DIY Face Moisturizer with Shea Butter & Essential Oils

Moisturizing your face on a daily basis is crucial to having youthful skin. Your skin goes through a lot given its exposure to environmental toxins, as well as chemicals that may be in your food and skin care products. By moisturizing your face with a natural face moisturizer, you will help provide much needed nourishment, leaving your skin softer, more elastic and well-hydrated.

Additionally, using the right moisturizer as well as applying it at the right time can make a difference. You need a daily face moisturizer that includes key nutrients to enhance the skin. By applying it while the skin is damp, you can lock in a bit of moisture, helping keep the skin nice and supple — key characteristics of younger-looking skin!  (1)

Using a moisturizer that is compatible with your skin type is important, too. Here’s a recipe that works for all skin types.

How to Make Your Own DIY Face Moisturizer

Let’s dive right in! Start by placing a small heat-safe bowl in a pan of hot water, or use a double-boiler. Pour the shea butter and argan oil into the bowl and blend until melted. Loaded with vitamin A, shea butter is very nourishing for the skin. It provides much-needed moisturizing while also reducing inflammation and boosting collagen production. Argan oil is another perfect ingredient since it also eases inflammation while offering the benefits of vitamin A, vitamin E and antioxidants.

Now that you have blended the shea butter and argan oil, carefully remove the bowl from the hot water. Add the carrot seed oil and blend using a fork or small spatula. Carrot seed oil does more than just help the eyes (in fact, pure carrot seed oil is edible), it is pretty amazing due to its super antioxidant qualities. These antioxidants — specifically carotenoids — give the skin amazing healing opportunities. (2)

OK, now it’s time to add the essential oils. I recommend lemongrass, lavender and chamomile oils for this recipe. Add the oils and make sure to blend well. Lemongrass oil is a fantastic brightening and toning agent that will help keep acne at bay. It has antiseptic and astringent properties, which can help you obtain glowing skin while sterilizing the pores and strengthening the facial skin.

It’s no surprise that lavender plays a role in this DIY face moisturizer. Lavender is very healing — not only for relaxing aromatherapy purposes, but also for skincare. It has the ability to restore the complexion and reduce acne, all while soothing you.

Chamomile oil is a little expensive, but well worth it. It promotes healthy skin with it’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and offers lots of healing as it soaks into your face.

Once you have made your DIY face moisturizer, you can transfer it to a small jar. Store it in a cool, dark place and it should last a few months; I sometimes keep my products in the fridge.

Apply each morning after you shower while your face is still moist and at night before bed after a gentle cleansing with my homemade face wash.

Daily moisturizing, with the right ingredients, is essential. In most cases, this DIY face moisturizer will not cause irritation. However, if you experience any discomfort or an allergic reaction, leave out the ingredient that causes the irritation. Or, try experimenting with leaving out certain oils to figure out which ingredient might be bothering you. 

DIY Face Moisturizer with Shea Butter & Essential Oils

Total Time: 5–10 minutes
Serves: 20–30 applications


  • 3 ounces argan oil
  • 1 ounce shea butter
  • 1 ounce carrot seed oil
  • 5 drops lemongrass oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 6 drops chamomile oil


  1. Pour argan oil and shea butter into a heat-safe bowl.
  2. Place the bowl in a pan of warm-to-hot water.
  3. Allow the shea butter to melt and blend the two ingredients.
  4. Carefully remove from heat and add the carrot seed oil. Blend well.
  5. Add the essential oils and blend again.
  6. Apply to a clean face in the morning and at night.

Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by using food as medicine. For more information, visit

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