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...
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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.
I am so blessed to have a niece who professionally creates and sells natural products of this type, and I not only get a family discount on her lovely products, but I get to test new products as a gift! I only use shampoos, conditioners, facial moisturizers and body creams, soaps...not a cosmetic wearer...and would never put anything ON my body that I wouldn't put IN my body.
try a cup of coconut oil with 2 tbls of bees wax in a glass jar put it in a saucepan of hot water simmer with 2 good quality chamomile tea bags whisk oils together very low heat for an hour test consistency by putting some on a spoon and resting the spoon over a icy cold glass of water if you want it thicker add more bees wax for an eye cream put coffee beans 3 Tbls in oil with chamomile tea bags low heat again for an hour or two put up to 15 drop essential oils when cooler than 40 deg Celsius waterless creams are more stable and last longer that is why i switched
You are lucky Miranda. That souds interesting Vee. Does it take long to make?
(1) 2tbsp of Dried Peel's Powder
(2) 2tbsp of Wheat Powder
(3) Half Tabs of Honey
(4) Little Quantity of Milk (you can only use milk powder instead of milk)
Take all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and make a coarse paste. Before taking bath, rub this scrub all over your neck, arms, body, hands and legs. Gently move your hands in a circular manner. This scrub will make your body completely out of stress and make you feel fresh. This is a wonderful body scrub and eventually the effects will be immediately visible. This scrub leaves your skin clean and fresh.
Avocado Beauty Tips for Healthy Skin & Hair
Avocados aren’t just for eating! Legends say that Ancient Aztec, Mayan, and Inca women used avocados to beautify their skin and hair. Today many natural skin care products contain avocado oil as one of their ingredients.
If you are interested in natural, fresh applications that you can prepare in your kitchen, give these a try.
Why Your Skin and Hair Love Avocados
- Avocados are high in biotin, a B vitamin sometimes referred to as vitamin H or vitamin B7, which helps keep the skin moisturized and prevents hair from becoming too dry.
- Avocados also contain the antioxidant vitamins A and E which can soothe sunburnt skin.
- Avocado oil is used in the cosmetic industry because it is absorbed by the skin, rapidly and completely.
- Avocado oil also contains sterolins, molecular structures within plant based oils, which can help boost the body’s collagen production and treat age spots.
Your inner body loves avocados also. Read about their many nutritional benefits.
How to Use an Avocado for Beauty Treatments
Make sure the avocado is fully ripe. If you want your avocado to hurry up and ripen, then put it in a paper bag with a banana, and that will do the trick. If you have too many ripe avocados, store them in the refrigerator. Never put them in the freezer.
Below are a few easy recipes that you can create in your own kitchen to support your natural beauty. They are simple, inexpensive, vegan and chemical-free.
Moisturizing Avocado Face Mask
This is the simplest face mask one can use! Avocado oil acts as a skin moisturizer. It contains beneficial vitamin E which is suitable for dry skin types.
Here is how you do it:
1. Mash the avocado pulp.
2. Spread evenly on your clean face.
3. Allow to remain for 15 minutes.
4. Rinse off with warm water.
Now, feel the smoothness of your skin.
TY for the avocado tips. I never knew that before. Avocado for the hair sounds interesting.
I heard you could use olive oil on a cotton ball and remove make-up from your face. I only use natural lotions to moisturize my skin, since I have sensitive skin. So why would I want to use something that has so many chemical ingredients, words you cannot pronounce or know what it is in a product on your skin. If we want to eat healthy, we should also want to treat our skin to something healthy. Natural ingredients is the best. Love all the recipes and tips here, thank you.
does anyone have tips for sun damaged skin..the arizona desert is brutal
after decades in the caribbean ,,I am shocked at the new damage from the last 9 years,,sigh
Try coconut oil for moisturizing.
Definitely agree with coconut oil and how about avocado as suggested for the sking above.
My research has gleaned info about aloe,astathanxtin,and coconut oil
I have found a great way to exfoliate using a half cup of oil to a cup of raw sugar,,it keeps for days,and helps slough off the dead skin/melasma
sugar is bad for the body internally,and the skin
but used externally it's a great scrubber!!
I have my own aloe vera plant and I use the aloe vera directly on the skin, it really makes my skin feel smooth
I use coconut oil on my skin including my fave. In the morning after just splashing water on my face, I apply just a little coconut oil that I have prepared. I melt about 1/2 cup or maybe 3/4 to fit into a small flat canning jar in the microwave and add about five drops of lavender essential oil to it in the canning jar and mix well.and mix well. let it harden up and keep it in the bathroom or your dressing table and rub just a bit into your face and all over your body I do not find the coconut overwhelming. I love it and the lavender makes it so nice, I don't believe it would clog your pores, I have been using it for years but someone said ( I am sorry I cannot find the post), that it would depend on the persons skin. I find a very small bit moisturizes your face and gives it time to soak in while you have coffee or breakfast. then when you shower you will feel so soft. I use lavender because of its healing benefits and it smells good too. Be sure to use certified organic coconut oil so that you are sure there are no toxic ingredients.