Has anyone tired of reading recipes for homemade, natural products yet? I hope not, because I have a few more to share! You’ve probably realized by now that most of my favorite recipes use similar ingredients, so if you decide to begin making one item, it’s not too taxing to make some others as well. If you have coconut oil, you can make almost any of the personal care recipes! Next week, I plan to delve into some safe and green homemade household cleaners, and today, to top off the week of personal care recipes, I’d like to share some ideas for facial and body moisturizers.
There are so many all-natural alternatives to commercial moisturizers that work wonderfully and are healthy for your skin. As an added bonus, they are quite simple to make and use, and are much less expensive than those sold in stores. Here are three that I’ve used and loved:
- Olive Oil: This was my first experience with a natural moisturizer. I started using it back when Writer was a baby, and I was faithful to this solution for about ten years, until I started branching out into other ideas (listed below) out of pure curiosity. I keep about an ounce of olive oil in a thoroughly-cleaned glass jar that once contained my Neutrogena makeup. To apply, I pour a tiny amount of oil into my hand, dab my fingertips into it, and gently massage the oil into my face. Try it, and see how you like it. If it feels a little greasy, try wetting your fingertips with water first, as this will help you to use less, then dab a tissue over any excess. This works wonderfully under makeup.
- Coconut Oil: After learning of the many benefits and uses of coconut oil, I decided to keep a jar on my bathroom sink. To apply, I just dab a tiny amount on my fingertips and smooth it over my face. As with olive oil, any excess can be gently dabbed off with a tissue. This gradually took the place of olive oil as my default moisturizer.
- The Latest Recipe: I’ve used this one for less than two weeks, but it’s quickly becoming my new favorite. It smells yummy, feels creamy, and absorbs smoothly. I keep a second jar on my dresser to use as a hand and body cream.
So what is this latest recipe, you ask? Well, here you go!
- 1/8 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup raw shea butter
- (Optional – to thicken) 3-4 Tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot power
Blend coconut oil and shea butter with a hand mixer until smooth. If you would like it thicker, add cornstarch/arrowroot powder a little at a time until it is your desired consistency. Arrowroot powder is recommended because it does not contain talc, which can irritate, but corn starch works fine too.
Can’t get much better than that! Each of these solutions are easy, inexpensive, natural, and give wonderful results!
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