How To Make Your Own Organic Moisturizer

How To Make Your Own Organic Moisturizer

By Catherine Slezinger

Growing up as a California girl, I was so unprepared for my first REAL winter when we moved to the Midwest.  (It didn’t help that it was supposedly the coldest winter in the last 40 years!)  When the temperatures dropped to the single digits, with snowstorms pummeling us over and over, I quickly learned that even if you stayed inside you would still be affected- by insanely dry skin!!! I remember actually being in pain from how dry and cracked my hands were!

But no matter how much moisturizer I put on them, I couldn’t seem to beat the dryness.  To make matters worse, it seemed we were going through a bottle of expensive organic products every week!  One day, I was reading the ingredients to the moisturizer I was using (a Tropical Traditions product) and thought, “There has to be some way to make this myself!” 

Now, I have by no means duplicated the Tropical Traditions moisturizer, but I have made an organic salve that is incredibly emollient for even the dryest winter skin, and is light enough to use a small amount on your face.  And the best part- it’s not $9 a bottle, and you can make more whenever you run out!!!

I did some online hunting, and found a basic recipe, then tweaked it to suit my organic preferences! 😉  It’s very simple, and only requires four ingredients!

Recipe for Homemade Moisturizer


3/4 cup organic extra virgin olive oil

4 tbsp organic extra virgin coconut oil (you can use only coconut oil if you’d like, but I’ve found in the winter it makes the consistency too hard. Even in summer, we prefer to use a mixture of both)

4 tbsp natural beeswax beads, or 2 oz. beeswax from a bar (available at health food stores)

About 1 cup filtered or spring water


Old spare pan, or double boiler

Note: beeswax is VERY greasy, I recommend you use an old pan you don’t care much about, or to use a homemade double boiler- using a glass bowl you don’t mind getting dirty and staying that way permanently! 🙂

Pyrex jar or other large glass container with a wide mouth (It’s best to devote it solely to the use of making moisturizer!) 😉



In a pan or double boiler, melt the oils and beeswax together until completely liquid. 

Pour the melted beeswax and oil into your Pyrex container or other wide mouth jar.

Pour the 1 cup of water in slowly, stirring with the fork constantly.

At first it will seem like nothing is going to happen.  Don’t worry!

Keep adding water until it is emulsified and becomes goopy.  (It’s no big deal if you add too much water, you can pour it out later!)

Continue stirring with the fork, the more you stir, the creamier the consistency will be.

If you find there is additional water floating around the moisturizer mixture, just pour it out in the sink.

Over time, you will get a better feel for how much water you need, so don’t despair if it takes you a few times to get the hang of this!

You’re done!  You can add essential oils if you’d like, or even some organic vanilla extract, although you have to add quite a bit (probably like 1 tbsp or more) to really get a scent.

Note: this might seem really complicated, but it’s really very simple once you get the hang of it! I can do it in about 7-8 minutes now.  Give yourself some grace the first few times until you get it to a consistency you like!

Now go use your new creation!  I like to transfer it into smaller glass containers and store it throughout the house- in our bathrooms, on my nightstand, etc… I use it every night on my feet and heels, hands, and on my face too!  Everyone’s skin is different though, so be sure to test it out before slathering it all over your face :))


With love,

Catherine Slezinger

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    I love using straight coconut oil on my skin, but, unfortunately it is too heavy for my face. I am 48 and am told all the time that I look nowhere near my age. I am blessed with good skin and try to eat well, never smoked, don’t drink, and get plenty of rest (also don’t cake on the makeup, let my skin breathe). I live in Florida, and I love cocoa butter. Would that work in place of beeswax? I love to use it in the summer after I’ve spent the day outside, it is so mousturizing and smells wonderful.
    Thank you for all the wonderful information in your blog and the Facebook page. I loved the snickerdoodles and I am going to try the coconut flour muffins also!! I have had resolution in some really longstanding health issues since I changed my diet.

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      Hey Tammy! Wow, I am not surprised to hear about how well your skin does and the coconut oil. Studies have even linked the use of coconut oil to decreased wrinkles, when it was taken internally & used externally on your skin!

      About the cocoa butter, yes, it may work- it’s worth a shot! I have never had much luck with cocoa butter because it’s always hard as a rock, and I won’t microwave it. 🙂 I’ve tried it in a pan of simmering water but that never has done the trick…Anyway if the cocoa butter works please let me know!

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    Tammy, I was thinking the same thing instead of the beeswax I’d use shea butter or cocoa butter. 🙂 I am so doing it soon!

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    make your own shampoo–grate a bar of castel coconut bar soap into a qt of hot water until dissolved. pour into mason jar and add 2 tbls of baking soda and essential oil of choice. it will setup as it cools. also found out when using coconut oil–if you beat it in your kitchen mixer it becomes creamy–at least in the cool temp. months.

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    I made this lotion and I don’t know if I did something wrong but mine is green, looks like the same color as the olive oil. The picture you have up looks like the lotion is white so I wasn’t sure if mine turned out right. My lotion is very greasy and I barely have to use any because its spreads so well, it works very well since I have very dry skin but I wasn’t sure if that is the consistency that its suppose to be. Thanks for your time 🙂

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      Hi Stacy!! It all depends on how much water you ended up putting in 🙂 The less water I use, the more green there is 🙂 The color of your beeswax will also affect the end result. Sounds like the consistency of yours was great so that’s all that really matters!!

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      Hi Amber! Yes, it can stain, I mostly use it at night on my feet, you can put socks over and it won’t stain 🙂 Although I also put it on my kids and don’t notice any staining, but when I use it on myself at night, without socks, I’ll notice it on the sheets.

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      Hi Cris! Shea butter is awesome, but I’ve never had much like with getting it to un-harden easily 🙂 I don’t have a microwave 🙂 I am sure it would work fine though!

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    I am def going to try this moisturizer…I am having a hard time finding one that works for me…..question…any thoughts on a facial cleanser? I tried the Beyond Organic products and something in there irritated my skin…I’m not sure why but it did….can you help?

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      Vanessa, that often happens to people as a type of detox reaction. However, if it were me, I don’t blame you, I wouldn’t want to keep using it! You could substitute another oil 🙂 Olive oil works great even!

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    I am a beekeeper and make quite a few beeswax personal care products. I would suggest adding Shea butter to the lotion your listing. The beeswax acts like sebum ( component of our skin) and carries the healing oils into your skin , not just coating the outside. I use it in my lotion bars. Everybody loves them. Merry Christmas !

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