A Simple Face and Body Cream Recipe to Try

by | Jan 27, 2020 | Recipes, Skin Care

I have so much fun trying new recipes for skin care products, just like trying a new salsa or lasagna recipe, it’s interesting to work with something new and give it our own unique twist. I don’t always have the exact ingredients on hand that a recipe might call for, so I’m often improvising. And this was no different. I started with a recipe from TheNerdyFarmWife (I love her site – if you haven’t yet, check her out!).

Fortunately, I have a digital scale, but unfortunately, I found out today that mine needs to be replaced, because it wasn’t consistent when measuring lighter ingredients. I had to trick the scale to get it to work. Not very comforting when you’re working with a new recipe. It turned out okay, though. Whew!

How did the recipe turn out?

The results were good!! This face and body cream is so silky, and my skin feels great! I’m not always willing to use the same product on my face and body, but I gave this a try and really love the results, so I will make this again. This cream is lighter than most creams that I make, but since it’s applied to the face, I like this result. You can thicken it up by using more beeswax, if you choose to.

So, let’s get into it:

This is the Way I Made this Recipe

First, I weighed & measured all the ingredients prior to getting started.

I had Rose Hydrosol on hand and decided to use that instead of infusing Rose Petals in distilled water. Either way will work. But, if using water, please be sure to used distilled. It’s clean and sterile which is what you want when making skin care products at home.

Use a small pan filled with about 2-3 inches of water and place a sterile jar inside. Add the E-wax and turn the heat to medium low. Let it mostly melt and then add the mango butter.

I like to get E-wax almost completely melted before adding any other butters or oils because I don’t want to heat these longer than necessary. Preserving the active ingredients and integrity of the butters and oils by limiting the time they’re being heated is desirable.

Melted E-wax

Add the mango butter first and let it melt before adding the oil. When the oils have been added, pour in the Arrowroot Powder, and then stir thoroughly until completely blended. I thought the Arrowroot Powder would be clumpy and take a long time to blend, but it blended quick and came out very smooth.

When all the ingredients are melted and blended, remove from heat. Let it cool down for about 10-15 minutes and then add Rosehip Oil. How long you need to wait depends on room temperature. If the ambient temperature is warm you might have to wait longer. And the opposite is true of course, if the ambient temperature is cool the waiting time is less. But, you knew that already, right?

The Temperature of Your Ingredients Should Be Very Similar 

One thing to keep in mind is that the infused water or hydrosol should be warm. When you add the infused water to the oils, butter and beeswax, the temps should be very similar (within several degrees). You can measure both with a kitchen thermometer like this one or you can estimate if they feel the same by simply feeling the outside of the containers. I did both to confirm that my sense of touch still works!

The E-wax, butter and oil will start to harden around the edges of the jar when it’s ready to be combined with the water. It should feel a little warmer than room temperature.

Mixing it All Up

I used a hand blender to mix the ingredients in the same jar that was used in the warming process on the stove-top, but you can move the ingredients into a small bowl and blend with a mixer. I know some people prefer to use their kitchen blender, but I prefer using utensils that are solely dedicated to skin care products (for sanitation reasons). So, I have a hand blender that I use only for skin care products. You get to decide which method works best for you.

This is one of the many reasons I love making my own products. I get decide what works best. And, I think you’ll love knowing that you have control over what to use and what ingredients go into YOUR products.

Slowly add the infused water or hydrosol to the E-wax, butter, oil and arrowroot powder while blending continuously. This blending step will take several minutes, you want to make sure the cream is completely blended so no separation occurs. Again, the ambient temperature will affect the total time for blending. When the cream is thoroughly blended, add essential oils and preservatives, and then blend for another minute.

Your product is complete! Isn’t it gorgeous?

Containers

Now you can pour your beautiful creation into the containers that you’ve selected. I recommend using small jars because each time we put our fingers into that container, we introduce bacteria into our cream. A smaller jar will be used quicker, lessening the time for contamination. I love these 1-ounce jars and these 2-ounce jars, but there are lots to choose from.

And even better, use a cosmetic spoon, something like this, to keep that bacteria out of your containers.

Okay, that’s my process, and below are the materials and ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe/formula in your kitchen!! Don’t be overwhelmed by the long list cuz you likely have a some of these items at home already, and if not, they’re easy to find and purchase.

I’m delighted you’re going to try this and can’t wait to hear how it goes!!

Please share your results because we can all learn from each other.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz of any type of hydrosol (or infused/distilled water)
  • 2-1/2 oz Sweet Almond oil (or oil of your choice)
  • ½ oz Rosehip Seed oil (can omit, just increase amount of oil above)
  • 1-1/2 oz Mango Butter
  • ½ – ¾ oz E-wax
  • 2 Tablespoons of Arrowroot Powder (a thickening agent)
  • ½ oz Vitamin E
  • Use any Essential Oil of your choice. I used Tangerine and Vanilla – yum yum!!
  • 1/2 tsp of Alkanet root infused oil (optional, for pink coloration)
  • Preservative of your choice

Materials & Utensils

This long list may look daunting, but most of these items you’ll already have on hand.

  • Small pan
  • Distilled water or hydrosol
  • Organic Rose Petals (please use only organic – most commercial growers use pesticides)
  • Sweet Almond Oil (or any oil that you like based on your own skin care needs)
  • E-wax
  • Rosehip Seed Oil (this is a nice product and the company is equally nice!)
  • Preservatives (there are many natural preservatives on the market that you will want to research before making your purchase)
  • Arrowroot Powder
  • Hand blender or mixer (like this one)
  • Glass jar, beaker or double boiler for heating up on stove
  • Silicon spatula (I love this because it’s purple!)
  • Digital Scale (like this one)
  • Food thermometer (optional – this is one I use)
  • Essential Oils (I love Plant Therapy and Mountain Rose Herbs for these)
  • Alkanet Infused Oil (just a little bit – totally optional as this is for color only)
  • Storage containers (like these and these)

I’m super pumped that you’re gonna give this a go… I’m here for you if you have any questions about this process!!

Lastly, this is face and body cream. I don’t generally use the same product on my face and my body, but this is very nice under the eyes and above the eyebrows (and lips). This is the part of my face where I have the most wrinkles.

Preservatives 

A note on preservatives: this decision is yours to make. But, it’s important to know that when you’re making a product contains water/hydrosol/aloe or infused oils using fresh herbs, your product will have a MUCH shorter shelf-life unless you use a preservative.

I know you might not like the idea of this. After all, the reason we’re making our own products is to avoid preservatives and other potentially toxic ingredients. Many preservatives can be harmful to the body. But it’s important to point out here that not all preservatives are irritants or toxic.

Department store products are often loaded with preservatives, which is why these products can sit on the shelf for a long time. Those of you who want to reduce exposure to harsh preservatives and potential toxins will need to do a little research and decide for yourselves which preservatives you’re comfortable using. There are many possibilities to choose from and some these are natural preservatives.

Good news, right? 

If you decide NOT to use preservatives, I suggest you make a very small batch that can be used quickly (1-week). Keep your product in the fridge in that case. Think of it in the same way you think of the shelf-life of a meal you’ve prepared and storing in the fridge.

Happy handcrafting!!

So, you like this sound of this face and body cream, but you don’t want to make it? I have a small batch available now if you’d like to purchase it. There are other products for purchase that might interest you, too.

 


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