For pretty much my whole teen and adult life I’ve been on some sort of skincare regimen. From acne to dryness, I’ve had a hard time finding my balance. Well, about a year ago I stopped using some of the super expensive subscription style face care products and decided to go all natural. Since then, I cleanse with only ground oatmeal (I grind oats in the food processor, then wet them in my hand and rub until they get slippery like soap. It exfoliates and absorbs oil, not to mention oatmeal is generally good for skin) and I’ve been moisturizing with this DIY facial moisturizer.
I promised myself after a few months of using this cream, that the next time I made it I would photograph the process so I could share it with you. Its just been SO GREAT for me that I want you all to know about it.
This cream has only a few ingredients, no dyes, no chemical preservatives, no scents. Its non greasy and leaves my face feeling well moisturized. I also use it as a primer for my makeup in the morning, and I put a little on a cotton ball to clean off stubborn eye makeup.
And its really, really cheap.
When I first decided to make this lotion, I started with this post from Frugally Sustainable. That recipe was meant for hands though, so I made some tweaks to customize it for my face. I cut out the cocoa butter, and added in coconut oil (great for skin, antibacterial) and grapefruit essential oil ( also good for skin clarity- plus smells delicious.) And I LOVE how it turned out!!
On my lotion lightness scale, this moisturizer is pretty light weight and non-greasy. Just what I was aiming for!
If You’re looking for a more intense cream for your dry or aging skin, check out my Green Tea Repairing Face Cream!
What You Need:
- 1 cup aloe vera gel (This bit is important. In the comments, a few people have tried to substitute plain Aloe juice, or home-made gel, but it doesn’t have the stabilizing properties needed. It has to be a gel. This is the one I used.)
- 3/4 ounce (by weight) beeswax, I buy mine in a bar and grate it. You can buy it in pellets too- make sure you get the kind for cosmetics and not candles. Some of those come scented. (From Amazon: Beeswax Pastilles)The beeswax is in there as a stabilizer. When you make an emulsion like this, you are essentially “mixing” water and oil – two things that don’t mix. Instead, they will sit next to each other. Tiny blob of oil, then tiny blob of water, tiny blob of oil… etc. When the lotion separates, it is because those tiny blobs touch others of the same type and create a bigger blob of oil, bigger blob of water. This chain reacts and the mixture separates.I’ve added the wax because it will blend with the oils and make them less fluid (since it is solid at room temp). Hopefully less fluidity will mean less separation.
- 1/4 cup almond oil
- 1/4 cut coconut oil
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (Mine was from Amazon: Grapefruit Oil)
Please note that essential oils are serious business Please take into account the oil you are using and its affects. I like grapefruit- but as some comments have noted, it can increase sun sensitivity. Also, be sure to test the oil on your skin ahead of time to note any allergic reactions.
- Chocolate/soap melter or double boiler
Okay, you got all that? Make sure that you double check the essential oils with any medications or conditions you have. Also, if you are allergic to any of the oils, feel free to substitute and experiment.
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