Simple coconut oil moisturiser

If there was ever a super cheap, all-in-one moisturiser that was easier to make than a sandwich – this recipe would be it! This moisturiser repairs skin, treats acne and is anti-ageing! There are many ways to moisturise your skin that are even simpler than this recipe. For example, you can just apply olive or coconut oil as it is to your skin. But if you are looking for a little bit more than just ‘moisturising’, then this recipe will nourish, heal and protect your skin with its few additional ingredients.

COST & SHELF LIFEbasic moisturiser shopping list

Lasted me about: 3 months (using every day)

Estimated shelf life: 1 year

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.


  • Melts easily in warm weather, so texture becomes more like a moisturising oil than a cream. If this bothers you, just melt a teaspoon of beeswax into this mixture over a double boiler. Stir until the beeswax is just melted (be careful not to overheat/ boil). Pour back into your container & let cool. The beeswax will harden the mixture to a more “cream-like” texture. Don’t have beeswax? Keep it in the fridge to prevent melting.
  • You may find that it’s too thin to be effective as a hand cream. If so, I suggest making my nourishing hand cream recipe.


  • Super cheap, yet effective anti-ageing cream with a very long shelf life.

  • Plus, you can use this as a base for your essential oils in an ailment specific massage oil. For example, for an insect repellent lotion add citronella essential oil to the coconut oil & vitamin e mixture. The essential oils used in this specific recipe work well for anti-ageing and also treats skin prone to breakouts.


  • Organic coconut oil: Offers some sun protection, anti-ageing, rich in proteins which repair damaged tissues (buy here).
  • Vitamin E oil: Blocks free radical damage, boosts collagen production, speeds up cell regeneration.
  • Lavender essential oil: Treats acne, reduces scars, soothes skin aggravated by stress and treats wrinkles. (buy here)
  • Tea tree essential oil (optional for acne-prone skin): Reduces sebum production on the skin, and is anti-bacterial. (buy here)

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


Organic Coconut Oil Moisturiser
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  1. 1/2 cup Organic coconut oil
  2. 1 Teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  3. 10 drops Lavender essential oil
  4. 5-7 drops Tea tree essential oil (optional for treating & preventing acne)
  1. Makes 125ml.
  2. Like many of my recipes, just mix it all up, and put into a pretty container. It's that simple.
  1. Please be careful not to ingest tea tree essential oil. Read how to use essential oils safely by following the link at the end of this post.
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8 thoughts on “Simple coconut oil moisturiser

  1. Lenti Page says:

    Hi there

    Thank you for this very informative and useful South African website! I am enjoying it very much! I am new to the homemade body and home products lifestyle and I am keen to try out many of the recipes on your site. With regards to a facial moisturiser, I have seen that many people also enjoy using just straight Jojoba or Argan oil on their skin. Have you every tried this and/or could you recommend it? I have a combination skin but I am in my early 40’s so I am aware that good moisturising is becoming more and more essential! I am also interested to hear what you would suggest in terms of a good facial sunscreen – I have fair, freckly skin, already marked with sun spots and I am VERY strict about using as high a sunscreen as possible every day, but with my currently “prone to oily skin” I am so nervous to try out a new natural cream!

    • Natural Nerd says:

      Hi Lenti. Thank you for your positive comment, and welcome to the natural DIY lifestyle! To answer your questions – Yes, you can use oil straight on your skin. Jojoba and Argan oil are both excellent choices for more mature skin – of the two, I would recommend Argan oil for your skin type because of its higher vitamin E content. But pure Argan oil is very expensive. It is also just as good to use a good quality olive oil. Whichever oil you decide to use, I would strongly recommend adding vitamin E oil. It’s the anti-aging miracle ingredient! Sometimes when I’m too lazy to make cream, I just add a combination of good oils in a little squeeze bottle, add vitamin e and use that until I’m in the mood to make a new batch of cream =P The oils I normally combine are sweet almond, olive, jojoba and argan oil. You may also be interested in my anti-aging night cream recipe. Bottom line: Your skin’s most basic need is oil (of any kind) and sun protection – thereafter, anything you add is added nutrients – like vitamin e or essential oils. In terms of natural sunscreens, I personally use and strongly recommend the Oh Lief brand. I also have fair combination skin, and I never breakout when I use it, and find that it absorbs quite well. The ingredients are amazing – no junk. The sunscreen itself is food for your skin! I do not suggest making your own sunscreen at home – you’d be putting yourself at risk. Without a lab, you just cannot guarantee the sun protection factor. This is one thing I tell everyone to buy. I don’t joke around when it comes to sun protection, so investing in a natural or organic, lab-tested sunscreen is the safest option in my opinion. Good luck on your homemaking adventure and do feel free to give me feedback if you attempt one of my recipes. I’d love to know how it worked out for you. I hope I’ve helped answer your questions.

    • Natural Nerd says:

      Hi Chelsea,

      Thank you for your question. My first recommendation is that you buy the normal Vitamin E capsules that you normally see at chemists, which are sold as supplements. I buy Vitaforce’s 1000 i.u Vitamin E. Then instead of taking the vitamin as a supplement, you just pop the capsule and use it in your recipe. This is my personal recommendation because it offers a pure form of Vitamin E without additives, and you get between 400 and 1000 i.u. This is obviously the more expensive option, but the results are definitely worth it. You can also buy a less pure Vitamin E oil from Dischem. The brand name is “Brunel Laboratoria” and it comes in a dark brown glass bottle (50ml). This product offers 100 i.u of Vitamin E, but is diluted in liquid paraffin which is not ideal in my opinion. Although it is far cheaper than buying pure vitamin supplements (R40 vs. R120).

      I hope that helps.

  2. Amanda Soloomon says:

    Hi Christina

    What a great blog, thanks for sharing. I am in the process of making my owns ;goodies; but have reached a dead-end regarding containers for these products. I am in Cape Town – please can you let me know where I can buy in smaller quantities for all my products?

    Suppliers asks huge demands re quantities – just not possible.

    Many thanks again for sharing your information.


  3. anmare says:

    I’m a keen gardener. Please share a good, rich and nourishing hand cream with us. – something that can help with our nails as well. Gardeners don’t like wearing cloves 🙂
    I really enjoy your recipes –
    Thank you so much

    • Natural Nerd says:

      Hello =) Thank you for your suggestion. It’s always good to know what recipes you’d like to see. I’ve got a wonderful hand cream recipe, which I will definitely share with you. It’s perfect for gardeners like yourself. You can find it here:
      I’m happy you’re enjoying my recipes. Thank you for your support.

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