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How to Make Skin Whitening Cream at Home


A number of readers have asked me how they can add natural skin lightening ingredients to their base lotion.

I found this handy video tutorial that shows you exactly how to do this.

It explains how to mix ingredients like kojic acid powder, Vitamin B3 (niacinamide powder) and other whitening agents into your cream. .

This recipe uses only natural skin lighteners so your homemade whitening cream is free from hydroquinone or other harsh chemicals.

Be aware that some ingredients will need to be dissolved using a double boiler method. These ingredients come in a powder form so it is necessary to dissolve them first so your cream is smooth and not too granular (or gritty!)

The trick is not to overheat the whitening ingredients so they remain effective.

For this recipe you will need the following:

  • Any base lotion (measurements here are based on 4oz lotion)
  • Kojic acid powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Niacinamide (B3) powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Beta arbutin powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Aloe vera juice - 1 tablespoon
  • Vitamin C serum (Hyaluronic acid) - 20 drops
  • Lemon essentail oil - 1 teaspoon
  • Licorice and Sandalwood extract - 10 drops of each
  • Carrot oil - 10 drops
  • Papaya oil - 6 drops

You can purchase all of these ingredients online at pharmaceutical stores or at Amazon.

Watch the tutorial to see how to mix these whitening ingredients into your base cream. I will include written instructions below the video for each step.

How To Mix Whitening Ingredients Into Base Lotion

Instructions - How To Make Whitening Cream

You will need two clean bowls and a double boiler to begin mixing your ingredients.

  1. Choose a natural base lotion to begin
  2. Put 4 oz of base lotion in a clean bowl (this is about 1/2 cup or 125 ml)
  3. In a small glass bowl mix the the Aloe vera juice, beta arbutin powder and kojic acid powder. Stir to combine ingredients and then dissolve slightly over a double boiler. The trick here is to heat it gently and do not let it boil!
  4. Pour the dissolved mixture into your base lotion and stir well.
  5. In a separate bowl you will add the carrot and papaya oil. Stir in the Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) powder until it dissolves but do not heat these ingredients. Just combine them.
  6. Now add the carrot oil mixture above to your base lotion and stir it until all ingredients are combined.
  7. The rest of the ingredients can be added one at a time to your base lotion.
  8. Add the Licorice extract and Vitamin C serum (hyaluronic acid)
  9. Add the sandalwood oil and lemon essentail oil. Take care when adding these oils. Try adding a little at a time so your finished lotion is not too runny.

The mixture is now be ready to use! You can spoon this whitening cream into a clean container and store it in the fridge.


  • Use a natural organic base lotion where possible
  • You can use distilled water or rose water in place of the aloe vera juice if you prefer.
  • To make your own distilled water, simply boil some water and then leave it to cool.
  • If your skin is oily you can reduce the amount of oils used in this recipe
  • If you do not have all these ingredients at home it is still possible to make a whitening cream using one or two lighteners

How To Mix Kojic Acid Into A Base Lotion

You can make a more simple whitening cream by mixing Kojic acid powder alone into a base lotion. Guidelines suggest you do not add more than 2% of Kojic acid. If the mixture is too strong it could irritate your skin.

  • For 4 oz base lotion add 2.5 grams = 1 level teaspoon
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When adding Kojic powder remember to heat the lotion slightly. If you do not have a double boiler you can simply stand your bowl in the sink filled with hot tap water. This method will take longer and the lotion might stay slightly gritty. If this happens, don't worry. Kojic acid powder is soluble in water so it should completely dissolve in your lotion after a couple of days. There is no need to re-heat it.


  • Kojic acid is derived from a mushroom but has also been manufactured in the fermentation of rice wine.
  • It is a powerful skin whitening agent.
  • It works by slowing down the production of melanin (the brown pigmentation found in our skin)
  • It is also an excellent anti-oxidant and helps to even out skin tone
  • Kojic acid provides a safer alternative to hydroquinone
  • Kojic acid can oxidize and lose some of its activity if overheated above 104°F (40°C)

© 2018 Angie Woods


Angie Woods (author) from Australia on June 07, 2020:

I have not tried adding these skin whitening ingredients to a base cream with glutathione but I think you could do this. Just test the new cream on a small patch of skin first to make sure it doesn't irritate the skin.

Jamila on June 07, 2020:

Can i mix licorice,snow white,rice powder and saffron into a base cream containing glutathione already

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on April 23, 2020:

If your skin whitening cream is using water then it would be a good idea to add a preservative. Bacteria, yeast and fungi can grow if there is water present. You can search online for natural preservatives for whitening cream. There are a number of suggestions and video tutorials.

One suggested preservative is Optiphen Plus.

D . on April 23, 2020:

Hello how are you I’m making a lighting cream , with licorice powder , turmeric powder & and alpha Arbutin solution . Since I’m using a water solouble [ alpha arbutin ]. Would I need a preservative if I plan to keep in a container or will it be fine as is ?

Wunmi on January 09, 2020:

Thanks very much for making everything easy God bless u

Satishji on June 19, 2019:

Thanks for the detailed guide. I came across some useful information about treatment of pigmentation with the help of Glutathione IV here.....

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on February 15, 2019:

Hi Rominiyi. Homemade skin whitening cream should be stored in the fridge, preferably in an opaque container to limit the amount of light. You should sterilize the container too before putting your cream in. It depends on the ingredients, but generally homemade whitening creams last 1-2 weeks in the fridge. Try to make small quantities at a time.

If there is no water in your cream mixture then adding an antioxidant will help preserve the cream longer. You can try adding a few drops of natural antioxidants like vitamin E oil or rosemary oil extract.

To slow the growth of any bacteria you can add a natural anit-microbial like coconut oil or grape seed extract. For grape seed add 1/2 to 1% amount of your total mixture.

Rominiyi on February 15, 2019:

Excellent instruction with precise measurement to use! Very useful thank you!

Please can you advise how long one can keep the mixture for - one to 2 weeks?

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on October 06, 2018:

Hi Nana. I found this recipe for making a skin whitening soap here:

Hope thats what you were looking for.

NANA on October 05, 2018:

I want to ask if you tell how to make an exfoliating whitening liquid soap,and also where can we get all this ingredient,can u kindly explain how to make baby soap and cream

Can u train me all about cream and soap production etc extrem whitening ones

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