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Want a moisturizer that won’t trigger an outbreak, yet keep your skin soft and supple?

Having oily or combination skin that’s prone to break-out quite often isn’t fun. Sometimes, it feels like there’s nothing you can do right with your skin. What works one day, might not the other day! After going through cycles like these back and forth, you really want something that will moisturize your skin without it triggering a break out.

Oily skin or not, moisturizing isn’t an option. We all need moisturization. Whether store-bought ones work or not, they do cost a fortune. So, I came up with acne-prone and oily skin friendly moisturizer after a lot of searching and experimentation.

The best part – it isn’t difficult and doesn’t cost a lot. While you can get away with skipping moisturizers when you are young and wild, with age, or when you near late twenties and begin to worry about ageing skin signs, you know moisturization is important and not optional. So, here’s what I do.


Argan Oil – 1 Tsp.
Purified Water – 1 Oz.
Rose Water – 1 Oz.
Hemp Seed Oil – 1 Tsp.
Jojoba Oil – 1 Tsp.
Shea Butter – 1 Tsp.
Rosehip Oil – 1 Tsp.
Grapefruit Seed Extract – 1 Tsp.
Carrot Seed Oil – 1 Tsp.
Olivem – 1 Tsp.
Vitamin E Oil – a few drops


Heat up the rose water and distilled water in your double boiler.

Now, measure and add in the oils and emulsifier into it and let them combine well.

Don’t add essential oils including Carrot Seed Oil, Rosehip Oil and Grapefruit Seed Extract and Vitamin E Oil, as yet.

Stir to combine well and when the emulsifier begins to heat with the oils and water it will start to thicken.

Now, remove from heat and let it cool down.

Once it cools down, add in the Rosehip Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Grapefruit seed Extract, Vitamin E Oil and stir to combine.

You can use your hand blender to whip the mixture and blend to get a nice texture, or just transfer to sterilized containers now.

Tips to Tweak the Recipe

This is a very pleasant and floral smelling recipe, due to the use of Rose water. If you are preparing it for your man, then you can swap it another hydrosol, like Green Tea. However, if you don’t prefer Rose, you can use any floral hydrosol instead, including Lavender.

Why These Ingredients

All the ingredients mentioned here, including Hemp Seed Oil, Argan Oil and every other oil listed here are best suited for oily skin. Of course there are other options if you want to swap them.

As for Olivem, it is a natural emulsifier and I try using this when I need an emulsifier for a recipe and Beeswax won’t cut it!

While Leucidal is considered as a natural preservative, there are mixed results with it and some say it isn’t a preservative unless external ingredients are added to it. For now, I decided to go with a sure shot option till I try that out.

As always, feel free to play around with the ingredients and use and swap where you feel like it. Keep us posted with your results. Have you tried Aya Naturals yet? If not try and let us know your feedback.