecithin (organic liquid form) and did add a bit of beeswax only because I read a few times when used together it can help emulsify. That is very loose though. It worked but I had used more oils/butters than a lotion or cream. What I had was more in between a cream and a butter, about half water half oil. It hasn’t separated and it’s been over a week. In case your interested in trying it, I used chamomile tea for the water phase and shae butter, meadowfoam, and avocado oil for the oil phase. I added the lecithin and beeswax (only about 3% of each) to the oil phase and vit e at the end. I mixed it in my kitchen aid for about 20 mins and it came out really nice. I’m using it for my son and his skin is so soft and silky after I apply.
Carrie!!! Thanks so much for sharing this! This is a great recipe! You are a fellow experimenter like me! I will try this soon! Good job!
Did you decide if you were going to sell this?
Nicole-I am not. I have formulated a Firming Serum that is very similar. In fact Primally Inspired posted it today-https://www.primallyinspired.com/firming-anti-aging-skin-serum-recipe/
I will be selling this in the next couple of weeks! Thanks!
I made this recipe Sunday evening and as if last night when I went to bed it was still a little runnier than I would like it to be? What is the secret to getting it to set up into a nice lotion consistency?
Colleen, Usually it can take a couple of days to totally thicken up, but sometimes, depending on the brand of wax I’m using, instead of a tablespoon, I make it a “heaping” tablespoon. The emulsifying wax is what thickens so if it didn’t get to the consistency you were hoping in a couple of days, next time add more wax. Thanks!
I’ve just discovered your wonderful site. I’ve been making natural products for the last year now, not to sell, just for me and my family. I’ve been using a preservative called GFphen PCG that i’ve been quite happy with, until i made a toner, although i used the correct amount i found this very harsh on my skin and i didn’t like the sensation i felt on my face, i had to dilute it quite a bit, i’m now considering moving away from these types of preservatives but unsure of what alternatives to use, i have done some research about this but it’s all a bit overwhelming. I’ve noticed you use Citric Acid in your recipes as your preservative and i’m very much interested… I’d really like to make this cream for my disabled friend, could you tell me how long this cream lasts out of the fridge?
Tonje-I love citric acid-It’s a great pH adjuster and way more natural. The lower the pH the less likely bacteria will form. I have since added a preservative called NeoDefend just to ensure this cream stays fresh longer. It is non gmo, certified organic and as natural as preservatives come. The only time I’ve had an issue with something going bad is when I add coffee to it. This cream has lasted me over 6 mos without keeping it in the fridge. Not everyone has the same results but I make creams all the time for my Etsy shop and this site and have never had one go bad before 6 mos. Thanks!
Many thanks for your reply. I look forward to your future posts.
I’d like to know if I can use another emulsifier, I have lanolin, bees wax, mango butter. thanks! Do you any experience using DMAE, Hyaluronic acid, alpha lipoic acid, vitamin C ester?
Love all you recipes, I will be making the firming eye cream and the rosehip cypress facial cream, I’ll let you know.
Jessica-I do not know of another emulsifier that would work quite like emulsifying wax. I have tried beeswax with no luck and I know butters aren’t emulsifying enough. I’ve never worked with lanolin, but have never heard of it emulsifying properly with water.
Hyaluronic acid and vitamin C ester are high on my list to explore! Keep me posted on your cream!
What are your thoughts on adding carrot seed oil to this?? I wasn’t sure if it would be too much or if I’d have to adjust any other measurements. Thanks!
Chrissy-You can for sure add carrot oil to this. I would only add about 3 drops-it is very strong! Thanks!
Couldn’t you just use some aloe gel to thicken up the oils so you wouldn’t have to use e.w.? It’s thicker than a serum.
Hi Denise-If you used aloe and cut out the water and wax you would have more of a serum. It would be very thin. Plus, aloe is water based so you would need to use some kind of a preservative. If you don’t mind a serum, skip the water and just mix the oils. Thanks!
Hello Jenni, I was searching for an facial oil with geranium and came across your recipe. I cannot wait to try it! I started to make my own organic body butter (very simple) and got interested in more. Your recipes are simple so I am up for the challenge. I hope to get all I need here in the UK. I love all your recipes a will be definitely trying more. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Kate-Thank you so much!! Good luck!
Hi Jenni, I am a big fan of your website, and have already tried a lot of recipes 🙂
I wanted to ask if there is any other option to substitute NeoDefend? I cannot find any near my area (I live outside of the US).
Stela-I am trying to find a suitable preservative that is not full of harmful chemicals besides neodefend. I am researching Opriphen and I also am thinking of a combo. of sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate. Preservatives suck but they are so necessary unfortunately! Hope you find something! Keep me posted!
Did you come up with an alternative to NeoDefend? It isn’t available in my area either. Optiphen plus is however and if I were to use this would it be the same amount and would I still use the citric acid?
I’m new to your site….have only made one of your recipes (the cypress Firming/Anti-Aging Serum) and I LOVE it! I have a question….you mention using Citric Acid in this recipe but you don’t say how much to use.
Thanks, in advance, for your response and for your willingness to share with all of us novices!
Jennifer-Hi! So sorry-it’s something I overlooked. I used to use citric acid in cream recipe but found that it lowered the pH way too much. I just really missed editing this post. I have fixed it. Thanks!
You have a beautiful website. When are you adding the Rosehip: at the very end with the essential oils? Many thanks!
Thank you Shannon! I add it during the melting phase with the other oils. Thanks!
Yes I am in YL essential oils just for myself. I am looking g to firm up my gace as soon as possible. I know it’s not that easy. I’m looking to get so e oils and try I have been sick and have disabilities alot in my arms and have let myself go. I am 54 yrs old and my dry skin has taken its tole. I was just looking o e oil and ran across your site. It amazes me.it is wonderful. I don’t know what to do. I just want to put some oils on and wondering on the tightening ones for inch loss on body I know I can’t do.i need to tighten if possible for an occasion and want to take care of my skin from now on. I would love your advise I noticed these posts are kinda old you may have your own line of skin care now.i used to look very young for my age and now I look very old for my age. If you are selling an oil or can recommend what to do I would greatly appreciate it. The talk about the hydraulic acid with vit. C you know you and some were talking about last year is so popular now do you recommend that or the oils. Some of them your opinions or if you are selling some please contact me I am all alone and could use the advise. Thanks so much
Carlene-Hi!! Thanks for your kind words! Ok, for tightening I would look into Cypress oil. For aging I love carrot seed oil and geranium essential oil. You should take heart that once you start to take care of your skin by taking your make up off at night and using proper products, your skin can look years younger. Moisturizing thoroughly can really make a huge difference. Sometimes our skin looks older and more wrinkled then it really is because it’s so dehydrated. Once you moisturize it sufficiently, fine lines can disappear! I do have an Etsy shop with a facial oil and an eye treatment that would be great for you!
Vitamin C is so good for helping even skin tone. I have never worked with hylauronic acid so I don’t know much about this. Good luck and let me know if you need anything else!
I just reread my post. It sounds terrible. I meant my face. I’m trying to tighten my face as soon as possible. I know it’s hard I just want the best stuff to work with.
Since it’s been a while since you first posted this recipe, I wonder how your personal results have been over time using the cream. I’m eager to make it for myself!
Daisy-I don’t use this cream since I added Neodefend. I used to not use a preservative and I loved it! It is for sure my favorite cream. For all the effort it takes to make a cream, you just really need to prolong your shelf life past 2 weeks so you really need a preservative. Neodefend is the most natural I could find but I think it smells like a chemical and it’s hard to cover the smell with essential oils. It’s kind of a silly reason to not like homemade creams so take it for what it’s worth. Plus, I started trying out natural skin care lines so I can review them so that is another reason I stopped using this.
hi, Jennifer. I notice that you always add your Neodefend to your Phase A and heat it. Other DIYs that I read say to add your preservative in Phase C. The first few things I made went bad quickly and I thought I was overheating the NeoDefend. I’m questioning that now bc your products are well preserved. I’d much rather add it to the A phase so it dissolves better.
Do different preservatives work better if added in the cool down phase? Most of the other DIYs I come across either use a parsben or Germal Plus. I also use Leucidal liquid for pure aqueous products. A lot of bloggers don’t use NeoDefend but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
I’ll try this lotion with the NeoDefend in the A Phase and keep an eye on it!!! Thank you so much for turning us all onto different and BETTER DIYs. NeoDefend is perfect. Most bloggers I come across don’t even use a preservative. They’re still using Citric Acid and Vitamin E to preserve and that just will not preserve your product. A real preservative is a MUST and NeoDefend is the best one out there for the types of DIYs I enjoy doing!!Jodi
Jodi-I add it to phase A because it is not affected by heat and I like to dissolve it more. You could add it at the end but I feel like it would smell even stronger and possibly make a cream gritty. There is a ton of info. HERE about neodefend that explains when to use it.
Leucidal liquid is added to phase C-All preservatives are different. Some only work in certain pHs and others can not be heated, especially when you are using the more natural ones.
I used to be one of those bloggers who just used citric acid! A reader scolded me for this and encouraged me to get more education and I’m so glad she did! I continue to pursue as much info. as I can when it comes to DIY skin care because I love it and I don’t want to lead anyone down a harmful path!! There’s a lot to learn but it’s all so rewarding!
Thank you for your encouragement and kind words!!
I wanted to take the time to say how much I have enjoyed your blog. I’m a DYI girl but not really gotten into face cream products. I made Cypress Firming Cream this week for my husband. (Try it out on his face first) lol. He has capillaries around the nose area and I decided to make a small batch to see how we like it so I made just a quarter of recipe. I have not purchased NeoDefend yet. I did not have clove EO. I decided to add 1 drop of carrot seed EO and 1drop Frankincense EO because I LOVE the serum with those. I had to post just how super easy it was to make following your directions. I have never made facial moisturizer myself….. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how my skin feels. Hubby does as well. Thank You for sharing your recipes as I know this takes you so much trial and error to get them so wonderful! This is the 3rd thing I’ve made and I have loved each one. A serum and Eye stick as well. All super easy & have been using for 6 months so I decided it was time to branch out and try new things.
Jeanne-I love hearing this!! Thank you so much! I love to experiment and so want to make quality recipes that are easy for everyone! Always feel free to omit my carrier oil and essential oils and add what your skin needs! Make it your own-that’s the beauty of DIY skin care-you are in control!
I made the Cypress Rosehip firming cream last night and love it!! I’ve been using your firming eye cream since you posted the recipe, Jennifer. However, I did tweak some of the EOs and eventually a few carriers thatcjustcwork better for me. This is my first “new” face cream in a while!!
I love it. It blended very well, has great slide and the only thing I did differently was substitute 1/2 cup of rose water and 1/2 cup of distilled. I just LOVE rose water. It smells fabulous with the mix of EO’s you suggested.
I pre-moisturizer with a low molecular weight Hyuralonic serum that Ixalso make with Rose water so I may try to tweak my HA recipe to get another beneficial hydro sol in the mix.
I have acne prone skin and have had a break out going on. The Cypress forming cream with the clove did not irritate my skin in the least. You cannot go wrong with meadowfoam and Rosehip oils for oily skin. Tho this cream may not treat acne it certainly will not make it worse unless you personally have a reaction to something. If you do, Jojoba is a great choice. As well as a cleanser and pre serum that will treat your acne. I recommend leaving this cream as is!!!! It’s a winner!!!
Jodi-Can you tell me more about your HA serum? I have been doing research on this for about a week and am so excited to try it! What does it do for your skin-Is it simply the HA powder mixed with rosewater-and then after a few hours it turns to a gel? So excited to try this! Thanks for sharing!
Hi there, could I substitute the Neodefend for Optiphen plus? I can’t find anywhere online where I can order neodefend in Canada without the shipping costing an outrageous amount. I have, however, been able to find optiphen plus…could I use it as a substitute?
Madison-Yes, I believe it’s very similar and still somewhat natural. Thanks!
I made this face lotion and I LOVE it. have you tried to make one with SPF? that will be great. thanks
Just strictly based on smell, I don’t like clove or lavender;
Is there anything I can substitute for the same/similar effects?
specifically High ORAC and skin friendly.
Davette-Ditch the clove-Opt for Geranium, myrrh, and chamomile!
Can I substitute NeoDefend with Leucidal Liquid in the face cream? I bought the Leucidal liquid for the Hyaluronic Acid Serum and was hoping it would work for the face cream as well. If so, would I still use the same amount as if it were NeoDefend?
Cynthia-I’m not sure on that. I would contact Lotioncrafter.com-they are so nice and answer all my questions. For some reason, I think they’re going to suggest you not use it for recipes containing oil, but I could be wrong.
I have been making this Rosehip Cypress Firming Cream for about a year now and I WON’T use anything else. It is AMAZING! My question is this….how can I tweak it to give it a higher SPF? I know that Meadowfoam Seed Oil has some SPF properties…however, I am very fair-skinned and need quite a bit of protection and I don’t think this offers enough. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Jennifer-I’m so glad you love it!! You can add carrot seed essential oil-it has a very high spf. Also, you could add Red Raspberry Leaf oil-it also has an extremely high SPF. I don’t know how much of each you need to add to achieve a certain SPF but I would keep the oil proportions the same and substitute the raspberry leaf oil for an oil in the recipe. As far as adding carrot seed-You could add about 4 drops-it’s smells strong. I think this would boost the sun protection!
Great article. I will be facing some of these issues as well..
I took a good look at your recipe for Rosehip Cypress Firming Cream (https://jenniraincloud.com/rosehip-cypress-firming-cream/). I and my friend really appreciate your contribution to cosmetic innovation all the time. However I found that you used NeoDefend as a preservative. As I know rosehip contains a lot of Vitamin C and NeoDefend will not be used combination with L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) because it can form Benzene. I still don’t know if rosehip seed oil contains Vitamin C just like rosehip seed. Do you think the oil does not contain Vitamin C?
This question is just for my intellectual curiosity but not for any other purpose. I just want to hear your opinion because you are the best in this field.
Hi Lee-I have never heard that rosehip seed oil and neodefend might not mix well. I believe it’s ok but I will do some research to double check. I believe it’s mainly when you use L.Ascorbic Acid not an oil that contains natural vitamin C. I’ll get back to you if I found anything out! Thanks for telling me!
Dear jenni, love your recipes! Just wondering if you could up the amount of essential oils in the Roehip Cypress facial cream? Being I’m 50, feel I could use something stronger. Thanks😀
Hi Missy-thank you!!! I wouldn’t up it too much. You don’t want to use too much essential oil because you could irritate your skin. If you want something stronger, I would make a facial oil instead of a cream. In fact I have a recipe with many of the same ingredients as this cream. Find it HERE.
My cream doesn’t thicken. It has been 24 hourse in the fridge and still no sign… What can I do or should I have done differently.
Karlijin-I have never had this happen-did you use the Mountain Rose Herb emulsifying wax? Is it emulsified? You can try to heat it back up and add more emulsifying wax-you might be able to thicken it up still!
What kind of emulsifying wax did you use, is it bees wax? Thanks
Debbie-I use emulsifying wax from Mountain Rose Herb. Beeswax won’t emulsify properly.
Thanks for posting so many great-looking recipes! For this recipe you wrote: “Heat Wax and oils in 1 pot ” Which oils are we heating? I am confused, as I didn’t think EOs should be heated- but then at the end of the recipe you say to add EOs once mixture is no longer hot. What gets heated in the pot with the wax??
Sabrina-You are welcome! Yes, you are correct-don’t heat your essential oils on the stove top. Only heat carrier oils with the emulsifying wax. I will re-write to clarify.
Is this what you would consider your best night cream?
Lanette-Actually, I think so-I love this cream. I also love THIS one as well.
One other question, I make a very strong infusion of calendula, linden and comfrey (all dried) to use in my facial masks, do you think I could use this infusion instead of the distilled water in this recipe? (like maybe more Neo-Defend then?)
Hello, I love your blog! Can you please tell me if I can replace the Emulsifying wax for Shea Butter?
Hi Fay! You can’t. Emulsifying wax is 100% necessary to combine the water and oil!
What usage rate are you using for the Neodefend in this recipe based on a 12 oz yield?
I subbed 1/2 tspLeucidal Liwuid instead of Neodefend in your Lavender Geranium body cream recipe and that worked well. Do you think it will be ok here?
I also have Germall Plus and Optiphen on hand but the usage rates differ. I’m trying to use the calculators at LotionCrafter based on a recipe of12oz.
Thank you for all the info you generously share! I just started getting into making my own skincare, and wondered what is the benefit of creating a cream vs a serum with just the oils? It seems like quite a bit more work for the cream, and if the serum will last longer and is more potent, is that a better way to go as a beginner? Thanks!!
Samara-You’re so welcome! I believe that a serum/face oil is much more potent and effective then a cream. You are right, creams take a lot of time and can be more ingredients too. Some people just prefer them though and I do find a sense of accomplishment after making a cream but for a beginner-unless you love to experiment and create-I would stick to a serum or facial oil!
I have been making your recipe for years & I absolutely luv it! It’s so light, smooth, and clean feeling. The only thing that I’ve used that hasn’t lost its stamina overtime. That’s so much for posting and sharing 😊
Loretta-I’m so glad!! Thank you so much for letting me know! It’s one of my faves as well!
Hi Jenni!! Quick question: if you don’t use a preservative, do you still need to heat the water & the oils?
Jessica-Yes-The temps of the water and the oil need to be relatively the same and the emulsifying wax must be melted which requires a high temp. Hope this helps!
Thanks for all your recipes. Help I just finished my 2nd mix with this lotion, but it’s still a liquid. I didn’t deviate from your recipe, & waited till each mixture was 160 degrees. Will this every set up or should I chuck everything?
Melissa-Oh no! Are you using the Mountain Rose Herbs emulsifying wax? It should thicken within an hour or two. Mine continues to thicken just a bit a day later. I’m so sorry your having this issue! If you’re not using the E.W. I use, I bet it’s that. I have only worked with Mountain Rose Herbs.
Hi Jenni, thank you for the wonderful recipes and for sharing. I have a comment: Rosehip seed oil should NOT be heated ! It should be added at the same time as the essential oils.
Ana-This makes sense. I had never thought of how delicate of an oil it is. Thank you for telling me. I’ll tweak this recipe!
Can I replace distilled water with Goat Milk??
Dee-I don’t believe so. Goats milk would probably not keep well and my natural preservative would probably not be enough. I used to use a powdered goat’s milk after I stopped breast feeding so something like that might be an interesting add on but actual milk just wouldn’t keep well and there’s enough effort in making a cream that you would want it to last longer then a few days in the fridge.
Just curious, did you change this recipe?
I’ve been making it since 2016 and I know I’ve never used pomegranate oil in it before.
Mia-I did-I’ve not been able to find a source for meadowfoam that I trust so I omitted it-I’m sorry to confuse you-it’s funny because I just changed it yesterday!
Too funny, I was going to make a fresh batch!
I’ve never printed up the original because I enjoy perusing your site when I pull up what I’m looking to make. Could you possibly email the original to me? I have a brand new bottle of the meadowfoam seed oil and no pomegranate at all. I would really appreciate it!
Mia-I’m sorry about that! I just simply replaced meadowfoam with pomegranate. So it was 2 tbsp. of meadowfoam and then everything else is the same!
I am planning to make your revised version of this cream this evening. So glad to try out a cream vs using the oil serums. I love your oil serums and have been using your recipes for some time now. I’m not young, but people always complement me on my great looking skin and the fact that I don’t look my age. Your recipes are part of my secret, for sure! 🙂 And that is with my living in a very dry (high-desert) climate. However, for daytime I prefer a lighter cream since I wear bangs, and have that awful fine-textured hair that absorbs oils so easily.
Would you ever consider making your recipes printable? I know you have one that is. I usually cut and paste which is tedious, but it does work, or I try to do screenshots, but it’s a little cumbersome.
Thanks again for all of your great education and thoroughly thought out recipes!
Elizabeth-I love hearing this! I’m so glad you’ve found what is working! And I’ve not cut bangs for the sole reason that they would always be greasy from all my oils-lol! I hope you like this recipe!
I need to make them all printable. What I had to to make that one recipe printable was tedious and took forever! I know there’s got to be a quicker option that won’t slow my site down. I’ll really look into it! Thank you for the suggestion!
Why did you switch from meadowfoam seed oil to pomegranate oil? I’m intrigued and eager to try. Loved it the old way!
Augusta-Hi! I switched because my source for a good Meadowfoam oil disappeared and I’ve yet to find a good quality oil! Only reason-still love meadow foam!