I’m about to make a fresh batch of body cream this week and thought to share the recipe with you all! All the ingredients are natural and toxic free, which means there’s no harsh chemicals entering your skin.
The added benefit of making your own moisturizer at home with such simple ingredients is that it becomes all-purpose. You can use this cream on your hands, feet, body, and face without worrying about sensitive areas on your skin.
You can alter some of the ingredients to suit your needs – I’ve played around with it myself and even made specific creams for others based on their health requirements. It’s a good idea to know your skin type and what you need – but don’t worry too much on this because the base ingredients will stay the same.
A couple of things to be noted:
- This recipe will produce about 400ml, which is a larger quantity. Since it is all natural with no preservative, it’s recommended to start with a smaller batch to save the shelf-life.
- The key is to have a ratio of 1:1 for beeswax and aloe vera gel. The rest can be altered according to how much beeswax and aloe vera gel is being used.
- You can use fresh aloe vera leafs and take out the gel yourself, or buy organic pure aloe vera gel from the stores. I have an aloe plant at home and prefer to use it for this project.
- Extra virgin olive oil is the most suitable for all skin types because it is lightweight. You need some type of carrier oil to help mix the rest of the ingredients together. So if you want to play around with other oils instead of olive oil, it can definitely be done. I also like to replace it with argan oil sometimes.
Let’s get started…
- 1 cup grated beeswax or beeswax pellets
- 4 to 5 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon of neem extract (optional)
- 1 cup of aloe vera gel
- 5-10 drops any essential oil of your preference (optional)
- Start by grating the beeswax to measure into 1 cup. If you have beeswax pellets, you can skip this step.
- Place the beeswax in a deep heat-resistant measuring cup. Add the coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil to the beeswax. Use another pot, add water and bring to a boil. Place the measuring cup in the pot and use as a double boiler, making sure that the boiling water does not spill into the measuring cup of beeswax and oils. Occasionally keep stirring the mixture until coconut oil and beeswax are completely melted and everything is blended well with each other.
- Once melted, take out the measuring cup, add the neem extract, and keep on the side to cool down. As it cools down, the mixture will start to solidify into a butter-like texture. Occasionally keep stirring (every 3-4 mins) while it is cooling down to make sure everything is blended.
- Once cooled and solidified to a butter-like texture, place the cream in a mixer that has an option for low speed. Add half of the aloe vera gel and start to mix lowly. As the consistency improves, add rest of the aloe vera gel, and few drops of the essential oil, and continue to mix on low speed. Be alert on how the cream looks – you don’t want to mix too much – the consistency shouldn’t be a runny-liquid.
- When you are satisfied with the cream, take it out from the mixer and store in a glass jar of your preference. Make sure you use a glass jar or container because the natural ingredients (especially the essential oil) can be negatively effected by metal and plastic.
Enjoy your all natural cream – good for face, body, hands, and feet!
Peace & Love ♥