Thursday, 1 February 2018

Homemade Nourishing Winter Face Cream




A few days back I stumbled upon homemade recipes for creams and soaps. And since then I wanted to buy the ingredients for making a cream.


Finally I made my own version of face cream. Only after satisfying myself and getting positive feedback from my family, I was confident enough to share my recipe of a homemade face cream.


In the winter months, this cream will remain smooth and creamy just as a store-bought cream.
But, it will melt in the hotter months in the room temperature. So, during those times keep the cream in fridge.











Ingredients for 150 gm cream:

  1. 1 tbsp. cocoa butter (click to buy Bliss of Earth Pure Organic Cocoa Butter)
  2. 1/2 tbsp. shea butter (click to buy Bliss of Earth Pure Organic Shea Butter)
  3. 1 tbsp. almond oil (click to buy Hamdard Rogan Badam Shirin Pure Almond Oil)
  4. 1 tbsp. jojoba oil (click to buy StBotanica Golden Virgin Jojoba Oil)
  5. 10 drops of frankincense oil (click to buy Mesmara Frankincense Essential Oil)
  6. Enough coconut oil to fill the bottle (click to buy Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil)




Method:

Make a double-boiler on gas stove and melt cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil.
Remove from heat and mix in all the remaining ingredients.
Place the bowl in refrigerator for 3-4 minutes and wait for the mixture to harden slightly.
Whip the oils with a hand whisk to incorporate air.
The result should be a pure white fluffy cream.
Transfer to a sanitized and dry jar/container for usage.
Opt a dark glass jar/container because these natural oils and essential fragrances are pure and undiluted. So, they are very light sensitive. Either store the prepared cream in dark color container or keep them out of sunlight.




Remarks:

  • I and my husband use it twice a day for face and neck. Both of us have sensitive skin meaning areas like t-zone stings and turns red if a cream is applied which is not suitable to us. We got no breakouts/pimples/acne on face after using this heavy cream (so unlikely).
  • This cream is completely chemical free and no preservative. It has the most precious oils that do wonders for any skin type. It is like giving a treat to your skin with real organic oils and butters which is very doubtful with store bought creams.
  • A word of caution - since it is preservative free the shelf life of this cream is less. I would suggest making small batches and use them fresh.
  • If you notice, I have purposely used such ingredients that are food-grade. Meaning, that if they are internally used or consumed, they are safe. While, this cream is not for consumption, my aim is to use high quality ingredients that are actually chemical free and safe enough to eat.
  • The frankincense oil is not food-grade but it is for skin and hair. There are essential oils for only room fragrances or diffusers and they are not meant for usage on body. Keeping these important points before buying and preparing this cream has taken a lot of research and understanding.
  • I used Mesmara Frankincense Essential Oil because I wanted not just supple and nourished skin but also the cream to have anti-ageing benefits which frankincense delivers. The fragrance of frankincense is mild and somewhat similar to citrus and fruits. You can definitely choose an essential oil of your choice and customise it to your liking. There are some value for money combo packs of essential oils like the Korus Essential Aromatherapy Essential Oil Pack of 6 which contains individual bottles of lavender, teatree, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemongrass and sweet orange.
  • After buying all the ingredients the money spent will make this cream seem expensive and one may be tempted to purchase a store bought cream instead. But I must say that the homemade cream uses very little amount from each purchased item. As a result, all the butters, oils and fragrances can used several times to make atleast 15 containers of 50 gms size.
Soon I will come up with lighter creams that are best for the summer and some serums suitable for oily skin. Other beauty products can also be made with these oils like Face Mist, Sleep Spray, etc. I am excited to show them to you all as well. So wait for them!




















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