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3 Ingredient Homemade Face Lotion

I’m pretty in love with my homemade facial lotion.  Clocking in at just 3 ingredients, it’s straightforward, ultra nourishing and feels like butter.  It also combines some of my favorite ingredients.  My newfound discovery of candelilla wax makes this vegan friendly while my holy grail product, frankincense adds a luxurious richness.  Argan oil is already known as “liquid gold” and it rounds out my DIY face lotion.

Though I love making and using DIY’s, next to my lip balms, this is definitely one of my most favorite creations.  I love that it’s wholesome and natural with only 3 simple ingredients.  Not to mention, it’s super easy to do and one jar can last me several months.  No more shelling out top dollar just for a brand name anymore.  You can feel good about whipping up your own batch of homemade face lotion and you could even double it to share a jar with a loved one all in one fell swoop.  You can also easily swap out one ingredient for another and tailor each jar for your own individual skin type and needs.


Until recently, I was using beeswax for most, if not all of my DIY’s but after I aired my first lip balm video, I received a ton of requests for a vegan version and that’s how I discovered candelilla wax.  Since so much less is needed for each recipe, I still have a lot left of my 1 pound bag and it stabilized my facial cream beautifully.  It melts a lot quicker and lends a glossy finish to the product.

If I had to consider anything as my holy grail product of the year, it’s frankincense.  It was originally intended for my diffuser but quickly became part of my beauty regimen.  It’s said to promote healthy cell regeneration to reverse the signs of aging and reduce the appearance of marks and scars.  I began by adding a few drops to my bottle of argan oil and noticed more even skin tone and texture.  I loved it so much that I decided to really amp it up by creating a night cream that my skin could really drink up overnight to receive the maximum benefits.  Let me know if you’d like me to formulate a lighter version for day time.

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3 Ingredient Homemade Face Lotion
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Serves: 4 oz

  • 1 tb candelilla wax*
  • ½ c argan oil**
  • Optional: 5 drops of pure Frankincense essential oil

  1. Melt your candelilla wax in the microwave in 30 second intervals.
  2. Mix in your argan oil. Reheat if needed.
  3. Allow it to cool slightly then add in your essential oils.
  4. Whisk vigorously or use an electric beater to cool down the mixture until it thickens. It should resemble a creamy, milky pudding. It will set further as it cools.

*3/4 teaspoon if using beeswax
**or almond, jojoba, or avocado oils


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33 thoughts on “3 Ingredient Homemade Face Lotion

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    Argan oil – check
    frankincense – check
    candelilla wax – ??? I had to go look it up.

    Face cream is so expensive and you never know what’s in it. I’d love to try to source the three ingredients and make this myself.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I hope you have an amazing weekend, Brain!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    It’s been a real life saver. I hope you make it and enjoy, Maureen. Lots of love!

  • Mel says:

    I just made this. Will it stay a pudding consistency? And is it supposed to have a few small hard particles?

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Mel! It will as long as it doesn’t get too hot/cold in your house. Waxy bits that are left behind indicate that the temperatures of all the oils/wax were very different from each other. If it’s something that bothers you, you can always re melt/re whisk. This can also be a by-product of fluctuating temperatures in your home as if it melts then solidifies again, it will leave behind hard bits. This is due to no stabilizers/preservatives in the lotion =)

  • Amelia says:

    Hi Angela, your are brilliant, you even made your own face cream. Look good to me but I doubt I can get those ingredients in my region. Thanks for sharing, if I can get those ingredients will give it a try. Those reliable face cream now adays cost a bomb.

    Best regards,

  • Amy A. says:

    Does beeswax work as well as the candelilla?

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hello, Amy! Yes though the proportions will be vastly different as you need about 4 times as much candelilla as beeswax =)

  • krisann says:

    can you post this recipe with bees wax please. thanks

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Krisann! I can add doing another face lotion recipe to my book for future videos =)

  • Mindy says:

    Do you have to double up on the argan oil, and frankincense, since you would need 4 tablespoons of beeswax?

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Mindy! I’m not sure I understand your question. To your 1 tablespoon of candelilla, which will stabilize your lotion, you soften the product with 1/2 c of oil. The frankincense is for an extra added benefit and won’t be part of the base/carrier oil.

  • Michele says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. My cream came out beautiful and it feels so nice on my skin thank you again

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thank you so much for letting me know, Michele!

  • Chriscia says:

    Hi! Im a new reader of your blog, and so far I am loving all of your posts. I just have a few quick questions ,will this face lotion leave your skin oily or sticky? Is it better to use it at day or night? Thanks again!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I use it almost daily as a night cream and it glides on and doesn’t feel sticky. However, this will completely depend on what oil you use and how you personally respond to different oils. For me, I love argan. Jojoba is a good choice as it’s pretty light but there are literally millions of other oils you could use depending on what your needs are =)

  • Shari says:

    Can I substitute Cocoa Butter for the Candelilla? I make a peppermint body butter with the cocoa butter, but I have both on hand. Please let me know. I am anxious to try.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Shari! The wax is to help stabilize and solidify your lotion. You can sub with beeswax, keeping in mind that you need 4 xs as much candlelilla as beeswax. Try my body butter recipe instead. You won’t need any wax at all for this:

  • Iri says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. What’s the volume of moisturiser are we left with when finished?
    Again, thanks for sharing

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hello, Iri! Mine produced about 4 oz =)

  • Yen says:

    is c=cup? I tried this recipe with beewaxs and sweet almond oil but it turn out to to be watery instead of pudding-like. Do you know what have go wrong?

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Yen! 1/2 cup, yes. 1 tablespoon of CANDELILLA is all you need to solidify this. How much beeswax did you use? Is there anything else listed in your sweet almond oil ingredients list? Lastly, how did you incorporate the ingredients? It’s important to treat it like you’re making whipped cream. The more it aerates and cools, the more it sets but it takes some effort to whip it properly.

  • Yen says:

    I use 3/4 teaspoon of beeswax as indicated in the footnote. I use 100% pure sweet almond oil. The beeswax solidifies very fast so there’s some solid when I start whisking. I use a mixer to mix all the ingredients for quite a while but it remains in liquid form.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi, Yen. If it begins to solidify, you’ll want to remelt everything together to create a cohesive mixture. Since it began to solidify, it sounds like the wax hardened within itself before getting a chance to incorporate.

  • Chinky Pagdanganan says:

    Hi! Quick question, could I use a combination of all the oils? Say 30ml each of argen, jojoba, avocado and almond oil? Thanks so much!

  • Chinky Pagdanganan says:

    Hi! Quick question, can I use a combination of all 4 oils? Say 30ml each of argen, almond, jojoba & avocado oil? Thanks so much!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hello! You can use any of the above to make up 1/2 cup =)

  • Cococraz says:

    This recipe seems really nice, I can’t wait to try it out! I have already made your chocolate body butter and it smelt and felt amazing but I wasn’t sure if it can be used on the face so I thought I’d give this a try. Thanks for all your amazing natural creams they are life-changers!

  • Cococraz says:

    Hi, do you know if any of your natural creams are ok to use with eczema?

  • Esther Peres says:

    I like the cream but I’m going to beewax cos that is what I can get in my place. I pray it come up well tanks

  • Rita says:

    I thought it was gross and a waste. 🙁 I don’t know if I did something wrong? When i put it on my face it crinkles up and turns hard. I don’t recommend this.

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