Basic Moisturizing Skin Cream

This is my very first lotion post from way back. Click here for a more recent recipe.


  • 2 1/2 ounces blended oils
  • 1 1/2 ounces coconut oil or cocoa butter
  • 1/2 ounce beeswax
  • 4 ounces distilled water
  • 30 drops grapefruit seed extract
  • 1/4 tsp. borax
  • essential oils, optional


  1. Weigh the oils and beeswax. Melt over very low heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove the melted oils and beeswax from the stove and add the water and borax.
  3. Mix with hand blender or mixer until creamy & thick.
  4. Stir in grapefruit seed extract and essential oils (if using).
  5. Store in jars with screw-on tops.


Suggested blended oils: almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, olive oil - on their own or infused with calendula (great for skin) cocoa butter, grapeseed oil, jojoba, Shea butter, wheat germ oil

This cream should last for 4 months or so, but if you see mold growing, discard. If you pour it into several containers you can keep some in the fridge until you need them.

Making kitchen cosmetics requires cleanliness to inhibit bacterial growth. Purified or distilled water is used for this purpose. Also, thoroughly clean utensils and counter surfaces before weighing and mixing.

Borax helps mixture not separate.

If you have questions or concerns about Borax or GSE please see this post for a thorough discussion.

Lotion goes on greasy but dries nice and is very softening and moisturizing especially during winter.

Wondering where to buy supplies? Check out Mountain Rose Herbs.


1 April 08



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Hi Renee, This recipe looks

Hi Renee,

This recipe looks really appealing, I would like to try it. Could you please share where did you buy the ingredient like cocoa butter and borax etc. and if there's any particular brand I should be looking for.



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I really love making my own

I really love making my own beauty masks and creams. The only problem I have is making small batches because without preservatives they just don't have a long shelf life! Your recipe is a great choice, and easy to create. Thanks!

Wow looks really good, now i

Wow looks really good, now i was thinking of adding 50g of melted dark chocolate or 3 heaping teaspoons of cocoa power (its really good for your skin) so do you think it'l work out?

I do not own a scale for

I do not own a scale for weighing ounces. Can I just my measuring cup that has the oz labeled on them? Is it that crucial to have the exact weight?
thank you

3 questions:

3 questions:

1- What E.O. can i use instead of grapefruit seed? (I have regular grapefruit..?)

2- Why do you not use any Shea butter? It seems pretty common in other lotion recipes? (although I've made a lotion bars, and I don't care for the smell of Shea butter, just wondering why you don't use it?)

3- Have you ever made a lotion using some Aloe Vera gel in the recipe? it sounds like a wonderful idea, but I'm not sure if it would work??

I'm hoping to get together with a friend this week and make your lotion, I'm pretty excited!

Is there a substitute for

Is there a substitute for Borax? This product concerns me...


"Borax was added to the Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) candidate list on 16 December 2010. The SVHC candidate list is part of the EU Regulations on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals 2006 (REACH), and the addition was based on the revised classification of Borax as toxic for reproduction category 1B under the CLP Regulations. Substances and mixtures imported into the EU which contain Borax are now required to be labelled with the warnings "May damage fertility" and "May damage the unborn child".[22]"-Wikipedia

I've been making this lotion

I've been making this lotion using your recipe for almost a year. It's always been nice on my skin, but the consistency has always left something to be desired (it would separate from the water and the lotion was very firm). I had an epiphany last week and tried it out to amazing success: I put the water and borax into my food processor and mixed well. Once my oil mix was melted, I poured it through the oil tube into the borax/water with the food processor running. At the end, I added the GSE and EOs. The lotion turned out so creamy and hasn't separted. Such an easy fix for me and so I thought if share!

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