Great (and Affordable!) Moisturizers You Can Make at Home

Face masks can brighten and hydrate your skin, and serums can restore youthful elasticity — but sometimes you just want a simple moisturizer filled with healthy, natural ingredients. Here’s the good news: You don’t have to spend a fortune. Instead, pamper your skin and save your pennies by making your own facial moisturizers. Take a look at these simple recipes.

1. Shea Butter and Coconut Oil

Shea butter restores elasticity and moisture to your skin, and sensitive skin just loves it. Coconut oil is a wonder ingredient when you’re making your own moisturizers, since it’s packed with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Treat your skin by mixing two parts of shea butter to one part coconut oil. Then add a little vanilla oil for its relaxant properties, plus a dash of vitamin E to bind the whole formula together.

. Rose Water and Avocado Oil

The avocado oil and wheat germ in this moisturizing cream are packed with vitamins to encourage the growth of new cells, and several essential oils pack a punch as well. Frankincense oil, for example, targets wrinkles and promotes cell rejuvenation. You can substitute rosewood for the rose essential oil (which can be pricey) if necessary, though it won’t be quite as potent.

To make this moisturizer, mix 9 parts rose water to 3 parts avocado oil, 3 parts spring water, 3 parts emulsifying wax, and 3 parts wheat germ oil. Add a little vitamin E for good measure, then work in a few drops each of rose and frankincense essential oils.

3. Olive Oil and Coconut Oil

The wonder that is coconut oil makes its appearance again in this easy-to-make home moisturizer. Heat 2 parts olive oil, 2 parts coconut oil, and 1 part beeswax pellets in a double boiler, then replace the hot water surrounding the mixture with cold water to help it set, and whisk it till creamy. Feel free to add up to 10 drops of your favorite essential oils to help mute the aroma of the olive oil.

4. Jojoba Oil and Evening Primrose Oil

Here’s a moisturizer you can make right in the bottle you’ll keep it in — adding a degree of simplicity to your life. Start by filling the bottle about 2/3 full with jojoba oil, which is a delight for both dry and oily skin. Next, fill the bottle almost to the top with evening primrose oil, a nourishing oil that fights acne and aging. Finally, add 4 to 7 drops of any of the following essential oils (opt for 4 drops if you’re using peppermint oil, which is quite strong):

  • Peppermint oil: A great tingling feel that’s great for acne and oily skin
  • Rose geranium oil: Healing and moisturizing for aging or dry skin
  • Rosemary oil: Also wonderful for acne and oily skinLavender oil: A little goes a long way with this healing oil
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