I am always looking for beauty products that are as natural and non toxic as possible and nothing can be more natural than those you can create on your kitchen countertop with your own hands! So here I present my very own soothing and nourishing face oil for those cold dry wintry months! You can use this oil on your face as such or under your regular moisturizer.
The EO in this recipe stands for essential oil. I buy the Aura Cacia and Now brands from Sprouts or Natural Grocers.
Now for the scoop on the oils! All the oils mentioned here are absolutely amazing for the skin and are so good at moisturizing but they also have some special qualities-
- Frankincense and Helichrysum are anti-aging with the former working on wrinkles and the latter working on scars and discoloration.
- Rose is anti-inflammatory but I use it mostly for its uplifting aroma.
- Lavender is my absolute favorite as it’s so calming. (I add it to almost every recipe).
- Avocado oil is a carrier oil (something that carries the EOs) as one shouldn’t use EOs directly on skin. It has a good shelf life of about a year and is rich in vitamins A and Bs and oleic acid and boasts some UV protection.
- Vitamin E has moisturizing and UV protective qualities. It also extends the shelf life of the product!
1 drop frankincense EO
1 drop helichrysum EO
5 drops rose EO
1 drop lavender EO
2 vitamin E oil capsules
60 drops avocado oil
A clean dry amber colored glass bottle with dropper
In a clean dry bottle, add all the ingredients. Keep it in a cool dark place.
Ever since I walked down the Essential oils aisle in Sprouts about 4 years ago, I have been intrigued by the healing properties of those oils and as I read up on them I became more vigilant about using commercial products even something as simple as a lip balm. So, I decided to experiment and after a few clumsy takes I came up with this simple method that became my go-to lip balm recipe.
It’s easy to prepare and has two of my favorite ingredients – Lavender essential oil and Avocado oil. I picked lavender for its anti-inflammatory and calming effect on the skin as well as mind. I chose avocado oil for its long shelf life (1 year), UV protective factor and its high oleic acid content which makes it a great moisturizer in the cold dry months of winter. I opted for Vitamin E as it boosts the shelf life of the balm and provides a decent amount of sun protection.
Avocado oil – 1 ¾ tsp
Beeswax – ¾ tsp
Vitamin E capsules (400 IU) each – 2
Lavender essential oil – 2 drops
2 Lip balm containers clean and dry
Place a pan of water with a heat resistant glass bowl over it on medium flame. Add the beeswax and let it melt slowly. You can lower the flame to medium low. As it begins to melt, stir in the avocado oil using a silicone or wooden spatula. Remove from the flame and quickly squeeze out the oil from the vitamin E capsules into the mixture along with the lavender oil. You’ve got to be swift here as the mixture starts solidifying soon so quickly pour it into the lip balm containers and let them cool before capping them.
I make a batch of 3-4 balms and keep them in the fridge to keep them fresh and last longer. Yields about 2 balms. Don’t worry if there’s a little leftover! Store it in a tiny container for your bag.
Try out this recipe and let me know what you think about it!