Coffee Butter Face Cream

While scrolling through our website looking at reviews, I ran across one that mentioned a Coffee Butter Face Cream. I was intrigued, so I decided to create my own formula. Not knowing what the reviewer uses other than our Coffee Butter, that’s where I’ll begin.

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As I think about what would feel wonderful on my face, Coffee Butter definitely fits the bill. It’s a creamy butter that combines hydrogenated vegetable oil, sweet almond oil, and coffee oil. And it smells just fantastic, so I’m excited to have that in a cream I’ll apply to my face.

To round out the formula, I’ll first choose Cranberry Seed Oil. Its naturally occurring tocopherols and highly unsaturated profile provide nourishment to the skin and superior moisturizing qualities. My face needs this!

Squalane is a natural moisturizer and lubricator, and it helps create non-greasy formulations. Some of my favorite lotions and creams contain Squalane. For this formula, I’ll use Squalane Oil. (We also offer Squalane Butter, which is equally amazing!)

I’m also going to use a bit of Cocoa Butter to thicken the formula. Interestingly, Cocoa Butter is one of three ingredients approved by the FDA as a barrier ingredient that provides an occlusive layer on our skin (the other two are dimethicone and allantoin). However, it’s our recommendation to avoid making claims, which leaves your product a cosmetic that is not regulated by OTC drug standards.

The other necessary ingredients for a lotion or cream include an emulsifier (I’ll use Conditioning Emulsifier for its velvety finish), a humectant (Glycerin is a nice choice for facial products), and most important, a preservative.

I’m not going to include any fragrance in deference to the natural delicious scents of the Coffee Butter and Cocoa Butter.

Join me in the workroom to craft this facial lotion.

What You’ll Need


Distilled Water
Coffee Butter
Squalane Oil
Cranberry Seed Oil
Cocoa Butter
Conditioning Emulsifier
Liquid Germall Plus


Microwave-safe container
Silicone Scraper
Jars and Lids


71.5% Distilled Water
10% Coffee Butter
5% Squalane Oil
3% Cranberry Seed Oil
3% Cocoa Butter
4% Conditioning Emulsifier
3% Glycerin
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus

100-gram Test Batch

71.5 grams Distilled Water
10 grams Coffee Butter
5 grams Squalane Oil
3 grams Cranberry Seed Oil
3 grams Cocoa Butter
4 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
3 grams Glycerin
0.5 gram Liquid Germall Plus

16-oz Batch

11.44 ounces Distilled Water
1.6 ounces Coffee Butter
0.8 ounce Squalane Oil
0.48 ounce Cranberry Seed Oil
0.48 ounce Cocoa Butter
0.64 ounce Conditioning Emulsifier
0.48 ounce Glycerin
0.08 ounce Liquid Germall Plus


Weigh everything but the preservative into the microwave-safe container. Heat in short time bursts until everything is melted.

Blend thoroughly with the immersion blender until the emulsion forms. Check the temperature; cool to less than 120ºF, then add Liquid Germall Plus. Stir well.

Surprisingly, this cream was still fluid enough after it had cooled to about 116ºF to pour, so I poured it into jars. Be sure to allow the cream to cool completely in the jars before capping.

Ingredients before melting.

Blending the emulsion.


This is a luscious formula! I used it first on the backs of my hands to test it. It didn’t rub in super fast, so it was easy to get enough time to spread it out to cover all my skin. I love the feeling!

It intrigued me enough to get me to run to the bathroom to wash my face. I wanted to see what this cream felt like on freshly washed skin. It feels wonderful! Smooth and silky and delightful!

If you really want a coffee/cocoa scent, I recommend fragrancing this cream with our Mokalata Fragrance Oil at a low usage rate. The natural fragrance of the cream is fleeting, though it is pleasant. I’m not a fan of heavily scented facial products, so there is that to consider.

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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