How to make Face Moisturizers, sweet orange or lavender

Following is step by step on how to make face moisturizer. This wonderful sweet orange face moisturizer is great for the face. Always check for any allergic reactions to this or any homemade moisturizer. If you are not sure if you are allergic to sweet orange or orange water, mix a couple of drops in small orange water and place on the underside of the arm and cover with band aid and allow to sit for an hour or so. If no reaction occurs, it should be safe to use these products.

This moisturizer can be made with lavender essential oil and lavender water or rose essential oil and rose water. Just check for allergic reactions.

According to “The Essential Oils Book” by Colleen K. Dodt

You should avoid the sunlight for at least six hours when using citrus essential oils. “These oils contain components that may cause reddening and blistering or darkening of the skin when exposed to sunlight.”

Summer months try either lavender or rose essential oils.

Wash your face and smooth a small amount on your face. Any time you use orange or any citrus essential oils, they can react with the sun. Check with your manufacturer of essential oils.

face moisturizer ingredients

Ingredients for face moisturizers


  • 2 heatproof glass mixing bowls or large glass measuring cups
  • Small sauce pan
  • Wooden spoon and whisk
  • 4 small storing jars, sterilized
  • Labels


  • 2 tsp. borax
  • ¾ c. orange table or flower water
  • 4 tsp. beeswax granules
  • 5 Tbsp. almond oil
  • 1 oz. cocoa butter
  • 10-14 drops of vitamin E oil
  • 5 drops sweet orange essential oil

If using glass jars for storing the sweet orange face moisturizer, sterilized the jars in boiling water for 10 minutes.  I like to keep my food utensil separate from my cosmetics utensils. This is a choice and not necessary. You should only put on your face and skin what you would not be afraid of absorbing into your body.

Sterilized jars

Sterilized jars for 10 minutes

Have your labels ready with both date and ingredients. Gather you utensils and have them ready. You do not want the borax water to cool while looking for either equipment or ingredients. Heat two pans of water ready to use as a double boilers.

  • Place a glass measuring cup in the water as a double boiler and fill the measuring cup with borax and flower water.
  •  Heat gently stirring the borax and water with a whisk until borax is dissolve. Set aside keep the glass cup in the warm water to keep the mixture warm. It is important to keep warm so it will not cause the beeswax to harden too soon.
Dissolving water

Dissolving borax and flower water

  • Put a bowl or glass measuring cup over simmer water and add the beeswax, cocoa butter, and almond oil. Warm, stirring gently until all the ingredients have completely dissolve.
  • Take off the heat and slowly pour the borax and orange flower water into the mixture of wax, whisking all the time. Watch the magic happen when the two mix.
melting beeswax and oils

Melting beeswax and oils for face cream in double boiler

 Melted beeswax and oils

Melted beeswax and oils

  • Continue to whisk until the mixture has cooled somewhat about 2 minutes.
Mixing oils and borax

Pouring borax and floral water into melted oils and beeswax

  • While whisking, add the essential oils and vitamin E oil, and continue to whisk. This is the tricky part because if you do not whisk long enough it will separate when completely cooled.
Adding essential oils

Add essential oil and vitamin E oil to face cream

  • Pour into 4 small jars and store all unused jars in the refrigerator.
  • Don’t forget to label.
Orange moisturizer

Sweet Orange Moisturizer face cream

Use within 6 months to one year as long as it is store in the refrigerator.  Enjoy your wonderful sweet orange moisturizer.

When making cosmetics never use aluminum, copper, or non-stick pans, as their chemical content can affect the ingredients beneficial properties. Commercial beauty products contain artificial chemicals and these chemicals do penetrate the skin.

We are absorbing substances through our skin we would never dream of putting in our mouths. Natural products help protect our skin and our health. Most recipes are easy to make, but may require some experimentation to find the one that works best for your skin type.

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