Non-greasy Face Cream

oil-free face cream recipeI’ve heard many people say that they avoid making their own creams and lotions, because most DIY recipes are oil-based and they do not like the greasy texture. This recipe is for those people. I’ve personally made this for a friend of mine who shares the same sentiments. With his feedback , I have arrived at this nourishing, yet non-greasy recipe which you can whip up in less than five minutes. 

This cream uses aloe vera gel as its base, which unfortunately is quite pricey when compared to oil-based lotions. The trick to creating a non-greasy moisturiser is to mix oil and water – this is what retail products do. Oil nourishes, and water is easily absorbed and non-greasy. Mix the two together, and you have a perfectly nourishing cream that doesn’t leave you looking like a glazed donut. However, in order to mix oil and water you need something called an emulsifier.  I will share my emulsion recipe at a later stage, it is only slightly more involved, but still easily possible to do at home. This recipe, however, is the simplest non-greasy lotion which doesn’t need an emulsifier. 


Lasted me about: 2 months using a pea-sized amount on my face every morning and evening.

Estimated shelf life: 1 year if stored away from direct sunlight and moisture.

Remember: Most of these ingredients have a long shelf life and are common in natural recipes, so you will be left with ingredients to make more recipes, and won’t have to buy everything all over again.

*Costs accurate at time of writing this blog post.


  • Even without the optional ingredients, aloe vera gel is more expensive to use as a base, when compared to other oil-based recipes. 


  • No oily or greasy residue! This moisturiser absorbs perfectly while still providing your skin with the nourishment it needs.


  • Aloe vera / Aloe ferox gel: moisturizes dry skin without giving it a greasy feel. It contains antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated. It also provides relief for very dry, itchy, flaky or sunburned skin. (Buy here or see my shopping guide for other trusted brands)
  • Vitamin E oil: An antioxidant that protects the skin from further sun damage and helps to decrease the signs of lines and wrinkles. (Buy from Faithful to Nature or Dischem)
  • Jojoba oil: Has a similar structure to that of sebum, which allows it to absorb easily and readily into your skin. It is not technically an oil, but a wax that mimics collagen, which makes it a gentle and less greasy moisturizer for all skin types. (Buy from Faithful to Nature or Dischem)
  • Carrot seed EO: rich in Carotene and Vitamin-A, both of which are very beneficial for the skin and are effective antioxidants. Repairs a lot of the damages done to your tissues by free radicals and prevents them from doing further harm. (Buy here)

Need help finding these, or other ingredients? My shopping guide may help you.

Non-greasy Face Cream
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 100ml Aloe gel
  2. 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (or 2 capsules)
  3. 50 drops Jojoba oil (optional)
  4. 10 drops Carrot Seed essential oil (optional)
  1. With your aloe vera gel in a small mixing bowl, add the vitamin E oil and mix thoroughly until both ingredients are properly combined. Mix with a fork or a mini whisk.
  2. Add jojoba oil and carrot seed oil, and mix well.
  3. Transfer mixture into a sealable container.
  4. Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight and moisture.
  1. Jojoba oil -> any other nourishing oil, but jojoba has the best non-greasy texture since it is not technically an oil.
  2. Carrot seed oil -> any other essential oil of your choice. I chose carrot seed for its anti-ageing properties.
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Recipe variations

The most basic recipe only requires aloe vera gel and vitamin e oil – all other ingredients are optional. Although I think jojoba oil works best, you can substitute this with any other oil. You can also use whichever essential oils you prefer – I chose carrot seed for its anti-aging properties.


If you don’t want to make it yourself, then these are some natural aloe vera based lotions which I have personally used and approved:

  1. Natraloe Regenerating Aloe Gel: This is the most cost-effective aloe gel I’ve found, and it also contains the best ingredients. You get the most bang for your buck here at about R145 for 250ml. When I cannot find 100% aloe vera gel, I use this in my recipe instead.
  2. Totally Wild Organic Aloe Gel: This is the more costly option at about R100 for 100ml, but it is a certified organic product after all. That said, it’s still a great price for a certified organic product. It contains magnificent ingredients and has a lovely texture, although the scent may not be for everyone.

Do you think that this is a good non-greasy moisturiser recipe? If you’ve tried it, please share your feedback in the comments below.