A while back I wrote a post about my natural beauty regime. Since then I’ve been keen to have a go at making up my own products – in particular a moisturiser for my face – so have been doing a bit more research on what ingredients to combine which will suit my skin. This article is a great resource from which to start. Or, If you want to do some more in depth research there is a fantastic book by Neal’s Yard on Essential Oils. For my recipe I settled on Coconut oil (base oil), Rosehip oil (bonus oil) and Lavender oil (my essential oil). Here’s a little more Rosehip oil and why I’ve chosen it: Rosehip oil, the bonus oil – adds an extra therapeutic dimension to the moisturiser. Rosehip oil is extracted from wild rose – Rosa Mosqueta. The hip is the fruit of the plant. It contains fatty acids (omega 3,6,9), antioxidants, beta-carotene & vitamin C. It’s known benefits are helping to keep skin supple, reducing signs of ageing and reducing scars particularly acne scars for example. I choose rosehip oil because I have a number of scars on my face – some from the ridiculous acne I suffered in my early 20s and others from a road accident 7 years ago. I wish I’d started using rosehip oil way back then instead of Bio oil (which doesn’t work by the way). Since I’ve started using rosehip daily I have noticed a change in my skin for the better. Bonus and essential oils are available from health food stores, or shops like Neal’s Yard Remedies.
Here’s my recipe for a small pot. You can of course up or downscale these quantities to fit whichever pot or glass jar you have to hand. Oh and the real lavender in these photos is just for show, it’s not in the recipe…
- 1-2 Tbs coconut oil
- ½ tsp rosehip oil
- 2-3 drops of essential lavender oil
- Melt the coconut oil, by placing a jar of it in a saucepan of slightly simmering water. Add the oils and give a good stir.
- Transfer to smaller container.
- Storing the oil at room temperature is fine. It should solidify however in warmer climates it will remain a liquid.
- When ready to use pour (or scoop out if the oil has solidified) a drop into your hand, warm on the palm of your hand with your fingers, and massage into your face after cleansing in the morning and at night.
If you want to have a go at a simple product yourself I can also recommend this Olive oil, brown sugar and tea tree oil scrub recipe by Adura. A great way to use up any pesky sugar you have lying around (you certainly shouldn’t be eating it 😉 ) With thanks to Nutiva for the organic extra-virgin coconut oil. A great quality product which I also love to cook with. Available on line and from health food stores, or shops like planet organic & whole foods. 22