If you don’t already know, I’m a sucker for homemade stuff. Even better if it only involves items that don’t cost an arm and a leg, and definitely extra points if it actually works!
My recent experiment making my own insect and bug repellent worked wonders, and I am glad to report that not only does it keep bugs away, it smells great, and I’m still using my first batch! Is that cost-effective or what? 🙂
So my curiosity was once again heightened when while I was researching the Oil Cleansing Method, I stumbled on this simple recipe for homemade face moisturizer. The creator claimed it will give you skin akin to baby’s bottom! That certainly caught my attention.
So when my ingredients arrived from iHerb.com not too long ago, I started “brewing my potion”…or something to that effect.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons shea butter
- 2-3 drops lavender oil
Coconut oil is liquid at (Malaysian) room temperature, so I had to leave it in the fridge for a few hours to solidify first. Then I used a spoon to scoop up the amount I wanted.
Then I scraped up the shea butter…and mixed both in an empty moisturizer tub I had saved.
Lastly I added a few drops of lavender oil. You can also add tea tree oil instead of lavender oil if you are targeting oily and acne-prone skin. I used lavender because that was what I had and also because I read the 20 Reasons to use Lavender Oil.
Then mix it well with a spoon. At some point, it could become slightly watery, perhaps because of the coconut oil liquefying, but it should resemble a thick dough-like mixture after a few minutes.
I store it with my other facial care products on my dresser. Initially I planned on using it in place of my moisturizer, but I found that this baby bottom moisturizer was a little too oily upon application. I only need a small amount on my fingertip to cover my entire face and that would be enough.
However, despite the initial oily feel, the oiliness dissipates after a few minutes, and I feel my skin feeling smoother than ever before! I especially LOVE using this after a scrub or after the Oil Cleansing Method. If I use it before bedtime as a night cream, I would wake up to incredibly soft and (shall I say) baby bottom-smooth skin. Love, love, love!!!
Now although it sounds like I am totally in LOVE with this homemade product, there is a caveat. For me, the smell of this concoction was incredibly strong to begin with. It could be the shea butter, because I don’t think either coconut oil or lavender smells that way. It takes me some time to get past that initial smell, which my husband says smells like “burnt rubber”, but after about 10-15 minutes, the smell (like the oiliness) just magically disappears! It’s a smell to get accustomed to really, but you know, some people might not mind it. I might be the minority here.
It’s a good intensive moisturizing cream for me to use, and although I don’t use it every day, I’m glad I have this option to use. A few weeks ago, I felt my skin getting tight and extremely dehydrated. When all other moisturizers failed me, one use of this homemade cream and my skin was feeling all loved again!
Also, because I only use a small amount each time, it can last a really, really long time!
Pros: Economical, works a treat, homemade and natural
Cons: Smell takes some getting used to
Would I make a second batch though? You know, I might…but I would just go a little easy on the shea butter. Would you be curious enough to try this on your own? Do you have any homemade recipes you’re dying to share?