Make Your Own Moisturizer

8 Mar

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been totally loving Raleigh Briggs’ book Make Your Place, these days.  It’s handwritten with lovely little drawings throughout and contains tons of information about making your own household products.

Last week I ran out of face lotion and decided to flip through Make Your Place to see if there were any recipes for face moisturizers.  As luck would have it, there was!

Raleigh includes a basic template (2 ounces of a carrier oil and 15 drops of essential oils) for moisturizers using household and essential oils, modifying the ingredients based on what kind of skin you have. She calls it “Super Precious Face Oil,” but  I like to call it Face Food.


I made the formula for normal skin and store it in a bottle with an eye-dropper and just two drops is perfect. I’ve gotten already gotten loads of compliments re: how great I smell after I use it.
Face Food for Normal Skin

  • 2 oz jojoba oil
  • 7 drops lavender oil
  • 8 drops peppermint oil

If you have dry skin, Briggs suggests using olive, coconut or macadamia nut oil.
Face Food for Dry Skin

  • 2 oz olive oil
  • 5 drops chamomile oil
  • 10 drops orange oil

If you have oily skin, Briggs suggests grapeseed or hazelnut oil.
Face Food for Dry Skin

  • 2 oz grapeseed oil
  • 5 drops rosemary oil
  • 5 drops clary sage oil
  • 5 drops bergamot oil

For more recipes like this one, check our the Apothecary page.

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