I am very mindful about what I put inside my body. But I am just as vigilant about what I put on my body. I have this rule: “if I can’t put a spoon in it and put it into my body, I can’t put it on my body”! This philosophy has served me well, leading me into the wild and wonderful world of natural skin care products. We are really fortunate to have so many fantastic organic food-grade skin care products on the market today. However, I find that a lot of these products still have too many preservatives, coagulants, and emulsifiers for my liking.
So, you guessed it, I look to my kitchen, grab my blender (my Vitamix) for inspiration and always blend up homemade skincare that beats anything I can find on the grocery store shelf. I will use my mantra here again for natural skin products, “fresh is best”. If you can make homemade skin care products and use them fresh, you are always going to be on a winning streak. Or the winning streak will be on you! Sometimes I don’t even blend anything! I just grab stuff organic food straight out of my fridge and pantry and slap it on! I use organic unrefined coconut oil as a natural body moisturizer, rose water as a toner, oil and almond meal as a scrub, and mashed avocado and lemon as a mask. Oh, the list of homemade skincare is endless, and I will share some of these wonderful ideas in future posts.
What we are celebrating today, is this fantastic homemade moisturizer that I got from Kim and Lou at their phenomenal homemade skin care workshop a few years ago. A group of us got together and took one of their classes, and came away with a wealth of knowledge, and some brilliant homemade skincare recipes. This homemade moisturizer was the star attraction, and we have all been making it with joyful gratitude ever since.
Some girlfriends and I created a co-op, and we have been making this homemade moisturizer, along with scrubs and lip balms ever since. We have had an annual Christmas party the last two years, where we have made these homemade skin products as Christmas gifts. We have all received rave reviews. It is such a fun day! We all bring a dish and share a beautiful Christmas lunch after our hard work. It is a really great way to make these homemade organic creams.
We buy the raw ingredients in bulk and share the cost. Then we all help make the mix, add in our desired aromatherapy blends, and jar them up ready to share. Each homemade moisturizer works out at about $5.00 each. What a fantastic inexpensive gift. Not bad for homemade skincare that will rival anything you have tried on the market. I don’t know about you. But I always appreciate a thoughtful homemade gift.
Now, I am not an expert on the wonders of aromatherapy. But natural oils are miraculous. The health benefits are absolutely extraordinary. The only thing I will say in this post is that when it comes to pure essential oils, less is more! Don’t be fooled by those little drops. They pack a mighty powerful punch. You only need a few drops. You will want to refer to an aromatherapy guidebook in order to blend the right oils together for your specific purpose, and to learn more about using them safely and correctly. There are hundreds of sensational books out there. But one of my personal favorites is Valerie Ann Worwood’s book, The Fragrant Pharmacy. We sourced our raw products from New Directions in Australia. New Directions Aromatics is the site I use in America. It is the same fabulous company. You can buy all of the raw organic ingredients as well as the glass jars and lids.
Now, as far as actually making this homemade moisturizer, let me share the wisdom of our experience with you. Be careful not to over blend the mixture. That will result in making the cream super runny. As soon as the mixture turns into the consistency of mayonnaise it is ready. Don’t be alarmed if the blend is not as thick as conventional creams. The mixture will thicken in the jars when you leave it to set in the counter top or in the fridge. The first time we made this homemade moisturizer we all panicked, only to realize later that all would be well. Kim and Lou suggested using a stick blender in a tall jug. This is a really good tip. You can control the blend by pulsing gradually and stirring in between each pulse. A stick blender with a variable speed dial is preferable so you can control the speed and pulse on low. We learnt this the hard way as our first batch of homemade cream flew all over the kitchen walls!
Traditional organic skincare makers will use a more conventional heating method to mix the oils. But in the interests of making things easy, Kim and Lou suggested using a microwave. Now, I am not normally a fan of microwaves. But with this homemade moisturizer recipe it is actually quite useful. Another helpful hint when making this homemade skincare is to remember that this is a natural living product. It is best to store your homemade moisturizer in the fridge to keep the natural oils at their peak. One thing I do: I make a batch of the basic mixture, and leave it in the fridge without any added essential oils. Then, when I need to make up a little jar of homemade moisturizer for the week, I just add in the desired oils according to my needs. Then they are fresh, and I can change my oil blend depending on the weather and my mood.
This homemade moisturizer mixture will keep in the fridge for up to six months. I seriously can't do this homemade skincare justice, except to say, blend it up! It is absolutely blendsational! Thanks Kim and Lou! We will be eternally grateful.