As many of you know by now I am all about “back to nature as much as possible”. Food wise I try to stick to organic as much as I can afford it and when it comes to personal hygiene I do not like to use too much bad stuff on my body either. By bad stuff I mean:
I cannot even pronounce half of these ingredients so I will most certainly not put it on my body. I have been trying to find the best products out there that are the least harmful. Even most so-called organic brands are loaded with toxins. I am not even going into makeup on this post because this topic needs a separate article.
Creams. There is a plethora of facial cream, hand cream and body lotions out there and I have been trying them all it seems. Most of them, unfortunately also even organic brands, have ingredient lists as mentioned above. There has to be one cream out there that I can safely put on my face without breaking out or without getting all type of rashes. And strangely this was the problem with all my creams I have been using. After a while there was just this uncomfortable itching that made my skin dry and red. I needed help so after reading a ton about organic and more natural creams online I purchased this book:
It is written in German but I will share the ultimate face cream recipe from the book that I slightly modified. It is important to make only a small portion of the cream because no preservatives, parabens
or phthalates are added.
I usually make two smaller portions (one I use right away and the other one I store in the fridge) and keep them in a little jar as pictured above.
What you need to make the cream: a digital kitchen scale, a small jam glass with a lid, a spoon, two small jars to fill the cream in, a water cooker. That is it!
5 ounce sAlmond oil (14g Mandelöl)
0,14 ounces Lamecreme (4g Lamecreme) which is a vegetable emulsifier
0,17 ounces Sheabutter (5g Sheabutter)
1,6 oz boiled water (50ml abgekochtes Wasser)
Start by boiling water in the water cooker and clean the small jam glass as well as the other two small jars. I rinse them with water and some dishwashing detergent. Pour the boiling water in a small pot. Now sterilize all the jars and the spoon in the boiling water. I use a fork to just hold the jars in. It is important to sterilize all your equipment before you start. Otherwise the cream will mold in a very short time. Keep the hot water in the pot because you need it in a bit.
Now put the small sterilized jam glass on the scale and add the 3!!! ingredients. (Awesome, right!) Place the jar back in the pot with the water and stir the ingredients slowly with the spoon until everything is evenly dissolved. It goes faster when the glass is placed in hot water.
Now take the jar out and add the 1,6oz boiling water. (Be careful the jar is HOT now!) Close the lid of the jar and start slowly shaking the glass. Now the Lamecreme starts to emulsify your cream. I put a kitchen towel around the jar, hold it with my fingers on top and thumb on bottom and shake slowly by tapping the palm of my other hand. Do this until cream is emulsified. (Approximately 5 minutes!)
Now I add essential oils. Here you can go all crazy. Whatever YOU want YOUR cream to smell like. I have a long row of essential oils that I have collected over some time. Usually I use this brand which is a little pricy but lasts for a long time. There will be an article on my collection of essential oils and aromatherapy soon so stay tuned.
For my creams I usually use a couple of drops of Lavender oil, Ylang Ylang and some Lemongrass for freshness. This is it. Your cream should last for at least 3-4 weeks. In the fridge up to 7-8 weeks.
Pretty simple and you know what you put on your skin. You could theoretically eat the cream. 😀
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