Orange and Ylang Ylang – Facial Moisturizer For Dry Skin

Orange and Ylang Ylang - Facial Moisturizer For Dry Skin Lifehyme

This is an intermediate level formula facial moisturizer. It features nourishing luxury oils such as argan, avocado, macadamia and squalane, which will soften dry skin on the face.

The moisturizer will keep the skin nice and supple with the help of glycerin, rose hydrosol and allantoin. Moisturizers can be formulated for different skin types and with different skin feels (lightweight, medium weight and heavy weight for example).

Directions For Use

Apply after cleansing or after the use of a toner or facial mist.

Potential Substitute Ingredients

You could use a different hydrosol (or replace it with extra purified water). If you don’t have guar gum, xanthan gum can be used instead. You could substitute the carrier oils for other oils of your choice, and use different essential oils. If you want to use a different emulsifier then you’d need to experiment to find the right amount to use.


Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Storing creams and lotions in airless pump dispensers minimizes the risk of contamination. Apply with clean hands.

Approximate shelf-life: six months.

Creams can have a much longer shelf-life but you will need to have microbiological and stability testing carried out to determine the shelf-life. Read more about product testing here: A guide to cosmetic product testing and safety assessments.


Phase Ingredient INCI Function w/w%
A Purified water (eg deionized or distilled) Aqua Solvent 37.5
A Rose hydrosol Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water Solvent, fragrance 30.0
A Glycerin Glycerin Humectant 2.0
A Allantoin Allantoin Skin conditioning, soothing 0.2
B Olivem 1000 Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate Emulsifier 6.0
B Cetyl alcohol Cetyl Alcohol Thickener, stabilizer 2.0
B Olive squalane Squalane Emollient 5.0
B Argan oil Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil Emollient 5.0
B Avocado oil Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Emollient 5.0
B Macadamia nut oil Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil Emollient 5.0
B Guar gum Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum Thickener, stabilizer 0.5
C Ylang ylang essential oil Cananga Odorata Flower Oil Fragrance, active ingredient 0.3
C Sweet orange essential oil Citrus Sinensis Fruit Oil Fragrance, active ingredient 0.5
C Cosgard Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol Preservative 1.0


Ingredients Weight in grams (for a 100g batch) Weight in ounces (oz) for a 4 oz batch
Purified water (eg deionized or distilled) 37.5 1.5
Rose hydrosol 30 1.2
Glycerin 2 0.08
Allantoin 0.2 0.008
Olivem 1000 6 0.24
Cetyl alcohol 2 0.08
Olive squalane 5 0.2
Argan oil 5 0.2
Avocado oil 5 0.2
Macadamia nut oil 5 0.2
Guar gum 0.5 0.02
Ylang ylang essential oil 0.3 0.012 (approx 9 drops)
Sweet orange essential oil 0.5 0.02 (approx 15 drops)
Cosgard 1 0.04


  1. Weigh all the ingredients of phase A in a container.
  2. Weigh phase B ingredients in a separate container.
  3. Heat both phases in a water bath to 70°C (158°F) and keep this temperature for 20 minutes. To account for water evaporation during heating, weigh the container with phase A ingredients before heating and take a note of the weight. After the time has passed, weigh the container again to see how much water evaporated. Add the appropriate amount of distilled/deionized water to compensate for any water lost during heating.
  4. Mix the phases together and emulsify using a stick blender.
  5. Cool the emulsion in a cold water bath, stir during cooling down.
  6. When the temperature reaches 40°C (104°F) add phase C ingredients, mix thoroughly.
  7. Package into your container of choice.
You may also like:

Related Posts

Leave a Reply