Lavender Face Cream Recipe (with Lilacs & Violets)

This rich Lavender Face Cream recipe is perfect for dry or mature skin.

I love making a variety of face and body creams for family members. This is my latest lavender face cream creation that I made my mom for Mother’s Day. (Per my usual trend though, I already gave it to her!)

She loves lilacs, so I used those and fresh violet blossoms along with dried lavender to infuse the water portion of the cream. Unfortunately, lilacs are one of those flowers, along with gardenias, whose scent is unable to be captured for long. That’s why you’ll never find a true lilac essential oil, only artificial ones.

However, lilac infusion is still an old fashioned home remedy for clear skin so I included it anyway. Violets are great for chapped, dry spots while lavender soothes and heals inflammation.

If you don’t have violets and lilacs on hand, no problem! You can just leave that part out.

The recipe is very much like my Rose Face and Body Cream, with only a few changes. You can use either recipe as the basis to create your own unique creams! This cream is thick and rich and most suitable for dry or mature skin. If you have oily skin, you’ll probably want to make something lighter, such as Basil Anti-Aging Cream.

Sometimes, creams made with beeswax instead of emulsifying wax can be a bit tricky to make; there’s a slight learning curve to mastering the knack of them. My main tips are to make sure the oil and water portions are a similar temperature, and be sure to beat for at least 10 to 15 minutes. If you run into any problems, leave me a comment and I’ll try to help you troubleshoot!

 

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Lavender Face Cream

Place the flowers into a small heat proof jar. Pour simmering hot water over them, cover with a saucer and let this steep while you gather the other ingredients you’ll need.

Weigh out 2.5 ounces of sweet almond oil into a heat proof measuring cup. Add the mango butter, beeswax pastilles, jojoba oil and stearic acid. Set the cup down into a pan filled with a few inches of water and heat on medium-low heat until everything is melted.

Remove from the pan and let cool to body temperature.

Strain the water and measure out four ounces of liquid. (Any leftover flower water makes a lovely addition to your bathwater.)

Make sure it’s about body temperature then pour into a mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, turn the beaters on low and slowly drizzle in the sweet almond oil mixture. As the oils start to thicken, increase the speed to high.

Beat on high for 15 minutes, until your mixture is thick and creamy. Stir in your desired essential oils (I used lavender and one drop of ylang ylang for my cream.)

Spoon your lavender cream into clean, sterilized jars. (Don’t use tins for creams, they can rust due to the water content.)

* If you don’t add a preservative, store this cream in the refrigerator and use within 1 week. To make it last longer though, try adding a nature-derived preservative.

* I’m currently a fan of using NataPres (made from a radish root ferment filtrate with honeysuckle and aspen bark extracts) at a rate of 2% OR Leucidal Liquid SF at 2 to 4% (I prefer to use closer to the full 4% amount). To figure the amount needed, add up the weight of the ingredients – which are 267 grams in this recipe – then multiply by 2% (.02) to get 5.24 grams needed, which I would just round to 5 grams of NataPres for this recipe. For Leucidal Liquid SF, use the same amount or up to twice as much. Lotioncrafter has a variety of other preservatives and their usage rates listed on their site HERE, so don’t feel limited to using one of these two, just because I do.

 

DIY Lavender Face Cream Recipe

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51 Responses to Lavender Face Cream Recipe (with Lilacs & Violets)

  1. You have the neatest things on your site.. love it!!!

    • Jan says:

      Thank you Judith! :)

    • Becca says:

      Hello this is actually a question about the dandelion salve. Would like to whip some up for my Bridesmaids (my Wedding is tomorrow) and two of them are vegan. I don’t have time now to order online, nowhere sells locally and I only have emulsifying wax in my stock. Could I use this as a vegan replacement?

      • Hi Becca, Congratulations on your wedding! Sorry I didn’t get to see this in time! I haven’t tried using e-wax instead of beeswax in salve, so I’m not exactly sure how it would work.
        If I had seen this in time, I’d suggest maybe a pretty little dandelion lotion instead, something like:
        30 g dandelion-infused oil
        7 g emulsifying wax NF
        60 ml water
        15 ml aloe vera (or more water in a pinch)
        2 to 3 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
        preservative (if none on hand, have them refrigerate & use within 1 week or so)
        Melt oil & wax in one container and heat water & aloe in another.
        Combine and mix well, or alternatively, place in a jar and shake, shake, shake.
        Setting the jar in ice water for a bit, stirring frequently, will speed things up too.
        Hope your wedding was lovely & congrats again!

  2. Vicky says:

    Great Mother’s Day gift! I love lilacs!

  3. Laura says:

    Thank you for sharing…Love this!! :)

  4. Astrid says:

    Jan,
    I have no idea how I landed on your website but I am ever so glad I landed here!!! I absolutely adore lavender and never thought of the possibility of making my own as I stopped using the toxic stuff a few years ago. This scent would be lovely! Where would I find mango butter? Never even heard of it to be frank- brilliant!

    Thanks so much for your post- I am on board.

    • Jan says:

      Hi there Astrid! If you click on the words ‘mango butter’ above, in the recipe, it’s a link to Mountain Rose Herbs. You can also buy some from soap making supply places like http://www.BrambleBerry.com. It’s lovely stuff to work with – I like it better than even shea butter!

      • Astrid says:

        Great!

        I think I’d like that better than Shea butter as well- thanks will look into the links :)

      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. I am starting a lavender business and need a very good natural base cream to add the scents. Do you have any suggestions as I really don’t have the room to make this cream in bulk. Also, please make it known that you should only use pure lavender, not lavendin which is sold as organic lavender. For cuts and bruises, the lavendin could make them worse.

        • Jan says:

          Hi Anonymous! I’m afraid I’m not very familiar with ready made natural base creams or where to buy them. I *think* brambleberry.com might have some?? Good luck in your lavender business!! :)

  5. Nicole says:

    Wondering about the almond oil. I am allergic to almonds and I was wondering, can it be removed completely without effecting the out come, or can something else be used instead?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Nicole, You can just swap out any light oil for it – something like olive oil, apricot kernel oil or sunflower oil would work. Avocado oil would probably be nice as well. If you look over at my post on creating custom lip balms, I have several carrier (liquid) oils listed that might help spark an idea of something you can use instead! :)
      https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/how-to-create-custom-lip-balms/

      • Nicole says:

        Thank you. I’ll take a look at the other post!
        Your website has been a big help to me.
        I’m new to the infused oils, I usually just study but a lot of things have started to put soy (which I am also allergic to) in their products, even the herbal and organic products, so I figured I better make my own.

        • Jan says:

          Yes, soy is very difficult to avoid & can be quite troublesome for so many people! That was one of the biggest issues for my son – topically: it made his skin red and irritated; when he had it internally: he’d get brilliant red cheeks and turn aggressive. He’s pretty much free of most allergies now, but soy caused us so much grief, it’s still sort of a bad word in my house. ;)

  6. Marjorie says:

    I just got all of my ingredients to make this in the post today – SO excited!! I will be picking my lilacs & stopping by the florist to get a couple of roses & hopefully, peonies – to add to the mix since my violets haven’t come up yet. I expect to make this on Saturday. I will be keeping a bit of it for me, then the rest will go as gifts to my mom, my sister, my friend, & my future mother-in-law for being witnesses in our civil wedding ceremony here in France June 28th. Very excited to make this & try it! Thank you so much for your posts! (Oh, I just made some Lilac syrup, & Lilac sugar the other day too – both came out amazing! Today, I’m making Lilac jelly & Lilac liqueur) :-)

    • Jan says:

      Hi Marjorie! Yay! I hope you have lots of fun making your cream! Your lilac projects sound wonderful and oh, so lovely! Let me know if you run into any questions on the recipe! :)

      • Marjorie says:

        Thanks Jan! I hit a snag today – so I didn’t make this yet. (It took me forever to pluck the blossoms off this time!) Just wondering, the recipe doesn’t say how much cream it makes nor how many blossoms to use… Can you clarify for me please? Thank you!

        ~ Marjorie

        • Jan says:

          Hi Marjorie!

          I believe it filled 3 or maybe 4, of the two ounce jars. I based it off of the rose cream recipe and that fills around four jars, so it should be very close.

          It really depends on how many blossoms you have. Many cream recipes just call for water, so any infusion that you have is a bonus. If you can fill your jar pretty full of flowers before pouring water over, then that’s great. But, if you only have a small amount of blossoms, you can still use that and get benefits.

  7. Illy says:

    Accidental stop over but just loved your site;
    I sure look forward to making this Cream for m y Mum who is a big Addict of Lavender products
    Thank you..

  8. Narineh says:

    Just made this right now and it came out just wonderful, I cant wait to try it on my face and body. I smells great as well!

    Thank you so much, please share more recipes.

  9. Alma says:

    Love it! I have just ordered beeswax from a bee farm so I could make this stuff…. I had some lavender and violet in my garden but there’s no lilacs in where I live (Indonesia) any idea what I should use???

    • Jan says:

      Hi Alma! You could leave out the lilacs completely or use more lavender or violets instead or you could even use something like rose petals, lemon balm, dandelion flowers, or calendula if you have any on hand. It’s a very flexible recipe!

  10. Carol Ann says:

    I am looking for a recipe for lavender lemon pepper. I used to buy it locally and loved it on steaks, fish, chicken…..but cannot find it. Loved the flavor and no salt!

  11. Anne Sophie says:

    I just love your site! Thank you very much for sharing with us your ideas!
    I am quite new in this field..I love to do homemade products, so for me this site is a real inspiration :)

    God bless you! xx

  12. Hey Jan!
    I just had to tell you how much I enjoy your site. I have always dreamed of doing some of the things you do here. My mom was big with edible flowers and we had them in meals all the time. She candied violets also. She passed this past March and would have just loved this cream. I plan to make this and give it to my sisters and nieces as gifts in memory of our mom/grandmother. Thank you for sharing your creativity, knowledge and love with the world – you may not realize it but your are doing an incredible service!
    Really, thank you again. You ROCK!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Roxanne, Thank you for the kind words! I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. She sounds like a wonderful lady and I know you miss her so much. I hope your sisters and nieces love the cream!

  13. Kimberley says:

    Hello! Such a beautiful blog, thank you for taking the time :0)
    Are violets the same as “Johnny Jump Up”? Those tiny flowers that pop up in a cluster everywhere? They look the same, but I wasn’t sure.
    Again, thank you!
    Kimberley

  14. Doree says:

    Hi Jan I love this site I have a question . If I wanted to add a natural color say like lavender or pink to a cream is there a way to add this without using mica or unhealthy products?
    I really love and enjoy your site thanks so much :-)

  15. Susan says:

    can you use Germall or Optiphen so it will last longer?

  16. Denece says:

    Hello! Love your site!! I am having great success with the bar recipes but not so much with the creams. I bought a scale and hand mixer that has a whisk attachment but even after drizzling the water/aloe into the oil/wax I’m not getting a good emulsion. Some of the water simply won’t incorporate and I have tiny bits of thicker material (waxy) left on the skin here and there. I tried reheating it but still ended up with water left over. What am I doing wrong? Thanks!!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Denece! Making creams with beeswax can be pretty tricky at first; I’m sorry that the recipe is giving you trouble! I find that if I have the water portion and the oil portion at the same temperature, I get best results. (I use a children’s instant read thermometer and try to get it around body temp or a range of 95 to 100 degrees F.) Also, I use the beaters on my hand mixer, not the whisk attachment. It looks really similar to this one: http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/65/57/72/00/0065577200804_500X500.jpg While I’ve made creams with beeswax for many years, I recently started experimenting with vegetable based emulsifying wax. It’s a lot easier to use and I think it will be less frustrating for others too. I’ll be putting up some recipes using that over the next month and onward!

    • Jan says:

      Also, one more thing I thought of! Did you keep the stearic acid in the recipe? It’s based around that, so if you leave it out it will act differently.

  17. Yasmin says:

    A big hi from Germany. I totally love your recipes. Made this cream last week but I noticed it is not sooo great for my rather oily big pored skin. Do you have any recipes for that kind of skin type?
    Would be super happy if you answered.

  18. Grace says:

    Hi!
    What natural preservative would you recommend?

    • Hi Grace!
      I currently like Leucidal Liquid SF (a probiotic based preservative) at 4%, plus am experimenting with adding AMTcide Coconut to go along with it as well, for an extra boost against mold. (You can find both of these and more at lotioncrafter.com) To figure the amount of Leucidal Liquid SF needed, add up the weight of the ingredients – which are 267 grams in this recipe – then multiply by 4% (.04) to get 10.68 grams needed. (I’d just round to 11 grams in this case.)

  19. patty says:

    can you sub ewax for the beeswax? same measurement?

  20. Larissa says:

    I plan on using phenonip as my preservative but am a little stuck on how much to use. would you happen to know?

  21. Linda says:

    Jan, I was just watching a video on basic lotion making which I’ve never tried due to it needing an emulsifier, let alone a preservative. I’d heard a lot of people say you can’t make lotion with beeswax but then I heard you can if you also use borax. I wasn’t sure I wanted to use borax as I know it is a bit of a controversial ingredient. Then, I just saw a video of a lady who made a lotion with beeswax but without borax. So, I decided to see if you had anything about this and am delighted to see that you do both here & in your book. I just wanted to say I so appreciate your approach to keeping everything as natural as possible, be it for the emulsion or preservative, but also giving easier options. Since it took me a number of tries before my first body butter set properly I bet I can figure a beeswax lotion out too just to try making a lotion. I think I’ll first try your easy herbal custom lotion I just saw in your book. I don’t think there is another blogger who takes the approach of keeping things so natural and yet safe so keep up the great work! You approach is just my favorite and you seem to know all the best techniques that others even say can’t be done. Thanks!

    • Hi Linda, Thank you for your kind comments! :) I’ve heard that so many times too, about beeswax not being a true emulsifier, but have happily made lotions with that method for years. They can be a bit trickier though, so I really enjoy using emulsifying wax sometimes too. It’s wonderful that we have such a fantastic array of ingredients to work with, so we can choose what’s just right for us in the moment! Happy lotion making! :)

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