Green Tea infused Coconut Moisturizer

This luxuriously creamy green tea-infused coconut moisturizer is everything we could’ve dreamed of and more. With hydrating coconut oil and our antioxidant-packed Japanese Sencha green tea, this ultra-rich formula has been keeping our skin silky smooth and moisturized 24/7. We even added a few drops of soothing eucalyptus oil for an extra cooling effect – perfect after a day in the sun. If it doesn’t leave your skin feeling like a million bucks, we don’t know what will.

The perfect Mother’s Day gift

Want to gift it to mom for Mother’s Day? Seal your freshly whipped moisturizer in a clear mason jar and wrap a pretty ribbon around the lid for a pop of colour. Don’t forget to tack on one of our cute tea-filled gift tags! Because it just wouldn’t be the ultimate gift without a delicious cup of tea to sip on.

Want to see more tea-infused beauty recipes? Share your suggestions in the comments. And while you’re at it, tell us how your tea-infused moisturizer turned out! Don’t forget to snap a pic and share it with us on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #DTrecipes.

Green tea moisturizer

Green Tea-Infused Coconut Moisturizer


  • 2 Perfect Spoonfuls of Japanese Sencha tea
  • 2 cups + 3 tbsp hot water
  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 8 drops eucalyptus or another essential oil (optional)


Step 1
Steep tea in 3 tbsp hot water for 10 seconds to soften the leaves. Strain to discard water and set tea leaves aside.
Step 2
Add coconut oil in a large metal or glass mixing bowl.
Step 3
In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a simmer over medium heat.
Step 4
Place heatproof bowl with coconut oil over saucepan to create a double boiler (same way you would for melting chocolate). Make sure coconut oil doesn’t boil – you don’t want it to lose its beneficial properties.
Step 5
Once melted, stir in the softened tea leaves and essential oil of your choice (optional). Then turn heat down to lowest setting and simmer for 30 minutes and remove from heat.
Step 6
Over a medium bowl, strain tea from oil with cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer, squeezing the tea leaves to exact all the moisture.
Step 7
Let the coconut oil mixture cool in the fridge until almost solid. About 30 minutes.
Step 8
Remove mixture from fridge and whip with hand or stand mixer on high for 3-5 minutes, until very creamy.
Step 9
Store in an airtight container at room temperature. For optimal freshness, use within 2 weeks.
Step 10
Pro Tip: If your room gets too hot and the moisturizer melts, cool it off in the fridge before rewhipping. Good as new! Makes 1 cup of moisturizer.

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17 Responses to Green Tea infused Coconut Moisturizer

  1. Susan May 4, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

    This all sounds lovely, but you can’t mix oil and water without an emulsifier. Any success you’ve had with this recipe is thanks to the brute force of mixing it. It will separate before you know it.

    If you use water in a moisturizer, you must use a preservative. This product has a shelf life of about two days. Finally, never ever use tea in a body care product. This will lead to contamination in a day or two, and you’ll be slathering bateria, mold, and yeast all over your body without knowing it.

    This recipe is dangerous and doomed to failure. Please remove it.

    • DAVIDsTEA May 5, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

      The whisking effect acts as the emulsifier to get the right consistency – if you find the oil and water separating, simply whip it back together before applying to your skin. The reason for using water was to make it more accessible to customers, but if you have suggestions for an emulsifier, we’d be happy to hear it! As for shelf life, like most DIY beauty recipes, for ultimate freshness we suggest using within two weeks at room temperature.

      • Susan May 5, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

        I teach lotion making and write books and articles on the topic. I say this to establish that I know what goes into making a safe and well made lotion. This recipe is not safe or well made. It’s easy to make a simple lotion with a few ingredients, so I have no idea why you would choose this one. I gather it’s because it includes tea, which should never be used in any DIY product created by an experienced crafter, let alone a beginner. The fact that you add the tea back to your “lotion” is guaranteed to introduce botanical matter, which is a magnet for microbes.

        An emulsion requires an emulsifier, heating and mixing with a high shear mixer like a stick blender or a low shear like a hand mixer. A whisk isn’t appropriate for any lotion. For this one, nothing will make it come together for more than a day, if you’re lucky. Separation is a sign of failure. A well made lotion doesn’t separate.

        There are myriad emulsifiers that would work for a recipe from emulsifying wax to Incroquat BTMS-50 to Aristoflex, but nothing will save this recipe as we have no idea how much to use when you measure your ingredients by volume.

        I have a fantastic and safe beginner recipe I would be happy to share with your readers that contains water, an oil of your choice, an emulsifier, and a preservative. It’s simple, safe, and foolproof.

        I can’t stress enough that this recipe is dangerous and will hurt someone. It doesn’t have a shelf life of two weeks without a preservative. I have no idea where you found this recipe, but it is a failure of epic proportions. if you don’t believe me, I’d be happy to try this recipe and measure the amount of contamination after two weeks, if you’d like. I’m fact, I think I’ll do that tomorrow and post the results on my site in two weeks along with my contamination test kit. I wonder if you’ll listen to me then?

      • karen May 6, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

        2 Weeks are you kidding me? By then thousands of microbes have grown and contaminated the product.

      • Heather May 6, 2017 at 7:14 pm #

        ******Please do NOT use the recipe!!! It’s dangerous!**** I hope that David’s Tea will remove this recipe ASAP or at least reformulate it without water. Without a preservative, this current formulation will grow mold and bacteria within 1-2 days (2 weeks later & you could have a VERY serious skin infection from using this recipe). David’s Tea, you can simply update this to remove the water. You can infuse tea into oil & then you don’t need a preservative. As this recipe is currently listed, I worry someone will make (or god forbid sell this to someone), they will get a serious skin infection & then sue you. I know your intentions are good, but if there is water in a product, then you must use a water based preservative to prevent mold & bacteria growth which happens as soon as 1-2 days of the product being made.

      • pear May 6, 2017 at 11:46 pm #

        @ DavidsTea. “The whisking effects acts as the emulsifier to get to the right consistency” is so wrong and shows little to no knowledge of how emulsifiers work. An emulsifier is an ingredient same as the oil or the tea in that recipe, IT CANNOT BE REPLACED by a mechanical or physical action. your recipe contains water, not a lot, but enough for bacteria, yeast, molds to grow in this product especially when the temperature is higher. YOU NEED TO USE A PRESERVATIVE. It won’t last two weeks. last the choice of coconut oil with a melting point of 24˚C or 76˚F is questionable. During spring or summer this will melt easily in the container and could strain what is around it. I really can understand that you are trying to have more uses of your tea but your customers’ safety should be your priority. There are people qualified enough to help you develop good, safe recipes. Please contact them it is for your company’s own reputation

      • Susan May 8, 2017 at 1:38 am #

        I’ve written a fairly lengthy article about your recipe and why it should be avoided. I’m not trying to be awful; My goal is always about well made, safe products.

        [external link]

  2. gruvee May 5, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

    Susan’s right though

  3. Michele May 5, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

    Can I use other teas for this, such as Mango Madness, or does it only work with green teas?

    • DAVIDsTEA May 8, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

      Hi Michele! Sure, you can use whichever tea you’d like 🙂

      • Susan May 8, 2017 at 10:32 pm #

        Please don’t use any teas in any DIY bath and beauty products. This is seriously unsafe, and I’m shocked that you continue to give this terrible advice to people. You actually make it look like there’s tea in the coconut oil on the spoon in the picture above, which is an even worse idea.

        David’s Tea: Why is this on your site? You know nothing about making products like this, and your comments demonstrate that lack of knowledge. I’m offering you advice in the hopes that you’ll realize how horrible you would feel if you heard someone got some kind of skin issue from this moisturizer and remove it now. Does the health of your customers mean nothing to you?

    • billy May 21, 2017 at 8:32 pm #

      Don’t do it, Michele. It would be like making tea, letting it sit on the counter for 2 weeks and then pouring it all over your face. YUCK. The sugars in the mango madness will also accelerate bacterial growth. Double yuck.

  4. karen May 6, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

    Whisking does not act as an emulsifier. If it did you would not have to whip it again once it has separated. You need to use an emulsifier. E wax is an easy reliable emulsifier for home DIY crafters. To not include a preservative is completely irresponsible and harmful. Skin infections caused by a contaminated body product are not joke. .

    • DAVIDsTEA May 9, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

      Hi Karen, no it’s not a true emulsifier but the act of whipping the cream will blend the elements together. This process needs to be repeated in order to keep the desired consistency because we don’t use preservatives. Putting it in the fridge will keep the tea from molding, but will encourage the mixture to separate faster.

      • Susan May 9, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

        No, it won’t. I said this above and you didn’t publish my comments. You don’t know enough to know why you’re wrong at this point. Please stop sharing this unsafe and poorly made recipe.

  5. billy May 21, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

    If you don’t want to use a preservative or an emulsifier and don’t want to end up with botulism, infuse dried green tea in coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler on low heat for a couple hours. Strain it and let it cool in the fridge for a few minutes. Take it out an whip it with a handmixer so it lightens in colour and texture, pour into a container and stick it back in the fridge. This way you get the benefits of green tea and coconut and there will be no danger in spreading it all over your face for 2 weeks unless you somehow get liquid into the container :S


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