How to Make Avocado Oil Skin Moisturizer
July 27, 2023
Looking for an easy way to moisturize dry or chapped skin without that zillion-dollar cream? Avocado oil is a great natural solution, plus it has no added chemicals or other nasties! While you could just mist avo oil right on your skin and hair to smooth and hydrate, it can get messy. So, save the spray for greasing your pans or spritzing on salads. Skip the mess and deliver a dab of soothing hydration by crafting your own avocado oil skin moisturizer.
Our oil-based moisturizer recipe will feel different on your skin compared to water-based lotions, but the upside is that it takes less avocado oil moisturizer to soothe your skin. Another bonus of making your own skin balm is that you can leave it unscented or add a couple of drops of any essential oil you enjoy smelling—popular examples include lavender, rose, chamomile, sandalwood, and eucalyptus. This is especially useful if you're making these as party favors or homemade gifts.
Avocado Oil Skin Moisturizer Recipe
Time: 60-70 minutes, including cooling time
Yields: 1 three-ounce container of moisturizer
- ⅓ cup Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons beeswax pellets
- A few drops of essential oil* (optional)
*Note: Test the essential oil on a small patch of skin on your arm to see if you experience a rash or any allergic reaction before you add any scent to your moisturizer. If you experience any irritation, do not use.
- Combine all ingredients into a mason jar or other glass jar.
- Pour 2 to 3 inches of water into a pot, and place on the stove. Place your glass jar into the pot, in the center of the water.
- Turn heat to medium. As the water and jar heat up, the ingredients inside the jar will begin to melt.
- Heat until the contents of the jar melt completely. Pick up the jar (using an oven mitt) and swirl it to ensure even melting.
- Turn off heat. Remove the jar from the hot water using an oven mitt. Pour the melted contents of the glass jar into whatever jar or container you’d like to store the lotion in.
- Allow to cool, uncovered, for about an hour or until the liquid hardens into a gel-like consistency.
- Cap and store in a cool, dry place.
How to Use Avocado Oil Skin Moisturizer
Dip clean fingers into the balm and spread onto dry skin, rubbing until it is mostly absorbed. Don't go crazy—a few dabs will do. This isn’t a traditional lotion that evaporates quickly into the skin; because this is an oil-based moisturizer, there will be a bit of an oily sheen left on the skin after application. While we haven't noticed it affecting clothing, you may want to skip the silks or any especially delicate garments after moisturizing. Repeat the process for several days until your skin is soothed, and reapply as needed.
Learn more about the additional uses of avocado oil, a fat we love, in Avocado Oil Uses & Why You Should Use It More.