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Homemade Nourishing Face Cream – For All Skin Types

I have tried a lot of face creams in my thirty-something years. Before I became a label reader I used lot of the brands found at the local big box store or drug store. I also tried many from my local Avon lady and a friend who sold Mary Kay. I even tried several lotions and creams from the department store.  Then, I became a label reader. I saw the video about how important it was to choose safe cosmetics and how we are putting chemical after chemical on our bodies and I decided to make a more conscious effort for myself, and my family.

Homemade Nourishing Face Cream From WholesomeMommy.com

You might not know it, or you might not have thought about it, but your skin absorbs the ingredients you slather on. So, why would you apply a chemical to your skin that you wouldn’t feel safe about eating? Haven’t really thought about it that way?

Many experts agree that absorption through the skin is more dangerous than through the mouth. Substances absorbed into the digestive system go through the kidneys and the liver where enzymes break them down and often detoxify them, whereas substances absorbed through the skin go through no such process. “Chemicals taken in by the mouth are absorbed by the intestines and pass into venous blood, which is taken to the liver,” Samuel Epstein, MD, author of Toxic Beauty (BenBella Books, 2009) says. “Carcinogens absorbed through the skin bypass the liver and enter blood circulation without this protection” {Toxic Alert, Britta Aragon}.

Now, I’m not trying to scare you – absorption into the body doesn’t equate to bodily harm.  Our bodies do a pretty good job of filtering out molecules and water, disposing of what doesn’t belong by excretion via bodily fluids. But why would you want to overtax your system – or work against it?  Especially if you could use a product as equally as nourishing without the harmful chemicals.

Now, there are MANY lotions, face creams, and elixirs that are labeled “green” or healthy and some of them are. But I’ll just be honest here.  After I tried MANY face creams {and none too cheap I might add} I never found one that I really liked that I was also happy about the  ingredients. Even some of those lotions and creams sold at your neighborhood natural foods store aren’t much better {ingredient wise} than those at your corner drug store. Many still contain questionable ingredients.

Homemade Face Cream

I finally settled on just purchasing raw shea butter after reading that it might be secret to African American women looking so young and aging so well. Shea Butter is sourced from the seed of the Karite tree. Karite literally means “Tree of Life.”   It has anti-inflammatory properties, protects against sunburn, and can aid in healing minor cuts and abrasions. It is also incredibly moisturizing. It is also natural and widely available. But, it is hard to work with right out of the container in its raw state. So I started reading and concocting {did you expect anything less!?}.

I finally came up with this SIMPLE, whipped version. Silky and smooth and easy to apply. It feels so good – you can actually feel {and see} it doing the job. Plus the ingredients are SAFE, even edible – although they won’t be tasty!  My skin has never felt better.  And just today, I ran into an old friend at the grocery store and was complimented at how healthy my skin looked! Score!

Besides being a great face cream, this also works well as a body butter all over your body {especially pregnant mamas looking for a non-toxic cream to wage war against stretch marks. :)  I also use this chemical free cream on my baby girl. Its safer than many baby lotions on the market! It works great on her dry skin too.

You can tailor this cream to your skin type too! There are two oils in the premium starter kit from Young Living that work great for this homemade skin care lotion – lavender and lemon.  Use lavender for all skin types and lemon if you have more oily skin. Lemon is not recommended for sensitive skin. Both have antiseptic, anti-fungal, and antibiotic properties. Lavender also has antiviral properties.

Chamomile is not included in the starter kit, but it is recommend for every skin type. Chamomile has antiseptic and antibiotic properties. It is relaxing and calming, and can help dermatitis and eczema.

If you are interested in learning more about oils and natural remedies go check out my posts under “Wholesome Wellness.”

If you are interested in purchasing oils for your own family, please go read my post here.

I am not a doctor, I am a mom who has taken control of my family’s wellness and has made it my JOB to educate myself in natural and holistic methods of wellness.  This information is meant to inform you but in no way be a way to diagnose, treat, or cure sickness as a medical professional.  Use your own instinct and seek medical attention in an emergency.


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  1. HI! I am curious about why you add almond oil… I don’t know much about it so I’d love to learn. :) I’ve made something similar to this recipe but without the almond oil. Can you tell me the benefits? Does it absorb well? I’m a tad worried about being so oily. LOL .

  2. What do you do for sunscreen protection? I currently use sunscreen in the morning only.

  3. Martha Hoefel says:

    Hi! My 4-year-old son got RSV the week after Christmas and was really sick in bed for over a week. My 18-month-old daughter had it too, but never got a fever and fought it off really well… I’ve been trying out some essential oils, like Oil of Oregano and Eucalyptus oil but he was really sick and they didn’t seem to help. I am working on building up his immune system with probiotics and vitamin D. We eat really healthy, mostly vegan with lots of green smoothies and fresh fruits and veggies, but during the month of December he had lots of junk food and I think that’s why it hit him so hard! :( I’m getting lots of pressure to give him the flu shot, but I’d really rather not. Anyways, I’m going to try out some Thieves oil and was wondering what the best way to buy it is? Should I buy it through you? Let me know! And any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for all of your inspiration and positive posts! I really enjoy them!

    • Denisesawyer says:

      Martha you can buy it through me. I am happy to help you.
      If you think you might purchase other oils you might consider becoming a distributor to get the 24% discount {you don’t ever have to sell it it is more like having a membership}. As a distributor there is no obligation to purchase a set amount at any time – but you are required to start by purchasing a kit. The cheapest “kit” is really just the membership for $40. The next one $75 is a diffuser {Which we use daily} a bottle of stress away. The next kit is $150 and is 11 bottles of oil and the diffuser.
      If you aren’t interested in the membership you can just buy straight retail. I can help you with either. Just let me know.
      Wholesome Mommy

    • You shpul include honey on a daily basis for your children. My mum woul give me a table spoon of honey, tbsp of lemon juice and one raw organic egg every morning for 40 days. Than make a break of several weeks and repeay the course. Don’t forget that your children are growing and eggs are nutritional bpmbs for them. They can have as many as they like. Hobey – the same. Doesn’ t cause teeth decay. You may also wish to include propolis.

  4. Stephanie says:

    This is great! I was curious, would you mind mentioning which products you use for makeup? I’ve tried really hard to “clean” out the junk in makeup.

    • Denisesawyer says:

      I have just about quit wearing it… not the answer you were hoping for though.
      I don’t know a whole lot about make up – it is something I can start looking into though.
      Wholesome Mommy

      • Stephanie says:

        I don’t wear it often either, except to work. I’d love to read your thoughts on more natural, organic makeup!!

    • Hi Stephanie
      I might could help you. On my website, we offer all natural / gluten free makeup. You are welcome to look go look around. As a preferred customer, you get 30% off retail. It is a great product! Let me know if I can help you in anyway.

      Sandy Farmer
      Christian Life and Wellness Coach for Women

  5. I have been making the same thing for my son’s eczema for a while now, maybe I should try using it on my face! I’m going to put sunflower oil in his though, because he has nut allergies. Sunflower oil has good vitamin E. :) I might try putting some lavender in it, but will do a little test on him first, because he’s so sensitive to so many things.

  6. Love your site and I have signed up for young living oils under your #. I have recieved them and love using them. I am now going to try your face cream. Keep up the great job. Thank you!

    • Denisesawyer says:

      I saw that! Thanks for signing up under me. Let me know if you need anything or have questions. :)
      Hope you love the face cream as much as I do. :)
      Wholesome Mommy

      • Hi Denise I just received my shea butter in the mail from Amazon today and as I write it is in the cooling stage. The question I have is howt should I store the shea butter that I did not use yet. Do you have any other ways to use it? Thanks!

        • Denisesawyer says:

          It is good in lots of homemade products… I don’t have any others on my site yet but a google search will yield you a few I bet. I would just store the rest in a container with a tight lid. Dark, non-damp places are always best for storing materials.
          Wholesome Mommy

  7. Love your site,my question is about Rosacea.Do you have any ideas on how to treat it.Just received all of the ingredients from Amazon to make the face cream great project on a snowy day!!Thanks!!

  8. What do you use for face wash and or body cleaners? I find that those two go hand in hand.

  9. Do you have to store it in the fridge? Cause now during summer it is very hot in my house..

    • Denisesawyer says:

      I have been able to leave it out without a problem. If you notice it melting, you can always stick it in the fridge and then rewhip it.

  10. What kind of shelf life does this have? Does it need to be refrigerated after each use?

  11. MAN! I am SO disappointed!! Was really looking forward to making this and finally got all the ingredients gathered and got it started this am. After being in the fridge for 50 min. it was looking more solid (but not totally) than semi so I got it out, added 5 drops of Melrose and began with the beaters. After TEN minutes, it wasn’t whipping up at all. Looked more like thick cream than anything whipped but I figured if it wasn’t beginning to get that frothy look after 10 min., it probably wasn’t happening. Oh well, thanks anyway. I’ll still use it.

  12. Nancy Sherman says:

    When you say “this might be why African American women look young and age weell” it is ready because of the melanin and also some african american use shea butter .

  13. maryam gerion says:

    How can i get the product am in tanzania

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    well in serps

  15. Hiya,

    Finally all my ingredients arrived in the post and I purchased a mixer so have been able to try your cream recipe out! Firstly I am just starting out on the road to natural skin care so am only testing in small batches at the minute, so I halved the measurements. This may have gone wrong though as I converted the cups (US) to grams and had to round to the nearest whole number due to my scales :-/
    Also, I didn’t use almond oil however I used apricot kernel oil… everywhere I read though had said they are similar and have similar applications so I wasn’t so worried about the switch. I used two drops of sandalwood and one lavender.

    The cream looks amazing and although I am not overly fond of the scent my house mate loves it! But it is really greasy feeling. Is this how it is supposed to feel? Or is it best used on dry skin? I think the way mine turned out it would be a better body lotion as I have put it on my face but after ten mins it still feels oily which isn’t good for using every morning.

    Have you any advice on what I may have done wrong? Or is there anything that I can do to reduce the oilyness of it?

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge, it’s been a fun night!

  16. I made this cream recipe yesterday and unfortunately, it did not come out like ‘your’ picture. Mine wasn’t as thick and it is extremely greasy. I followed the recipe you gave, so I am not sure why it looks different. Do you have suggestions so change the consistency, so that it looks more like a cream and maybe not so ‘oily?’ Can I re-melt the ingredients or would I have to start from scratch? Thank you and have a great weekend.

    • Denisesawyer says:

      Try refrigerating it until it is almost totally solid and re-whipping it.
      It is a “greasy” cream. I use it at night before bed… but it soaks into the skin fairly quickly and my skin feels great.

  17. Jennifer says:

    Can I use cocoa butter instead of Shea

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