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The Best DIY Face Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin

Learn how to make the best DIY face moisturizer for sensitive skin (or dry skin) with only natural, healing, organic ingredients. It will give your skin a soft, moisturized feeling without clogging your pores. This homemade face moisturizer can be used as a nightly repair cream or a daily moisturizer for the driest skins.

Looking for a Natural DIY Face Moisturizer for you dry skin? This recipe will surely help your dry sensitive skin to heal. Making this natural homemade face moisturizer is pretty simple, it has only the best ingredients for maximum hydration, gentle enough for red dry skin including eczema and rosacea. It will make you skin soft and glowing during winter time!

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The Best DIY Face Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin

No matter how nourishing a face moisturizer is, it’s useless if it contains toxic ingredients that will irritate or harm your skin. And the best way to keep your dry / sensitive skin healthy and beautiful, plus your bank account pretty happy too, is to make a DIY Face moisturizer.

My face has a much more sensitive skin than the rest of my body, so I decided to make a different homemade DIY face moisturizer for sensitive skin.

For the rest of my body, this Skin Healing And Regenerating Whipped Body Butter Recipe does a really wonderful job!

DIY Face Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin

I have super sensitive skin, especially during winter my skin gets even drier and flaky. Besides that, if I eat some of the foods I’m sensitive to, I get dry red patches all over my face that looks like eczema.

So for me those over-the-counter moisturizers are a big no-no, I react pretty badly to all of them! This made me resort to natural, gentle, non-toxic DIY skincare products in the last few years.

When I need a lot of moisture for my skin, the first thing I do, is increase the water intake. Then I take care of the skin by using this DIY face moisturizer which is basically a butter based face moisturizer.

Since the plant butters contain no water in them, they moisturize to a much deeper level and the skin will feels much more softer than water based lotions and creams.

Why Make This DIY Face Moisturizer

  • It’s super skin-soothing and non-irritating [space_20]
  • It’s not too heavy to wear under makeup, and has a good weight for night [space_20]
  • It is safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin, dry skin or combination skin [space_20]
  • Acne-friendly (doesn’t clog pores, there’s no coconut oil) [space_20]
  • This DIY face moisturizer is infused with healing plant based ingredients [space_20]
  • Organic, vegan (no beeswax or dairy) [space_20]
  • Affordable, a little goes a long way

Ingredients For The Best DIY Face Moisturizer

  1. Mango butter
  2. Grape seed oil
  3. Calendula flowers
  4. Yarrow flowers
  5. Plantain leaves
  6. German chamomile essential oil
  7. Rose essential oil
DIY Face Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin & Dry Skin. Ultra hydrating DIY face moisturizer infused with some of the best skin healing ingredients.

How To Make The Best DIY Face Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin

When you create your own homemade face moisturizer, you can play with many types of ingredients.

But before diving into the actual recipe for this DIY face moisturizer here are a few words about choosing the ingredients:

Choose The Base For Your DIY Face Moisturizer

I’m sensitive to cocoa and shea is too greasy for me, so using their butters is out of options. Mango butter has similar properties as shea butter and cocoa butter –  its rich fatty acid profile differs slightly, it has more vitamins and antioxidants.

The emollient acids help to smooth the skin by filling in the spaces between skin cells. They basically re-hydrate the top layer of skin cells and seal in the moisture.

That’s why I chose 100% pure, raw mango butter as a base for this homemade DIY face moisturizer. Mango butter provides a more lasting type of moisturization, it’s gentle, and perfectly suitable for sensitive skin. 

It has a soft, creamy texture that absorbs easily into the skin plus its non-comedogenic – which means great for acne prone skin too!

Most people use coconut oil in their DIY face moisturizer but I don’t think my skin likes it, it’s actually drying for me and I brake out.

So I made my homemade face moisturizer without coconut oil.

Choose The Carrier Oil For Your DIY Face Moisturizer

There are many options to choose from. Personally I prefer to stay away from any oil that has been extracted using solvents like hexane.

I prefer cold pressed minimally processed oils.

Good options are olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil but I like to use a light, heat resistant oil like organic cold pressed grape seed oil

Grapeseed oil is a good source of vitamin E, even more so than olive oil. It penetrates your skin quickly and doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily.

Choose The Herbs For Your Homemade Face Moisturizer

By adding in specific herbs can greatly boost the healing effectiveness of this homemade DIY face moisturizer. Here are the best healing herbs that can help a dry sensitive skin:

Calendula – has been used for centuries on the skin, most of its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties can be attributed to its high level of Carotenoids.

Which makes a fantastic treatment for dry sensitive skin and skin prone to rashes and conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.

Yarrow – is one the world’s oldest medicinal plants. It is antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, an excellent antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, analgesic, wound healer.

It is usually used for a large variety of ailments both internally and externally. This is the kind of medicinal plant you want to have always with you, especially if you are a woman.

Plantain – is known to help dry, damaged skin. It is a go-to herb for just about any kind of rash, irritation, bite, sting, or wound.

It soothes, cools, disinfects, staunches bleeding, speeds tissue healing, and extracts toxins and foreign matter.

Plantain is the best herb for inflammatory skin conditions and it’s safe even for babies.

I like to use a blend of herbs, 1 to 2 Tbsp. each, for this recipe, but you could do more or less if you like.

DIY Natural Homemade Face Moisturizer for Dry Sensitive Skin - it’s ultra hydrating, great for redness, eczema, rosacea and damaged skin during winter. This recipe will show you how to make a delicate homemade face moisturizer intended for dry sensitive skin that can be used daily (night and day) with all natural organic skin healing ingredients: mango butter, herb infused oil and a blend of essential oils.

Tips for Making A DIY Face Moisturizer If You Have A Very Dry Sensitive Skin

  • For people with skin issues, particularly those with sensitivity, is best to make oil infusions than use very potent essential oils. This also applies for pregnant / breastfeeding women and very small babies. [space_20]
  • For making this DIY face moisturizer – thinner and silkier – increase the amount of herb infused oil from 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup (see the picture above with blue containers). To keep it thick and buttery keep the ratios as they are or slightly decrease the amount of infused oil. [space_20]
  • If you feel you can tolerate certain essential oils, make sure they are authentic, unadulterated, ideally organic, because you might think you are allergic to an essential oil, when in fact you are allergic to the ingredients it has been extracted or diluted with. [space_20]
  • And use in minimal amounts of essential oils – dilution is the ultimate key to tolerance.
DIY natural homemade face moisturizer - herbal infused whipped butter for dry sensitive skin
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Natural Homemade DIY Face Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin

Homemade DIY face moisturizer made with mango butter, herb infused oil and a blend of essential oils. You’ll find it an ultra hydrating DIY face moisturizer infused with some of the best skin healing ingredients. This recipe results in a delicately scented face moisturizer for those who prefer a gentle, less fragrant product. Use it after a shower or bath for best results!
Prep Time10 mins
Resting Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 12 oz (350g)
Author: HealthyTasteOfLife
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Other Essential Oils You Can Use (With Anti-Inflammatory Properties)


Make the herbal infusion with the grape seed oil or olive oil:

  • Place your herbs into a glass jar and pour the grapeseed oil over the herbs. Make sure the herbs are completely covered by oil and set it in a sunny location for 3-4 weeks. Shake or stir daily. After 3-4 weeks, strain the herbs using a cheesecloth. Another (faster) way to use gentle heat is with a double boiler. Or you can place the jar with herbs in a pot with water and heat gently. It’s okay to allow the jar to be immersed in water as long as you keep the water at a low temperature – between 95° and 110°F. Just make sure there is water between the jar bottom and the pot. Let the oil infusion simmer slowly for 30 minutes to an hour each day for 3 days, stirring it occasionally. Strain. 
  • Measure your infused oil and make sure you have 110-120 grams for the recipe, it's ok if you have a little more than that. Actually if you increase it to 200 grams you will get a much softer and liquid-ish cream.

Prepare the butter base:

  • In a separate glass container melt the mango butter (aprox. 200 grams) over a pot filled with hot water. You should get 1 cup of liquid butter. Set aside for 20 minutes in a cold place. 
  • When it starts to solidify and it looks like half way hardened take out your electric hand mixer and blend until it gets fluffy like whipped cream.

Mix Everything Together To Form Your DIY Moisturizer:

  • Over the whipped mango butter pour in the infused oil and the essential oils (optional) and blend for a minute more to mix them in.
  • Store it in a sterilized glass jar and keep it in a cool, dark place. It should keep for about 4 months. The essential oil will help keep it even longer as they act as antibacterial and anti-fungal agents.


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Adding the essential oils to this DIY face moisturizer is totally optional, they are expensive but worth every dollar as they last for very long time and can be used for so many recipes. The scent is so calming and relaxing, it smells like a blossomed garden and lasts a long time. 
The containers I use:
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It’s best to rub in a light layer of the face moisturizer just after a hot shower while the pores of your skin are still open and after you washed your face in the morning. It may feel a little greasy just after application, but within minutes it will soak into your skin. The result is soft and glowing skin.

Now that you know how to make your own DIY face moisturizer, I’d love to hear what you think of it.

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Monday 5th of July 2021

love the ingredients! this is my first time to DYI facial products and I definitely have sensitive skin. I am way excited to try this. my moisturizer did turn hard in the jars, can I reheat and add more oil to soften it up and make it smoother/creamier to get out of the jar?


Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Hi, I'm really glad you tried it! You could reheat it at a very low temperature without rushing it (similar to natural heat from sun), but I would advise against it if you already mixed in the essential oils, as the heat might change their chemical structure and effect. If you didn't, then yes, use a very gentle heat from a double boiler and then add more oil. Keep in mind that it will tend to harden as well if kept in the fridge afterwards.


Sunday 3rd of January 2021

I have one more question 😂 I finally got all my ingredients for this. So excited! I am going to infuse the oil via gently boiling method, however I just found out I won’t have my essential oils for another 5 days. After I do the boil method for 3 days, is it ok to sit for another two days at room temp before mixing everything together? I want to make sure the oil infusion won’t go bad or anything.


Sunday 3rd of January 2021

No, on the contrary, the longer it sits the better, the stronger the infusion will be :) you can even keep it for a week or two.


Thursday 17th of December 2020

Can you please sell it?? I don't see myself making it but I am looking everywhere for a healing lotion for my one year old with eczema.


Thursday 17th of December 2020

I think the cost of making it plus shipping cost will lead to an astronomical price, it's much cheaper to make it and it's not that hard.


Wednesday 16th of December 2020

I’m going to try this. My skin is so sensitive and sooo dry now that the season is changing. Thanks for the recipe! I am curious, what do you use as a face wash? What I’m currently using just isn’t working as great anymore and I’m looking for other options. Thanks :)


Saturday 19th of December 2020

@HealthyTasteOfLife, Have you had any issues with the mango butter clogging your pores at all or anything like that?


Thursday 17th of December 2020

Oh yes mine is dryer during the winter months as well. I'm using just plain water for washing and then I place a few drops of extra virgin olive oil (which is mixed with a bit of lavender essential oil) on a piece of cotton round and dry my face with that, it absorbs the water and cleans the impurities. Then I apply the moisturizer.


Tuesday 24th of March 2020

Hi, How much is it of oil 110 grams? Can you provide this in milliliter or cups? Thank you so much!!


Wednesday 25th of March 2020

According to any google converter 110 grams of oil equals 116.53 ml or 1/2 cup.