Homemade Eczema Cream Recipe

I mentioned in my last post that I started making my own products when I was pregnant the second time [read that post here] but I didn’t start making creams until a few months after that.  I started making creams and lotions because my older daughter, Sasha, has the driest skin I have ever seen!  Nothing from the store was working or if it did work, it stopped working soon after we started using it.  I mean, her dry patches are out of control!  And her face often looks like it’s been wind-burned.  She is SO dry.  I bathe her in colloidal oatmeal, I slather oil all over her, I rub her down with aloe vera gel straight from the plant…I’ve tried just about everything I can think of.  Very little works on her.

Finally, we have found something that does the trick.  This cream is more like an ointment and it does not have a preservative.  It must be refrigerated and it must be used within about 2-3 weeks.  I make it in small batches; this recipe makes 4 ounces.


  • 40 grams shea butter
  • 36 grams colloidal oatmeal tea [see how to make this here]
  • 13 grams raw honey [see how awesome this stuff is here]
  • 5 grams beeswax
  • 20 grams sweet almond oil
  • 8 grams emulsifying wax [optional, it goes a long way toward helping the cream blend well but some people don’t like it]
  • 15 drops rosemary essential oil [optional]


  1. Melt the shea butter, beeswax, sweet almond oil, and emulsifying wax together.  You can use a double boiler or microwave in a glass container in 30 second increments until it’s just melted.
  2. Gently heat the colloidal oatmeal and raw honey, either in the double boiler or microwave for 30 seconds.  You want it to be warm but not too hot to handle.
  3. If you’re using emulsifying wax, simply put the ingredients into a bowl and blend with a stick blender until blended.
  4. If you’re not using emulsifying wax, you will have to gradually stream the oil mixture into the oatmeal/honey mixture while you blend with the stick blender.  Blend until it emulsifies/blends.  It’s possible that it will never truly blend and you may have to mix before each use.  I recommend using the emulsifying wax, especially because it’s used at such a low percentage.
  5. Add the rosemary oil, if using, and stir in.  Pour into containers and REFRIGERATE!


I use this on Sasha along with a homemade cream wash that will be on sale at my Etsy shop soon.  The cream wash is a great alternative to soap because soap is so drying!  Winter is killer on our skin so we try hard to retain moisture.  Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

Check out my Soap & Lotion board on Pinterest for easy ideas

10 thoughts on “Homemade Eczema Cream Recipe

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  2. I would like to add a preservative will it change the effectiveness of the cream? I use Optiphen in all my lotions so I’m hoping that will work.

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  5. I would like to adapt this recipe for my baby. Obviously I’d need to omit the raw honey to be super safe… Can I get away with simply leaving it out or would I need to compensate by adjusting the ingredients or substituting with something else? Thanks in advance!

    • Babies under the age of 1 shouldn’t consume raw honey because of a very small botulism risk but it’s fine on the skin. If you’re really concerned, you could use honeyquat instead

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