As now it’s officially Winter here up in the north (even though we’re still waiting for the snow!), the cold and dry air will continue to set a challenge for my skin. Having that sensitive type of skin I notice that my face and body crave huge amounts of moisture during these winter months. I tend to increase my take on good fats by eating a good amount of avocados, nuts and healthy oils, but I also like to move onto thicker and more nourishing creams and lotions.
I made the switch to natural cosmetics a few years ago and since then I haven’t looked back. Even though there are so many great brands out there nowadays, I like to use simple things, so all kinds of oils are my favorites. I buy most of my cosmetics from health stores, sometimes I receive new products through this blog and then few times a year, I like to make my own scrubs and creams, like this homemade natural moisturizing cream that’s super nourishing – and a perfect gift for Christmas too.
This simple (but still so powerful!) cream is made from only three ingredients: shea butter, jojoba oil and orange essential oil. Even though it might seem like a lot of work, making homemade cosmetics is actually pretty easy and straightforward. And it’s a lot like baking, which is kind of fun. Just choose a good base, like shea butter, add in some oil (for example jojoba, almond, argan) and then finish with some essential oil, if you like. I love to use orange or lavender, but there are endless possibilities – just choose the one you like the most.
The only thing you need to be careful with, is making sure that all your jars, bowls and utensils are clean and dry, as water will bring bacteria into the cream. So be sure to have everything ready before you start and then enjoy the wonderful experience of making your own cream, that will make your skin glow through the whole winter. ♡
Homemade Natural Moisturizing Cream for Glowing Skin
250 grams shea butter
6 tablespoons jojoba oil
20-30 drops orange essential oil (or other essential oil)
+ 2 or 3 small airtight glass jars
1. Wash and dry glass jars very thoroughly, so that there’s not even the smallest drop of water in the jars. Also make sure that all the bowls and utensils you’re using are clean and dry.
2. Melt the shea butter in a water bath so that it only partly comes running. It can have some clumps left. Puree the shea butter with a hand mixer until smooth. The cream should be white and quite thick. If the shea butter melted completely and became an oil, put the mixture in the fridge for a while to solidify. The cream should be quite solid, so that it can be whipped to a foam.
3. Add the jojoba oil and orange essential oil into the cream and mix with a spoon until smooth. Beat with a hand mixer until creamy, like whipped cream. Spoon the cream into jars.
4. Store the cream at room temperature in airtight glass jars. The cream will remain good for several months.