Today I’m keeping myself busy with a couple of DIY projects to send to my eldest boy and decided it’s as good a day as any to share with you how easy it is to make!
Here’s a few photos of today’s star ingredients!
When it comes to skin creams — I don’t measure or weigh my ingredients. I grab some of this, some of that, and reap the benefits of the end product!
Today’s ingredients are:
Organic Coconut Oil – (unrefined & raw)
Organic Shea Butter (unrefined – which means it still has it’s earthy fragrance)
Organic Hemp Oil
Organic Beeswax (natural earthy colour – with all it’s nourishing benefits!)
Organic Vegetable Glycerin
Essential Oils used:
Northern Lights Black Spruce – [http://bit.ly/NorthernLights-BlackSpruce-CA]
Pine – http://bit.ly/pine-essential-oil-CA
Eucalyptus – http://bit.ly/EucalyptusGlobulus-CA
Vetiver – http://bit.ly/Vetiver-EssentialOil
Thieves – http://bit.ly/Thieves-CA
In a double-boiler or small, heavy bottom pot, melt together all ingredients (except essential oils of your choice — you can use whatever you have on hand and like the fragrance of, or suits your skincare needs! Lavender, geranium, tea tree, and german chamomile are great skincare choices)
I don’t use precise measuring for any of the ingredients. Just combine whatever you like (any, or all of the above ingredients) — in whatever amounts you feel that you want, depending on size of batch. I tend to keep my batches small for personal use as it’s simple to re-make any time that I require more.
Stir together until all ingredients are melted, and remove from heat. Allow it to cool a bit before adding your essential oils. Pour into clean jars and allow it to set, stirring periodically. You may also whip it for a lighter consistency, if you desire.
* Keep in mind that Coconut Oil turns liquid in warm temperatures, so I use the Shea Butter and Bees Wax not only for it’s soothing properties — but to assist in keeping my cream a more solid consistency.
** A very small amount of the completed product goes a very long way! A fingernail sized amount will cover your hands or feet nicely, without a greasy feel afterwards. It is absorbed fairly quickly and will not cause your pores to become blocked, making it a great product for your face as well.
*** You can use this cream safely on all body parts — as a beard oil, anti-static for your hair (in a very tiny amount so it’s not greasy), on a baby’s tender bottom, your lips, — anywhere you please!
**** I keep a small jar of this on my bathroom vanity and occasionally add a drop of any desired essential oil to the top of the jar and gently blend it in before adding it to my face. I have sensitive skin which is prone to dryness and break-outs from rosacea so I find german chamomile and lavender to be very soothing. When applied in small amounts it does not leave a greasy residue afterwards, and does not affect my make-up application afterwards. [http://bit.ly/SavvyMineralsCosmetics-CA]
For an in-depth overview of the healing benefits of coconut oil, check this link (it’s incredibly informative!) – http://bit.ly/propertiesofcoconutoilContinue reading here —
“In the tropical parts of the world where coconuts are readily available and used in many ways, natives use coconut oil for skin, as they believe that it protects from the sun’s harmful rays. So this natural oil, without any chemical or additives, can protect the skin in the hottest and sunniest places on earth better than the processed and artificial sun creams.”
” Coconut oil can also be used as a makeup remover. This is not common, but women around the world have begun using it for removing their makeup, without worrying about the harsh chemicals of other removers getting into delicate or sensitive areas. “
“….. coconut oil contains vitamin E that helps improve skin health. It is claimed that coconut oil is good for several skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. “
“The most recognized benefits of shea butter include effects like moisturizing the skin, reducing inflammation, preventing premature aging, protecting cardiovascular health, and lightening the skin, among others.”
Shea Butter is great for soothing diaper rash, eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks, insect bites, and other skin irritations.
Hair, Skin, & Nails
Oil from these seeds is extensively used in cosmetic and skin care products, because of its soothing effects on various skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, skin inflammation, psoriasis, and more. It also helps in eliminating dry and flaking skin and prevents the development of dandruff.
I discovered that one of the best ways to remove bees wax from this large ‘brick’ is to use a very sharp peeler, like the one pictured above! I love this OXO peeler — it fits great in my hand and can be used like a paring knife, allowing for great control while removing bits of wax.
1. Treats Diaper Dermatitis, Psoriasis and Eczema
2. Moisturizes Skin
3. Relieves Pain and Is Anti-Inflammatory
4. Clears Acne
5. Heals dry, cracked lips
6. Reduces stretch marks
7. Treats Jock Itch and Fungal Skin Infections – Because it’s anti-inflammatory, it can help reduce the pain associated with jock itch and fungal skin infections while provide moisturizing benefits to help reduce the itching. Ladies – this is very soothing for the external itching from a yeast infection!
Organic Vegetable Glycerin
Minor skin irritations — Glycerin may help relieve minor skin problems, such as diaper rash, itching, and skin burns with its anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Studies Support the Positive Effects of Glycerin to the Skin
Since glycerin is commonly used as an ingredient in various organic skincare products, it’s not surprising that most studies focus on its benefits to the skin.For instance, a study published in the Journal of Acta Dermato-Venereologica evaluated glycerin’s ability to make the skin smoother. Results show that glycerin gradually improved skin texture and suppleness, and continued to do so even after it was no longer applied, indicating that it has lasting effects despite a slow onset of action.
Other research conducted in July 2008 stated that glycerin may help improve the hydration of stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the epidermis), protect the skin against irritants and accelerate wound healing.
A 2015 study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology also confirms the anti-irritant properties of glycerin and its ability to help soothe inflamed skin.