I’ve been thinking more about the facial products I use each day. I’ve used the same face lotion for years, for example, but I keep reading articles about how some of the ingredients in the beauty products we use are really not healthy for us. I’ve been thinking about changes I want to make, so when my face lotion bottle got low, I started researching. I came across this Cosmetic Pocket Guide that I’ve been comparing to my facial products, and decided to start looking for a homemade recipe to make my own facial lotion.
In my search for the perfect face lotion, I’ve found many recipes – the perfect facial moisturizer for me would have simple ingredients, no smell, would not be greasy, and would allow for easy storage. If you have the perfect recipe, let me know!
I’ve adapted the recipes here to only include ingredients that most of you will have on-hand, or can easily get. After all, if you have to spend a fortune on ingredients, you’re missing part of the reason you’re making your own body lotions. I want products to be good for me and good for my budget at the same time.
Natural Moisturizers for Your Face
Moisturizers are meant to provide your skin with moisture when it feels dry and itchy. This is typically done with lotion, but off-the-shelf lotions can be full of a ton of other ingredients that aren’t very good for your body in the long-run. I want a really good lotion but I’m also really interested in trying natural moisturizers.
Do you use an expensive face-oil moisturizer? A few drops of olive oil or honey can be used to replace them – just thin the honey with water, and your face won’t be sticky afterwards. Start with 1-2 drops so you don’t end up greasy! Aloe, known for its soothing properties, is another excellent moisturizer ingredient.
If you’re more interested in recipes, I found a number of suggestions here that I’m still researching before I try them. For now, I want to stick with nice and simple.
Make Your Own Body Lotion
You can also make your own body lotion. I’m really interested in trying to make my own lotion as my kids and I all have varying degrees of eczema. The recipes I found all started with 3 simple ingredients:
An edible oil (extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, etc.)
Homemade Beauty Product Supplies
I’m hoping to get some beeswax from family members soon, so I can try making my own lotion. When you’re making your own products (and in your own kitchen), you should always try to use local honey and bee byproducts to up the “anti-allergy” impacts from your local environment.
If you don’t have a source of local beeswax, check out Mountain Herbs.
Essential Oil in Lotion
Essential oils allow you to adapt recipes to fit seasons and holidays. A few essential oils that I saw used regularly while I was researching included vanilla, peppermint, tea tree, lemon, herbal (basil, rosemary, etc), cedar, lavender, grapefruit, orange, clove, almond and even coffee! Essential oils can be ordered online or purchased at natural food stores and even some craft stores. Make sure that you only use high-quality oils in any concoctions that you’ll be putting on your skin, and do a patch-test before you use them to check for sensitivities.