How to Make Natural Face Creams

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Make Natural Face Creams
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The cosmetics and beauty market is saturated with creams, lotions, serums and gels--all claiming to be able to make you look younger and more beautiful. Before the rise of retail, Mother Nature had a pretty good handle on the beauty business, filling her fields and forests with everything you need for healthy, radiant skin. Try mixing up this homemade face cream of pure, unprocessed back-to-nature ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • Double boiler
  • 1 cup base oil (depends on skin type--see "Tips")
  • 1/4 cup all natural coconut oil
  • 0.5 oz. shredded beeswax
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • 2/3 cup distilled water
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 10,000 IU vitamin E
  • 150,000 IU vitamin A
  • Essential oil or oils (optional)
  • Hand mixer
  • Clean glass or plastic jars with secure lids

Make sure all ingredients are room temperature. Wash and dry your bowls and spoons so that no bacteria or dirt is mixed into your face cream.

Combine the base oil, coconut oil and beeswax in the top pot of the double boiler. Boil on low heat until the mixture is smooth and melted.

All-natural ingredients are best for your skin
All-natural ingredients are best for your skin

Pour the mixture in a mixing bowl and set it aside. Allow it to cool to room temperature.

Combine the distilled water, aloe vera gel, vitamin E, vitamin A and the essential oil or oils of your choice in a bowl. With your hand mixer, blend at the highest speed.

Add fragrance with essential oils.
Add fragrance with essential oils.

As you continue to blend at the highest speed, slowly add the cooled grape seed oil mixture. Blend until the mixture is thick.

Place the completed face cream in your clean jars and store them in a cool place. If you are planning on giving the cream as a gift, or you are not going to use it right away, you can store it in the refrigerator.

Store your cream in airtight jars.
Store your cream in airtight jars.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose your base oil based on your skin type. For dry skin, choose avocado oil, sesame oil or peanut oil; for oily skin choose jojoba oil or grape seed oil. Wheat germ oil is compatible with both skin types. If you choose to use an essential oil or oils to fragrance your face cream, be careful not to add too much, or you will overpower yourself with scent. No more than 4 to 6 drops is sufficient for a pretty, subtle fragrance.
  • Your face cream should keep for up to three months, but if you notice any bacteria or mold growing on it, throw it out immediately.

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