My Lotions and Potions
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I buy in bulk, save money and in return receive the most delicious and healthiest skin care products.
Since I started making all my skin care products there are no going back to the conventional products, because when I once in a while happen to stick my finger in a sample at the local beauty shop I don't get that "ahhh" feeling. they are just not as pure and delicious as my own, which aremade of from only organic natural ingredients from shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil, liquid oils, etc. and there're simply so delicious and I really recommend everyone to get on with it - it's easy, delicious and cheaper in the long run.
If you’re just starting out with DIY beauty products, these are great to have on hand and you can make many, many recipes with just these ingredients:
I only use unrefined, organic coconut oil (virgin) in cooking and in skin recipes (ordering in bulk, I get the good stuff for cheaper than the expeller pressed in the long run).
It has natural antiviral, antibacterial, and also cleansing properties. It’s conditioning, moisturizing, and has a naturally has an SPF of about 4. I use coconut oil in cooking, in my whipped body butter, toothpaste, deodorant, as shaving cream, lotion bars, face cream and much more.
Is my most used natural beauty ingredient after coconut oil. Organic unrefined shea butter has a naturally nutty, earthy smell (very mild) and is incredibly nourishing for the skin! I’ve heard many cases of improvement from eczema from using shea butter or a mix of it and coconut oil.
It has natural antibacterial properties and is great for preventing stretch marks, for wound healing, and as an anti-aging treatment for skin. It naturally has an SPF of about 5 and can be used as a daily sunscreen. I use shea butter in my whipped body butter, lip care, lotion bars, deodorant, face cream and many other recipes
Unrefined Cocoa butter is another “butter” and a great addition to natural beauty recipes. It is also an ingredient in organic homemade chocolate. It is high in fat, which helps it to deliver deep nourishment and moisture to your skin. For those struggling with eczema or stretch marks, cocoa butter may also be worth trying. It imparts a mild chocolate scent, and I love it mixed with mint or citrus in body butters, lip balms and body oils. It can be used interchangeably with Shea Butter,
Derived from the rain forests of the world, the deliciously sweet fruit of the mango is full of moisture. Mangos not only nourish the body internally, but the mango butter also provide skin with sweet treats. These include moisture, and vitamins A, C and E. When applied to the skin, mango butter has the ability to protect it from the sunburn as well as sooth sunburned skin. I use it in my whipped body butter and lotions.
Beeswax is a not only a great natural thickening agent, it also contains natural moisturizers that make it useful as a skin and lip balm - the substance locks in moisture and can help keep the skin firm and plump. In some cases, beeswax may be applied to minor burns or other skin damage in order to help the skin heal. According to the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, beeswax can also be mixed with honey and olive oil, to produce lotions and balms that can serve as natural treatments against eczema and psoriasis. I use beeswax in lip balms, solid perfumes, and foot cream.
Liquid Carrier Oil
Recipes like smoother lotions, body oil, salves, and after-shave balms often need to be thinner than coconut oil than the butters will allow. In these cases, I use liquid carrier oil. Most often, I use jojoba, peach kernel, avocado, baobab, camelllia or oliven. Jojoba, peach kernel, baobab and camellia are relatively unscented. Olive oil is very nourishing and typically the least expensive if you don’t mind the olive scent in your recipes or if you plan to cover it up with essential oils.
Not technically needed, but essential oils give great natural scents to DIY beauty recipes and can also be very mood lifting. I get mine here. My favourites are mint, grapefruit, bergamot, palmarosa, jasmine, vanilla, neroli, sweet orange and mandarin..
Other Helpful Ingredients:
Some other helpful ingredients that can be added to the above recipes are: