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Homemade Neem Oil and Bee Pollen Skin Cream Recipe

Neem Oil & Bee Pollen Skin Cream Recipe

This neem oil and bee pollen skin cream recipe is made from natural ingredients and harnesses the healing power of neem oil and the soothing anti-inflammatory properties of bee pollen.

This natural neem oil and bee pollen skin cream recipe combines the powerful skin care properties of neem oil with the skin soothing, anti-inflammatory properties of bee pollen.

Natural bee pollen is used topically in skin care products to help calm inflammatory conditions and common skin irritations such as psoriasis or eczema. In addition the amino acids and vitamins naturally found in bee pollen are believed to help protect skin as well as aid in cell regeneration.

Neem oil is a naturally anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antifungal carrier oil that has shown to be an effective treatment for those who suffer from dry itchy skin, redness and skin irritation as well as psoriasis, eczema, scabies, acne, skin ulcers and even head lice. I also found that neem oil’s strong antiviral properties can also offer some relief from the pain of shingles. This is based on my grandmother’s experience with my non-greasy lavender body butter recipe I made her for Christmas. It contained a smaller amount of neem oil, however after several applications on the first day of use her pain was diminished.

This neem oil and bee pollen skin cream recipe is made from natural ingredients and harnesses the healing power of neem oil and the soothing anti-inflammatory properties of bee pollen.

Neem Oil & Bee Pollen Skin Cream Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon


1.5 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. sesame oil
.25 oz. lanolin
.25 oz. traditional emulsifying wax
.25 oz. rosehip seed oil
.25 oz. neem oil
2 ml patchouli essential oil
1 ml lavender essential oil
1/2 Tablespoon bee pollen powder (approx. .15 oz.)
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder (approx. .1 oz.)
1 ml vitamin E oil
5 drops rosemary extract, optional
.1 oz. Optiphen Plus (paraben free preservative, optional)


To make this bee pollen skin cream recipe, begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the cocoa butter and emulsifying wax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat at 60% power in the microwave until the ingredients have fully melted. Remove carefully using a pot holder or tea towel as the glass will be hot. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.)

Using measuring spoons measure out the bee pollen and arrowroot powder. Stir into the melted wax and butter until the arrowroot powder has fully dissolved. You may want to use a stick blender for best results if you have one and to avoid a gritty feeling in the final product.

Weigh out the lanolin and stir into the mixture until it dissolves completely.

Now weigh out and add the sesame oil, rosehip seed oil and the neem oil. Mix to combine.

Once the mixture reaches 160°F or less use graduated transfer pipettes to measure out and add the essential oils, rosemary extract and vitamin E. Next, weigh out and add the Optiphen Plus. Mix well with a whisk or fork then pour into containers and allow to fully set up.


This cream does take a while to fully thicken even if you place it in the refrigerator. It can take up to TWO to THREE full days before reaching its final consistency. So be patient. Also as this is a natural product it is affected by temperature more than commercial products. If you live in a warm climate or your house temperature is above 74°F this cream may liquify or lose it’s creamy consistency. (It’s a steady 70°-72°F in my house at this time of the year so I haven’t been able to see how it reacts under warmer temps.) In this case you can either increase the amount of emulsifying wax used – I’d start at additional .1 oz. – or you can swap the emulsifying wax with beeswax. However beeswax will make this product a bit stickier and lend it a more salve like consistency.

To use simply apply to skin as desired on problem areas affected by acne, shingles, cold sores, minor cuts and abrasions, athlete’s foot as well as any other minor skin irritations including eczema and psoriasis.

Here’s some feedback I’ve received on this bee pollen skin cream recipe via my Facebook page: “I tried this recipe and it healed a cold sore in record time.” and “I shared a little jar with my co-worker who had surgery recently and she told me that it’s healing her up and softening her keloid scarring as well. That is a bonus!”

For more care recipes as well as natural alternatives to commercial products follow my boards on Pinterest. You can keep up with all of my new skin care recipes and homemade soap recipes by simply following me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • holly

    January 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    For someone who is allergic to nuts what carrier oil would you suggest?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      January 4, 2015 at 10:49 am

      To sub for the cocoa butter? You’d need another butter or oil with a similar melt point that’s solid at room temp. You could probably use mango butter.

  • Courtney

    January 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    What could be substituted for lanolin?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      January 5, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      There’s not really a natural substitute for lanolin. The closet ingredient with a similar consistency would probably be petroleum jelly but I can’t say how it would perform in the recipe.

  • Carrie

    January 11, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Oddly enough I have all of these ingredients just hanging out in my fragrance fridge! I’m going to try this!

  • Sylvia

    January 23, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Hi Rebecca. …I’m.excited about trying your recipe for the cold process soap- patchouli and granola crunch…
    However I’m curious about hearing what your response was for the last comment from someone else who tried it and apparently it didn’t go well for her at all. I don’t want to buy these ingredients and my batch fails. I looked for a response but couldn’t find one from you. Thanks in advance.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      January 23, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      I don’t always see all the comments especially on older posts. I went back and checked on this one. Assuming everything was done correctly – again I don’t recommend a complex recipe for first time soapmakers – it sounded like it could have just needed more time before it was unmolded and cut as I did not discount the water on this recipe as much as some of the others I have done. But as she did not follow up and I don’t know if everything was weighed correctly it’s hard to say. A soft soap that’s just been made and is no more than a day old doesn’t mean the recipe failed. I’ve had many soaps that were a little soft to the touch when I first unmolded them. This can be because of various factors like the final hardness of the bar based on the properties of ingredients used – some soaps just aren’t hard – or whether a steep water discount was done or not.

      I had no issue creating the neem oil skin cream recipe although you do have to be patient. A lot of people have thought a recipe failed because it wasn’t the right consistency after several hours when in fact two days later it was perfect. Humidity and temps can affect the time things take to pan out in natural products. You can always try it first with an inexpensive carrier oil in place of the other carrier oils. But should the recipe for this not thicken up enough for you after the two day period you can simply remelt and add a bit more wax.

    2. Lynne Simms

      February 13, 2015 at 11:06 am

      That may have been me who had posted a comment in regards to the Patchouli Granola Crunch recipe.
      It did come out a bit soft ,so I was a bit worried being it was one of my 1st times making soap and the ingredients were a little costly, but let me tell you, it cured to being a fabulous batch of soap !! It turned out picture perfect and I had so many people that LOVED IT !!!
      The great thing is once you have all those ingredients you don’t have to go out and buy more to make more batches.
      Rebeccas recipes are great and I love her website!!!

      1. Rebecca D. Dillon

        February 13, 2015 at 6:53 pm

        I’m so glad it worked out for you! Thanks for the feedback. 🙂

  • Kimberly H

    February 13, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Looks like a great recipe! Where do you get your jars? Thanks 🙂

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      February 13, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      These specific jars are plastic jars from New Directions Aromatics. I’m not sure if they still sell them or not but there is a $100 minimum order and if you only buy samples they cost way more than buying them in bulk. I had a few leftover from where I had sold my coffee eye cream in these a while back.

  • Trina

    March 1, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    What size jar do you put the recipe in?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      March 2, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      It makes around 3.5 oz. by weight. So it would fit easily in a 4 oz. jar with room to spare or you could squeeze it into three 1 oz. jars.

  • Mariana

    March 27, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Hi Rebecca!!!

    Congrats!!! I love following your newsletter and website. Thanks for all the tips and recipes, advices, free ebooks at pinterest,etc
    I would like to ask you a question. I have a friend who suffer a bad psoriasis in her scalp, she ´ve already tried all the conventional treatments but nothing works. Do you think that the neem ,bee pollen cream would help her adding tea trea essential oil to the formula? I would like to have your opinion.
    Thanks a lot,
    from Mar D Jabones

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      March 27, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      You could simply add neem oil to the shampoo in this case.

  • dina scokin

    April 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    hi! would you sell the pollen and ne em cream?
    i am to old to play with all of this good engedients, 84 next week and have a problem with my scalp it is very dray and since it itches ii scrached so hard i am bleading.
    i see the ingredients in your cream are heling and helping with pain and itching.
    please again i want to buy this producy from you. i went to 2 dermatologists, my doctor and none helped, only got Steroid Creams anall is the same.
    best regards

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      April 28, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Sorry I am not making and selling this one.

  • Marina

    June 1, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    If I will use taman oil instead of neem oil (I can’t bear the smell ) will be ok?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      June 1, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      You can use tamanu but it won’t have the same properties as if you used neem oil. Honestly, with the essential oils cover the smell of the neem oil so it shouldn’t be an issue if all you’re concerned with is the scent.

  • Laura

    June 4, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Hello, I am hoping to make this in the next few days as my skin is horrible.
    I’m just wondering, as I am in Australia.. you have some things listed as ml. and some as oz. But the ones listed as oz. are liquid forms also, so do i convert them to ml or grams?
    fluid oz is .25 = 7.5ml
    oz is .25 = 7 grams

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      June 4, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Per instructions the ounces are being weighed so you’d convert that to grams and weigh them. The essential oils in ml are a liquid measurement and are measured in fluid ml.

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