I was touching my face the other day, and I realized that it was getting pretty dry from the changing weather. The cold air’s really started to dry out my skin, and I haven’t been moisturizing my skin for a while…
A friend recommended a Garnier moisturizer to me and it was okay…but when I looked on the packaging and saw the endless list of ingredients, I was super grossed out!
That’s a LOT of stuff you’re putting on your face on the daily! Especially since moisturizer isn’t something you wash off before bed, unlike makeup.
I decided to make some homemade moisturizer, using all natural and organic ingredients. I decided that if I made my own, I could not only customize it, but also choose what ingredients I wanted in my moisturizer. I googled for an easy recipe, and then customized it to make this moisturizer!
I headed to Whole Foods to get my ingredients–this whole batch cost me less than $10, including the jar! And the essential oil that I purchased is going to last me a LONG time.
A lot of people think that Whole Foods is super boujie and expensive, but I think that if you choose your purchases wisely it isn’t too terrible. The organic, raw, unrefined shea butter was only $4, the organic virgin coconut oil pack was $1, the sweet orange essential oil was $3.50, and the small mason jar was $1.50.
- Shea butter
- Coconut oil
- Essential oil of your choice
I got organic products, because I wanted to make the small investment as this is a daily moisturizer.
I chose Sweet Orange essential oil because it’s brightening, which is what I wanted! I almost got Lavendar, but the Sweet Orange was $5 less… lol.
Here’s how I did it-
- With a fork, mash up your shea butter. This will take some time and effort, but you should end up with a soft and quasi whipped consistency.
- Add coconut oil to your shea butter quasi-whip. The more coconut oil you add, the less thick the mixture will be. I added a packet, which is about 1/2 an ounce, to about a little less than 1/4 of a pound of shea butter. I would just add more coconut oil as needed, to get your desired consistency.
- Mix mixture with a fork. You might need to mash your coconut oil and shea butter together.
- Add a few drops of essential oil–don’t get too crazy! You don’t want the smell to be SUPER strong, just a light scent.
- Mix together with a fork, the consistency should be a thick cream.
- Place mixture into your desired container of choice (a small mason jar works great!) and mix with a spoon.
I’ve only used it for about a day (I got so excited that I wanted to write a post!) so I’ll write an update post in the future! So far, I really love how moisturizing it is without being too heavy or greasy.
UPDATE: after using it for the day, I wanted a little softer of a texture. I microwaved the mixture for about thirty seconds (mixture should be soft but solid on top, a little melted on the bottom of the container), stirred, and made sure everything was evenly mixed! This gave the cream a softer, fluffier, and creamier texture! Love it!