Frankincense Wrinkle-Reducing Face Cream

I recently started replacing my beauty and skin care products one by one. This was actually the first beauty product I made before making my own deodoranttoothpaste and foundation powder. I’ve used this moisturizer as a part of my daily routine for about two months now and I wanted to wait until I’ve used it for awhile so I can critique it. It actually took a few times for me to get used to it because it initially feels oily when applying, but it absorbs into the skin nicely and as a result, my skin is smoother and I have already noticed a reduction of fine wrinkles by my eyes and forehead. This stuff is awesome! In addition to helping reduce wrinkles, Frankincense may benefit in reducing scars and age spots. Click HERE to learn more about the awesome benefits of this sacred oil. Lavender also has benefits for the skin and smells great too! Read more HERE.

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Frankincense wrinkle-reducing face cream


1/4 cup Shea Butter
(preferably raw, organic, unrefined)
1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil

8-10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
5-7 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Using a double boiler, melt shea butter and coconut oil together until liquid. Remove from heat and let cool for about 30 minutes. Drop in and stir Frankincense and Lavender essential oils. Wait for mix to partially solidify (you can even put it in the freezer for up to 20 minutes to speed the process along). Then whip with your hand mixer until you achieve a butter-like consistency (few minutes). Store in a 4 oz Mason Jar. This should keep for 6-12 months in your bathroom cupboard.

Optional: If you don’t have shea butter, I’ve seen some other recipes that use Cocoa Butter. You could also add in Vitamin E oil or Sweet Almond Oil.

Where do I find Frankincense and Lavender essential oils? Start here:



*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 



  • You can do it all over if you want. I usually do just around my eyes and forehead and use my regular face cream for my cheeks and nose. I use Avalon Organics vitamin c renewal cream).

  • After I let mine solidify, I whipped it and it just turned into a runny mess. What did I do wrong? It is kinda warm today, is there a fix for this?

    • How long did you whip it for? It could take up to five minutes or so with the mixer until you get that butter like consistently. Also, partially freeze it prior to whipping. Hope next time is more successful for you!

      • i don’t have a hand mixer – only a KitchenAid stand mixer and an immersion blender. will either of these get it the right consistency?

        also – i have shea butter but it’s solid and therefore hard to measure. how many ounces/grams should i use?

        thanks! excited to try this!

        • I would think a stand mixer would work just fine. Shea butter comes solid, but in the recipe you melt it, so it should work out for you.

  • do you think this would help with a rash on the face?

    • Leah,
      I would probably use more drops of Lavender than Frankincense for a face rash. You could also try pure Aloe Vera or Apple Cider Vinegar topically too.

  • Would this work even if I didn’t mix in double boiler? Didn’t read all the directions first :/

    • If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make your own by putting a glass bowl over a saucepan of water as directed in my instructions. Have fun making!!

    • Essential oils are so concentrated, why do you use so many drops of Frankincense and Lavender?

      • Great question. Here’s some helpful information on dilutions:
        Essential oils are very strong and must be diluted (usually in a carrier oil) or incorporated into a finished product such as a massage oil, lotion, or aroma spray. Whether diluting an essential oil or adding it to a finished product, the oil content should only account for 1 to 2% of the total blend. Here is the break down of how much essential oil to add to 1 oz. of carrier oil or to a finished product. These dilutions for 1 oz. can easily be multiplied for larger batches of finished product or divided for a fraction of an ounce.

        We are going to use our conversions from above!

        1% dilution: 1 oz. = 30 ml. = 600 drops of oil. 1% of 600 drops is 6, so………. for 1 oz. of carrier oil or finished product you are going to add 6 drops of essential oil.

        2% dilution: 1 oz. = 30 ml. = 600 drops of oil. 2% of 600 drops is 12, so………. for 1 oz. of carrier oil or finished product you are going to add 12 drops of essential oil.

  • Will the cream liquid if not keep in fridge

    • No, I’ve never had mine liquidify, it stayed in fluffed/cream-like form for the 6 months I used the cream in a mason jar.

  • Hello! I am excited to try this. I have hormonal-acne prone skin. Should I swap out the coconut oil for another oil, or should I be okay? Thanks!

  • Why the Shea butter? Can’t you just mix the oils with the coconut oil?

  • Sandra Gonzalez

    how much almond oil could I add to this recipe?

  • Soo….Is there a subsituite for frankincense or do i have to go back in time when jesus was a baby and ask the 3 wise men for some?Lol

  • Both coconut oil and cocoa butter are comedogenic and could cause clogged pores and break outs.

  • Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe. I also would love to know what sunscreen you use on your daily basis? Thanks again!

  • Coconut oil typically melts above 75 degrees. I chill the batch before I mix it. Also store it in a cool place in the summer. It should solidify better once it starts cooling off outside.

  • I use this once a day at bedtime. Thanks for the question.

  • Hi – what do you think about substituting mango butter in for the shea butter? Last time I used shea butter (raw, unrefined) it left my skin a bit oily/greasy. Or maybe even cutting the shea and coconut back to thirds, and adding mango?

  • If using a mixer, should we wait to stir in oils so that metal will not come into contact with the oils?

  • I made hard lotion bars last week with .4 oz of beeswax, Shea butter, coconut oil and after it is melted very slowly I took it off the heat and added 5 drops ea. of frankincense lavender and melaleuca then I added vit. E (70,000 IU) & pure vit. C oil. It has almost completely cured my grandsons Ezema/dermatitis on his legs!! It’s also doing wonders on my diabetic dry skin!!

  • I can’t wait to try this, can I use on my all over face or just under the eyes and four head like you have said ?, I’m looking to mak an all over face one.

    • Yes, you can absolutely use it all over as well. I initially focused on my trouble spots since I wasn’t used to the “oily” consistency, but now I love it!

  • I wanted to try making this for a party, however glass jars would be pricey to give everyone. Do you think a small plastic container would be okay since it is diluted. Or do I still need to worry about the oil eating the plastic? I just want to make like sample sizes for everyone. Thoughts on using plastic?? Thanks

    • That should be fine to use plastic containers for a small sample. However, I would use the glass jars for larger batches or at least something BPA-free. I would worry about chemicals and toxins leaching in from the plastic over a longer period of time. Usually, it’s just the citrus oils that eat through plastic.

  • I made this a few weeks ago and am so pleased with the results. I am now able to wear 50% less makeup as I no longer need full coverage for my uneven skin and large pores. It has reduced my wrinkles, faded my age spots, and my skin is clearer and smoother over all. I have shared it with several of my family and friends, and they have similar comments. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will be making it for Christmas for all the women in my life!!

    • Thank you for your feedback Carolyn! I’m so glad that had good results with the face cream. Your friends/family will love their DIY Christmas gifts.

    • I would like a recipe for face cream ( for wrinkles ) using Frankensence essential oil.

  • I need something to firm my skin also, could I add something in with this recipie for that , too?

  • I’m new to the DIY world… if I wanted to add vitamin E and C oils- how much should I add as I’m wakeboarding the sweet almond oil? Thanks!! PS hug a vet!(warn us first lol) today!!

    • Welcome to the DIY world Nicole! Once you start, you never go back! 🙂 I would add 1-2 Vitamin E capsules or 1 tsp if you are using the liquid version. I get mine from Plant Therapy.

  • Hi! This sounds and looks wonderful! I am planning on making this soon (hopefully this weekend). I have 2 questions: 1.) Will this also help with dark undereye circles? 2.) If I add Vitamin E from capsules, how much would you suggest, if you had to give a best guess?

    Thank you making this and sharing it with all of us!

    • 1. Yes, coconut oil has been known to help with dark circles under the eyes. 2. I would try 1-2 Vitamin E capsules. Hope you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for your comments.

  • I’m from Singapore where is hot throughout the year. Think coconut oil will liquified. Is there other oil which I can replace with and have a creamy consistency.

  • This cream treatment sounds wonderful, I would like to save the pin and recipe to try out on mature skin. Thank you.

  • This is a great recipe that i will have to try! I will try anything to prevent wrinkles and aging. Understanding aging can really help to prevent it. Some really great information is here:
    It is really informational and is explained by doctors and professionals. I want to do everything I can to prevent aging and live a healthier life.
    Again, great recipe! I will have to let you know how it works for me.

  • Jeniffer richardson

    I am new to do-it-yourself essential oil items and just found this recipe! I made it tonight and am excited to use for a few weeks to see the results! – feeling impatient already!

  • How long does this cream last you?
    Thank you

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  • I might try adding some Rosehip Seed Oil to it also. Is a retinol and would be good for a night cream.

  • Maria Del Castillo

    Would adding a little bee’s wax help with melting… that would also add some befits to lotion right?

    • Dear Maria,

      Do you have a recipe for face cream using Frankincense? I don’t know if you have any wrinkles, but I am interested in knowing if Frankincense really addresses this issue. Do you know anyone else using this ?

      Lupe Osness

      • Lupe,

        I know my reply is long after you asked for the recipe, but better late than never, right!? The answer to your question is… the Frankincense moisturizer recipe that Organic RN shared with everyone is all the way at the top. The ingredient information and diy recipe is all right there, so I hope this helps. Actually, I hope you already ran across the recipe long ago and you’ve already made this, but in the slim chance you haven’t, now you can! I’m going to also make this and whip away a couple lines under my eyes that’s driving me nuts, so hopefully we ALL have excellent results!
        Blessings and peace to all ❤

  • Do you think this would work to replace the coconut oil with a liquid oil like jojoba (or another carrier oil)? Does the shea butter add enough thickness to keep it creamy and not liquid?

  • Thank you for your recipe…
    Instead of shea butter,would this recipe be ok replacing with beeswax,,, and if so,how much ? Thank you.

  • Thank you for your recipe…
    Can i replace shea butter with beeswax,,, and if so,how much ? Thank you.

  • If I don’t own a hand mixer will it still work if I mix it manually?

  • Can I use only the shea butter and not the coconut oil with the EO’s in this recipe?

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  • I am very excited to try this cream! I have Sub type 1Rosacea, just a flushed face whenever I am exposed to the typical triggers. It is very embarrassing when I know my face is as red as Rudolf’s nose. I know there is no cure for Rosacea, however, in addition to the recipe above, do you recommended another blend or something added to the above? I don’t think I will ever get away from the expensive topical I currently use that in fact does work but I am willing to try. I know Rosacea can be helped by adjusting diet but I can’t give give up my hot showers and the sun 🙂
    Thank you in advance!

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  • Shameless plug for my new blog…lol
    I did want to say I’ve been using this recipe for several months and I love it. I just made a new batch and added a little cocoa butter and a few drops of lemon essential oil.
    I made them for Christmas gifts and my family loves it.
    I also wanted to address the comment about coconut oil clogging your pores. The article said it could clog if you have larger pores, it said you can tell if your skin is oily. I have REALLY oily skin and it took awhile for me to be comfortable putting more oil on my face.
    I have to say my skin is actually less oily and I do not have clogged pores after using your recipe. Thanks so much for posting this. I’m going to do a post of my own, may I reference your page? Thanks again.

    • So glad to hear that you’re having success with coconut oil for your skin. Can’t wait to hear more about your blog. Yes, please reference me. Thanks!

  • Where do I find the unrefined shea butter and the vits E and C. My skin was never the same after pregnancy 2 years ago.
    Also to the lady with diabetes dry skin, how did she make the soap? Would love to try! Thanks

  • Sharon Campbell

    Am new to essential oils and needing an anti aging/moisturizer cream. Ingredients I have are rose hip and almond oils, and thinking adding frankincense and lavender. Would this be a good combination and what would the ratios be? Thank you for your time.

    • I would try maybe a 1/2 to 1 tsp of rose hip and almond oils to the existing recipe. Play around with it and see how it turns out! 🙂

  • I keep reading that geranium oil is good for the skin, do you think adding it would help and if so how much. I was also wondering if I could add the oils to a face moisturizer like Simple replenishing moisturizer instead of mixing the Shea butter and coconut oil?

  • Hi!

    I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. Quick question…did you use fractionated coconut oil (that does not solidify) or the solidified kind you can get at the grocery store for cooking? I have both, but I’m wondering which kind you think would be best to keep the creamy consistency.

  • I have been using up old face cream by putting frankincense in it and I have seen the results. I am eager to make this up and start using it. Thank you!

  • I’ve heard Myrrh is an effective anti wrinkle oil, but it is also very expensive. Would you think it is worth the investment or would I be good enough off with Frankensense which I already Have?

    • Myrrh is an excellent oil. Some experience more effectiveness when combined or some prefer one over another. Diffuse both and your body will let you know which to choose. I love the smell of frankincense and it’s perfect in the cream. Both have been used for thousands of years and have historical biblical references.

  • I cannot wait to make this! I just ordered supplies and am waiting for them to come in! I already have my oils! I’ve been using Frankincense and Fractionated Coconut Oil on my face for about three months and have noticed my complexion has evened out! I can wait to actually have a cream! A few drops of Frankincense on a cotton ball makes an awesome astringent! I just THOUGHT my face was clean! No more black heads around my nose, my pores are smaller, fine lines are gone, skin feels tighter and the overall color of my complexion is even! I love this oil! I just bought Myrrh but haven’t used it yet. Thank you for your recipe!!

  • Can I use something else instead of the coconut oil? It breaks me out if I use it on my face. 🙁

  • This is a great recipe for a facial moisturizer! I have used a very similar recipe for months and love the results. But you do not have to purchase your oils from Young Living. They are extremely expensive and despite their claims, they are absolutely not superior to every other oil out there. I buy mine from Plant Therapy, Eden’s Garden and Rocky Mountain Oils. All are pure, excellent oils at very reasonable prices and free shipping.

    • I agree, I also have started buying from plant therapy and I’ve heard great things about Rocky Mountain oils as well. Thanks for the comment Suzette!

  • I just made this and added the essential oils right after I took it off double broiler. Then put it in freezer. I looked at instructions again and it said to wait 30 min before adding essential oils, did I just ruin it? Or will it be ok?

  • Do you know if this would work with cocoa butter instead of Shea? I break out anytime I use shea butter.

  • I am out of Lavender oil, is it okay to just use Frankincense? Is there something else to replace Lavender until mine comes in?

  • Hello, how many batches can you make of you buy the products in the links? I’ve never tried making my own lotions, but after looking at the drug store lotions the other day, I’d rather give this a try. Thanks in advance.

    • Depends on how much or how fast you use it. The wrinkle cream is good for up to 6 months.

    • Hi Jillian, you can make several batches from the products in the links as they are bulk quantities. You can also check your local natural food store for smaller quantities. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  • Chantalle Lavorato

    Hello, I really like this recipe, and made some for myself and my mom. it looks creamy however, when I apply it, it becomes oily. Is this normal or did I do something wrong?

  • What can I substitute the lavender with. The smell make me nauseous.

  • Love love this cream. I have shared with my daughter and sister and they love too!!! Thanks for sharing such an awesome product

  • I love this moisturizer. It not only has made my skin smoother, my skin also looks dewier and younger. I have Rosacia and by adding just a few drops of camomille it has calmed the redness
    right down too.

    • That’s awesome! Glad to hear it’s working so well for you Marina! I like the added touch of camomile too.

  • If I substitute almond oil for the Shea butter, how much do I use?

  • Could I just use it for daily face cream? I’m a teenager and wanted to try homemade face cream.

  • Hi there! I am wanting to make a this for a nightly moisturizer but I also want face cream to use as a daily moisturizer….do you have any suggestions or can I add/take away from this one…or a recipe for a facial cream that’s less oily?

  • Never mind! Lol….just saw your post about the cornstarch!! I will try that

  • Catherine Maone

    Great info…

  • Is there anything you can use instead of coconut oil. I have a reaction from it once and am really scared to try it again.

    Thanks in advance

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