How To Make Your Own Organic Moisturizer
By Catherine Slezinger
Growing up as a California girl, I was so unprepared for my first REAL winter when we moved to the Midwest. (It didn’t help that it was supposedly the coldest winter in the last 40 years!) When the temperatures dropped to the single digits, with snowstorms pummeling us over and over, I quickly learned that even if you stayed inside you would still be affected- by insanely dry skin!!! I remember actually being in pain from how dry and cracked my hands were!
But no matter how much moisturizer I put on them, I couldn’t seem to beat the dryness. To make matters worse, it seemed we were going through a bottle of expensive organic products every week! One day, I was reading the ingredients to the moisturizer I was using (a Tropical Traditions product) and thought, “There has to be some way to make this myself!”
Now, I have by no means duplicated the Tropical Traditions moisturizer, but I have made an organic salve that is incredibly emollient for even the dryest winter skin, and is light enough to use a small amount on your face. And the best part- it’s not $9 a bottle, and you can make more whenever you run out!!!
I did some online hunting, and found a basic recipe, then tweaked it to suit my organic preferences! 😉 It’s very simple, and only requires four ingredients!
Recipe for Homemade Moisturizer
3/4 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
4 tbsp organic extra virgin coconut oil (you can use only coconut oil if you’d like, but I’ve found in the winter it makes the consistency too hard. Even in summer, we prefer to use a mixture of both)
4 tbsp natural beeswax beads, or 2 oz. beeswax from a bar (available at health food stores)
About 1 cup filtered or spring water
Old spare pan, or double boiler
Note: beeswax is VERY greasy, I recommend you use an old pan you don’t care much about, or to use a homemade double boiler- using a glass bowl you don’t mind getting dirty and staying that way permanently! 🙂
Pyrex jar or other large glass container with a wide mouth (It’s best to devote it solely to the use of making moisturizer!) 😉
In a pan or double boiler, melt the oils and beeswax together until completely liquid.
Pour the melted beeswax and oil into your Pyrex container or other wide mouth jar.
Pour the 1 cup of water in slowly, stirring with the fork constantly.
At first it will seem like nothing is going to happen. Don’t worry!
Keep adding water until it is emulsified and becomes goopy. (It’s no big deal if you add too much water, you can pour it out later!)
Continue stirring with the fork, the more you stir, the creamier the consistency will be.
If you find there is additional water floating around the moisturizer mixture, just pour it out in the sink.
Over time, you will get a better feel for how much water you need, so don’t despair if it takes you a few times to get the hang of this!
You’re done! You can add essential oils if you’d like, or even some organic vanilla extract, although you have to add quite a bit (probably like 1 tbsp or more) to really get a scent.
Note: this might seem really complicated, but it’s really very simple once you get the hang of it! I can do it in about 7-8 minutes now. Give yourself some grace the first few times until you get it to a consistency you like!
Now go use your new creation! I like to transfer it into smaller glass containers and store it throughout the house- in our bathrooms, on my nightstand, etc… I use it every night on my feet and heels, hands, and on my face too! Everyone’s skin is different though, so be sure to test it out before slathering it all over your face :))