Rich and Nourishing Moisturising Cream ~ Joyfully Vegan!

Happy New Year – and happy Veganuary 2018!

I’m a big supporter of Veganuary. If you haven’t heard of it – Veganuary is a charity which encourages everyone to sign up and try Vegan for the month of January and beyond.

When I decided to adopt a plant based diet, nearly three years ago, I had a lot of questions. The Veganuary website was incredibly helpful, and is packed with easy to read information about any questions you may have at the beginning of your journey. From the animals, the environment, health and nutrition.. there is even a Vegan starter kit, with everything you need to know about starting your vegan journey.

Image Credit: Brooke Lark
Image Credit: Brooke Lark

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, there is more to following a Vegan lifestyle than the food you eat. And when you start to delve a little deeper, it’s amazing at how many animal products are in other everyday lifestyle items. From our clothes and furniture, to our cleaning and beauty products.

Indigo Herbs are sponsoring Veganuary again this year, and asked if I would like to make a Vegan Beauty product this month. I’ve made lots of moisturising balms previously, but this time I wanted to make a moisturising cream. My children have very dry and sensitive skin, and I’m always trying new products, but I find that many rich moisturising creams contain ingredients such as lanolin (from sheep’s wool) or beeswax.

The cream I have created is beautifully rich and moisturising,with a combination of sweet almond oil and peach kernel oil. Peach kernel oil is a wonderful ingredient, full of minerals, vitamins and skin nourishing fatty acids. It’s also great for dry and sensitive skin. I’ve fragranced the cream using Indigo Herbs’ ‘Joy’ essential oil blend. This is an uplifting, blues beating bless of grapefruit, bergamot and lemon essential oils. Perfect for beating the January blues!

Vegan Moisturising Lotion

You will need:

3 g Cacao Butter

1 tsp Candelilla Wax

1 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil 

1 tbsp Peach Kernel Oil

3 tbsp Rosewater  (I also have a post with a tutorial on how to make your own rose water here)

2 tsp Emulsifying Wax 

10 drops ‘Joy’ Essential Oil Blend

Pyrex Jug

Small saucepan

Wooden spoon or spatula

Clean glass jar in which to store your cream

Vegan Moisturising Lotion


  1. Melt the cacao butter, candellila wax, almond oil and peach kernel oil together in a pyrex jug or glass bowl over a saucepan of water.
  2. Next, gently warm the rosewater in a small saucepan, melting the emulsifying wax into it.
  3. Add the mixture of oils and waxes into the saucepan with the rosewater and emulsifying wax, and continuously stir with your spatula until you have mixed a cream.
  4. Add 10 drops of the essential oil blend and stir well to evenly distribute the oil.
  5. Decant your cream into your clean glass jar.

This recipe will make around 85g of cream, which will keep for up to two weeks in a cool place.

The cream is wonderful for use on dry skin, particularly chapped hands. And the fragrance is amazing! I hope you enjoy.

If you would like to find out more about Veganuary, please visit

Indigo Herbs are proud sponsors of Veganuary and their website has an amazing selection of Vegan friendly products and recipes at

This is a collaborative post with Indigo Herbs of Glastonbury

Vegan Moisturising Cream


About The Author


Mama of two beautiful boys. I’m veggie, vintage loving, a bit of a crafter and a bit of a hippy. I love the countryside and pretty things.


  1. Christy | 3rd Jan 18

    I adore the idea of making your own cream. I use a lot of essential oils and can already imagine the mix I’d like, but I never really thought about how to put it together in a cream before. A great way to be sure you know what ingredients are being used – and that they’re cruelty free.

  2. Yeah Lifestyle | 3rd Jan 18

    I have never made my own moisturizer before so this is a fabulous post, its great to see that its so simple to do and vegan as well. Probably much more safer than a lot of other products being sold in the market now.

  3. Leigh Travers | 3rd Jan 18

    After a year of being vegetarian, I’m doing Veganuary this month! I’ve never before made my own beauty product but this seems pretty simple and it would be so nice to know exactly what ingredients are going into your own beauty products!
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  4. Laura Dove | 3rd Jan 18

    Ooh I never thought to make my own moisturiser before but what a great idea! So much more natural and you know exactly what’s in it!

  5. Jenni | 4th Jan 18

    I love the idea of making my own products and knowing exactly what is in them. This sounds like a fab moisturiser, my son has dry skin too so it would suit us both x

  6. Rhian Westbury | 4th Jan 18

    I didn’t realise quite what stuff when into the products we use until I started looking at the ingredients. While I am not vegan I do try and use cruelty free/ vegan stuff where I can x
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  7. Lynne Harper | 4th Jan 18

    I have been thinking so much about turning vegan lately. I do buy cruelty free and vegan friendly products ATM I love the fact that you have created and made your own cream :)

  8. Kara | 4th Jan 18

    I love the thought of making my own cream, I bet it smells divine
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  9. Emily Leary | 4th Jan 18

    I suffer from dry and sensitive skin so I love the idea of making my own moisturising cream! I’ll definitely have to give this one a try.

  10. Sarah Bailey | 4th Jan 18

    I’ve always wondered about making my own products but it is something I have never done before, I love the fact it means you know exactly what has been put into the product.
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  11. Hannah | 5th Jan 18

    This cream sounds great. I have dry skin so this sounds like it would be very good for me

  12. Laura H | 5th Jan 18

    Can’t believe you made this yourself – I am very impressed! I am trying to live more “sustainably” this year so I should give this a crack!

  13. Helen | 5th Jan 18

    Your cream looks lovely, I bet it smells amazing too! I love making my own products it’s great knowing exactly what has gone in to something I put on my skin and knowing there’s no hidden nasties.
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  14. adriana | 5th Jan 18

    This sounds like such an amazing idea! I definitely need to try this out – especially having sensitive skin!

  15. Baby Isabella | 5th Jan 18

    This post is fascinating and we’ve seen people talking about Veganuary, so going to pop over and find out more on their website. Love the sound of the moisturising cream too!
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  16. Tanya Brannan | 6th Jan 18

    I have honestly never thought about making my own moisturiser, but this is perfect. Seems really simple, but the best thing is knowing exactly what is going onto your skin, as you’ve chosen it all!

  17. Jason | 15th Jan 18

    I had no idea you can create your own moisturizer, let alone have it be Vegan friendly! Ill have to give this a shot – thanks for the share!
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