Homemade Face Cream for Dry Skin

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Homemade Face Cream

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I am super excited about this homemade face cream! I have been thinking about this recipe for a while now, trying to come up with an easy recipe that is very similar to my favorite face cream – Noxzema.

My mom used to use Noxzema on her face every day. As a result, she has a very smooth, young looking face for a 57 year old woman. I love Noxzema and I really miss it.

Toxic ingredients

Commercial face creams have toxic ingredients such as propylene glycol and phenoxyethanol, to name a couple. Phenoxyethanol is a strong skin irritant that can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. It is used as a preservative in personal care products (source).*This information is taken from another post of mine however, the original info was outsourced.

Propylene glycol can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, neurological symptoms, cardiovascular problems and respiratory issues. It is potentially toxic to the kidneys and liver and it is probably not safe for infants or pregnant women. Wow! It is for these reasons that it is best to avoid toxic personal care products such as commercial face creams.

Similar to Noxzema

What I love most about Noxzema is that it feels so refreshing and it smells amazing! You will not believe the similarity of this homemade face cream. Because it contains peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils, it is very refreshing in itself. However, due to the coconut milk, you’ll need to keep this homemade face cream in the fridge, which makes it even more refreshing.* It gives new meaning to the words ‘cold cream’. 😉

I tried to mimic the original recipe as closely as possible. However, you may want to play around with the combination of these essential oils to find the combination you like best.*

Only 2 ingredients

My homemade face cream contains only two ingredients. Hence, it is a great substitute for commercial face creams. In addition, this homemade face cream offers a great balance – it moisturizes your skin and kills bacteria as well.

Benefits of coconut milk for the skin

Coconut milk contains fatty acids that help to moisturize your skin.* The coconut milk will make your skin feel incredibly smooth. In addition, coconut milk contains vitamins C and E. These vitamins are antioxidants which help to protect your skin.

Essential Oils

This homemade face cream contains peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils. These essential oils are two that are found in Noxzema. Peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils are antimicrobial. These essential oils kill bacteria. Thus, this homemade face cream is great for those with acne-prone skin.

The original recipe also contains camphor essential oil. Next time, I will try adding camphor essential oil. You may want to try that yourself, as I think that combination will mimic the original recipe even more.

*Update – Even I, with very dry skin, was finding this recipe a bit too oily. Solution: I added a tablespoon of witch hazel, which is an astringent. Witch hazel is safe to use on your face. Now, this homemade face cream is much less oily. Furthermore, witch hazel also helps to fight acne. If you find it is still too oily, just add more witch hazel.* I also added camphor essential oil, as mentioned above. If you do not have camphor, just use peppermint essential oil.

I am very happy with the results of these changes. This homemade face cream is even smoother, and even more similar to Noxzema.

A couple of things

*You have to refrigerate the coconut milk overnight so that it will separate from the coconut water. You can use the leftover coconut water for smoothies.

*Since this homemade face cream must be kept in the fridge, you may want to consider making a small batch at a time. Having said that, you could split the recipe in half and use half the can to make some of my homemade body wash with coconut milk (you’ll have to split this recipe in half as well).

This homemade face cream is just as thick as Noxzema but, unlike Noxzema, it will melt a bit when applied to your face. No matter, it still does the job, is refreshing and smells great. However, if you know of a solution for that, please let me know.


Homemade Face Cream for Dry Skin
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 10 drops of camphor essential oil
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 25 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 tbsp of witch hazel
  1. Place a can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight.
  2. The next day, scrape the coconut milk out of the can and into a bowl.*
  3. Mix well with a hand mixer for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the essential oils (and the witch hazel if you are using it).
  5. Apply about 1 tbsp to your face. Leave it for a couple of minutes then rinse with water.*
Recipe Notes

*The coconut milk used in this homemade face cream is organic and BPA free.

*Once you rinse with water, your face will feel a bit oily. However, once you pat your face dry, it will not feel oily at all, just incredibly soft. Smooth as a baby's butt! 😉 If you would like a less oily-feeling version, try a 0.5% dilution instead.

*Do not apply this homemade face cream to your eyelids. When you rinse, wipe it away from your eyes (not down).

*Important – I have found that due to the essential oils in this recipe, it can clog the sink and maybe even the shower. To remedy that, I have been filling a stainless steel bowl with water, using that to rinse my face and then pouring the mixture down the toilet.

Please share if you know someone who might love this recipe. Thanks! 🙂

Do you have a natural or homemade face cream that you like? Have you found a non-toxic store bought brand that you like? Share your comments below.

Be happy, stay healthy! 🙂








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