I have to say, I’m pretty excited about the face cream I made and started using last week. I feel so good every time I put it on and it makes my skin feel so soft, I’m also convinced it’s making my skin look better, but that could just be mental – either way, I feel better!
This recipe was a little more work, but it was done in under an hour and it will last me at least 3-6 months. The best thing about this cream is that it is really moisturizing, so I feel confident entering the dry winter season and the upcoming breastfeeding season (I always feel dehydrated when I’m nursing), knowing that my skin will get the moisture it needs and craves.
If you have oily skin, I would scale back on the coconut oil, and add more Shea butter or jojoba oil. Also, add the Essential oils slowly, mix it in and see if you want more. You can always add more, but if you add too much it may be overpowering. I decided to use lavender and frankincense for the benefits listed below, but really you can use whatever oils you love the smell and or benefits of.
Lavender- The main reason I chose to use lavender is because I love the smell and it really does help me unwind, which is nice because I use this cream before bed. But it has (what seems to be) an unlimited list of benefits, so here are a few that appealed to me; it’s an antiseptic, antioxidant, and an anti-inflammatory, which helps to improve circulation, works to heal acne, wrinkles and inflammation.
Frankincense- Other than its relaxing effect and woodsy aroma, frankincense is known to have astringent properties which have been used in many topical applications including anti-aging creams. It can also help reduce the appearance of scars or large pores, as well as help tighten skin.
See the recipe I used below, but I’d like to note again that if you don’t want a thick ‘greasy’ cream, then reduce the amount of coconut oil and increase the Shea butter and/or jojoba oil. Jojoba oil’s composition is very similar to that of the natural oils in our skin, so it is absorbed easier than coconut oil. That being said, it is pretty pricey and hard to find (I got mine at our local health food store, but you can also buy it on Amazon), just make sure to buy quality; ideally first-pressed with a golden and viscose consistency. Jojoba oil is also antibacterial and antifungal – win/win/win!
So, if you’re not totally convinced in how good this cream is for your skin, try it out! Also note that you can sub coconut oil and jojoba oil out for any carrier oils you like or have at home (other oils you can try: avocado oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, untoasted seseme oil…just Google ‘carrier oils’ and you will be introduced to the world of oils 🙂 )
*I added 15 drops of each and found it to smell pretty strong in but I’ve gotten used to it and like it now :).
➡Melt shea butter and oils in double boiler on stove top (I used a small pot in a pan of boiling water), stirring regularly
➡Let cool for 30 minutes
➡Add essential oils to desired scent
➡Cool in fridge or freezer for 20-30 minutes until mostly solidified
➡Whip with hand blender until you reach a butter like consistency
➡Use a spatula to put in a 4oz Mason jar
➡Use every night after you wash/tone your face and enjoy (I use alcohol-free witch hazel as a toner after washing with a delicate natural soap)
The best part is, you can feel confident that every ingredient you are putting on your skin will benefit it in so many ways.
I’m also going to be trying to make a day cream that I can wear under makeup and isn’t greasy at all, so I’ll share that recipe when I’ve found the perfect mix!
Let me know if you’ve tried it and how you like it!
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend 🙂