DIY Olive Oil Moisturizer


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Winter time for me is always a battle with dry skin. Dry, itchy, winter skin.  Yuck. In years past, I’ve been known to resort to just smearing some petroleum jelly on my hands to try to give them some lasting moisture but that’s such a greasy option. The other option of hand and body lotions feels good going on, but they just don’t seem to last and they don’t seem to give me any long-term relief for my dry skin.

So this year, I’m trying a new strategy – Homemade Olive Oil Moisturizer!

Homemade olive oil moisturizer

Ingredients for a Homemade Olive Oil Moisturizer

When it came time to make my homemade olive oil moisturizer, I settled on the following four ingredients:

Olive Oil – For the main ingredient I used the ordinary olive oil I have in my cupboard.

Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so I knew it would not only give the mixture some more substance but because it’s an oil, it would also be moisturizing.  Coconut oil can also be found in most grocery stores now too.

Ingredients for homemade olive oil moisturizer

Beeswax – Beeswax is also hard at room temperature and gives the mixture some substance. If you are not using the beeswax pellets, you can also grate as much beeswax as you need from a block of beeswax.

Homemade olive oil moisturizer

Vitamin E Oil – I also decided to add some Vitamin E Oil to the mixture.  The benefits of Vitamin E oil for skin are many, including helping to prevent water loss from skin and helping your skin retain its natural moisture. It’s also known to be good for fingernails and cuticles.  I was able to find Vitamin E oil at my local Target store in the vitamin area.

The above ingredients are combined in a small glass container, and then melted in a hot water bath in a saucepan on the stove.  Once everything is melted together, you pour it into another small jar for storage.  It cools to a gel-like consistency.

Steps for making a homemade olive oil moisturizer

Is the Olive Oil Moisturizer Working?

This is a fairly new experiment for me, but so far – so good!  It’s leaving my skin VERY soft and it really does seem to keep my skin moist much longer.

It is, of course, a more oily mixture than a traditional hand lotion (which is why I’m liking it!) so your skin has a little oily sheen for a brief time after you apply it.  That’s OK to me.  I like that my skin looks moist rather than all dry and flaky.  There’s also been no problem with it transferring to clothing.

Homemade olive oil moisturizer

If you’re looking for something a little different than the ordinary store bought lotions, this homemade olive oil moisturizer is a simple and natural alternative you can make, and I think you’ll see good results from using it too.

Homemade Olive Oil Moisturizer

This four ingredient homemade moisturizer is a natural alternative to the store bought lotions, and uses the simple ingredient of olive oil for hydrating and softening skin.
Author: Beverly


  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbl Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbl Beeswax Pellets (or grated beeswax)
  • 1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil


  • Combine the olive oil, the coconut oil, the beeswax, and the vitamin E oil in a glass jar.  I used a pint sized canning jar.  Put a couple inches of water in a small saucepan, and then set the jar of ingredients in the water.
  • Place your pan on the stove and begin to heat.  As the water heats up, the contents in your jar will begin to melt.  You can jiggle the jar around a bit to swirl the coconut oil and beeswax as they are melting. Heat until everything is completed melted.
  • Pour the melted ingredients into a small jar or tin for storage. This recipe makes about 3 fluid ounces of melted liquid and will take about an hour to cool into its finished gel-like consistency.

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    1. The solid coconut oil, so that this mixture will have still have some substance to it once it cools rather than being too liquidy.

    1. It’s very possible this could work as a diaper rash cream, I think the oil ingredients could indeed help provide a moisture block like a diaper cream would.

    1. You could try adding a tablespoon or two of shea butter to this recipe but it might make the consistency of the mixture a little more firm.

    1. This keeps a long time, I had a batch that took me a couple years to use up and it was fine, and I suspect would have been fine even longer.

    1. I think the coconut oil is an ingredient you should leave in as it is an oil that becomes more firm at room temperature and this helps to give texture to the finished moisturizer.