I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of shelling out premium cash for those high-end facial night creams. I’m tired of feeling a stinging sensation after applying some of them. I should not have to hunt for a great moisturizing cream that is a) under my budget and b) larger than the teentsy-weentsy containers they all come in.
So, to heck with it, I’ll make my own.
The wonderful thing about using essential oils and all-natural, organic ingredients is that you know exactly what your putting on your skin. No guessing games, no problems. I also specifically used essential oils that are meant to rejuvenate the skin and provide it some TLC overnight.
Here’s the skinny on the oils used and the benefits they may provide:
Frankincense: It’s often an ingredient in skin care products for dry skin or aging. The ancient Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face masks. It also has comforting properties that make it perfect for application before bed.
Lavender: It’s the most versatile of essential oils. Therapeutic-grade lavender is regarded for skin and beauty – it can soothe skin irritations and bruises.
Lemon: Refreshing and uplifting, it contains powerful anti-oxidants that may be good for the skin.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia): It’s used in many skin care and spa products that can comfort and beautify the appearance of your skin because of its cleansing properties.
Pro-tip: This cream is a little greasier than what you’ll find in the store. Just apply a little bit — it goes a long way and you’ll get a lot of mileage out of it!
Makes 1 Cup of Moisturizing Night Cream
- ½ Cup Shea Butter
- 3 Tablespoons Almond Oil
- 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Beeswax
- 2 drops Vitamin E Oil
- 12 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
- 12 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 8 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Essential Oil
- Use a double boiler to melt the Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Coconut Oil and Beeswax until combined.
- Take the combined mixture off of the heat and store it in the refrigerator for 30 mins to cool, but not solidify.
- Once the oils have chilled but not solidifed, add the essential oils and Vitamin E oil to the base.
- Whip the mixture for 5 minutes on medium speed with an electric mixer (or if you want a workout... by hand). If the lotion doesn't hold it's shape once whipped, it isn't cold enough.
- Stop mixing once the lotion is white and fluffy.
- Store in a cosmetic-grade container.
Do you guys have a favorite lotion base you love to use? I’d love to check them out!