I’m still here, I promise! Still selling oils and everything. There’s just been lots of family demands on my time, so little blogging time, alas. Both kids are sitting around watching television like zombies this morning, though (we’ve all been sick), so I decided to provide readers with directions for making two different moisturizing creams.
I have really dry, sensitive skin that cracks in the wintertime, and my daughters have inherited that from me. We go through a LOT of moisturizing cream. And it has to be unscented, because scented body products give me a headache (I got into the oil business largely through an overactive sense of smell, which means all personal care products I use have to be perfume-free). Unscented natural moisturizers can get expensive, especially if you’re slathering three out of four family members with it at least twice a day, so I started making my own. For the most part, I use whipped coconut oil moisturizer at night, because it doesn’t matter if our skin is a little greasy when we get into our pajamas. But for mornings, we need something that’s going to be absorbed fast, and soothes irritated skin. Here’s how to make both of the moisturizing creams we use in our house.
Nighttime Coconut Oil Cream:
- 1 cup coconut oil (solid at room temperature)
- 1 teaspoon natural Vitamin E oil
- 2-4 drops of essential oil for scent (I leave it unscented, but I put vanilla essential oil in the mixture when I make it for other people)
- Mixer with wire whisk attachment – easier with a stand mixer, but still possible with a hand mixer
- Put all the ingredients in a bowl – do NOT melt the coconut oil; it has to be solid in order to be whipped.
- Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for six or seven minutes, or until it’s been whipped up to a fluffy consistency.
- Spoon the cream into a glass jar and cap tightly. It can be stored at room temperature or, if the temperature in your house is warm enough to liquify the oil, in the refrigerator.
Daytime Coconut-Oatmeal Moisturizer:
- 1/4 cup of oats (regular rolled oats, not steel cut or quick-cooking)
- 3/4 cup of coconut oil
- 2 or 3 drops of rosemary essential oil (optional – rosemary oil is good for your skin, but if you don’t like the smell, you can skip it)
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- Grind the oats to powder with a food processor, blender, Magic Bullet, etc. Grind them up as fine as you can – anything other than powder and the oats will settle to the bottom of the pan when you’re mixing this up.
- Put the solid coconut oil in a pan over low heat and melt until it’s completely liquid, but not boiling.
- Add the rosemary essential oil to the liquid coconut oil, if you’re using it.
- Add the oat powder to the liquid in the pan and ensure it dissolves. This is a key step. If you don’t wait long enough for the oat powder to dissolve, the cream isn’t going to turn out well. Stir it a few times, and be sure the mixture does not boil at all while you’re waiting. The pan just has to be warm enough to liquify the coconut oil; you’re not cooking anything here.
- Once the oat powder is totally dissolved in the oil – it will look cloudy, but not clumpy – add the olive oil. Stir to mix.
- When all ingredients are completely mixed, remove the pan from the heat and immediately pour the liquid mixture into a glass container. Cap the container tightly and put it aside. It will harden over several hours. Stick it in the fridge to make it happen faster.
- As with the other cream, you can store this on a shelf or in the fridge.
These creams are best for really dry skin. If you’ve got “normal” skin, you may find these too oily, and that they leave a residue on your skin. On the plus side, even if you do get your pajamas a little slimy, the fact that the creams are made with entirely natural ingredients means that everything washes out easily. You don’t need much of either of these creams – a dab will usually go a long way.
From a magical perspective, rosemary is associated with happiness in the home, so you could even call this a magical moisturizing lotion if you wanted. Rosemary is great for your skin, which is why it’s normally used in these mixes, but if you wanted to substitute another essential oil for scent, you could do that. Just be sure it’s an essential oil that will not irritate the skin – cinnamon scented body lotion might sound awesome, but please believe me when I say it’s a really, really bad idea. Sweet orange is probably okay, as long as you don’t go overboard, and scents like vanilla turn out really well.
Hope those of you with dry skin find these recipes as helpful as I have.