DIY Home Made Face and Body Cream with SPF

DIY toothpowder, DIY Castile Soap, DIY Shampoo, I’ve nailed them all, but when it came to DIY Face Cream or home made Sunscreen… well all I can say is that, in the past I made creams but they were not nearly as nice as the store bought one. First I tried a simple oil based face cream with Beeswax, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil and Olive Oil. It came out creamy but… very greasy. in fact this cream was perfect for chapped lips and cracked heels. It didn’t go to waste but I didn’t get what I wanted.


Next attempt involved water, rose water to be more exact. This time, I warmed up the oils with the beeswax, and in a separate container, I warmed up the rose water with a tea spoon of added honey. When oils and water were lukewarm, beeswax dissolved, I mixed them on high speed with a stick blender, adding the water to the oil gradually. This also worked OK … the cream looked creamy and stable even after spooning it into jars. However, when picked up on the finger, it simply separated in my hand. Despite this I continued using it with good enough outcomes. But I still didn’t get exactly what I wanted: a natural and home made face cream that behaves, that’s smooth and creamy and spreadable and light weight… and not too greasy and on top of all that protects my skin during sun exposure.

After hours of internet research I finally discovered the secret ingredient for perfect home made face cream or body lotion or sun cream: All creams need an emulsifier. Although there are many emulsifiers out there, I decided to try Olivem 1000. Olivem  1000 is a self-emulsifying wax used to stabilize the the emulsion. It is a mix of two components:
sorbitan olivate and cetearyl olivate compenents derived from Olive Oil. That’s all I needed to know before deciding to give it a go.

So here’s my first time lucky DIY face cream recipe and method: 

diy face cream, home made nourishing cream, diy cream with olivem 1000, diy sunscreen with zinc oxideWater Combination:

  • 120 grams rose water, (can be replaced with herbal tea,  or distilled water)
  • 10 grams zinc oxide – UVA and UVB solar protection (optional)
  • one teaspoon honey – antibacterial (optional)

Oils: you can choose any oil or any oil combination.

  • 10 gr. Olive Oil
  • 10 gr. Jojoba Oil
  • 20 gr. Rosehip Oil – perfect for face
  • 15 grams Shea butter – nourishing
  • 5 gr. Beeswax – antibacterial
  • 15 grams Olivem 1000


Additives: these two stop the cream going bad.

  • 5 grams Grapefruit Extract – natural preservative
  • 1 drop Vitamin E – antioxidant


home made face and body cream using natural emulsifier olivem 1000Method:

  • Weigh your water combination and your oil combinations in two separate glass jars.
  • Sterilize your equipment and empty cream containers. I  boiled mines for five minutes
  • In a water bath heat the water solution to 70°C and separately the oil combination until Olivem 1000 melts.
  • When water solution and oil combination reach 70°C, take off the heat and add slowly the oil to the water while continuously stirring preferably with a stick blender on high speed
  • Emulsification will occur after about 3 minutes of stirring. You’ll notice the cream thickening and by then, the cream will cool enough so you can add the additives and stir for one more minute.
  • That’s it: scoop the cream into sterilized jars. I made 3 small jars and I keep two of them in the fridge.

home made cream picked on fingers. Stable and emulsified home made creamThis DIY cream is the best I ever made,  comparable in texture and appearance with any expensive store bought cream.

I know exactly what went in there and I use it with confidence.

My skin absorbs it really fast, it’s not greasy, in fact it’s very light weight and moreover, so far it protects me very well from the Spanish spring sun.

If you’re planning to make your own cream and have questions or suggestions, please feel free to use to comment form.