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 for inspiration and always blend up homemade skincare that beats anything I can find on the grocery store shelf. “Fresh is best”. If make homemade skin care products and use them fresh, you are 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 coconut oil as a natural body moisturizer, rose water as a toner, almond pulp as a scrub, and mashed avocado and lemon as a mask. 

I got this recipe from my friends 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 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 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 recipes for 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 this cream.

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 something that will rival anything you've 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. But, 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 recipe, 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 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!

Traditionally, it's better to 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. I am not a fan of microwaves and don't own one. But, it is the easiest way to make this. But, you can heat the ingredients on the stove top on the lowest heat possible. 

Another helpful hint when making this is to remember that this is a natural living product. It is best to store your 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 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 moisturizer mixture will keep in the fridge for up to six months. I seriously can't do this cream justice, except to say, blend it up! It is blendsational.

Thanks Kim and Lou! 

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Home Made Organic Moisturizer

“Oh, Wow!” Organic Moisturizer

  • 35g organic cold pressed apricot kernal oil
  • 5g organic cold pressed jojoba oil
  • 15g organic cocoa butter
  • 5g organic shea butter
  • 15g organic vegetable glycerin
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp emulsifying wax
  • 225g filtered water
  • 1 tsp organic vitamin E
  • 1 tsp organic grapefruit seed extract
  • 1/4 tsp organic rosehip oil
  • 5 drops organic carrot seed oil
  • 30-50 drops of your choice of essential oils (this is for the whole mix. If you are dividing into small jars you only need about 8 drops of oil in each jar)
  1. Combine the apricot oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, glycerin, and emulsifying wax into a glass pyrex jug.
  2. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, and then in 10 second bursts, until all of the ingredients are melted.
  3. Never allow the mixture to boil.
  4. Place the filtered water in a tall plastic jug, and place your stick blender firmly on the bottom. Slowly start pulsing the water, and gradually pour in the oil mixture in one steady stream while pulsing. A lovely white cream should start to form. When the mixture has thickened and become the consistency of mayonnaise, add in the vitamin E. Grapefruit Seed Extract, Rosehip Oil, Carrot Seed Oil to the cream. Just give a few short pulses to gently mix it. Be careful not to over mix or your cream will return to a runny consistency.
  5. Pour into individual jars and add in your desired essential oils. Stir each pot and allow to cool completely uncapped before sealing.
  6. Store in the fridge in a cool dark place to thicken and preserve.
  7. This recipe will make 300mls – about 6 small jars.
  8. ***You CAN use your Vitamix to make this recipe. But you have to be VERY careful and blend on LOW. Or the cream will get too runny. 

Tips!

the best way to clean your blender

After blending up something sticky, gooey or smelly, just place a few drops of soap in the carriage with some warm water and blend on high until all of the congealed food slips away from the blades and sides. Then repeat this process. Then rinse with water and presto! Clean carriage. 
If you have smells or stains repeat this process with some bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice and water. 
Check out the video on A No Hassle Way To Clean Your Blender that I did as part of the Chow Tips Series.

These make the best little stocking stuffers and thankyou presents. My friends love getting them and you can tailor the scents and oils to their personalities

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Yes! These are the BEST presents!

I am one of the lucky friends who have made this cream at xmas time with Tess. I can honestly say that this moisturiser is the best moisturiser I have ever used on my skin. Nothing surpasses it, no matter what the label or the cost. It is the best. I cannot recommend it enough. Make it!!! And make a few for yourself and store them in the fridge so you don’t run out…

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Oh, you are so lovely.
That was such a FANTASTIC day making all of presents and eating all of the delicious food. I LOVE YOU xx

Hi Tess :)

I love your blog and all of the great recipes. I have newly embraced the world of healthy, organic, gluten-free and awesome food!

I love the fact that you are passionate about coconut (what would the world be without it - I was practically raised on this stuff), chocolate (nom nom nom) and cashews (omg… best nuts ever!).

I also love this recipe for body cream - I suffer from psoriasis and other skin ailments so have been trawling the stores for a good moisturiser. I’ve decided that I best make my own given all the nasties.

May I ask, how long does a 50ml tub/jar last? I am thinking of making them as gifts as well and thought it might be better to give someone the whole 300ml. Is that too much?

Sending you love, happiness and joy
Lily

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Hey Lily!
Thankyou so much for your lovely comments.
Yes! LOVE coconut, avocados and chocolate! YUMMO!
This moisturizer makes fantastic gifts.
If you just use the cream on your face, a 50ml jar lasts about 3 months. If on your whole body, maybe a week or two.
So you could give the whole batch to someone if they are going to use it everywhere.
But it only lasts for 6 months and best to keep it in the fridge.
This is why I like to make 50 ml jars and share the batch around and make a fresh batch every couple of months.
Hope this helps.
Please let me know how you like this cream.
If you want some more suggestions for great natural products, please feel free to email me: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
I have tried lots of natural food-grade products!
I can also recommend some other recipes too.
Welcome to the piggy world =)

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Hi Tess,

I recently started thinking about all the nasties they put into all the cosmetics I use (which when you add them all up is alot). So I’m now looking for home made alternatives, but they arent so easy to find. This recipe looks great, can’t wait to try it :)

I’m just wondering, do you just measure the ingredients on a scale (they are in g’s). And the new directions site measures in ml, so what size would be appropriate to get to make this recipe?

What essential oils would you recommend for starting with?

I would love to hear of your other home made cosmetic recipes!

Thanks :)

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Hey Piggy Shae! You will be so happy when you make this recipe. It is just AMAZING and SOOO easy to make with a hand blender. You do use scales to measure the ingredients. gms to mls is a 1:1 ratio so buy the 100ml apricot oil and keep the amounts as small as possible so your ingredients stay fresh. This mixture makes about 6 jars and should last you six months if you keep the mixture in the fridge in glass jars. If you have any other questions let me know.
I will post more natural skin care recipes in the coming months. I would start with lavender oil because it is soothing and calming. But I also LOVE geranium oil. Having said that, different essential oils have different effects on the body. Do a search for the ones you like to see if they are appropriate for you. Also, a little goes a long way =)

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Hi there Tess!  I came across your FABULOUS website about 6+ months ago. I tripped out when I saw your name…my 1 year old grandangel’s name is Tessa Faith Masters-Smith!  We call her Tess or Tessie most of the time. What a fun coincidence!  I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoy your site!  You truly do a fantastic job of keeping us healthy inside & out. Thank you so much for your knowledge and for the time and energy you devote to us…you ROCK!!

Warmly,
Ginger Masters ;)

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Hey Piggy Ginger! Welcome!
Thankyou for your lovely message.
What a great connection. Everyone calls me Tessie too! I just LOVE that! xx

Just made my first batch of this cream and it is amaaaaaaazig! Had so much fun making it and cant wait to give it out as pressies to my friends! Thank you so much in helping me source the ingredients, it was invaluable.  Can’t wait to do my 2nd batch!  THANK YOU! x x x

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Hey Piggy Deborah!
I am SO pleased you loved that cream as much as I do and the people at New Directions were so helpful. I will post some more home made skin care recipes in the coming months.
So wonderful to have you here!

Where would be the best place to purchase these ingredients?  Thanks!

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Hey Kelsey,
I use New Directions. They have online stores in North America, Canada. UK and Australia.
They are a fantastic company and the link is below. You can get everything you need from raw ingredients to the glass jars.
http://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/

This is so great! I was going to ask this question then thought I should see if someone else had asked it already. They sell in CANADA too!!! Woot woot!!! Super excited here. I suffer from psoriasis too and have yet to find a good cream and shampoo (have a recipe for that too?). Thanks a bundle Tess!

Yes! New directions sells in Canada!
I swear, this is the BEST website for your raw ingredients as well as jars etc.
The customer service is incredible.
I cannot wait to hear what you think of this cream. It is seriously unbelievable and SO easy!

I am going to take your advice and make this cream to give to my clients as Christmas presents. I got on the New Directions website and ordered all of my raw materials. I am excited!

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Michelle!
I am excited FOR you!
This cream is AMAZING. Your clients will be very happy :)

How could have I missed your natural skin care lotion?! This *so* rings a bell, Tess! I’ve just decided a few weeks ago to start making more of my own skin care too—I find it so fascinating… days need to stretch to 48 hours ASAP though ;)
Here’s my very first hand lotion: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150408129266892&l=f54a5df5fb
I’ve actually made several small jars to give as Xmas gifts :)
Just about a month ago, I also started making my own roll-on deo and toothpaste too… lovin’ it! Next on the list are lipbalm and bath bombs.
xoxo Magali

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Magali!
That looks SPECTACULAR!
You are such an inspiration. Just amazing.
I cannot wait until your line of homemade skincare comes out on the market! He he he!
There is NOTHING you can’t do. I just LOVE it!
xxxx

Great recipe & amazing ingredients. We at zaaina.com use aloe Vera gel in our products instead of water. Aloe Vera gel has great benefits on the skin & can be great substitute for the water.

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Hey Purvi
THANKYOU for that amazing tip.
I am going to try that in my next recipe.
Your products are so wonderful.
Thankyou for sharing this with everyone.

Thanks for posting this. I was also wondering if you have any recipes for wrinkles around the eyes and mouth? Thanks so much !

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Gina
I do have some anti wrinkle eye cream and lip recipe. I will post them next month.
But feel free to email me (email address in FAQ section of site) and I can send them to you sooner!

I am totally going to make this! I’ve been looking for a healthy moisturizer.  Thank you so much! I’m going to try Frankincense EO as I’ve read its really good for fine wrinkles.

So we really need to keep this in the fridge - all the time??

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Lynette
You are going to love this cream.
It is SO easy!
Yes, Frankincense is amazing in this cream.
My friend Beth made a blend using that and it was beautiful!
It is best to keep this cream in the fridge to preserve the precious natural oils.
But if you store it in a cool dark place that is good.
My mum doesn’t store her cream in the fridge and it is fine.

My hubby and 3 of our kids have psoriasis and I have been making all natural salves for them, as well as for for family & friends with skin issues for the past year. This seems a great recipe to add, thanks :)

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Maile,
This recipe IS amazing and SO easy!
I really look forward to hearing what you think.

Hi, this looks awesome, I can’t wait to try it out. Is it good for the face too? Or would it be to oily? Thanks!

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Hey Stephanie,
Yes, you can use this on your face and it is divine. My mum has been using this on her face for two years now and won’t use anything else. My friend Beth also uses it on her face and loves it. I look forward to hearing what you think :)

I can not wait to try this recipe.  I would also recommend adding sacha inchi oil.  The oil has a high concentration of Omega 3 and vitamin E and been used by women in the Amazon to take care of their skin for centuries. Clarins and other cosmetic companies are starting to use it in their products.  If you are interested in learning more about sacha inchi oil you can check out http://www.sachavida.com

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Thankyou! This is such an AWESOME tip.
Yes! LOVE sacha inchi seeds. I make milk and it is WONDERFUL.
Thankyou for sharing.

I can not wait to try this, I am actually preparing my list to purchase these items tomorrow! My question though is once I have stored in the fridge and it has thicken can I take it out and use it reguarly out of the fridge…while the surplus waits in the fridge or must I use and then place it back in the fridge after every use?

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Hey Ann
As long as you keep the surplus in the fridge and keep the container you are using in a cool dark place you are fine.
I like to recommend keeping it in the fridge to keep the mixture fresh and preserve the delicate oils.
But my mum and most of my friends don’t keep their creams in the fridge and it is fine.
I have given this cream to literally hundreds of people and they ALL love it!
I hope you do too :)

Hello! I made this not long ago and it had the consistency of a thin milkshake. While I definitely ended up over-blending, the mixture wasn’t thickening at all to begin with. Aside from reducing the amount of water, do you have other tips for keeping this on the thicker side?

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Hey Shelley,
I am sorry to hear that your mixture isn’t thickening. If you let it stand at room temperature and then allow to set in the fridge it should thicken. If it still doesn’t, try reducing the amount of apricot oil,  jojoba oil and glycerin just a tad.
Please feel free to email me about this (address in FAQ section of my blog) as I want to get this right for you. I have had many people make this and this has only happened once before. We can fix this, because it really is the BEST cream.

Hi Tess! Today I’m trying to find the recipe for homemade facial moisturizer because I just start to have some interests in carrier oil and essential oil, and find your blog coincidentally. You know what, your recipes is the only one that make me think “I really wanna use this recipe!” after I google all the day, as it looks not-so-hard, and “doable” for me.

But here I have some questions to ask you. I’m Southeast Asian and living in such a hot climate. I’m thinking that sweet almond oil causes my pore clogged. That’s so sad, but I’m not allergic to jojoba oil for sure. I never use essential oil before too. Can I change some of the oil ingredients? The only thing I afraid is if I change something, the texture of the cream will change -*-. Do you have any suggestions?
And is it possible if I want to add some titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide, for the UV protection?

Thank you in advance ^^

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Hey BAMBIx,
Hmmmm…...I have actually not experimented with switching the oils around with this moisturizer because it is so perfect the way it is, and hundreds of people love it.
I am thinking you could use another carrier oil in place of the sweet almond oil. You could also add in a little bit of titanium oxide or zinc oxide.
But yes, I am nervous about the texture.
It is already a delicate balance to get it right.
Check out Sophie Uliano’s home made sunscreen on You Tube.
I would make that and slap it on over the top of the moisturizer.
I hope this helps.

Emulsifying wax isn’t natural. What can I replace it with?

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You can use natural emulsifiers.  Start with a combination of Beeswax, Liquid Lecithin, and Borax.  These ingredients create a stable emulsion of fats and waters. 80% Beeswax, 10% Borax, and 10% Liquid Lecithin should work.

Estimated elements body lotion products! Our body lotion is made with extra whipped body butter so it absorbs quickly into your skin without leaving a sticky residue. That makes your skin moisturized and soft.

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Hi Tess, I tried making the lotion via your instructions but my result was very hard for some reason, and it takes some time for the butter matter to melt (via hand-rubbing) before I can apply it on my body. Is this meant to happen? Thank again Amdeep

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