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Courtesy of The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide: Using the Science of Carrier and Essential Oils to Create Natural Personal Care Products by Danielle Sade © 2017 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.
Wow! When I checked out this recipe, I realize just how doable it is to make your own natural moisturizer using essential oils! Thank you Danielle Sade, for sharing this recipe with my readers. To win a copy of Danielle’s book The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide, enter over at this post. Hurry, giveaway will end on May 18th.
Now, onto the recipe:
Basic Moisturizing Cream
Making a basic moisturizing cream is quite simple, but you do need to follow a specific procedure to ensure good results. This formulation outlines, step by step, the techniques for making a facial cream using basic ingredients.
When to use
Makes about 18 oz (530 mL)
Always start the mixer at a low speed. Mix patiently, without stopping, to ensure that the wax and oil do not cool off before they are emulsified. Otherwise they can separate.
Always research the ingredients you are using and know the recommended maximum amount you can add to products.
Your final product relies on proper storage and packaging. Always sanitize the jar before using, seal it properly and store it in a cool, dark place.
Label your finished product with the dates of manufacture and expiry.
- Bowl-style double boiler
- Glass stir stick
- Electric mixer
- Glass jar (14 oz/400 mL) sprayed with 70% ethyl alcohol
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) emulsifying wax NF
- 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) sunflower seed oil
- 3⁄4 cup (175 mL) warm (86°F/30°C) filtered water
- 20 drops (1 mL) essential oil of your choice
1 Set a heatproof glass measuring cup with spout over a saucepan of hot (not boiling) water (86°F/30°C) and heat until warm to the touch.
2 Add emulsifying wax and let melt completely.
3 Add sunflower oil and stir gently until completely incorporated. Remove from heat.
4 Using mixer at low speed, gradually mix in warm water. Continue to mix until emulsified (thick and creamy), 5 to 10 minutes.
5 Add essential oil and mix until completely incorporated.
6 Transfer mixture to prepared jars and seal tightly. Properly stored, the cream will keep for up to 3 months.
Basic Day Cream: Use carrier oils with a lighter texture that are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, and essential oils that are balancing and stimulating.
Basic Night Cream: Use carrier oils that are rich in saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, along with calming and relaxing essential oils.
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I was very excited to try this recipe! I turned to Amazon.com for the two ingredients that I did not have. I purchased the Milliard Brand Emulsifying wax which is needed to hold the mix together when mixing in essential oils.
Lotions and creams are created from a mixture of water and oil. Without Emulsifying wax, the mix won’t hold as intended.
Next, I needed sunflower oil. I chose Maple Holistics Pure Sunflower Seed Oil. Sunflower seed oil is rich in vitamin E, a natural moisturizer and moisture retainer. Vitamin E is also a strong antioxidant that helps protect the skin against free-radicals and premature aging. Cold Pressed Sunflower Seed Oil can also help protect the skin’s collagen and elastin.
I chose Tea Tree Oil (Botanical Name – Melaleuca) as my essential oil. According to author Danielle Sade, Tea Tree essential oil is recommended for oily and blotchy skin (which I have). Tea Tree Oil is antibacterial and antifungal. A dilution of up to 3% can be used in products that are left on the skin.
In addition to having my ingredients ready to go, I had my glass jar from Infinity Jars cleaned and sanitized. The only item I did not have is the glass stir stick. I figured I could use a sanitized spoon until I get one.
I used this moisturizer this morning. It absorbed into my skin nicely and my skin felt fresh and hydrated. It was a nice base/primer for my foundation that went on smoothly. I am very impressed that I actually made my own natural moisturizer thanks to Danielle’s easy to follow recipe from her book The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide. If you would like to try making your own beauty products using essential oils, I highly recommend getting a copy of this book. Buy it now on Amazon.com for $20.04. Be sure to visit this post for several chances to win a copy of The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide!
Daniele Sade, BSc, CAHP has over thirty years of experience teaching and practicing complementary health practices where she creates educational certification programs in aromatherapy and also leads workshops in making natural product formulations for personal and professional use.
She’s passionate about sharing the sound scientific basis upon which aromatherapy is built and making this invaluable information available to everyone. The aromatic molecules of a plant not only have the power to shift the way you feel but the essential oils from plants also have powerful therapeutic properties. It’s the dynamics of these therapeutic actions that form the foundation in Danielle’s successful approach to skin care.
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