Heavenly Face and Body Cream

Perfect DIY Facial CreamWell over a month ago I posted about my facial cream experiment.  What started out as a simple attempt to find an all-natural facial cream that I both like and am not allergic to turned into a full-blown semi-scientific endeavor that has ended up in my complete obsession with making lotion.  This is evidenced by the fact that I recently told my kids I could not…{fill in the blank}… because I was making lotion, and my daughter responded with, “Mom, when are you not making lotion?”  Bwahahaha!  And there you have it.

I have made a good 12-15 different recipes–some from other people, and some from my own creation, and I have discovered that there is this whole other science and chemistry you really have to learn and understand before you can successfully create a perfect lotion with all the right qualities.  Seeing as how I have a regular full-time job that does not involve anything remotely creative or experimental, and most certainly does not allow me to be barefoot nor in my kitchen, I’m fairly limited in my time and opportunity to continue perfecting my lotion.  That being said, I do think I’ve come upon an amazing creation in terms of creamy perfection, and I have created a face and body lotion to which I have become quite addicted.  I’m not sure if I’m more addicted to the cream or to the process of making it.  This lotion is so wonderfully nourishing that I am confident when people try it they will beg me to make more so they can buy some.  I was honestly surprised at the difference all natural ingredients make in the quality of a lotion.  It feels completely different than any of my favorite store-bought brands that are laden with harmful chemicals and preservatives.  This all-natural cream on the other hand, will not last in the bathroom pantry for decades.  It has a relatively short shelf-life of 3-6 months, so I recommend purchasing or making small batches.

If you are anything like me, you’re probably not about to pay good money for a simple bottle of lotion that you could make yourself, so I’m going to share my secret recipe with you.  If you’re not like me, and you have no intention of making your own lotion, then never fear…my ingredients and packaging have been ordered.  If I have any left after my local peeps get a hold of it, I’ll put some lotion in my Etsy store.

For those of you who are “oily”, this lotion is a fabulous base for any of your Young Living essential oils.  In fact, I recommend in the recipe at least one drop of peppermint oil, just to knock out the odor of the natural oils.  They don’t smell bad without the essential oil, but just the one drop gives such a fresh, pleasant aroma to to the mixture.  And it’s a light enough scent that you can use the lotion on your face and not smell it.

I’m going to share with you the recipe, and then I will comment on the benefits of some of the oils I used.

Heavenly Face and Body Cream Recipe

Makes about 3 volume ounces

Ingredients

  • 2 T. Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 T. Cold-pressed Olive Oil
  • 2 t. Beeswax
  • 1 t. Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • .8 ml  Vitamin E Oil (I measured this with a medicine syringe)
  • 1/4 C. Pure Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil

(I purchased most of these ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs, with the exception of the olive oil, which came from the local grocer, and the essential oil, which I ordered as a Young Living distributor.  If you would like to be able to order essential oils at a wholesale rate, I can help you become a wholesale member using my Sponsor Id 2036017.)

Instructions

Using a double-boiler, or a glass jar set inside a pot of boiling water, melt the first four ingredients.  Mix the aloe and vitamin E oil together separately.  Once the oils have melted, stir them well and pour in the aloe mixture and whisk together.  Remove from heat and continue to whisk every so often until the mixture cools.  If it seems to get clumpy and is not mixed together well, just keep whisking.  If it seems to liquidy, it probably just needs to cool some more.  If when it is all cool there are small chunks of solid wax or oil throughout, just dump it all back in the double-boiler and melt it again and start over.  It actually does quite well with this process.  Once it is fairly the consistency you desire your lotion to be, add in the peppermint oil.  You can substitute any essential oil here, and in fact if you want the lotion to be fragrant or have health-supportive properties, you will need to add 10-20 drops of your desired essential oils.  I recommended starting with a few drops and adding as you see fit.  Mix the essential oil(s) in well, and pour into a sterile jar or bottle.  Stir well once you have poured (or scooped) into the jar, and try to get the air pockets out.  The emulsion stays more consistent when it does not have air pockets throughout.  It also does really well in a bottle you can shake.

Benefits of Natural Oils

I chose the oils I used based on not only their usefulness, but also the way they feel in the lotion, as well as the odor, or lack thereof.  I did some quick research online to give you some interesting reading material on some of the oils.  There is some controversy with vitamin E, but it is used sparingly in this recipe and could be substituted with more almond or coconut.  Also, some people have sensitivity to coconut oil, so if this is you, use more almond or olive oil.  I found in my experimenting that I am sensitive to jojoba, so I have stopped using it in my lotion, and it is not in this recipe.

Sweet Almond Oil–“One of the biggest secrets behind the use of almond oil for skin treatments is the high level of fatty acids contained in the final oil mixture. Fatty acids serve as a natural emollient for the skin, and can help the skin lock in moisture by forming a protective barrier. Emollients are especially effective for conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea.”

“One of the other reasons why almond oil is beneficial is because of its ability to plump and firm the skin. Almond oil works as a natural face exfoliator to help to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of healthier skin. When used topically, the formulated almond oil for skin products or treatments is absorbed by the fatty cells of the skin. The moisture in the oil is then utilized by the tissues to repair damaged cells and give skin a more youthful appearance.”–The Derm Review

Olive Oil–“The best and most widespread use for olive oil is as an intense moisturizer. This product works great as an allover treatment for extra-dry skin. Since it’s natural, it’s the ideal pick for eczema and more.”–Allure.com

Coconut Oil–“It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal, it’s an excellent moisturizer…and, according to research, great for atopic dermatitis.”–Prevention.com Coconut Oil also has an SPF of about 4-6.

Vitamin E Oil–“A major benefit of vitamin E oil for the skin is that it helps the healing process. As vitamin E is absorbed by the epidermis layer of the skin, it can be used for treating sunburn or protecting you from the sun.

Another wonderful benefit of vitamin E oil is that it can be used to treat scars, acne, and wrinkles because it speeds up cell regeneration. This creates an anti-aging effect, which makes the skin look younger.”–NewsMax.com

Aloe Vera Gel–Acts as a moisturizer, treats sunburn, treats acne, fights agingMindyBodyGreen.com

So as you can see, this Heavenly Face and Body Cream is a power-packed lotion that is sure to make you look and feel younger.  I can attest to the fact that my skin feels better, my eczema is improving, and my makeup stays looking great all day.  The only main ingredient I would like to do more experimenting with is an ingredient with more sun-protecting properties.  I may eventually add some zinc oxide or carrot seed oil, both of which would make this a totally suitable sunscreen-containing lotion.  For now I’m not concerned with it because my makeup has SPF in it.  However, if your makeup does not have SPF of at least 15, I would recommend adding a light sunscreen before heading outdoors.

In Conclusion

I would love to hear from you if you make this lotion to see how the process works for you.  I’ve read (and tried) several different methods and combinations for mixing the oils, and this seems to be the easiest and most effective.  I’d also love to hear what essential oil combinations you use.  Also of note, the lotion pictured in the featured photo is not the final recipe.  I’m just tired of taking pictures of lotion that I don’t use!  The final recipe used here is a creamy lotion that squirts well out of a bottle.  Someday soon I’ll take a new picture for you.

A creative lifestyle and DIY blogger, I make something in every spare moment. Sewing, knitting, baking, crafting, and anything else requiring thoughtful creativity or that will make my family happy top the list of the things I like to do.

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