If you're like us, then a good moisturiser is an essential part of your daily skincare routine. Unfortunately, most commercial brands of moisturiser, although they leave you smelling great and your skin feeling hydrated, are packed with chemicals, alcohols and artificial fragrances. Lip balms and other jellies are petroleum-based.
Truly natural, chemical-free skin care products are hard to come by and often carry exorbitant price tags.
Luckily, you can whip up a moisturiser that's healthy for your skin, free of harsh chemicals, and super easy to make. It also doubles up as a natural lip balm, sunscreen and heel cream, saving you from having to buy all those products individually (and contributing to plastic waste!)
What you'll need
- Edible coconut oil - 1 litre
- Beeswax - 500 grams. Beeswax acts as a natural sunscreen.
- Frankincense - 50 grams (or few drops of an essential oil of your choice). Frankincense is known for its healing properties and has been used in traditional skincare.
- Air tight glass bottles to store the cream.
How to make it
Crush the frankincense and soak it in coconut oil at room temperature for 2 or 3 days or until the crystals dissolve. Grate the beeswax. In a double boiler on a low flame, warm the oil + frankincense mixture and slowly stir in the beeswax little by little, stirring until it melts. Check the mixture until you achieve the desired consistency. More beeswax gives a thicker cream.
If you're using essential oil instead of frankincense, add in a few drops at this point and mix well. Take the mixture off the heat and pour into glass bottles or jars. The mixture cools and hardens quickly.
This quantity of ingredients will give you enough cream to last a few months. And you'll have enough to give away as gifts!
Did you know that you can also just as easily make personal care products such as shampoo, conditioner, skin toner, and kajal at home? Here are some more recipes.