Homemade Moisturizer

It took me a couple of years and about twenty batches to perfect this homemade moisturizer. It is moisturizing without being oily and creamy without being thick. I call it the Calming Moisturizer because I like to add lavender essential oil to it. It also contains aloe vera and chamomile extract which are both very soothing to the skin. My little sister can't live without it and uses it as a cleanser and moisturizer.

This is an amazing facial lotion but can also be used as a body moisturizer. It can be helpful for conditions such as rosacea, acne and eczema.

Ingredients

Water 1 1/2 cups

Borax 3/8 tsp

Grapeseed oil 6 TBS

Jojoba oil 3/4 cup

Olive oil 3 TBS

Coconut oil 5 TBS

Emulsifying wax 3 TBS (unmelted pellets)

Liquid lecithin 3/8 TBS

Aloe vera 1 1/2 cups

Chamomile extract 1 tsp

Vitamin E 1 tsp

Citric acid 1 tsp

Lavender essential oil 50 drops (or more if desired)

Tea tree essential oil 20 drops

Sea salt 1/2 tsp (optional)


Melt the coconut oil, emulsifying wax and liquid lecithin in a double boiler. Add grapeseed, oil and jojoba oils. While that is melting, heat 2 cups of filtered or distilled water. When it is heated, measure out 1 1/2 cups and stir in the borax. Allow the water to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Pour the oil/wax mixture into the blender. Blend it for a few seconds. While the blender is still running, slowly pour in the water. Blend a few more seconds and then add the aloe vera. If the mixture is too hot it may not emulsify. Allow to cool and continue blending. Add the remaining ingredients.

Other essential oils may be added in small quantities or according to smell. You can add geranium, frankincense, helichrysum, rose, hyssop, palmarosa, myrhh, sandalwood, rosewood  or sage.