Clean and Healthy DIY Facial Moisturizer [Recipe]

|By Kayla Domeyer| Beauty, Featured, Gifts, Misc, Recipes, Uncategorized

Home made all natural face moisturizer. Anti Acne! Saynotsweetanne.comFor 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.

Home made all natural face moisturizer. Anti Acne! Saynotsweetanne.com

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!
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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
  • Blender

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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248 Comments on Clean and Healthy DIY Facial Moisturizer [Recipe]

  1. Jelli
    April 7, 2013 at 8:41 pm (2 years ago)

    This stuff looks great, Kayla! I love making belly butters for my growing pregnant tummy, and would love to try this recipe once my other moisturizer runs out. I’ve got access to most of these ingredients & can’t wait to try it!
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    • Kayla
      April 7, 2013 at 8:48 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m so glad you like it! I would love to see some of the butters you’re making! Let me know if you try it!

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      • Ellen
        July 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm (5 months ago)

        At what speed should it blen, and for how long?

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      • Jane de Burgh
        July 7, 2014 at 11:56 am (5 months ago)

        How do you get over the fact that when leaving beeswax to cool before blending, it solidifies?

        Jane

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        • Kayla Domeyer
          July 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm (5 months ago)

          Jane,

          The wax is not alone, it is mixxed with several other oils. It doesn’t soildify into a puck or anything. Think of beeswax lip balms. That gets stiff, but never “solid” or hard at room temp.

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      • Eva
        July 11, 2014 at 1:27 pm (5 months ago)

        Hi Kayla, thank you so much for this recipe! I am going to make this for my oily, acne prone skin. I don’t have almond oil, but I may substitute it with jojoba oil that I have on hand. Do you think I can add zinc oxide to add some SPF?

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      • Amanda
        August 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm (4 months ago)

        My lotion is incredibly greasy, and it’s not soaking into my skin, just staying on top being all greasy, what can I do differently?

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  2. Shanna@ pineapple and coconut
    April 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I am SO trying this. I am same way with using everything from expensive to cheap brands and I am all about DIY skin care now. I use coconut oil for makeup remover and I am making my own deodorant now. So stoked you posted this!!
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    • Kayla
      April 14, 2013 at 9:33 am (2 years ago)

      I hope you like it!!

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    • Kayla
      April 14, 2013 at 9:36 am (2 years ago)

      Meghan,

      Almost all of this is available locally here in GR. I purchased the Aloe Gel, coconut oil and almond oil at a local Harvest Health Foods. I would think moth health stores, and even some grocery stores might have them. I bought the beeswax for 25cents at the farmers market from a bee keeper and I grated it. I know you can buy it at Hobby Lobby and soap making supply stores, but for much more.

      I get most of my essential oils fro Harvest Health Foods too- but you can easily order online. Just make sure you get essential oil and not perfume oil!

      I hope that helps!!

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  3. Bev
    April 13, 2013 at 6:49 pm (2 years ago)

    You may want to substitute a different essential oil for Spring and Summer as citrus and the sun are a no-no. Frankincense perhaps or Bergamot. I will def. try this recipe.

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    • Kayla
      April 14, 2013 at 9:32 am (2 years ago)

      You’re totally right Bev, I should mention that citrus oils do make you more sensitive to skin. But really, you should always be wearing a sunscreen – always!

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      • Laura
        February 2, 2014 at 9:14 am (10 months ago)

        I disagree. I think we need to expose our skin to the sun occasionally so we can make vitamin D. We are so vitamin D deficient and the overuse of sunscreen doesn’t help. Of course if you are going to be at the beach all day, it is a must. I would like to know how to make my own to avoid chemicals.

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        • Kayla Domeyer
          February 2, 2014 at 11:56 am (10 months ago)

          I do see your point about Vitamin D, but facial sunscreen is a must IMHO. I mean, its a relatively small area in terms of producing vitamin D, and the effects of direct sun can mean freckles, wrinkles, burning more easily since skin is more sensitive, premature aging, etc.

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    • Alisha
      May 6, 2013 at 11:47 pm (2 years ago)

      Bergamot is also a citrus. I personally become very photosensitive with citrus oils regardless of how much sunscreen I’m wearing by my rosacea doesn’t like citrus or the sun to begin with. I’d love me some ylang ylang or jasmine though! Subtle but soft and pretty.
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      • Kayla
        May 8, 2013 at 3:53 pm (2 years ago)

        Alisha,

        Ooh, those sound like GREAT combos! I think that’s what I like so much about essential oils, you can cater to your own needs!

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        • amiee
          March 20, 2014 at 11:20 am (8 months ago)

          Some people may be on thyroid meds and the grapefruit essential oil interferes with their absorption of the meds causing problems for them. You should be warning people about stuff like this.

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          • Kayla Domeyer
            March 20, 2014 at 11:43 am (8 months ago)

            Aimee,

            Thanks for the info. However, it is literally impossible for me to know all the possible interactions of all the possible medications or all the possible essential oils in the world. At some point, researching interactions needs to become the medicated person’s responsibility.

            Also, in the post it says explicitly: “Please note that essential oils are serious business Please take into account the oil you are using and its affects.” In my opinion, that is a warning.

          • Rose
            May 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm (7 months ago)

            Spoke to someone at farmers market about this and she said thats to do with the inside fruit, not the essential oil from the rind. Haven’t followed through with double checking but thought it was interesting. The citrus also can interact with diabetics. Not a diabetic so I dismissed the information.

          • Diana
            August 28, 2014 at 11:54 am (3 months ago)

            She did leave a warning. Read her post again above it states very clearly:
            “Please note that essential oils are serious business Please take into account the oil you are using and its affects.”

            That is very clear. Folks have to take responsibility for themselves. :)

      • miss myka
        August 11, 2013 at 9:34 am (1 year ago)

        You should try adding about 10% sea buckthorn oil as one of your oils. It will help clear up your rosacea. It’s expensive and will turn your cream a lovely shade of orange but it should help.

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        • Kayla
          August 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm (1 year ago)

          Thanks! I don’t have any rosacea, but I’ll keep that in mind!

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  4. Flor
    April 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello Kayla,
    Thank you for sharing this.
    Do you have any idea about how long can this be stored?
    I’m looking for ideas to give to my mom and this would be perfect.
    But she usually tends to store or make things last as much as possible, which is great, but you know…
    Thanks again,
    Flor

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    • Kayla
      April 20, 2013 at 8:24 pm (2 years ago)

      Flor,

      Its really difficult for me to say how long yours will last based on your ingredients, the sanitation of your utensils etc. I can say that for me, I’ve used a bath for about 8 months until it was gone, and it never went bad. I hope that helps!!

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      • Jaclyn
        June 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm (6 months ago)

        This helps! This recipe looks amazing, and I’ve been scouring the web for something more interesting than just coconut oil. Thanks for the tip on the beeswax help the oils from separating. Now to have fun choosing the oil! Thanks K!!

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  5. Amber
    April 24, 2013 at 11:23 am (2 years ago)

    If you don’t have a chocolate melter can you melt these together on the stove??

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    • Kayla
      April 24, 2013 at 11:44 am (2 years ago)

      For sure! Just use a double boiler method!

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  6. Liz
    May 8, 2013 at 11:02 am (2 years ago)

    This looks great! One question, though. Aloe Vera gel is water based, and if it doesn’t have preservatives in it, it can cause lotions and other things you put it in to go bad after a while (sometimes as little as a week or so), just like when you add water to a recipe. My question is, are you using an organic or all-natural aloe gel without preservatives? And if you are, how long has this recipe lasted for you?

    This recipe really does look amazing, though! I plan to try it out because the aloe is great for moisturizing and nourishing the skin! Thanks so much!

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    • Kayla
      May 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm (2 years ago)

      Liz,

      You are absolutely right about waters and oils in a lotion. I do use an all organic gel with stabilizers, but not exactly preservatives. That’s why I noted that extra should be kept in the fridge. For me, with sterilized equipment and storing the large qty in the fridge and only a couple tablespoons at my vanity, it has lasted as long as 3 months. Now, please be careful! Use your own judgement and don’t use anything that doesn’t look/feel/smell right.

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  7. Amanda
    May 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Don’t suppose there’s any chance of getting some more Brit friendly measurements? I know I’d love to try this recipe but converting cups to grams or ounces is a complete pain, and the internet just isn’t in a helpful mood today!
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    • Kayla
      May 12, 2013 at 8:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Amanda,

      According to Google, it would be:

      240ml cup aloe vera gel
      21 grams beeswax
      60ml almond oil
      60ml cut coconut oil

      Hope that helps!

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      • Loraine
        October 24, 2014 at 6:32 am (1 month ago)

        Thank you so much for this conversion, it makes it much easier for me here in England UK. I will be making this recipe today and its a first for me with skin cream home made. Thanks so much for sharing this. i SO EXCITED TO TRY THIS OUT. tHANK YOU.

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  8. Elisabeth
    May 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m trying this now….does it take a while to blend? I know it will need to be stored in the fridge and probably won’t last nearly as long, but has anyone tried using fresh aloe? Can’t wait to try using it! The skin on my face is sensitive, but even if my face can’t handle the coconut oil, I figure I’ll have a great body lotion to try!

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    • Kayla
      May 14, 2013 at 12:18 pm (2 years ago)

      I’ve not tried with fresh aloe. I know that the volume of water based to oil based is important to make it whip. So keep that in mind! It doesn’t take long to blend, just as long as it takes you to pour the aloe into the oil mixture. Make sure to scrape down at least once!

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      • Elisabeth
        May 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm (2 years ago)

        Maybe it took longer to whip because I was using fresh….it looks great now!

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  9. Cheryl Kennedy
    May 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Any chance I could purchase some of this moisturizer (with a non-irritating scented oil) from you?

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    • Kayla
      May 20, 2013 at 8:30 am (2 years ago)

      Cheryl,

      So sorry- I don’t have the time or set up for something like that. But you should really try it yourself!!

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  10. Maria
    May 23, 2013 at 1:13 am (2 years ago)

    hello. I actually have an Aloa Vera plant, so I’m thinking of getting the gel straight from there. Will that maybe shorten shelf life? I don’t know much about Aloa Vera having natural preservatives? I also live in the desert so can I even place to-be-made lotion in my room? Also, can I just melt my ingredients directly into a regular pot? Last question, can I use this recipe and simply add zinc oxide to make sunscreen?

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    • Kayla
      May 23, 2013 at 8:42 am (2 years ago)

      Maria,

      Let me see if I can answer your questions. Keep in mind I don’t do this for a living, and I might be wrong. (It happens, a lot.)

      Firstly, I have no idea how to use the juice from an aloe vera plant in this recipe. The gel is made with natural stabilizers, to give it its gel form. I’m betting that its possible, Elizabeth in the comments above used fresh juice. She noted it took longer to whip.

      In my house at 74ish degrees, I keep a couple tablespoons at room temperature in my bedroom on my vanity. Its in a solid jar so not affected by light, and I’ve had it last in there just fine. (Please don’t use anything that looks/smells/feels wrong!!) I have noticed somethings it separates a bit, and needs a stir.

      You should avoid melting on the stove in direct heat. You can use a double boiler method, and I think that would work fine.

      Finally, according to a lot of DIY sunscreen recipes, Iron Oxide as an additive can add protective sun cover. I have never used it so I really can’t tell you if adding that would make a sunscreen.

      I hope that helps!!

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  11. j
    June 8, 2013 at 12:15 am (1 year ago)

    How well does this work on oily skin? Does it absorb well?

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    • Kayla
      June 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm (1 year ago)

      I would count my skin as mildly oily, and I fine that the combo of aloe and oil leaves it feeling a lot less oily than regular lotions.

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  12. Jamie
    June 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm (1 year ago)

    This sounds amazing! My skin is highly sensitive, and it’s tough to find anything that works for me :(
    I would love to try this stuff, but I’m allergic to almond oil… Do you know of a good nut-free substitute? Thanks!

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    • Kayla
      June 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm (1 year ago)

      Jamie,

      You can FOR SURE substitute more coconut oil! Also, maybe Olive Oil (although that might add a little heaviness.) I’ve used the coconut oil when I don’t have any almond oil around. I’ve heard hemp oil would work too. Basically any oil that is safe and healthy for your face.

      I hope you try it, and I hope it works for you!

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  13. Whitney
    June 22, 2013 at 11:35 am (1 year ago)

    What brand of Aloe Vera Gel do you use?

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  14. Jennie
    June 23, 2013 at 10:16 am (1 year ago)

    What about coconut oil being cosmogenic?

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    • Kayla
      July 2, 2013 at 11:32 am (1 year ago)

      Coconut oil tends to have mixed results for people. I am acne prone and have never experienced coconut oil to cause breakouts. There’s a lot of debate on the subject, some saying that only the refined oil is comedogenic , others saying its only comedogenic if its cold, so putting it on your face would warm it.

      I say, if you’re worried about it, swap it out for jajoba oil, or another less comedogenic oil!

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  15. Alicia
    June 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm (1 year ago)

    This looks amazing and one of the few products I still buy instead of make because I am nervous to put too much oil on my face! Coconut oil and almond oil have low natural SPF values. Helichrysm would be a great oil to add as it has a pretty decent SPF value. So that eliminates the need to put on conventional sunscreen products!
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  16. Uiara Rodriguez
    July 1, 2013 at 8:16 am (1 year ago)

    This information is great! I’m excited to make my own moisturizer without all the gunk. Is there a mixture you can recommend for SPF?

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    • Kayla
      July 2, 2013 at 11:26 am (1 year ago)

      A couple of other comments had suggestions about SPF. I use a separate SPF product- I’ve never thought to add it to this! If you find anything, please report back!

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  17. Nikki
    July 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm (1 year ago)

    I just made a batch, and although I waited a little over an hour and a half, the aloe is still separating from the beeswax and oils. Is there anything you can recommend I do to save it? I love it when it’s fluffy, and I’d like to rescue it from the state it’s in. Thanks so much!!

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    • Kayla
      July 2, 2013 at 11:27 am (1 year ago)

      Hrm, that’s really strange! Are you certain you used Aloe gel and not just aloe juice? I’ve made this several times and never had this happen EXCEPT once when I left it out in a cold car and parts of it froze.

      Maybe just clean and disinfect your utensils and try again?

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  18. Kimmy
    July 14, 2013 at 10:28 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Kayla!

    Thanks for posting this! I can’t wait to try it. I was wondering, about how many cups of grated beeswax makes 3/4 oz?

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    • Kayla
      July 14, 2013 at 9:57 pm (1 year ago)

      Kimmy,

      Unfortunately, because we all use different graters, and different bees wax, really the only way to measure it is by weight. Measuring it in a cup wouldn’t take the air in between the bits into account. That said, if you had to eyeball it, I would try 4 tablespoons. No promises though!

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  19. Lana
    July 16, 2013 at 12:06 am (1 year ago)

    Dear Kayla,
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Just made a batch, and it feels so moisturizing and smells fresh. I got most of the ingredients from amazon.com, and have plenty leftover for other projects. Love grapefruit sent. I hope grapefruit oil whitens some of the sun spots I have started to develop. I will be extra diligent to wear sunscreen. When it all whipped up to a fluffy white lotion, I could hardly believe it. It did take quite a bit of time (maybe 10min on and off). I will definitely allow the oils to cool off for longer period in the future. What do you recommend for eye make up cleanser? Thanks again! Lana

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    • Kayla
      July 16, 2013 at 9:42 am (1 year ago)

      Lana,

      I’m so glad you like it!! Sometimes I use this lotion on a cottonball to remove eye makeup. Most of the time I use plain water with a microfiber washcloth. That seems to do the trick for me!

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    • Angela
      July 17, 2013 at 1:36 am (1 year ago)

      I made a solution using water, baby oil, and baby shampoo (for the exact proportions there are tutorials online that will tell you) and it does a fabulous job!

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  20. Angela
    July 17, 2013 at 1:32 am (1 year ago)

    Would it be a good or bad idea to add tea tree oil to this? My skin breaks out pretty easily and I’ve heard that tea tree oil can prevent acne.

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  21. Rebecca
    July 19, 2013 at 11:29 am (1 year ago)

    Hey Kayla!

    I don’t know if others have mentioned this but you can potentially give this amazing moisturizer an SPF kick by adding carrot seed oil and/or red raspberry seed oil. I am definitely going to give your recipe a try, as I’ve made others that tend to leave my face too oily to use during the daytime.

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    • Kayla
      July 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm (1 year ago)

      What a great suggestion Rebecca! I’m so glad you like the recipe, I hope it suits you better than the others!

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  22. Anna
    July 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Kayla,

    Looks like I have found another good home recipe I can refer my readers to, I am always on the lookout for new ones.
    One product I always like to recommend for the skin is Manuka honey, its pricey but wonderful for the skin, when used as a mask which apart from being good at fighting acne tastes yummy too :-)
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  23. Maid Mirawyn
    August 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm (1 year ago)

    Great recipe! For easier cleanup, you can melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and almond oil in a wide-mouth jar in a pot of hot water. (Make sure the water doesn’t reach the rim!) It makes the mixture easy to pour into the blender. Plus, you can wipe most of the residue out with a paper towel and then put the jar in the dishwasher. Or, you can pour the finished moisturizer back into the jar for storage in the fridge.
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    • GigiK
      September 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm (1 year ago)

      This is a great idea. Thanks!

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  24. Caroline
    August 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm (1 year ago)

    Could you use vegetable glycerin instead of aloe vera gel?

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    • Kayla
      August 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm (1 year ago)

      Caroline,

      In theory, you could try it. I use the aloe vera gel because it stabilizes as well as moisturizes. I’m not sure if glycerine would provide the same emulsification. However, the worst that would happen is that it’ll separate. So, give it a try and report back!

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  25. AARON
    August 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm (1 year ago)

    is it possible to replace almond oil to red raspberry oil?

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    • Kayla
      August 20, 2013 at 8:49 am (1 year ago)

      Aaron,

      I’ve never used red raspberry oil, but in theory any liquid-at-room-temp and safe-for-facial-use oil would work. Depending on its properties, you might notice its more/less greasy etc. If you try it, let me know how it works! I’d love to share new versions of the recipe with everyone!!

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  26. Maria
    August 30, 2013 at 5:22 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Kayla, I just finished making my moisturizer with your recipe, and sadly, it did not turn out the way I expected. I also made a sunscreen recipe with same ingredients, minus the aloe vera, and adding cocoa butter along with zinc oxide. That turned out quite well! I want to fix my moisturizer if its possible and am hoping that you can give me some advice. The moisturizer I made does not look/feel like lotion at all. It’s texture is not creamy, but rather slimy like that of aloe vera gel. I’m trying to figure out what I did wrong and I think it could be either because I didn’t wait long enough for oils to cool, or because I put more than 1 cup of aloe vera gel. I have my own plant so I cut about 3/4 of a cup, assuming that when I’d blend it, I’d have at least one cup and possibly more. When I started to blend oils, I put all the gel in blender; I completely forgot to weight gel. All I know is that it was more than one cup. Now switching over to the oils. I want to say that I probably let the oils cool for about an hour. When I touched oils, they were not thoroughly solid, but it was not liquid either. I didn’t blend for too long. Maybe 45sec-1 minute. I have a feeling that my moisturizer does not feel like lotion because of the excess gel i put. If that’s the case, would I be able to heat up more oils, let them harden, and throw in the batch I already have made without adding any aloe vera gel? I am hoping that if I do that, it’ll fix the uneven consistency of ingredients and change its texture to that of actual lotion. Please let me know what you think. Thank you.

    -Maria

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    • Kayla
      August 30, 2013 at 9:02 am (1 year ago)

      Maria,

      I think we’ve all done something like this! My first few thoughts:

      1- Did you use Aloe Vera gel? You mentioned you got it from your own plant. The gel purchased in health food stores has added natural stabilizers to keep it in gel form. These are needed for the recipe. If you used just Aloe juice from your plant, that could be the issue.

      2- Did you add the gel all at once? The slow addition of the gel allows it to emulsify with the other ingredients. Adding it all at once will create pockets of oil and gel, without any smooth consistency.

      3- Was all of your oil solid? I know you said that you waited an hour,l but the oils need to be room temperature. Since that is the temp your lotion will sit at, the oils need to blend at that temp.

      Finally, I’ve never attempted to recover a batch by adding more oil etc. You could certainly try to do as you suggested. You might also try whipping what you have now in a blender for 3-5 minutes. In either case, please write back and let us know how it went!

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      • Maria
        September 4, 2013 at 1:00 am (1 year ago)

        Hello Kayla. I believe I did not add aloe gel. I looked online how to make aloe vera gel and several sites stated to simply blend aloe vera with Vitamin C and E, but I’m thinking that they only served as preservatives and not as stabilizers. Aloe vera was added slowly, although I can’t guarantee that oils were at room temperature. I tried to re-blend half of the product but it did no good. Texture did not change. By this time I was convinced that even if I add oils, the product will remain the same, or at least that’s what I though. I want to create a new batch to make facial moisturizer, but without aloe vera gel. Do you have any other suggestions for replacing aloe vera gel/any other additions? Thanks!

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        • Kayla Domeyer
          September 4, 2013 at 11:23 am (1 year ago)

          Maria,

          Aha! That must have been the issue!! I have on my to-try list a couple of changes to the recipe that omit the aloe. In theory you could make the same recipe, but add more beeswax (maybe twice as much?) and substitute the 1 cup aloe gel with 1/2 cup strongly brewed green tea. NOTE: I haven’t tried this yet. When I do, I’ll post it.

          Let me know if you try it! ♥

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          • Jessica
            July 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm (4 months ago)

            Hi Kayla! I just whip the coconut oil with light olive oil (in the future I would like to try jojoba oil). After it’s whipped then I add my essential oils. I used Young Living’s Frankincense, Purification, and Thieves. I love it!!!

          • Kayla Domeyer
            July 16, 2014 at 8:41 am (4 months ago)

            That sounds wonderful Jessica! What do you do to keep it whipped? I’ve whipped coconut alone before (In my DIY Cuticle Oil) but found that even at room temp it would melt into just oil, and in the fridge it was too hard to use.

  27. Maliya
    September 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Kayla, I tried making the recipe the other day and I did everything exactly as you suggested and despite waiting 3 hours for the oils to cool and harden, and adding the gel slowly, the moisturizer ended up separating and looking very clumpy. I did like how well it moisturized and felt on my skin so I was thrilled about that but I was wondering if you had any other suggestions for making it all blend better. Thanks!!

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      September 4, 2013 at 11:24 am (1 year ago)

      Hey Maliya,

      There seems to be a trend of separating if you did not use Aloe vera GEL. I’ll make this more clear in the post. Is that what you used?

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      • Maliya
        September 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm (1 year ago)

        That is exactly what I used, the same brand and everything :/ Weird.

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        • Cindy
          February 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm (9 months ago)

          Mine separated too and I tried it twice. I poured the liquid off the second batch and will give it a try. I used all the correct ingredients. But it still looks nice!

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          • Stephanie
            April 26, 2014 at 11:32 am (7 months ago)

            I just made it as well with all the exact measurements and correct ingredients and it did not turn out well at all. I’m so disappointed as I had high hopes for this.

          • Kayla Domeyer
            April 26, 2014 at 7:13 pm (7 months ago)

            I’m sorry you had a hard time!

  28. Smilla
    September 7, 2013 at 8:40 am (1 year ago)

    I’d really like to start making my own beauty products, but I was just wondering: how hard is it to clean the blender?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      September 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm (1 year ago)

      I just plop mine in the dishwasher, so really easy! If you’re washing by hand the tricky part is the oils. They will leave a greasy film unless you use hot water and grease cutting soap.

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  29. Haley
    September 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm (1 year ago)

    Someone commented on swapping 10 % of the oils for sea buckthorn oil. I would love to do this as my mom and I both have rosacea but don’t know how to do the math. Could ya help me out? Thanks, can’t wait to try this!

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    • Stephanie
      January 21, 2014 at 1:05 am (10 months ago)

      I have rosacea too and I’m trying to find a non-comedogenic DIY moisturizer. Is this what you’ve been told is okay?

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      • Kayla Domeyer
        January 23, 2014 at 1:33 pm (10 months ago)

        Stephanie,

        I’m not sure what you mean about being told this is okay. There is some debate as to the comedigenics of coconut oil. I can say that while I don’t have rosacea, I do have moderate acne and this has been a huge help for me!!

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  30. Cloverwings
    September 12, 2013 at 12:30 am (1 year ago)

    for the homemade aloe vera liquid/gel, I have used it in similar recipes and find that it will require more beewax in order for the liquid and oil mixture stay together happily ever after

    hope that helps ;)

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      September 12, 2013 at 9:07 am (1 year ago)

      That is a great tip! Have you run across any stabilizers other than the bees wax? I find it to be a bit on the heavy side.

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      • Clare Alyce Jane Markwick
        September 24, 2013 at 5:37 am (1 year ago)

        Apparently some people use egg whites :O ha ha idk if it works but im tempted to try it next time :)

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  31. Clare Alyce Jane Markwick
    September 24, 2013 at 5:31 am (1 year ago)

    I made this today, it turned out really well even though I couldn’t find any organic Aloe Gel in Australia so I used Aloe Vera from my garden.
    To get a good consistency I blended the 1cup Aloe Vera with 1/4 of a lemon squeezed juice and it’s turned out great!
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      September 25, 2013 at 9:36 am (1 year ago)

      I’m so glad it worked for you! I like the idea of adding lemon juice, as my skin has some dark spots I wouldn’t mind lightening. Good thinking!

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  32. Natalee
    September 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm (1 year ago)

    I did exactly as written and mine came out mostly “watery” with some cream mixed in. I used gel and the exact measurements. I let it cool for a little over an hour. The oils were hard. I am currently at blending for 7 minutes. Any suggesitons?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      September 30, 2013 at 4:54 pm (1 year ago)

      Bummer!

      You know, I think the emulsification process in this recipe gives people a hard time. Its difficult for me to troubleshoot because it could be ANYTHING. Water in a freshly cleaned blender, Aloe Vera gel that is too col, oils that aren’t cool enough. etc etc. The mixture you made is still okay to use. I’ve botched a batch or two and aside from the sliminess at first, it still rubs in nicely.

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  33. Narineh
    September 27, 2013 at 9:40 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Kyla,

    I just tried this recipe and when I cam to blend the cool oils with aloe Vera oil, some of the cold oils were stuck underneath the blender, and I saw it later when I was washing my blender. Is that common?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      September 30, 2013 at 4:51 pm (1 year ago)

      Narineh,

      It is important to make sure you “scrape” the sides and bottom of the blender to prevent this. It does happen, but it can be avoided. ♥

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  34. Brenda Edwards
    September 29, 2013 at 11:41 am (1 year ago)

    I have a daughter who is on a mission in Guatemala and her cystic acne has just gone wild down there. I am sure it is from the stress, lack of nutrition, and toxins, but she really is worried about scarring. I told her that I would send down some essential oils, but found out that I probably can’t send liquids down there because of the customs regulations. So, I have been looking for a “lotion” or gel that I could make up using essential oils. I was going to put it in a glass jar and hopefully it would pass through customs as lotion. So, if I made this recipe above but added lavendar, teatree and lemon oils (all good for acne) into the aloe vera would this combination work and would it last if she kept it in the fridge? Any suggestions would be wonderful! Thank you!

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      September 29, 2013 at 5:54 pm (1 year ago)

      Brenda,

      I hate to say it, but I think you’ll have trouble getting a lotion through customs as well. I’ve had a difficult time getting ANY beauty items through international mail. However, there are probably quite a few remedies your daughter can cook up with things she can get access to locally. Off the top of my head:

      Coconut, almond, jojoba, hempseed oil: Out of this recipe, the oils and the aloe do the heavy lifting. Even if your daughter can’t get the finished lotion, she can moisturize with aloe and follow that with a THIN layer of an oil.

      Oatmeal: Your daughter can toughly chop up some oats, and mix them with hot water until they become sticky. This works as a nice, skin nourishing face wash. It is less harsh than soap, and helps the skin keep its balance. Plus it is textured and can mechanically remove dead skin cells that way.

      Honey: Raw honey is best. This can be used a lot of ways. Its antibacterial and helps with sloughing off dead skincells. She can use it with the oatmeal to wash, leave it on for 15 minutes as a mask, or mix it into a paste with cinnamon as a cyctic acne deterrent.

      Thyme: Recently a study came out stating that Thyme has been proven to be possibly more effective than Benzoyl Peroxide for treating acne bacteria. I’ve seen recipes that include steeping dried thyme in witchhazel (or even vodka) and using the resulting mixture as a leave on astringent.

      Aloe and Peroxide: I use a mixture of half aloe and half peroxide after each face wash to disinfect and lock in moisture.

      Cinnamon: As I mentioned above, I’ve read that a paste of cinnamon and honey can be left on overnight to dramatically reduce acne. Cinnamon has been known to cause allergic reactions in some though, so testing it 24 hours in advance in a small area would be a good idea.

      I hope these are helpful. If you can mail the lotion, my biggest concern would be it separating. If it spends any amount f time in a temp high enough to liquify the coconut oil, you’ll find it becomes goopy. That said, its still usable. I would avoid adding a bunch of essential oils unless you know that your daughter’s skin tolerates them. Essential oils are strong, and you wouldn’t want to give her a lotion that she can’t use, because it turns out she’s allergic to one or more of the oils.

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  35. Misty
    September 30, 2013 at 12:31 am (1 year ago)

    Kayla,
    I have very sensitive skin and have switched to all-natural products. This looks like one of the most promising recipes I have found for face lotion, except that I am probably the only person on the planet allergic to aloe in all its forms. I am new to the world of self-made cosmetics and am wondering if you have any suggestions on what to use in place of the aloe gel. Thank you!

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      September 30, 2013 at 8:55 am (1 year ago)

      Misty,

      You poor thing! My first thought (and I’ve not tried this) is to replace the aloe gel with vegetable glycerin. But, I would half the amount in comparison to the oils. Is your face oily or dry? If its dry, you can try out my Green Tea Face Cream. Its a little to heavy for my skin type, but it would be great for someone with dry skin, and there is no aloe!

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      • Misty
        September 30, 2013 at 11:56 am (1 year ago)

        Kayla,
        My skin is dry, and that one looks great! I’ll probably try that one first, and if it is too heavy for daytime use, I’ll try this one and experiment with the vegetable glycerin. Thank you so much!

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      • GnetteG
        April 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm (7 months ago)

        Hello, I would really like to try this recipe but with vegetable glycerin (coz it’s what I have on hand right now, I am waiting for my aloe vera gel which I ordered on Amazon UK – I am in Switzerland so I would have to wait a bit, I guess). I was just wondering what you meant with “half the amount in comparison to the oils”. Should I just use 1/2 cup of glycerin instead of 1 cup aloe vera gel and leave all the other ingredients as is? Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic recipe!

        Actually I just made my very first hand and body cream a couple of days ago and I am really loving it! I have used it once on my face and it felt good, but I want to pamper face by making a separate facial cream, and I find this recipe the best among all I’ve researched and found online.

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        • Kayla Domeyer
          April 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm (7 months ago)

          I would start with 1/2 cup glycerin and see what that does with the rest of the recipe intact. I’ve never tried it – so report back!

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          • GnetteG
            April 23, 2014 at 3:01 pm (7 months ago)

            Oh thanks for the quick reply Kayla! I am too eager to start making it! I will definitely get back to report how the result will be!

          • GnetteG
            April 26, 2014 at 3:24 pm (7 months ago)

            I’ve finally made this recipe with vegetable Glycerin in place for the Aloe Vera Gel… My cream looks more like a salve, like a yellowish vaseline… Very greasy and not at all creamy. So maybe this is how it comes out if there is now Aloe Vera Gel… since Glycerin is a totally different substance if compared to the Aloe Vera. Well I can still make use of this salve for my hands and feet though. Soon as my Aloe Vera Gel arrives, I will give this recipe another try! Thanks for everything!!! I’m keeping this recipe too and will give them to friends!!!

          • Kayla Domeyer
            April 26, 2014 at 7:12 pm (7 months ago)

            Thanks so much for reporting back! Because there is no emulsion, the Glycerin replacement would definitely be more greasy. Let me know how you like the version with the aloe!

  36. Krystn
    October 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm (1 year ago)

    If it turns out too stiff and separating when touched can you reheat it and add more aloe?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      October 6, 2013 at 7:09 pm (1 year ago)

      Krystn,

      Unfortunately, warming the oils again will just separate the oil from the aloe. Can you explain a bit more what you mean by “too stiff?”

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  37. Trish
    October 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm (1 year ago)

    This is awesome Moisturizer! Love it, I just made it, only I used my homemade Rose oil instead of Almond oil & Lavender essential oil instead of Grapefruit essential oil. ✰✰✰✰✰

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      October 12, 2013 at 11:40 am (1 year ago)

      Trish, thanks so much for stopping by to comment! ♥ ♥

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  38. Kate
    October 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm (1 year ago)

    I made this moisturizer the other day and really like it and using all the natural ingredients! The only problem I have is that it is a bit too oily for me. Is there more of an ingredient or a different ingredient I can add to make it less oily?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      October 17, 2013 at 9:03 am (1 year ago)

      Hey Kate,

      All things considered, there is a relatively low proportion of oil in the recipe. You could try removing one of the oils, or halving them both – I’ve never tried so I’m not sure what the texture would be like. Additionally, you could moisturize with the aloe gel alone!

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  39. Heather
    October 17, 2013 at 1:03 am (1 year ago)

    I made a batch the other night — so fun, my first adventure in making anything like this! It looked fantastic after I made it! It works great and actually absorbs nicely into the skin. After putting it in the fridge though, it changed consistency (it’s now more like butter that has been in the fridge) and it seems the water from the aloe vera separated out. It still works, but is a little weird that the water leached out. Maybe it was too cold in the fridge? Next time I may not store it in the fridge.

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      October 17, 2013 at 8:58 am (1 year ago)

      Heather,

      I’m glad you like it! My experience is that it does take a bit to bounce back after being in the fridge. I keep extra in there, but the bit I’m using at room temp. I believe it has to do with coconut oil being solid at that cool temp. Good luck!

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  40. Chasity
    October 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi, I see that your aloe vera gel is the drinkable kind would it be ok to buy the kind in the lotion department. I typically by Fruit of the Earth 100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel as a hair gel. Would this work? Also have you experimented with adding a little cocoa powder to make it a tinted moisturizer?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      October 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey Chastity,

      The reason I use the type of gel that is safe to drink, is because I can find it certified organic. That means that chemicals and pesticides weren’t used in the farming, or the processing. For me, this is an added precaution as those chemicals don’t have to be listed on the ingredients label, and I want to be careful about what I put on my face. Functionally though, the two should work the same. Enjoy!

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  41. Joyce
    October 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm (1 year ago)

    What kind of almond oil did you use? I tried a batch using exact measurement abut my cream is kind of yellow. I have waited till the beeswax mixture completely cool and whipped it in a blender. The cream came out kind of “watery”.

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  42. Deb
    October 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm (1 year ago)

    Just made this recipe. I did run up against a few issues thought I’d share in case it will help others. I don’t have a kitchen scale so couldn’t measure my beeswax pellets. I used 2 level tablespoons (hoping this was close). I also used jojoba oil in place of the almond oil. After blending the aloe vera gel/essential oils (I used helichrysum, frankincense, and geranium) with the oils I had “lotion” but also quite a bit of “liquid.” I poured the liquid out and when I again cleaned the sides of the blender, I noticed there was oil/beeswax still around the underside of the blade. I broke this away, blended a little more. I think the next time I make this I will break the oil/beeswax away from the blade before blending and adding the aloe/essential oils. In the end, I ended up with the desired “lotion” — yeah!! It feels so great on my skin and only took about a dime/nickel size to cover my face/neck. The 8 oz. this recipe made should last quite a while!!! Wonder if I could tint it with cocoa powder/cinnamon/nutmeg to create a tinted moisturizer?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      October 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm (1 year ago)

      Deb,

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience!! I do notice that a lot of comments have the same watery issue. I’ve not encountered it myself. But its good to know that if it is too liquid you can simply our off the extra. I’ll also make a note in the post to check under the blades!!

      As far as tinting, I tend to shy away from cocoa powder as a tinting agent. I don’t know why the idea just bothers me. I would also be concerned with skin allergies to cinnamon or other strong spices. I have thought of maybe using a fine facial clay powder. Like the kind you use in mud masks? I’ve seen pink, brown and light green colors. If I try it, I’ll post back!!

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  43. Sharon
    October 28, 2013 at 12:13 am (1 year ago)

    I just tried this recipe & it was an epic fail with slimey separation & bits & all kinds of mess. Tried to whip it & beat it into shape, then I set it aside to try another recipe for body lotion. That one was going great until I moved it over to the blender to finish what my hand blender couldn’t…AND THAT ONE SEPARATED, TOO! That was after it had already gotten creamy! My conclusion…the Magic Bullet Blender with its blender attachment (not one of the cups) is NOT a good blender for your homemade beauty products! So for any of you ladies having separation issues with your lotions, if you’re using a Magic Bullet Blender, now you know why!

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    • Julie
      November 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm (1 year ago)

      I used a hand mixer, it works perfectly and I even dumped the aloe in it…I’m double left handed lol

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      • Kayla Domeyer
        November 2, 2013 at 9:04 pm (1 year ago)

        I’m so glad it worked for you! I hope you love it as much as I do!

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        • Julie
          November 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm (1 year ago)

          Hi Kayla,
          We just love it. My hubby is using it too. I will make the green tea version as well and give it to my daughters for Christmas. What a great idea, I thank you again to share it. I love your blog, getting good ideas, recipes from you.
          Best wishes,
          Julie

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  44. Lindsay
    October 28, 2013 at 9:47 pm (1 year ago)

    Tried making this today and couldn’t seem to get the oil mixture to blend with the aloe. I followed the directions exactly and used aloe gel. It’s was in the blender for 1+ hour. I added the aloe one teaspoon at a time. My only guess is that there was still a little water in the blender – from washing it – when I added the oil to cool. Or it was the coconut oil (same stuff I use for cooking). I will try again another day, but will open a bottle of wine first. Thanks for your posts. I hope to completely convert to all natural, homemade products.

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  45. Julie
    November 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm (1 year ago)

    I made it, it works perfectly !! Thank you for sharing the recipe, I was looking for a simple recipe like this for a long time. Awesome !
    Thanks again

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  46. Jodie
    November 7, 2013 at 10:59 pm (1 year ago)

    I love this recipe, thank you! I wanted to add honey and a little oatmeal, how would i work those measurements in to get the right ph?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      November 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm (1 year ago)

      Jodie,

      I’ve never tried adding Oatmeal of Honey to any of my lotions, so I’m afraid I’m totally in the dark on that :/

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      • Jodie
        November 13, 2013 at 12:53 am (1 year ago)

        Ok i will play around, at the moment i use honey and oatmeal to clean and exfoliate my face, they are amazing but of course i would love to add them to creams. Also you said you grate your beeswax, how do you get it off your utensils i have it on my food processor and im finding it hard to get off…lol

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        • Elizabeth
          February 14, 2014 at 10:23 am (9 months ago)

          Hi Jodie. I had the same problem. The answer I found was that you don’t. It’s a killer to clean, but halfway through making it, I accidentally dipped a teaspoon in oil and then when i used it to scoop up the beeswax gratings, it just came right off… ! So lesson learnt! Next time, oil everything down first with a thin layer of canola or any kind of oil, especially the grater(!!!) and it will be a dream to clean. Just wipe the oil and gunk off with paper towel and wash as usual! Easy peasy!! I wish someone had to told me that!!! You live and learn. Lol.

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          • Kayla Domeyer
            February 14, 2014 at 10:30 am (9 months ago)

            Great tip Elizabeth! I just boil a big ole stock pot to a rolling boil and dip my beeswax covered grater in there along with any other stubbornly oiled utensils. Then I wipe them immediately after with a terry towel while they are still piping hot. Works for me! Also, the ingredients are all safe to eat, so I don’t worry too much about residue.

  47. Shadi
    November 8, 2013 at 3:37 am (1 year ago)

    Is it safe to substitute the grapefruit oil with Tea Tree oil?

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  48. Julian
    November 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm (1 year ago)

    Where do you get your jars for your cream? I’d like to have a few different jars, a small one for traveling, and one for at home!! I’m excited to try this!

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  49. Deborah
    December 2, 2013 at 1:47 am (12 months ago)

    haven’t made it yet, how much will it make and what is the shelf life?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      December 2, 2013 at 9:05 am (12 months ago)

      Deborah,

      I can’t comment on how long yours will last you. I’ve had mine stored for months in the fridge and a couple weeks in my vanity. It makes over a cup.

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  50. tasneem
    December 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm (11 months ago)

    i really liked ur cream . my children and my hubby also loved it i just want to ask u that can i use green tea in this aloe cream.is it safe to use both together

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      December 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm (11 months ago)

      In theory, you could infuse the oils in this recipe the same way you did for my Green Tea recipe. I haven’t tried it – let me know if it works out!

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  51. Jenny
    December 16, 2013 at 11:10 pm (11 months ago)

    Could you use a stick blender to mix this?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      December 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm (11 months ago)

      Jenny,

      I don’t have a stick blender- so its difficult for me to say. In a small enough container so that the whole mixture is always moving, it seems possible. Have you made an emulsion with your stick blender before? If so, then yes!

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      • Glenda O'Connor
        February 10, 2014 at 11:55 pm (10 months ago)

        I used a stick blender and had to transfer it a couple times to get a container the right size, next time I would use a quart jar. Mine didn’t quite emulsify, I panicked when the oils were solid and warmed them up a bit (didn’t realized they should be). I used organic olive oil instead of almond oil that I trust is 100% olive oil Feels great on my skin.

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        • Kayla Domeyer
          February 11, 2014 at 9:33 pm (9 months ago)

          Glenda, thanks for the size tip! One of the great things about this recipe is that it is still good even if it doesn’t whip perfectly!

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  52. jessica
    December 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm (11 months ago)

    I followed the directions and used aloe vera gel, but it still separated and eventually as I mixed is more and more, the aloe started to completely spin out of the oil. So I had to strain it and almost all of the aloe separated out. What is left still feels great on my skin but I want to try it again. Is there anything I can add to help emulsify it. Stearic acid? Emulsifying wax?

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  53. Ashley
    December 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm (11 months ago)

    How did u measure beeswax? Scale? I was thinking about using 2 tablespoons of pastilles. Is that close to 3/4 oz?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      December 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm (11 months ago)

      Ashley,

      The beeswax needs to be measured by weight. It is really impossible for me to guesstimate how much 2 tbs of your pastilles weighs.

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  54. Nicole Baker
    December 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm (11 months ago)

    I made this a few weeks ago and love it! However, I find that as the lotion sits at room temperature (my house is roughly 70 degrees), little tidbits of beeswax start to solidify, and then I have little balls of beeswax on my skin that don’t break down or get absorbed. I did put in a little extra beeswax (1 tsp, roughly) to hopefully balance out the fact that I used Aloe Vera juice instead of gel, so maybe I used too much beeswax? I did melt the beeswax thoroughly, and everything whipped when it was supposed to whip. It still works great, I just have to brush little balls of wax off my skin. Has anyone else experienced this, and were you able to fix it?
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    • Kayla Domeyer
      December 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm (11 months ago)

      Hey Nicole! When I came home this week from being away and my house was 65 degrees I did notice little balls in the lotion as I put it on. Mine did absorb though once it was on my skin. Since then I’ve been keeping mine in a drawer that sits over a heating vent and that solved it! Lol.

      Unfortunately, making lotions without preservatives, chemical stabilizers and polymers means that there are some texture issues. :C

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  55. Sapna
    January 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm (11 months ago)

    Can I use grapeseed oil instead of coconut oil?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      January 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm (11 months ago)

      Sapna,

      Like is says in the FAQ section #5:

      “Can I add this, that or the other thing? I get these sort of questions a lot. These recipes are simple ratios of solid, semi solid and liquid oils/additives. Obviously I have not tried everything under the sun, so I don’t really know what would happen if you try adding X or Y. But please, experiment! Try things! Add that fancy rose water, or that pigment, or sub out that oil- whatever! Report back and let us know what you find.”

      You can certainly try! Keep in mind that grape seed oil is liquid at room temp and coconut oil is not. I’m not sure what that might do in the grande scheme of things.

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  56. Jin
    January 12, 2014 at 11:43 am (11 months ago)

    It looks great. I am sure I will try this soon. Thanks for sharing!!

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  57. Ella
    January 12, 2014 at 9:33 pm (10 months ago)

    Omg I am so excited for this! I discovered a natural line of products a few years ago and became obsessed with the moisturizer… I have to special order it now and the person who makes it travels too often to keep up with how much my mom and I order it. It has very basic ingredients and I am definitely going to try this recipe because it has identical ingredients to what I use (but likely cheaper!) THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      January 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm (10 months ago)

      YOU ARE SO WELCOME!!!! lol. I hope it works for you!!

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  58. MICHELE
    January 15, 2014 at 11:49 am (10 months ago)

    Just wanted to let you know that I did successfully make using aloe vera juice instead of gel. I used a cup of aloe juice and added 2 tsps of lecithin, stirred and let set while the oils were cooling and voila! Gel like consistency!

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      January 15, 2014 at 11:51 am (10 months ago)

      Whoa, Awesome!! Thanks for sharing your tips!!

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  59. Anna
    January 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm (10 months ago)

    Hi Kayla,
    In the middle of our polar vortex I ran out of my fave go to face cream and since I moved far away from a big city 2 months ago, running to get it was not an option. I got an inspiration to make my own. Of course I went to the trusted source, Google:). Your recipe came up pretty far up on the search, it seemed fairly easy and I already has 1 ingredient. After a few hours of fun searching for the rest of the ingredients and playing with them in my kitchen, I have a wonderful, fragrant, clean, delicious and surprisingly very reasonably priced, face cream! THANK YOU :). I feel so good putting it on my face and the rest of my winter hating skin. I am going to follow you to see what else I can create:).

    Anna

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      January 24, 2014 at 7:36 am (10 months ago)

      Aww, that is so kind of you to say!!! I’m glad you like it!

      Reply
  60. Anna
    January 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm (10 months ago)

    I forgot to mention, I had a tough time blending it all so your tips to wisk away came in handy.
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  61. Gwen
    February 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm (10 months ago)

    This may be a silly question, but the ingredients say 3/4 ounce of beeswax, and the container doesn’t really have anything to use for scale. Is that ounces in weight, or in volume?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      February 3, 2014 at 9:15 am (10 months ago)

      No problem! It is by weight. I’ve updated the post so that is more clear =D

      Reply
  62. Michell
    February 4, 2014 at 3:04 am (10 months ago)

    I made this moisturizer today without any problems. I followed the directions to a “T” and it turned out perfect. I absolutely LOVE this moisturizer!!! I used this evening after my shower and it feels great. Thank you for sharing this recipe; it is my go to moisturizer from now on.

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      February 5, 2014 at 7:26 am (10 months ago)

      Michell,

      I’m so glad it worked out for you! I love it too!

      Reply
  63. laksshmi
    February 5, 2014 at 4:28 am (10 months ago)

    Hi, Can I avoid using Beeswax? Any substitute for it? Or can i just avoid it entirely

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      February 5, 2014 at 7:27 am (10 months ago)

      Hi! Like it mentions in the FAQ box in the post : “4.) Can’t Find Beeswax: try swapping with 1/2 the amount in carnuba, emulsion or soy wax.”

      I’ve never tried this myself, so let me know how it goes!

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      • lakshmi
        February 6, 2014 at 4:26 am (10 months ago)

        I didnt find bees wax or the others. skipped it. whipped it myself with a fork! came out quite lovely!

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        • Kayla Domeyer
          February 8, 2014 at 3:31 pm (10 months ago)

          Great!

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  64. Ciara
    February 5, 2014 at 10:07 am (10 months ago)

    Would adding a little bit of avocado or lemon juice help?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      February 5, 2014 at 10:16 am (10 months ago)

      Help what exactly?

      Reply
  65. Hilary
    February 6, 2014 at 11:23 am (10 months ago)

    How long do you find the shelf life to be before it “expires”? I definitely want to try this! Thanks!

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      February 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm (10 months ago)

      Hilary,

      I really can’t say in good conscience. I go through mine pretty quickly (2-3 months) and I can’t say I’ve ever had it go bad. I’ve had it dry out, and I’ve had it separate. But those were due to how I had stored them.

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  66. Williams Hodor
    February 8, 2014 at 6:21 am (10 months ago)

    Thanks for your information published on the net about home made moisturiser, am now planning to try it my self.

    I would like to plead with you if you can let me have your personal email address direct personal conversations with you about this product. Contact me directly through my email address. Thanks

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      February 8, 2014 at 3:31 pm (10 months ago)

      Sorry Williams,

      I do not support these recipes via email. Feel free to comment if you have questions!

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      • Deanna
        February 8, 2014 at 11:31 pm (10 months ago)

        Hi Kayla,
        What spf sunsreen do you use for your face? I’m looking for a natural non-oily product, do you have any suggestions?

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        • Kayla Domeyer
          February 9, 2014 at 8:49 pm (10 months ago)

          I would check out makingcosmetics.com for an SPF additive. I tend to buy mine from a local artisan, and she has recommended their products to me. Actually, I just used them to make my own mineral make up. Stay tuned for that post!

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          • Deanna
            February 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm (9 months ago)

            Thanks Kayla! I’ll look into that!

  67. Priscilla
    February 9, 2014 at 3:10 am (10 months ago)

    I so wanna try this but perhaps I might need to substitude the Almond oil to something else as my daughter is extremely allergic to all types of nuts including almonds so have to change this recipe a little so that I can hug/touch or kiss my daughter without worry :) thanks for sharing this recipe Kayla :)
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  68. Alyssa
    February 9, 2014 at 10:43 pm (10 months ago)

    Can I use a regular store bought brand of aloe vera gel?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      February 10, 2014 at 7:29 am (10 months ago)

      Alyssa,

      As long as it is organic, I don’t see why not. I go with organic because there are less likely to be pesticides used on the plants.

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  69. Kate
    February 10, 2014 at 11:44 am (10 months ago)

    Do you need to put beeswax in it? Last night I made an eye cream blending coconut oil, aloe gel, vitamin E oil, and rose oil. I’m thinking it may need more aloe though because I didn’t put very much in, once I put it in the jar and later tried to use it, it was extremely oily once it touched my skin!

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      February 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm (10 months ago)

      Kate,

      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.

      All that said, the moisturizing effect of this lotion is light and (in my experience) not oily at all, even with the wax. But, you can omit it and see what happens. Be sure to report back!!

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  70. Elizabeth
    February 14, 2014 at 10:05 am (9 months ago)

    Thank you Kayla for sharing this recipe. I made it and it turned out perfect! I absolutely love it and especially now that I don’t have to deal with coconut oil on its own when it turns liquid! What a mess!
    FYI for everyone attempting this recipe for the first time… Kayla is right, make sure you buy Aloe Vera GEL..what I noticed when I was shopping for ingredients was that some Aloe Vera liquid was labelled as Aloe Vera Gel, but from flipping the bottle around a few times you can clearly tell it’s liquid. Follow Kayla’s recipe and look at her picture of what the gel is supposed to look like and just be aware that when you buy the gel that it IS ACTUALLY A GEL. Good luck! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Thank you Kayla again!

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      February 14, 2014 at 10:29 am (9 months ago)

      Elizabeth, I’m so glad it worked for you!! I use this stuff every single day, and I’m happy to spread the joy!

      Reply
  71. Linsey
    March 5, 2014 at 11:01 am (9 months ago)

    Have you used fractionated coconut oil before? Would it mix up just as nice?

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    • Linsey
      March 5, 2014 at 11:20 am (9 months ago)

      Nevermind! I just did more research and it makes sense to use the rawest form of coconut oil and none of the refined versions :). Excited to try this recipe!

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  72. Patty
    March 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm (9 months ago)

    Please help! I followed the directions exactly and it came out like a liquid instead of a cream. I whipped it in my kithenaid mixer and added the aloe vera gel slowly. Is there anything I can do?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      March 14, 2014 at 8:26 am (8 months ago)

      Patty,

      Not to worry, the liquid has the same properties and will still work to moisturize your skin (you might need to shake your bottle before using it.) I would guess that the mixer’s whipping, since it is not nearly at the speed/RPM of the blender, wasn’t able to create the emulsification. I know in my kitchen aid, liquids while whipping splash around and “mix” more than they “blend” which is what is needed for this recipe. If you have access to a blender, I would try to pour your liquid result into the blender slowly to see if it can finish off the emulsion. If not, then just use as is with a cotton ball!

      Reply
      • Patty
        March 15, 2014 at 4:36 pm (8 months ago)

        great! thank you. I am using it, but it’s just so liquidly. I will try mixing it again in a blender.

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  73. Shelley
    March 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm (8 months ago)

    I am a photographer that recently started getting into diy lotions and soaps to gift my clients. they love it! I was very excited to try this…so excited that I didn’t fully read the instructions, and poured all the aloe gel in at once before I started the blender. YUK! What I got was a big ball of something! My bad, and I will def try this again and I promise I will follow the instructions and report back. Just wanted everyone to know the importance of adding aloe gel slowly for the emulsification to take place.

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      March 20, 2014 at 9:34 am (8 months ago)

      Oh no! Lol. Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope it turns out next time!

      Reply
  74. Sudha
    March 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm (8 months ago)

    I tried it today for the first time. It turned out great. Pretty simple to make but great results. I have one small doubt though. I didn’t add any essential oil. Can you please tell me the purpose of essential oil?

    is it just for fragrance or any particular use?

    I tried the Green tea infused moisturizer. but it didn’t get the creamy look… i didn’t whip it then…. it is been three days… can i whip it now to get the creamy texture? please advice…

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      March 24, 2014 at 11:06 am (8 months ago)

      Sudha,

      Don’t worry, the essential oil isn’t needed, only optional. As for the Green Tea Face Cream, it is meant to be whipped as it cools. I’m not sure what whipping it now would do. You might be able to melt it again (since it is all oils) and then whip it while cooling as directed. Let me know how that works!!

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      • Sudha
        May 26, 2014 at 11:52 am (6 months ago)

        Hi

        Today i am going to do my second batch… can i add cocoa powder to make it like tinted moisturizer? is ok to try out? I am planning to try it on Greet tea face cream.. kindly suggest…Thanks…

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        • Kayla Domeyer
          May 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm (6 months ago)

          Sudha,

          If you feel the need to add cocoa powder, you can certainly try it. I for one don’t like to use food powders in my moisturizers. I would watch it carefully for things like mold. Also be sure to use a powder that is organic and made with as few chemicals/preservatives as you can find.

          I would suggest maybe using a mineral pigment like the ones in my DIY Mineral Makeup instead.

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  75. Jacqueline
    March 24, 2014 at 7:45 pm (8 months ago)

    I cannot seem to source any “cosmetic bees wax”. I called my local “Good Planet” store and they say they have a bees wax for making soap. Would that be the same thing. I’m thinking not.

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      March 25, 2014 at 10:39 am (8 months ago)

      Jacqueline,

      The type for soaps is okay. I just want to make sure no one tries to use the kind that is for candles, as it may contain other ingredients. As long as it is 100% beeswax, go ahead and use it!

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  76. Tino
    March 27, 2014 at 8:38 am (8 months ago)

    Hi Kayla,

    Thanks for the info. Can this be also used for black women? Is it also ok if i buy aloe vera gel from the store. Are essential oils really necessary or i can substitute/ by-pass them- they come in quite pricey in my country as they are considered a luxury.

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      March 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm (8 months ago)

      Tino,

      This lotion should work on all skin colors. ;D Aloe vera gel from the store is fine, but I would make sure it is GEL and that it is organic/grown without pesticides. The essential oils are just for scent and “active ingredient” type properties. It can be omitted.

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      • Tino
        March 31, 2014 at 10:05 am (8 months ago)

        thank you so much Kayla,

        are there any `cheaper`alternatives to almond and coconut oil, say olive oil, Vitamin E oil, or glycerin, as they are not also easily available in my country? if i cant use olive oil, what`s the best thing to do so i can get equally good results?

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        • Kayla Domeyer
          March 31, 2014 at 10:17 am (8 months ago)

          Tino,

          Have a look through the FAQ section and some of the other comments. The oils in the recipe are the only ones I’ve tried in the recipe. However other people have made suggestions for substitutions.

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  77. Justine
    April 11, 2014 at 4:34 am (8 months ago)

    So I made this awhile back, and OMG I love it. I too have noticed a separation issue, about less than a week after I made it, it started to harden then oil started to separate from it. It still works, and next time I think ill just use less oils. I used all the same ingredients you used at the right measurements and all but I’m assuming that since I’m not the first one who’s had these problems its all good.

    Thank you so much for this recipe!

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  78. Crystal
    April 18, 2014 at 12:22 am (7 months ago)

    I am going to try this too. But i am using fresh aloe plant. It is very gelly, so it should work. I have been using Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic beauty products and love them because I know they are free of chemicals. i want to try something that has more aloe in it and to try my own thing.

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  79. Anh
    April 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm (7 months ago)

    Dear friend
    Can I add snail slime to this these ingredients to make face cream? Please help me or you have another formula? Could you guide me?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      April 19, 2014 at 4:42 pm (7 months ago)

      I have never worked with snail slime… sorry!

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  80. Rachel Dorfman
    April 29, 2014 at 12:33 am (7 months ago)

    Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful recipe. I was spending $22 a month on Gabriel, and got frustrated about it, and ended up trying several different recipes before finding this one. My skin is very sensitive, and it has never looked better than it does now – and I really love knowing exactly what it is that i’m putting on my face. THANK YOU!!!

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      May 1, 2014 at 8:31 am (7 months ago)

      I’m so glad you like it!

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  81. Ashley
    May 1, 2014 at 2:38 pm (7 months ago)

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!!
    I made it exactly as you described the first time, but found the coconut oil was too heavy. For those with more sensitive skin, I suggest using jojoba and rose hip oil. I’ve been using the jojoba and rose hip oil moisturizer for months now and it’s been great. I’ve already passed this long to others.
    Thanks again!!

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    • Kathy
      May 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm (7 months ago)

      Ashley, what amount of jojoba and rosehip oils did you use? Did you just omit the coconut oil altogether?

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      • Ashley
        July 14, 2014 at 7:27 pm (4 months ago)

        Hi Kathy, sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner! I haven’t been on here in so long :( I was able to buy the rosehip oil in a 1 oz container, so I used 1 oz rosehip and 3 oz of the jojoba oil, totaling the 1/2 cup of oils the recipe calls for. And yes, I omitted the coconut oil altogether.

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  82. Carol Ann
    May 9, 2014 at 6:05 pm (7 months ago)

    I made the DIY non greasy face moisturizer. I used all the correct ingredients, and followed directions to a T. However, when I began to whip the concoction it was looking a bit like small curd cottage cheese. I could not get it to blend properly no matter what. I popped it in the microwave for 15 seconds and proceeded to beat it again. Within seconds, it came together into a nice creamy texture. It is a nice moisturizer but still a bit too greasy for me. I will attempt it again with less oil. Thanks.

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  83. Mallery
    May 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi!

    I just tried this and I have to tell you, the first batch did not go so well. I have an aloe plant in my backyard, so it was very watery. I also ended up putting all the aloe in all at the same time, yea, not a good idea. Like you said above, it did give it pockets. I tried to salvage because lets face it, if you are going to be switching all of your products to homemade, it is expensive. I had put it in the fridge to cool it quickly, but it ended up getting way to hard. So I put it out on the counter for a few hours and it softened up quite nicely, but still the liquid was separated.

    Needless to say I moved on to make batch number two. This time I started with some extra coconut oil and THEN I started reading all of the other comments lol, I should have done that to begin with. This is what I ended up doing for mine:

    1.25 oz of beeswax
    1/2 cup of coconut oil
    1/4 cup of almond oil
    10 drops of grapefruit oil warmed

    3/4 cup of aloe gel (from the plant, NOT store bought)
    10 drops of lavender oil
    Juice from 1/2 of an organic lemon

    I ended up waiting 2 hours to cool down the wax and oil, since I did use more it took a lot longer for it to get hard.

    My aloe was in strips so i put in 1 strip at a time, let it blend for a few seconds then fold in the cream that has stuck to the sides and repeat. It took about 30 min so by no means was this a fast process. The real aloe does have juice so when I was finished I had to pour it out all of the juice.

    It does make a good amount so I shared this with my boyfriend’s mom, she has psoriasis and can I tell you with the first use her red turned to pink! OMG, I seriously think you found relief!!!

    Thank you so much for this! I am going to tell everyone. I will forward you a before and after on the psoriasis, and my acne after about a week :)

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      May 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm (7 months ago)

      Mallery,

      I am SO HAPPY to hear that it (eventually) worked out for you! Reading the comments is definitely a must. ;D

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  84. Tiffany
    May 13, 2014 at 12:19 am (6 months ago)

    Hello! I think I really like your recipe! Lol btw, is this lotion good to use in summer as well? I mean will it be too greasy for summer? Can I switch sweet almond oil to grape seed oil? I love grapeseed oil!

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      May 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm (6 months ago)

      Tiffany,

      Whether or not the lotion is good for the summer would be up to your skin type and preferences. However, as mentioned in other comments Grapefruit Essential Oil does increase sun sensitivity, so you might want to leave that out.

      Please see the FAQ section regarding substitutions.

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  85. donna
    May 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm (6 months ago)

    Clean and Healthy DIY Facial Moisturizer [Recipe]
    Can u please tell me what setting to use on my blender and approximately how long to run the blender to make this wonderful looking concoction.
    I will need approx time, because i am visually impaired and most likely will not be able to see well enough to know when it is done.
    Thanks for your time and the wonderful loking recipe. I look forward to trying it.

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      May 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm (6 months ago)

      Donna,

      I just used the basic “whip” setting on my blender. Timing is a little less exact. You need to add the Aloe mixture VERY SLOWLY. Once the aloe has been added, scrape down the blender and then whip an additional 15-20 seconds. I hope that helps!

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  86. Jahe
    May 14, 2014 at 3:44 am (6 months ago)

    Hello Kayla! Thanks for the recipe now I have my own moisturizer and will surely stop buying those expensive moisturizer :D Anyway I made it from raw aloe first but ended failed because it separated from water then I made again combining it with seawed. I boiled seawed and blend it with aloe to make a juice and let it become gel for a day then the next day I made it alongwith the oil. It turns a little bit slushy bit it still great tho :D

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  87. rachel
    May 27, 2014 at 9:41 pm (6 months ago)

    Do I need to refrigerated the aloe Vera gel? It says so on bottle.

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      May 27, 2014 at 10:38 pm (6 months ago)

      Rachel,

      If the bottle states that it must be refrigerated after opening, please follow those instructions. However, make sure that you let the gel come to room or slightly above room temp before adding it to the blender.

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  88. Lisa
    May 31, 2014 at 2:04 am (6 months ago)

    Hey, I went the natural route (because not only do I have sensitive skin but I try to eliminate as many chemicals as possible bc of my health-hypothyroidism/autoimmune issues) and so I use Dr bronners soap, which is great, but I live in Vegas (dry dry heat) and so my skin is fairly dry at the moment. Coconut oil doesn’t really seem to work that great for me. It’s too oily (I use a tiny amt on my face) and…I just don’t feel like it softens my skin, just oils it! Do you think if I took the coconut oil out that it would still work ok? Any suggestions? Or recommendations for a facial moisturizer that has very minimal bad chemicals in it….sigh! I’ve been looking everywhere for a good lotion thats not loaded with chemicals! HELP

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      May 31, 2014 at 9:29 am (6 months ago)

      Lisa,

      For an oil-free moisturizer you can simply use the organic aloe gel. Aloe will moisturize your skin, and is plenty natural!

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  89. Mira
    July 1, 2014 at 1:05 am (5 months ago)

    Okay.. HELP! I tried to make the DIY Facial Moisturizer tonight with disastrous results! The almond oil/coconut oil/beeswax mix hardened in the blender, and when I added the aloe gel, it just didn’t mix. I ended up with a separated, gloppy mess. :( So, lemme go over this one more time… 1/4 cup Almond oil, 1/4 cup Coconut oil, 1 cup Aloe… and, personally I don’t know how much 3/4 ounce of shaved beeswax equals when you measure it out with a measuring cup (and I don’t have a mini scales), so I used about 3/4 of a 1/4 measuring cup, if that makes any sense. I was trying to figure out how to measure ounces into cups and got confused! Maybe this is the problem? Can you recommend how much beeswax I should add next time, by volume, not weight?! Thanks! :)

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  90. Janet Loves Great Skin
    July 3, 2014 at 12:42 am (5 months ago)

    I’m kind of sensitive to those skincare products and therefore thinking about making some by myself. This moisturizer indeed looks natural and not too complicated. Thanks for your detailed instruction and will definitely give it a try this weekend :-D

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  91. Nicole
    July 19, 2014 at 2:49 am (4 months ago)

    I tried using jojoba oil instead. I also added the aloe mixture in too quickly. I was using a Ninja blender and the blades didn’t reach far enough down to work with the small amount, so I stuck it in my kitchenaid mixer. I’m not sure what was the cause but I could NOT get my mixture to stick together! It was just a mess of a bunch of chunks. Until i remembered high school chemistry:

    I ADDED SOAP!

    I added just a few squirts of already foamy handsoap. And it did the trick!! It doesn’t look as pretty as yours but at least the mixture stuck together because soap is an emulsifier.

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  92. Lisa
    July 20, 2014 at 9:37 pm (4 months ago)

    Thank you so much for this! I love Vanilla fragrance and was wondering if you can recommend any vanilla essential oils/sellers based on your experience.

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  93. resh
    July 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm (4 months ago)

    I made this over the weekend and I love it.
    I don’t have a top pour blender and did not want to use a nutri-bullet! So I just whipped the aloe slowly. It might not be as fluffy as a blender would make it but I am happy with the consistency.
    I used Jasmine EO as I am obsessed with the smell right now. But the coconut is overpowering and there is only a slight hint of jasmine…not as much as I wanted.
    I made half the recipe and I still had left over. I don’t need to use a lot at a time so I don’t know how long it will last. So I am giving the ledt overs to my friends…lucky them =)
    Thank you for this recipe.

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  94. Tino
    September 1, 2014 at 9:58 am (3 months ago)

    Hi Kayla,

    I finally tried this wonderful recipe, just a small amount to see really if it would come out. I replaced the beeswax with guar gum for stabilisation effects and its now on day four still stable! It looks so perfect! Like I said before, I am dark skinned. The only concern I have is that it really makes me shiny- I`ve been noticing this whenever I get photos taken. Please find the proportions I used below:
    aloe vera gel 5g
    almond oil 1g
    coconut oil 1g
    guar gum 0.25g
    The reason I was interested in trying this is that commercial creams either leave greasy or shiny- its up to the point of embarrassment. Should I reducing oils by half the current values? Should I try something else?

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Tino.

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      September 2, 2014 at 11:06 am (3 months ago)

      Tino,

      Thanks so much for checking back in to let us know how it went!! Honestly, I’m not sure what reducing the oils would do. Have you thought of using arrow root powder, or mineral powder over the lotion to bring down the shine?

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      • Tino
        September 5, 2014 at 9:48 am (3 months ago)

        thanks Kayla, I`ll let you know how this goes?

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  95. Sarah
    September 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm (2 months ago)

    Thank you so much for this recipe. The European measurements in the comments really helped too. I also googled it and the amount of beeswax came to about one and a half tablespoons. Just made a batch and it turned out perfect. Can’t wait to try it out more :D Coconut oil especially has so many benefits.

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      September 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm (2 months ago)

      Oh I’m so glad it worked for you Sarah!

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  96. Shirley-anne
    September 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm (2 months ago)

    Hi Kayla – thanks for a great recipe! It was so easy to make. I didn’t quite have 60ml of almond so topped up with rose-hip oil. I don’t have a blender at the moment so used my electric whisk on full blast having cooled the oil mixture in a Pyrex measuring jug – and adding a teaspoon of aloe gel at a time. I used Orange EO for my dry, mature skin and for its anti-sun damage properties, a really important factor here in New Zealand. My daughters all love it too!
    Shirley-anne

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      September 29, 2014 at 10:00 am (2 months ago)

      Aww, I’m so glad you like it! And thanks for checking back about the electric whisk tip!

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  97. Sara
    October 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Hi! I’m not sure if I missed this in your post, but if I used these measurements, how many masks would it make and how long does it last? Are there any other oils you would recommend besides grapefruit?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      October 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Sara,

      I’m not sure what you mean by “masks”. This is a recipe for moisturizer.

      Its really difficult for me to say how long yours will last based on your ingredients, the sanitation of your utensils etc. I can say that for me, I’ve used a batch for about 8 months until it was gone, and it never went bad.

      There are a lot of essential oils out there, and many of them have helpful properties. If you have a specific skin condition, I would recommend researching what oil works for that, and start there!

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  98. Kaitlyn
    October 25, 2014 at 8:59 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Hello!
    I was so excited about making this lotion! However, it is still separating on me…do you have any ideas on what else I could try? I don’t know what went wrong…It seems like it still works well, though.

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      October 26, 2014 at 11:15 am (4 weeks ago)

      Kaitlyn, Did you try the suggestions in the FAQ?

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  99. Molly
    November 6, 2014 at 8:01 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Hi,

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I was wondering if you use a special blender and what “mode” and speed was it on?

    Thank you!
    Molly

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      November 6, 2014 at 8:16 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Nothin’ special! And even the lowest speed I think would work. =D

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      • Molly
        November 6, 2014 at 8:22 pm (2 weeks ago)

        Hi Kayla – thanks for the quick response! You’re so incredibly dedicated to your blog :)

        Would you care to look at this blender for me and see if I could use it for this recipe? I don’t personally own a blender and I want to invest money on one. But I want to make sure this blender will work on this amazing recipe of yours!

        http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003XU3C7M/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

        Thanks so much Kayla!

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        • Kayla Domeyer
          November 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm (2 weeks ago)

          Hey Molly! Having a look at it, I think it would work. I mean, you must understand that I haven’t tried several kinds of blenders. I just have my plain jane model that I’ve been using for years. =D

          Also, before you buy one, why not try it with a hand mixer if you have one? The electric beater type?

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          • Molly
            November 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm (2 weeks ago)

            Hi Kayla – don’t have the electric beater type one either. As you can see, I don’t do much in the kitchen, haha. But I will get a blender and do this for sure. Truthfully, I’m mainly getting the blender for your recipe! That’s how determined and excited I am. Also, checked out your other stuff, absolutely LOVE your blog. Thank you!

          • Molly
            November 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm (2 weeks ago)

            Oh one more thing Kayla – For this moisturizer, is it hard for you to clean your regular blender up after you make it? Also, I might start asking you questions again once I make this. Just a warning :) Appreciate it!

  100. Maddie
    November 15, 2014 at 4:51 am (1 week ago)

    Can I leave out both the beeswax and almond oil?

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    • Kayla Domeyer
      November 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm (1 week ago)

      Hey Maddie, please check out the FAQ section about substitutions.

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  101. crystal
    November 5, 2014 at 2:28 am (3 weeks ago)

    Iwas wonderingif I cold replace the almond or coconut oil with rose hip seed oil?

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  102. Kayla Domeyer
    November 5, 2014 at 8:42 am (3 weeks ago)

    Hey Crystal!

    Please check out the FAQ section regarding substituting oils. Let me know if it works out!

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