DIY Hydrating Face and Body Cream
This cream/lotion is super easy to make and very hydrating! The hardest part about it is waiting for it to be ready!
My skin has been really dry lately (probably due to the crazy weather here in southern Illinois)! Making my own natural products is important to me, but lotion just seemed scary and way too complicated! Well, I was wrong, and it’s not! With just a few ingredients and a little time, it’s ready! The best part…. I know exactly what is in it! No crazy ingredients, and I can tweak it exactly how I want!
DIY Hydrating Face and Body Cream
- 1 Tbs bees wax
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup organic coconut oil (I like Trader Joe’s brand)
- 3/4 cup aloe vera gel
- 1 oz (about 1 Tbs) vitamin E oil
- 20 drops essential oil (optional)
- 1 Tb bentonite clay (optional)
Directions: In a microwave safe bowl or in a double boiler, gently melt bees wax, shea butter, and coconut oil. Place melted oils into a blender or mixer and allow to cool completely (this is the really hard part)! In a separate bowl, mix together aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, and essential oils (optional). After the oil mixture has cooled, blend oils, slowly adding the aloe vera mixture. Now you have lotion! Remove lotion and place in a small container with a lid.
(Optional) Blend in bentonite clay (do not use metal if you choose to add this option!).
Note: If the lotion gets too hot it will melt (learned this the hard way), so keep in a cool place in your house. We usually have our house at or a little above 75 degrees, and it is fine!
I’m in love with this lotion! It is a thick, creamy, luxurious, and good for my skin! It is has the consistency of that whipped yogurt or my homemade whipped coconut body butter, but it absorbs more quickly and doesn’t feel oily. I have been putting it on my face and my complexion is definitely clearing up and getting less dry! Finally!
What kind of homemade products do you make?
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How do you go about cleaning the blender after?
I like to make it w/out the beeswax and water based ingredients so i don’t need much of a preservative. I whip the shea- with some oils( whatever i have in my stash) – over a bowl of ice and keep whipping it for a day or 2( on and off) it triples in volume! add some corn starch- and its really wonderful stuff.
I made this one time and turned out great. This time I had a little too much aloe vera gel in it and it’s clumpy. How do I fix it so the cream is silky smooth again and doesn’t have the micro beads of fat in it?
Hey… I made this a couple of nights ago. It never whipped up white and creamy like yours in the picture. I loved the way it made my skin feel, though, so I put it in jars (for friends to try)…by today, however, it has a grainy feel, with tiny little lumps of what I assume is the shea butter or maybe the coconut oil suspended in a thin lotiony liquid. Reading online, it was suggested that the beeswax does not provide the best emulsification and that a vegetable emulsifying wax might solve the problem. Just wondering if anyone else has encountered this and what they might have done to fix it. Let me say again, though, I totally LOVE the way it makes my skin feel. Thanks!
I’ve learned that because of the temperature change, the fat from shea butter separates from the cream. You just need to reheat it and it will be good again.
I have very dry elbows and knees. After a couple of weeks my elbows are healed and knees improved greatly. This is the best lotion.
That’s so wonderful to hear! I’m so happy you had such success with this recipe!!!! Yay!
How long does this last before it goes bad?
I’m wondering at what point you put the bentonite clay in?