Homemade Basil Face Cream

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Learn how to make this homemade basil face cream. It’s an easy DIY that’s full of some of the best moisturizing ingredients for skin!

Basil face cream in a small mason jar on a brown table

Basil has been used for millennia in skin care products. Basil-infused skincare products can help give your skin a fresh, youthful appearance.

If you’re dealing with uneven skin tone, basil is a wonderful choice. It’s also great for shrinking the appearance of pores and minor blemishes.

All of the great properties of basil for skin is why it’s the primary ingredient in this Basil Face Cream. It’s super moisturizing and works well for all skin types.

And this recipe is great for vegans too because it uses emulsifying wax rather than beeswax. For a great face moisturizer using beeswax, try our Frankincense Face Cream.

Basil face cream on a white plate

DIY Basil Face Cream

This homemade basil face cream is an easy DIY that's full of some of the best moisturizing ingredients for skin!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 4 ounces


  • cup fresh basil leaves and stems
  • cup witch hazel
  • filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil - or your favorite oil – jojoba oil is another great choice
  • 2 teaspoon  shea butter - or your favorite moisturizing butter
  • 1.5 teaspoons emulsifying wax pastilles
  • 7-10 drops rosehip oil


  • Double Boiler
  • Half pint mason jar


  • Using a food processor, combine the witch hazel and fresh basil leaves and blend well.
    Blender pitcher, witch hazel and fresh basil
  • Strain the now-green witch hazel into a half-pint canning jar, until you have ¼ cup of basil liquid. If you don’t have enough liquid, add a little bit of filtered or distilled water to until it reaches the ¼ cup mark.
    Strained basil liquid in a jar
  • Add the shea butter, sweet almond oil and emulsifying wax to a double boiler. Heat until it's melted and smooth.
    Melted wax and butter in one bowl with basil liquid in a second bowl
  • Add your basil liquid mixture to the melted butter mix and slowly stir. Once it's well combined, allow it to cool and thicken.
    Basil face cream cooling in a bowl
  • Once fully thickened, add 7-10 drops of rosehip oil and stir until well combined. If your skin is on the drier side, add 10 drops. Next, pour the mixture into half pint storage jars and seal.
    Horizontal basil face cream on a wood table

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