Homemade Skin Soothing Cream - Everyday Essentials

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Homemade Skin Soothing Cream

Long story short… I have three kids, and each one of them has had pretty bad dry skin issues at some point.  No thanks to me and my overly-sensitive skin genes that I’ve obviously passed on.  With my first two kids, I used coconut oil to conquer it. So, when my youngest, now 8 months, started getting dry skin several months ago, I turned to coconut oil again, but unfortunately, it didn’t have the same effect.  I was at a loss.  The doc finally gave me a prescription.  But I decided to do a little more research and try one more thing before going that route…

Hello essential oils!

After a lot — and I mean A LOT! — of research on eczema, oils, and butters, I narrowed my decision down to the following ingredients:

Using Plant Therapy KidSafe Soothing Cream on Arm

The bottom line is that there are a number of carrier oils, essential oils, and butters that could work here.  But after my personal research, I felt these ingredients were the best (and safest) way to start experimenting. I want to emphasize safe because not all ingredients or quantities are safe for all people, so please do your research if you’re planning to make something similar.

With the goal of making 8 ounces of cream, here are the ingredients and ratios I used:
  • 5 ounces Shea butter (crude/unrefined)
  • 3 ounces Avocado oil OR Coconut oil (I’ve made it both ways with good results either way, although the avocado oil seemed to give me a little more healing power.  You could also choose to use a combination of the two oils, which I’ve done too.)
  • 20 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of Tea Tree essential oil

Using a double boiler, I gently heated up the butter just to the point that it softened enough to combine with the other ingredients.  I was careful not to heat it too much as heating can destroy good properties.

I mixed together the butter and oils, then let it cool a bit.

I then whipped it up to a spreadable consistency.   It took about 5 minutes on high speed to get a good whip.

The results are in!

After about two or three weeks of daily application, my daughter’s skin has cleared up!  The eczema on her arms and legs has completely disappeared and has not returned (and it’s been about 6 weeks).  The area on her back has improved to normal dry skin as opposed to scaly, red eczema. I apply the cream to her back just a couple times a week now, and it really helps to keep it under control.

You’ll notice that the cream is a bit oily upon application.  But the great thing about these particular ingredients is that they absorb quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy feel.

When my family went to the beach a few weeks ago we actually used this as an after-sun balm.  No itching, and no peeling! I’m very excited about this little “discovery” in my life and am so thankful for the good results.  I look forward to continuing my research of butters, carrier oils, and essential oils, and look forward to sharing more results with you in the future!

By Kristi @ Living Unbound

Or you can simply try Plant Therapy’s Skin Soother.


55 thoughts on “Homemade Skin Soothing Cream”

  • I had the same experience! My 8 month old had a horrible eczema rash. I made a mixture of Shea butter and plant therapy’s skin soother and it cleared it right up!

  • Thank you for these very practical recipes! I’m going to add this to my rotation of EO eczema creams for my son. I find that using an immersion hand blender (mixing the ingredients in the cup that comes with it) works pretty well. I also find putting it in the fridge right away helpful as well (then storing at room temp after it’s solidified).

  • Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I am going to definitely try this for my mom. I have made her a blend that works well, but now she needs a cream. All I need is the shea butter and I am all set.

  • I am a new user of essential oils and trying to learn about dry skin care. There have been some very good information for skin care for young kids with eczema. I never had a problem with my skin except very oily skin and acne that i had to take antibiotics for because it was add so severe whrn i was young. Now that i am over 60 yrs old my skin is so dry and have eczema on large parts of my body. Seen a dermatologist and the steroidal salves and special skin creams used twice a day dont work even after longterm use. Looking for alternative. The home made skin cream with shea butter and avocado oil sounds good but if anyone could give me any more help or information would be appreciated.

  • I look forward to making this recipe. I have already made facial lotion & I’m loving it. I’ve been hoping to make body lotion too!

    1. Hi Lisa! If you wanted to use it as a daily moisturizer I would suggest using Silky Soft and only using 20-25 drops total.

    1. We don’t generally recommend using essential oils on those so young. Either carrier oils or hydrosols would be safer options.

  • Would this be safe to continue to use daily? I see that you say “After about two or three weeks of daily application…” but I thought you weren’t supposed to use the same oils daily because you could become sensitized. Is that not true with proper dilution? Just trying to make sure that I do the right thing for my daughter’s eczema. Thanks!

    1. You can use the same essential oils daily for a few weeks, however you will then need to take a break, or use different essential oils. Just as you said, this will help avoid issues of sensitization. You could safely use Tea Tree and Lavender at a total 2% dilution for a few weeks without concern.

  • Awesome cream. Made it up, and within 2 weeks my daughter was a different kid – with very different skin. You almost wouldn’t know she had eczema all over her tummy, chest, back and legs. Thank you so much.

  • I was wondering how long is the self life of this cream? considering there’s no preservative added. If I want to add some Vit. E oil, how many should I use? Thanks

    1. You typically go with the ingredient with the shortest shelf life, in this case I believe it’s the avocado oil so the shelf life would be one year as long as it’s stored in a cool and dark place.

  • I am interested in getting the Plant Therapy Kidsafe eczema helper synergy. Can I use that in place of the Essential oils in this recipe?

  • The shea butter is a solid and the avocado is a liquid…Is the shea butter 5 oz in weight or 5 oz melted liquid measurement?

  • I have very dry and sensitive skin, but not Eczema or Psoriasis would this still be a good cream to work for my type of skin?

  • What is an alternative if your child has tree nut allergies and eczema? We are desparate for something to use. His legs look so raw. He scratches the healing areas open.

    1. I would speak to a doctor regarding your childs’ allergies and see what alternatives (s)he has to offer.

  • I put mine in a double broiler ice bath, then whipped. It set up in about 10 mins. My son has horrible eczema and follicular keratosis and I can already see improvement in his skin.

  • The oils need to be very cold to whip properly, just before they become hard. Try putting in fridge for 30 minutes or outside in winter and it should do the trick!

  • My oil did not whip up either – i have hand held beaters. I will try adding a piece of the shea butter to see if I can get it whipped up. I put the essential oils in about 20 minutes after it melted so I’m confident it should work even in oil form. I am 53 and the exzema became bad in the last year. I have tried every cream there is. So glad a friend passed this along to me.

  • I am so going to try this for my 20 month old!! The question I have is that my husband is very allergic to lavender and I was wondering what else can I use, that would still be as effective.

  • I tried making this but it did not whip as shown. It is still liquid. Not sure what I did wrong. Perhaps too long on the double boiler. Is it still okay to use?

    1. When did you apply the essential oils? As long as you applied them at the very end it will still be OK to use. If the essential oils got cooked then they probably don’t have any therapeutic value left.

    2. Cheryl, it is absolutely still okay to use – it may even harden as it sits – but if you still want to whip it, just add another spoonful or so of shea butter, and that should do the trick.

  • My 4 year old son has recently developed allergies and eczema. It is sad to see it spreading on his little body. 🙁 I really need to be more diligent about applying oil to get it under control. I am going to mix up a chocolately (he loves chocolate!) concoction of pure cocoa butter, almond oil, and cocoa absolute and small amounts of helichrysum and frankincense (two oils that are very helpful). We live in MN so we are facing down a long, cold, dry winter.

    1. I also live in MN and my 1 year old and I suffer from eczema. Do you add the same amount of Helichrysum and Frankincense as the original recipe? I’m asking because I’m not a huge fan of Lavender so I’m looking for some alternative oils. Thanks!!

      1. Hi Jen, I’ve tried a lot of different things to treat my son’s eczema. Unfortunately, it also developed into molluscum bumps and just lately cellulitis (a skin-eating staph infection). There are many e. oils and carrier oils that help, so keep experimenting. It also helps to switch it up to keep the oils working effectively. My latest mix (already seeing a huge improvement) is helichrysum italicum, myrrh, lavender, calendula CO2 extract, and sea buckthorn extract in fractionated coconut oil. You could skip lavender if you want, I’ve never used tea tree just because I don’t like the scent. You could simply mix lotion (I love shea butter brand) with a few drops of myrrh or helichrysum per application. Also, organic coconut oil helps keep a staph infection from taking hold. I stopped using it on my son for a couple weeks or so and he ended up in the E.R. with a staph infection. There is some evidence that eczema sufferers already have staph infection colonizing their skin and exacerbating the eczema. So e. oils and coconut oil help keep it under control. We also supplement vitamin D and C every day for immune system support. We also thinking of cutting way back on sugar because it contributes to inflammation and behavioral problems. I hope it helps- Sierra

      2. Oh, also geranium oil helped a lot but I just couldn’t take the smell!!! It smells like old lady rose perfume to me. 😛

    2. sadly so many young children are getting allergies- Please don’t feed any child (and yourself) any processed foods- Most all contain genetic modified ingredients(GMOs) Buy 100% organic food- better yet- grow it yourself organically. I am not pointing out Just you- this is to all parents.

  • How often did you use this on your daughter? I’m new to essential oils but am looking for a way to manage my 9 month old’s eczema without steroids and head to toe lotion 3-4 times a day. I just want to make sure to use the essential oils (and lotions, etc. that contain them) safely and in appropriate amounts.

    1. I can find out for you how often the writer used this on her daughter but I would personally do it after a bath, it is important to apply lotions or creams when the body is wet. It helps penetrate the lotion or cream deeper which can make all the difference in the success of the application.

    2. I can find this answer out for you if you would like but I would do it after a bath. It is important to apply this eczema cream when the body is wet. It will help the cream penetrate deeper and can make a huge difference in the success of using it.

    3. Hi Elysha! I used it once a day (sometimes twice), and yes, after bathing. It was a week or two before I saw big improvement. I still use it after bathing, a few times a week, just to manage it. And I’ve given it out to some friends who have eczema issues too. I actually find myself using it for my own dry skin on a daily basis too!

      1. Thanks for the advice! Lotion always follows bath time in our house too. In terms of frequency/safety, is it possible to use it too much? I just want to cover my bases 🙂

  • We were using coconut oil too, and then had testing done and found out the kiddo is allergic to coconut! Ugh! Thankfully the testing also identified eggs as the culprit for the eczema itself and it is nearly gone now 🙂 I will keep the avocado oil in mind for flare-ups!

  • do you think this would help keritosis pilaris? my husband and i both have mild cases of it i have it on the back of my upper arms and right above my knees. but my son has gotten it much worse especially in the winter it will spread over his whole body from getting so dry its not so bad in the summer.

  • true… but we can use doterra if it asks for essential oils at all. And… doterra isn’t the end all- be all for everything. As long as it may help… with out steroids… it is good!

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  • Could you use this for psoriasis? Or add some other oils specifically for psoriasis? My little sister has it and I have been trying to find a good solution for the rashes that she gets. Everything I find is for eczema, I wonder if it is because it is more common, or psoriasis is more difficult to treat?

    1. Tea Tree and Lavender are the top two essential oils for Psoriasis in my opinion. Also Helichrysum would be a good one to add as it will help heal the skin once you have taken care of the dryness and itching.

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