Soothing Frankincense Face Cream for All Skin Types (DIY Beauty Recipe)

Katie Wells Avatar

Reading Time: 4 minutes

This post contains affiliate links.

Read my affiliate policy.

frankincense face lotion
Wellness Mama » Blog » Beauty » Soothing Frankincense Face Cream for All Skin Types (DIY Beauty Recipe)

What’s an ancient remedy for hemlock poisoning, used by Cleopatra, and burned in some churches?

If you guessed frankincense, you got it right! Resin from this tree has been used in skincare, medicine, and religious ceremonies for thousands of years. This tree’s soothing and clarifying properties make it the ideal ingredient in frankincense face cream.

Why Frankincense Face Cream?

Buckle up because there’s a whole lot that frankincense can do!

It has a long history of use to reduce pain and inflammation, but scientists are continually discovering more about frankincense.

A 2015 article in European Review looked at how frankincense could help cancer patients. Not only did the frankincense cream reduce their painful skin inflammation, but it did it without any side effects.

This resin also fights a broad range of pathogens on the skin, including viruses, cold sores, and fungi (like candida). While the skin on our face might not be that damaged (hopefully!), the point is frankincense is calming and restorative for a wide range of skin issues.

According to a 2007 article in Phytomedicine, its antibacterial properties are thought to help with acne and eczema.

Plus it just smells amazing!

Does Frankincense Help With Wrinkles?

In a 2010 randomized controlled trial, frankincense cream reduced signs of aging and damage from UV light, like wrinkles and dark spots. Participants also had:

  • smoother skin
  • fewer fine lines
  • increased elasticity
  • less oil secretion (which means fewer clogged pores)

Which Frankincense Should I Buy?

There are a lot of varieties of frankincense essential oil on the market. Some are better quality than others, and some smell better than others. But there’s another big concern:

Essential oils use a lot of plant material and can easily have a negative environmental impact. Frankincense trees in general are overharvested, especially the species Boswellia sacra.

Because of these concerns, I recommend getting the essential oil from a company that ethically and sustainably sources their materials like Plant Therapy.

Face Cream, Serum, Lotion: What’s the Difference?

Serum, lotion, cream…what’s the difference? And why would you pick one over the other?

Serums are a blend of liquid ingredients (like this vitamin C serum, a favorite of mine), while lotions and creams are both thickened emulsions of water and oil. While lotions have a higher water content, creams are thicker and tend to have more oil.

Although technically face creams contain water-based ingredients, this one sticks to oils. Why? Less (or no) water means the recipe lasts longer without using preservatives. For the sake of safety and simplicity, we’re leaving the water out of this frankincense face cream.

No Coconut Oil?

While I’ve given water the boot, you may notice another popular skincare ingredient is missing.

Coconut oil is great for so many things, including lotion, but it does have a few drawbacks.

It’s highly comedogenic, meaning it clogs pores. Not good news for those with acne, clogged pores, or similar skin issues on their face. Some also find it strangely drying.

To be on the safe side, this face cream uses other face-friendly oils.

Customizing Your Frankincense Face Cream

The beauty of making your own face cream? You can customize it for your skin!

Carrier Oil

Basically any liquid carrier oil will work, but some are more suited to certain skin types.

  • Grapeseed oil  – a lighter oil that absorbs fast and is good for oily to normal skin types
  • Sweet almond oil – Still on the lighter side and good for normal to dry skin types.
  • Avocado oil – A thicker oil that’s good for mature or dry skin
  • Olive oil – A heavier oil for mature or dry skin

Essential Oils

Obviously we’re using frankincense here, but there are other essential oils that blend well with the frankincense. All of these essential oils are skin safe and smell good with frankincense.

  • Geranium – Helps with acne, congested skin, dermatitis, eczema, oily complexion, mature skin, damaged skin.
  • Lavender – Helps with acne, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation, psoriasis, and damaged skin.
  • Cypress – Good for oily skin, wounds, and tightening veins.
  • Orange – Brightens dull complexions, improves circulation and oily complexions.

Mango vs Shea Butter

Mango butter is a similar consistency to shea, but it’s more astringent. This makes it good for more oily skin or even normal skin.

If you have dry skin, stick to shea butter.

Whipped Face Cream With Frankincense Oil

You don’t have to whip this, but I love the texture of a whipped frankincense face cream. It feels so airy and smooth! The best way is to use the whisk attachment on a stand or hand mixer. I don’t recommend a hand whisk. It takes forever and the results are disappointing at best.

frankincense face lotion
4.08 from 63 votes

DIY Frankincense Face Cream

Whip up this nourishing DIY face lotion perfect for dull, tired, or aging skin
Yield: 3.5 ounces
Author: Katie Wells



  • In a double boiler or a heat safe glass bowl, add the butter, liquid oil, and beeswax. If using a bowl, perch it on top of a pot filled halfway with water to create a double boiler effect.
  • Gently heat the ingredients until they’re completely melted, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and add the essential oils and vitamin E.
  • Transfer the mixture to a metal mixing bowl and put in the freezer for about 15 minutes or until solid. The mixture should be firm but not frozen.
  • Using a hand mixer or the whisk attachment on a stand mixer to whip the face cream until it’s fluffy and creamy.


  • Storage: Store in a cool, dry place away from heat and light. The shelf life depends on the exact ingredients used, but should be from 6-12 months.
  • Note: If you don’t want to whip the face cream, then transfer it to the storage container instead and freeze until cool. Let the mixture cool slightly first before pouring into the container to avoid burns or breakage.

This article was medically reviewed by Madiha Saeed, MD, a board certified family physician. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

Have you ever made your own beauty products? Will you try this frankincense face cream?

Katie Wells Avatar

About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


22 responses to “Soothing Frankincense Face Cream for All Skin Types (DIY Beauty Recipe)”

  1. Melissa Avatar

    I’ve made this and the coconut oil scrub before and love them but I’ve struggled to find a container that doesn’t leak oil if it melts a bit when I travel for example. What containers do you prefer. I’d love recommendations!

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      I haven’t found a container that doesn’t leak warm coconut oil, but if you put electrical tape around the lid where it meets the container it helps to mitigate any leaking during transit.

  2. Liz Avatar

    Thank you for this! Sounds amazing! How many ounces will this make using your exact measurements?

  3. Diane Avatar

    5 stars
    I love this recipe for my skin, but mine never gets fluffy. Should I add more bees wax?

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      More beeswax will make it harder and will make it feel heavier on the skin, not necessarily make it whip better. The final texture isn’t as fluffy as marshmallow fluff, but it should have some air in it and feel creamy.

  4. Margaret Black Avatar
    Margaret Black

    5 stars
    I have tried several versions and have loved all except with Olive Oil. The Olive Oil version seems too oily and doesn’t absorb quickly enough for me.

    Tonight I am experimenting with a different brand of grapeseed oil and how to freeze properly if you double the recipe. Thanks in advance for any ideas!

  5. Janet Hellmann Avatar
    Janet Hellmann

    Would adding myrrh essential oil be beneficial? If so, how many drops? Thanks!

  6. Sandra Morrow Avatar
    Sandra Morrow

    I LOVE this recipe! It has been a wonderful addition to my skincare routine. I’ve used it post sunburn and had little to no peeling and a nice tan afterwards (I’m very pale so this is rare!). I’ve been able to stop wearing foundation because my skin tone seems more even. Next I’ll be trying it on my sons eczema.
    My question though…. I took it on a trip and it melted. I’ve refrigerated it but it still seems to melt once it’s at room temp again. Do I need to freeze it again? Should I whip it again??

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      You could try melting another 1-2 teaspoons of beeswax in a double boiler, add the soft cream, cool and then re-whip. Even if the consistency is soft it should still do the job though!

      1. Sandra Morrow Avatar
        Sandra Morrow

        I might try that! I have been using it in its soft state still because I just love it that much!

  7. Robin Avatar

    4 stars
    I really love this cream & I just made it as a Mother’s Day gift but it always has little clumps when I whip it. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Barbara Avatar

      I don’t know what ingredients you used, but I’ve had little clumps (very tiny!) when I used shea butter. I think this has something to do with the time it takes to cool the mixture. I’ve avoided it happening again by pulling the bowl from the freezer every 10-15 minutes, stirring the mixture vigorously, and putting it back in the freezer again, and repeating the process. It’s more hands-on time for me, but then I like the outcome better.

  8. Lisa Avatar

    I am planning to make this recipe and am wondering what’s the purpose of the beeswax and could I leave it out. I tend to react to it.

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      The beeswax thickens this and makes it a lotion consistency. Candelilla wax could be substituted but the consistency will be a little different, you may need to use a little less wax to get a good lotion consistency. If you leave out the wax altogether it will be more like a thick oil and may or may not separate.

  9. Shazia Avatar

    Hi, wondering if I can use the Frankincense Carterii instead of the one you mentioned? Both are from “plant therapy” but have different names. One is Serrata and the other says Carterii. Do these names listed right under the actual name make a huge difference? What does this mean?

  10. Kathy DeGradd Avatar
    Kathy DeGradd

    Hi Kate. Love your podcasts. Will make this face cream. Great directions.

  11. Eberly Avatar

    I love this and I’m planning to make this whipped face cream for friends and family as a Christmas gift this year! Wondering though, what size container do I need for the amount made from this recipe? I imagine whipping it requires a slightly larger container…would love advice!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating