I’ve had problems with my skin in the past, and since the young age, I have learned the importance of taking care of my face. I wanted to know exactly what I put on my face every day without having to refer to a periodic table to find out what a high street brand face lotion is actually made of. But if you start shopping around for natural organic face lotion it can get really pricey, so why can't we try and make it ourselves?
I’ve been looking for a homemade face lotion recipe that actually works for some time, and finally, I came across one, so today, I would like to share it with you. This recipe is simple, takes no time to make, saves you money in the long run, and it consists of readily available ingredients that effectively moisturize, protect and soothe your skin.
The face moisturizer provides excellent hydration for your skin and is made of three simple ingredients: 100% organic unrefined food grade raw shea butter, organic sweet almond oil and a 100% raw manuka honey. I am going to break down the making of the lotion in 5 simple steps that you can easily follow to make your own moisturizer in no time that is made of organic natural ingredients that you can feel comfortable putting on your face.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Each Ingredient? What If I Am Allergic To Some Of The Ingredients?
Organic Raw Shea Butter
I’m sure we all always want to make sure that anything we put on our bodies, and especially on our face are safe and packed with good ingredients that are going to benefit our skin.
Shea butter is basically fat that is extracted from nuts that grow on shea trees. It has soothing, anti-aging and healing properties that can make your skin feel younger and healthier. It is full of healthy acids that give a healthy glow to your skin and can aid several skin conditions such as wrinkles and blemishes, and dermatitis to name a few.
When you apply shea butter on your face, it melts and soaks into your skin creating a barrier that seals the moisture present in your skin, so it is a perfect ingredient for a face moisturizer that can be applied before your bedtime.
The type of shea butter that I am using in this recipe is raw, and unrefined that has a shelf life of up to 24 months if you store it in a cool and dry place.
For this recipe, I used organic 100% unrefined food grade ( can you eat it? :) shea butter that I had got from Vitaglow on Amazon for just under £10.
Please note that some people can be allergic to tree nuts, including nuts from the shea tree.
Organic Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is mild oil that easily penetrates your skin and is full of minerals, omega 3 fatty acids and is rich in vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce UV damage in skin and protect it from oxidate stress. It is a great remedy for dark circles and bags under your eyes. If you apply the face lotion for about two weeks, you should see them lighten or disappear!
It is also rich in vitamin A that can help reduce acne and prevent blackheads in the future.
I used unrefined, cold-pressed, sweet almond oil from Naissance available on Amazon. The oil is organic, vegan-friendly and is certified by the Soil Association. It comes in different size recyclable bottles from 100ml up to 1 litre, you don’t need a lot, I bought a 250 ml bottle that was more than enough for this recipe.
Sweet almond oil is one of the best natural makeup removers that suits all skin types, so anything that’s left in the bottle you can easily use!
Please note sweet almond oil is made of almonds and is a common allergen that can cause a severe allergic reaction.
Organic KFactor 22 Manuka honey
Manuka honey is a type of honey that is produced only in New Zealand by bees that populate in Manuka bush.
Just as the sweet almond oil, manuka honey is full of goodies such as vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B, C, D, and K, has powerful antibacterial properties and is perfectly suited for all skin types, just amazing!
In contrast to raw shea butter that creates a protective layer on your skin and traps moisture inside, manuka honey draws moisture into your skin and balances its pH levels.
I found this KFactor 22 Manuka honey from Wedderspoon on Amazon, I have been using it for over three months now and I really like it. Wedderspoon’s Manuka honey is raw, unpasteurized and has a creamy texture and also has one of the highest concentration of pollen count. Because it is raw and unpasteurized it maintains natural health properties inherent in this special honey, perfect for DIY night face lotion.
I also use Manuka honey as a natural face wash in the evening. I wet my face, gently massage a bit of honey and rinse. The honey has the perfect creamy texture and a 250g recyclable jar will last me for a long time.
Please note that it’s possible for some people to develop an allergic reaction to Manuka honey.
Step 1. Sterilize Your Jars, Pots, Lids And Mixer Beaters
It is very important to keep all your containers clean and sterile when it comes to homemade cosmetics. You don’t want any bacteria growing on your lotion especially if you are going to put it on your face.
Wash your jars, pots and mixer beaters in hot soapy water, then rinse well and place everything on a cloth upside down to dry. Turn your oven on and heat it to 160 °C (320°F), place your jars on a heatproof tray and put them in the oven for 10 minutes.
Boil jar lids and mixer beaters in a saucepan for 8-10 minutes and let them dry on a towel.
Step 2. Get All The Ingredients, Tools And Measure The Quantities
You will need the following items to make the lotion:
- Digital scales
- Double boiler, melting pot or a saucepan with a glass bowl
- Electric hand mixer
- Glass Mason jar
For the recipe, I am using the following proportions:
- 1 part of Shea Butter
- 1 part of Sweet Almond Oil
- ¼ part of Manuka Honey (that is ¼ part of the 1 part above)
In this example, I am using 20g of shea butter, 20g of sweet almond oil and 5g of Manuka honey which is a quarter of 20g.
45g of the face lotion is the perfect amount to start with that’s going to last me for a few months.
I used a digital scale to measure all the ingredients as it gives me a more accurate reading than using volume measurements such as spoons and cups.
Step 3. Gently Heat Raw Shea Butter
Make sure the heat is distributed evenly and gently so that the shea butter can melt slowly to preserve its beneficial properties.
You can use a double boiler for this, which is essentially a saucepan inside another saucepan filled with boiling water or you can simply place a glass bowl on top of your existing saucepan and melt the butter this way.
Once the butter has melted, remove it from the heat, add sweet almond oil and honey to the pan and mix everything together with a spoon or a whisk.
Step 4. Cool Down And Whisk
Leave the mixture at room temperature for 10 -15 minutes, then grab a towel, place it under your bowl and put it in the fridge to cool down for about an hour.
Remove the mixture from the fridge, grab an electric hand mixer and whisk everything together until you get a smooth, silky and creamy, mayonnaise-like paste.
Step 5. Store Your Lotion In A Fridge
Take your lotion and put it in a Mason jar, but you can use any kind of jar! For example, I used a Mason jar to keep most of my lotion in the fridge and I put a small amount in a little recyclable free sample plastic pot that I had got from Lush Cosmetics.
If you keep the lotion in the fridge, it should stay fresh for up to a year!
I absolutely love this recipe as it is so moisturizing and nourishing with no funny ingredients that go into it, and no longer my skin feels dry in the morning, now my skin is the smoothest and softest it has probably ever been, I wish I had started using it earlier!
Before applying the lotion, I remove makeup by using the mixture of olive oil and hot water and wipe it off with reusable La Nature makeup pads. Then I cleanse my face with Manuka honey by gently massaging it all over my face and rinsing it with warm water. Yes, honey is not only a good moisturizer, but it is also an excellent natural cleanser that doesn’t cost a lot of money.
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