Recipe for Shea Butter Moisturizer

November 4, 2017 at 9:25 am (Homemade Beauty Products, Simplifying facial care)

I know my last blog post was probably hard to read for a few of you but, honestly, facing truths is often hard.  I know it spoke to some because I heard from you.

Anyway, I’m moving back to my regular posts… recipes/minimalism/home decor (my way).

As part of my “minimalism MY way” routine, I’ve been making all of my own face cleansing and moisturizer products. While I love my Coconut Oil Moisturizer, I needed a heavier product for the winter months because my face is so dry.  It seems that Shea butter is heavier and better for those with very dry skin.

I found a few recipes but decided to make my own.  It is fabulous!!  I wake up with my skin still soft and supple (which is hard when you’re 58!!  🙂 )  Since the heat has been on, I had been waking up with dry skin.   I will use the Shea Butter cream through the winter months.

Shea Butter Moisturizer

  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1/8 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/8 cup Vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops Young Living Sweet frankincense Oil (or any other concentrated oil you’d like to use)

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  1. Using a double boiler or a glass bowl over a pan of water, melt the shea butter. Sheabuttermoisturizer-3
  2. When completely melted, add the sweet almond oil, vitamin E oil and sweet frankincense oil.Sheabuttermoisturizer-4
  3. Pour into glass container (I would recommend glass). Sheabuttermoisturizer-5
  4. Set in refrigerator until it has completely cooled and is solid.
  5. Store in a dark cupboard.

It is that easy!!  The Shea butter initially had some “granules” in it, but after I melted it, they dissolved.  This is the best moisturizer!!  If you plan to use it only intermittently, store in the refrigerator.  Me??  I use it up quickly enough that I can keep it in a dark cabinet.  If it loses its “solidity,” I just put it back in the fridge for a few hours.  It also feels great on the skin chilled.  🙂

One note, after applying to your face, massage it in.  Then leave the residue on the surface of your skin for 5 minutes.  Much more will be absorbed.  The, using a microfiber towel (exclusively for this), blot your face and continue your beauty routine.  I usually use that 5 minutes to do my “5 minute ab workout!”

Go forth and make your own moisturizer!!  It is easy and cheap!

 

 

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Skin Care — MY Way

September 16, 2017 at 12:27 pm (Homemade Beauty Products, Minimalizing My Way, Simplifying facial care)

As I minimized/simplified my life, I looked at every area, including money spent on skin care.  I was spending too much money chasing the “anti-aging” myth.  I wasn’t allowing myself to grow old (I am, after all, 58!!) with great skin care.  Instead, I was looking for the perfect product to turn back the hands of time.  For me, that became expensive and took too much energy.  So… when I decluttered our bathroom, I vowed to use up what was in the cupboard and search for something simpler.  I had so many lotions and potions, it took me a full year to use up what was stored there!  As I finished my stock pile of lotions/potions, I looked for simple, natural and effective skin care products.

I concluded that I’d have to make my own!!  They are simple to make, take few ingredients and, with few exceptions, those ingredients are inexpensive.  I did keep a few of my old lotions, which were working and I loved.  I will list them as I use them.

General Skin Care

I have an emotional attachment to the Rainbath gel and Jergens lotion (I admit it!)  I used Rainbath gel to bathe my babies and my Grammy used Jergens lotion.  Their smells bring me joy!!  I use “Healthy Feet” in the winter to keep my heels from cracking.

I also use hand-made soap that I purchase my my sweet niece Claudia.  Those are the four products I use for my general skin care.

I make two cleansers for my face.  One is an exfoliating cleanser.  I use the exfoliating one at night and the gentle one in the morning.  The products are fairly inexpensive.  The liquid Castile soap (which I purchased at Rite Aid) is the most expensive purchase, but wasn’t that expensive!!  They don’t take much time to make.  I bought the inexpensive “anchor” glass containers for the exfoliating cleanser and moisturizer.  They can be found at Walmart in the kitchen section.  I did buy a more expensive container for the gentle facial cleanser.  Again, I purchased it at Walmart in the bath section.

Gentle Facial Cleanser

  • 1/4 cup of canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap

Mix together well and put in glass container.  You will need to shake it up every morning. Squirt into your wet palm and, using circular motions, apply to your face, neck and decolletage area.   Wet a washcloth using as hot water as you can stand,  Wring it out and lay on your face.  When it cools, remove it and do the same thing to your neck — two times.  Then rinse as usual and pat dry.

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Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

  • 3 almonds
  • 2 tablespoons uncooked rice
  • 1 teaspoon dry whole milk powder

Grind the almonds and uncooked rice exceptionally well in a coffee grinder.  Add the dry milk powder.

When you use it, scoop out a teaspoon or so (I use a little bead shovel I had lying around) into your palm.  Add enough water to make a paste.  Apply to your face and neck area-don’t forget your lips.  Gently rub, using circular motions.  Rinse.

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Toner

  • Witch Hazel — straight from the bottle!  Apply with a cotton pad and let dry.

** just a note here… since I wrote this blog post, my skin has decided to “purge,” meaning I am having blemish issues all over my face, especially my nose. I read this is may go on for a month, until my skin completely renews its cells. Because of the blemishes, I’m using APPLE CIDER VINEGAR  as a toner because it kills bacteria. It is used one part vinegar to two parts distilled water.

Moisturizer (Recipe by Hello Glow)

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons loose green tea

Use a double boiler on medium heat to melt the coconut oil.  Stir in the green tea.  Cover and simmer on lowest heat setting for one hour.  Strain the tea from the oil with cheesecloth.  I didn’t have any cheese cloth, so I used two strainers.  They caught all of the loose tea leaves.  Let cool until almost solid (it will begin to turn white again).  Whip until creamy — 3-5 minutes.

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One suggestion… use a good coconut oil that actually smells like coconut!!  I bought mine from Amazon.   The great thing about this moisturizer is you only need a little bit and you can apply it everywhere, including your eyelids without worry because it won’t hurt your eyes.  It’s a bit greasy, which I don’t mind, since I have extremely dry skin.

 

 

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