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Making your own DIY skin cream is just like following a recipe. It’s fun and a creative way to live a sustainable lifestyle. It will take you one afternoon to make a batch for an entire year. I don’t make 100% organic skincare but I add organic ingredients. This formula is a vegan formula because we don’t add animal ingredients-not even beeswax. You’ll save a lot of money each month by making your own skincare. I store my cream in plastic containers that are BPA free. You can store yours in glass if you aren’t clumsy like me:)
Balance Your Formula
You know you need butters and oils but how should you mix them? Stick to this formula.
Use 25% Butters (Shea, Mango, etc.) and 75% Oil (Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Rosehip, etc.).
Shea Butter.I only use Shea Butter that’s unrefined. You might find the unrefined Shea Butter’s scent is too strong so you can substitute Mango Butter in any formula. They both are excellent moisturizers
Mango Butter softens the appearance of wrinkles and high in vitamins A and E which help heal dry skin.
Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil. Although it’s a popular hair care product it doesn’t always absorb into the hair shaft however it is great for dry skin. If you have acne, use jojoba oil.
Jojoba Oil This is a light oil and resembles our own skin and it’s easily absorbed. It’s also non-comedogenic . I add jojoba oil in my skin cream and my combination skin absorbs it well without causing breakouts in my t-zone.
Almond Oil This is a great oil to use after a day in the sun. It’s relaxing and absorbs quickly.
Rosehip Seed Oil I love Rosehip Seed Oil. It reduces the appearance of scars, blemished and wrinkles. There is no strong scent to this oil. You can apply this directly on your skin after washing your face.
There are so many options for everyone’s skin type. I’m just going to cover the essential oils I use the most.
Sage Oil is balancing and you can use it on your body or face. Or try this recipe from Aura Cacia and make face wipes with it!
Pumpkin Seed Oil Also a great healing oil. Humblebee & Me breaks down why we should use this oil in our skin cream. You can also use this in a scrub or as a facial oil. This is the organic pumpkin seed oil I use.
Since we add our essential oils at the end, I usually make half a batch with Sage Oil and and half a batch with Pumpkin Seed Oil. I love Sage Oil in a diffuser. Use essential oils that are multipurpose in your formula.
[lt_recipe name=”DIY Skin Cream Formula.” summary=”Make enough for one year in one afternoon. Get your kitchen clean! Clean your counters, tools, and containers with rubbing alcohol. You want your skin cream to last. Keep your working area clean. ” servings=”40 ounces” total_time=”4H” print=”yes” image=”https://vegetarianminimalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DIY-skincare.jpg” ingredients=”1 lb (16 oz) of Shea butter or Mango Butter;5 ounces extra virgin unrefined Coconut Oil;5 ounces Almond Oil;2 ounces Jojoba Oil;2 ounces Rosehip Oil;12-24 drops of Sage Oil or Pumpkin Seed Oil ;You can add 1 oz of liquid germal plus- a safe and cruelty free preservative. This will help your skin cream last. ” ]Add water to medium size pan and bring to a medium heat. ;Place shea or mango butter in glass bowl and place on top of the water. Do not let the butter rise above 120 degrees. ;Remove from heat when all the butter has melted.;Add all the oils except for the essential oils. If you’re adding a preservative, add it now.;Separate into two glass bowls if you want to add different essential oils.;Add 12 drops per half of batch of essential oils. ;Allow to cool in refrigerator till mixture is no longer clear liquid but not solid. Be patient! It will change:);Whip mixture till it begins to soften up almost to a liquid. This could take up to 5 minutes.;Place back into refrigerator till you notice it is almost solid. ;Whip mixture again till it’s solid and transfer to your sanitized containers. ;Keep away from water and extreme temperature changes. ;Make sure your hands are dry when you touch your product to avoid any mold growth. [/lt_recipe]
I hope you enjoy making your own skin cream. Try making a half a batch till you’re really happy with the formula for your skin type. Let me know in the comments below how it went or if you have any questions!