I’m on a kick over here to whip my skin into shape for summer! Ever since I ran out of my store bought moisturizer a month or so ago, I’ve been trying out a couple different ‘homemade’ face cream recipes. I’ve been doing quite a bit of research on what is the best oils to use and the best combination of ingredients. I’ve also been trying the concoctions out on my own face to see what seems to work best for me, and I’m finally ready to share!
First, let’s back up and discuss WHY I wanted to make my own (and why you should, too)!
So why make my own?
First of all … it’s cheaper. Much cheaper!! Those fancy store bought lotions (and even just the drug store variety) are expensive!!
Next … I know what’s in it. I can pronounce all the ingredients (all three of them).
It’s all natural!
And finally, it makes my skin feel amazing! I use this cream twice a day and a face mask twice a week, and I’m loving my new skin!! Seriously … this cream is fabulous!
Store bought cosmetics and beauty products are a big question mark in my book. For a lot of people, they can be a major source of chemical exposure. An average beauty product (including most lotions and moisturizers) contain dozens and dozens of chemicals, some known to be harmful, and many more that have not even been tested for safety in humans. This homemade recipe is SO EASY, all natural, and works better than any other store bought product I’ve tried!
If you want a little more information, and a little more motivation to replace some of your commercial products with homemade (all natural versions), check out this short video, The Story Of Cosmetics:
Listen to the Story of Cosmetics:
Convinced to give it a try? This recipe really couldn’t be easier!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3/4 cup of Unrefined Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp of Vitamin E Oil
- 20-30 drops total of your favorite Essential Oils (see below for recommendations … I use Frankincense and Lavender as my main base)
Mix it up
An easy three steps …
- Place all three ingredients in a medium bowl (or in you kitchen aid mixer … which I don’t have).
- Beat oils for several minutes (~3 minutes) until they are very creamy.
- Place in small GLASS or metal jar (just not plastic), label, and enjoy after washing!
I’m only about 1/2 way through this little jar and it’s been about three weeks (and my husband also uses it). This batch should last us nearly two months and I use it morning and night on my face, neck, and shoulders (and sometimes hands and feet, too).
I’ll warn you … when you first start using it, you’ll probably think it is pretty greasy. Just use a tiny bit and it literally melts into your face! The more you use it, the better you skin gets at absorbing the moisture, and the less and less greasy your face feels.
Seriously … within a week, your face will be amazingly soft!
Let’s talk about the benefits of these oils and why I choose this combination:
- Unrefined Coconut oil: Promotes collagen production and heals damaged skin. It is packed with antioxidants which are shown to have anti-aging effects. Why use unrefined for beauty products and creams? Because it’s additive and chemical free. It is richer in proteins, vitamins, and antioxidants. Coconut oil in general is an awesome oil to use for skin products because it’s solid at room temperature (though it quickly melts into your skin).
- Vitamin E oil can help block free radicals, and thus slow down the skin’s aging process and the formation of wrinkles (!!). It also promotes healing and helps to heal any scars, brown spots, other skin issues. Bonus: It’s also wonderful for your nails, so be sure to spread a little around!
- Essential Oils: Now, you can totally make this cream with just the coconut and vitamin E oils, and it will be wonderful (and, most importantly … all natural). But, if you want even more benefits adding an essential oil or combination of a few essential oils can really give your skin the extra boost and leave it looking even more fresh, lightened, smooth, and younger! Below are some great recommendations on what oils to use for what type of skin. If you only choose one, however, I recommend Frankincense. It has amazing properties to restore, smooth, and improve skin tone!
Recommended Essential Oils to use in Face Cream (pick one or a combination of several):
I’ve actually made two creams using different combinations of essential oils. For my ‘Day Cream’ (the one I use under makeup in the morning) contains Frankincense and Lavender. Like I mentioned above, Frankincense has wonderful restorative properties. It’s works to fight the signs of aging (hooray!!). I also use Frankincense in my Restorative Face Mask for these same reasons. Lavender is wonderful for treating acne and smoothing skin tone.
For my ‘night’ cream that I apply just before bed, I kept the Frankincense and Lavender, but also added Lemon and Melaleuca (or Tea Tree) oils for their blemish-fighting abilities! Lemon Essential oil should only be used at night because of it’s photosensitizing properties (basically it makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight). I love lemon at night, however because it brightens skin and acts as an astringent and detoxifier.
All four of the Essential Oils that I have used in these two creams are available in the Essential Oil Starter Kit (an absolutely fabulous deal!!). If you’re looking to get started with Essential Oils, this is a wonderful way to start. It includes all the most popular oils, a diffuser, and an education pack that will have you excited about all the wonderful things you can do (and problems you can solve) with the oils! Click HERE to learn more or simply send me an email with questions:
And … if I still don’t have you convinced to attempt making your own skin cream (I understand there’s only so many hours in the day … believe me!), at least check out this site:
Another great resource (if you still want to use store bought products) is the Cosmetics Database from The Environmental Working Group. Search for your products favorite products to see how they rate, or find the least ‘toxic’ products in many categories. We use this ALL OF THE TIME to choose sunscreen for our family (especially for our little boys). It also has great info on hair care, nail care, perfume, and many, many cosmetics!
Or you could just make your own and know exactly what’s in it (wink, wink)!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to hear your thoughts if you decide to give this a try!