First you have to decide what you want the cream to do. Some moisturize, some exfoliate, the purpose of the cream will help you decide what you should put in it.
Good exfoliate agents can be sea salt or sugar and topical organics like oils and herbal based topical agents based on what you need to accomplish.
I want to make a base cream to add aromatherapy later, a neutral base cream, that's all!!!
I used to make my own moisturizer which was simple. I just made it the way you make mayonnaise. Put some rosewater in a bowl then slowly drizzle wheatgerm oil in as you whisk until it thickens. You could add what you want to it.
Plain jojoba oil is a great moisturizer for the face and body. Another great oil is rosehip seed oil- great for scars and wrinkles. Coconut oil is another wonderfual all purpose oil.
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This site offers free info & step-by-step instructions on how to make creams. You will find links to suppliers that sell the ingredients that you will need such as base oils, vegetable emulsifying wax to combine water and fats, essential oils etc...
So sorry for the self-advertisement but the ingredient list and the "recipes" are too long to post here... I don't know how else to let you know how to make your own cream. I share this passion hence created the site... Good luck and let me know if you have questions...
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Just wanted to say hello, this is all new to me.
Quick question: I was told not to use coconut oil by itself because it clogs pores and does not absorb well. Is that so?
Hi Elena P.,
I would assume it depends what kind of coconut oil you are using and the type of skin you want to use it for. You can use "virgin coconut oil" all by itself but I probably would be careful if you use it for oily or troubled skin; "fractioned coconut oil" is often used for massages or in hair treatments... in general, virgin coconut oil absorbs quickly by the skin; does it clog the pores? My guess is that it depends, as I said, on the skin type. The best way to find out if someone is sensitive to one oil is to try it out on a sensitive area before using it in a larger quantity.
I like working with coconut oil but I never used it pure, all by itself, because the strong coconut scent does overpower any essential oils that I use in my creams. So I always use maybe only 5-10% of virgin coconut oil...
Not sure if this helps you... all the best...
Yes, it does - thank you much. I did buy the virgin coconut oil and use it in the winter when my skin becomes really dry after a shower - maybe once a week or less. Not on my face, but on the rest of the body. It also helps that I love the smell. and all the best too.
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons olive oil
It makes a nice paste when you mix them together. Then you apply to the face and neck. It gives a nice deep scrub. After I exfoliate I rinse it off. If my skin is not too dry at the time, I sometimes use a little face wash to wash off the excess olive oil. It is very moisturizing. I like doing this exfoliator in the shower.
Honey Yogurt Mask
1 tablespoon yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
(honey & lemon for your specific use)
So, I put the honey in the microwave for a few seconds to make it warm. I think warm it gives a very soothing mask. Now, if you have acne issues you may want to add a squeeze or two of lemon. Lemon is said to help keep acne at bay and even lighten acne scars. If you have dry skin you may want to add a bit more honey. Honey is said to be a good moisturizer. I do that especially in the winter my skin is SO dry during the winter. A note about yogurt: I would not use flavored yogurts. I use plain yogurt. So, I mix all this together then liberally apply to my face. Depending upon the time frame I have I leave it on for between 5 and 15 minutes.
I have a few more on my blog http://backtobasics-talia.com
Isn't it great to make your own natural creams!
I often simply use olive oil on my face and it works well.
Marvelous!. Thank you all!!!!!. I will try some of these recipees...
Teresa, let us know how they work.
Oh my! You actually posted that pic of you with mango all over your face.
I will have to try some of these.
This recipe has some unusual ingredients, but is easy to make and moisturizes really well:
3 Tbsp Oil (jojoba, sweet almond, olive are best, try a mix of all three)
1 Tbsp Shea butter (fair trade)
2 tsp wax (beeswax or substitute1 tsp Candelilla wax or jojoba beads)
Combine these in a small double boiler and heat gently until all is melted together and warm.
In the meantime, combine in a separate bowl:
1 Tbsp Aloe vera gel
1 Tbsp Rose water
Mix well and set aside.
When melted, remove oil mixture from heat and add to it:
1/2 tsp organic soy lecithin
Stir well until oils start to get bubbly.
Add the Aloe/Rose mixture in small amounts to the oil mixture, stirring very well after each addition. A fork or small whisk works best. After adding all of the Aloe/Rose mix, stir in essential oils if desired. Be sure to choose those that are safe on the skin, like Lavender or Rose Geranium.
Pour immediately into a clean jar. Wait to cover until it fully cools. Then store it in a cool, dark location and use within 1 month or less. Toss it if you see any discoloration or notice any weird odor.
Thank you Christie for that great recipe. You have inspired me to try it as it does not sound too difficult.
Have any of you heard of the nightingale poop facial? It was in the newspaper this morning.
What were the Ingredients?
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Finely ground nightingale poop and I don't remember what else. It is being used in a spa in New York.
By Verena Dobnik of The Associated Press
The treatment begins with steam to open the pores and soften the skin. Cream is applied. And then comes what Bernstein calls “the nightingale part.”
She pours the cream-colored poop, dried and finely ground, into a bowl, mixing it with the rice bran using a small spatula. She applies the potion to Miyoshi’s face with a brush, rubbing it in with her hands.
Does it smell?
“Yes, but like toasted rice,” Miyoshi says.
After about five minutes, it comes off with a foaming cleanser and Miyoshi’s face is draped in a warm, wet towel bathed in lavender and geranium essences. Finally, the grand finale — a green-tea collagen mask.
As I said above this is just a bit of the article so click on the title above.
Thanks for finding this small bit of the article for me, Diana.
Thank you Heike, 5 years ago, not bad, I will try this one.