DIY Natural Facial Moisturizer
What You Need:
- 1 cup aloe vera gel (This bit is important. In the comments, a few people have tried to substitute plain Aloe juice, or home-made gel, but it doesn’t have the stabilizing properties needed. It has to be a gel. This is the one I used.)
- 3/4 ounce (by weight) beeswax, I buy mine in a bar and grate it. You can buy it in pellets too- make sure you get the kind for cosmetics and not candles. Some of those come scented. (From Amazon: Beeswax Pastilles)The beeswax is in there as a stabilizer. When you make an emulsion like this, you are essentially “mixing” water and oil – two things that don’t mix. Instead, they will sit next to each other. Tiny blob of oil, then tiny blob of water, tiny blob of oil… etc. When the lotion separates, it is because those tiny blobs touch others of the same type and create a bigger blob of oil, bigger blob of water. This chain reacts and the mixture separates.I’ve added the wax because it will blend with the oils and make them less fluid (since it is solid at room temp). Hopefully less fluidity will mean less separation.
- 1/4 cup almond oil
- 1/4 cut coconut oil
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (Mine was from Amazon: Grapefruit Oil)
Please note that essential oils are serious business Please take into account the oil you are using and its affects. I like grapefruit- but as some comments have noted, it can increase sun sensitivity. Also, be sure to test the oil on your skin ahead of time to note any allergic reactions.
- Chocolate/soap melter or double boiler
Okay, you got all that? Make sure that you double check the essential oils with any medications or conditions you have. Also, if you are allergic to any of the oils, feel free to substitute and experiment. Xoxo Mod Girl Sara !