Nothing beats a good cream. If you want to have smooth flawless skin, If you want to have hydrated, firm, and stretchy skin, you have to get used to (aside from other things) applying a body cream every day.
Today there are many brands of creams and for all skin types, with a wide range of prices, but the healthiest are those that contain natural ingredients and release chemicals such as paraffin and other petroleum derivatives.
In this article, we have an even better proposition. With five all-natural ingredients, you can create a nourishing and refreshing moisturizing body cream, suitable for all skin types. Its preparation is also very simple. And better, you can do it yourself in the comfort of your home!
How to use this cream?
Homemade creams should be used in a short amount of time whenever possible, as they contain no artificial preservatives and can degrade their fresh ingredients. Although vitamin E also acts as a natural preservative, we recommend storing the cream in the refrigerator and using it no more than two weeks.
That’s why we recommend making a small amount or taking the time to prepare more and give it to your friends.
Skin Type and Cream?
There are different types of creams for different types of skins. But the good news is this cream (prepared from this recipe) is moisturizing and does not have a very oily texture, so it is ideal for all skin types. If you have very dry skin, you can increase the amount of oil slightly, while if the skin is oily, and add more aloe vera. By adjusting the amount of aloe and oil you get the perfect mix that suits your skin just right.
You can also add other specific ingredients for some skin concerns, although this recipe is designed to hydrate, nourish and improve circulation. The following explains the benefits of each ingredient.
1. Almond oil
Almond oil is one of the most widely used ingredients in natural cosmetics, not only for all its properties but also because it is one of the most economical. In fact, this oil could be applied directly to wet skin, which would still make an excellent moisturizer. But with this cream that we will indicate below, its application will be easier and, in addition, will bring many other benefits to the skin. Some include, slipperiness, hydrates, reduces irritation and prevents wrinkles and stretch marks.
Make sure the purchased oil was coldly extracted.
2. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera cannot be missed in our house, because it is excellent moisturizing and healing and refreshing, leaves no shine on oily skin. We can extract your gel naturally by cutting and peeling one of the aloe Vera leaves, or we can buy it ready. In this case, check if it is real aloe Vera gel, with no additional ingredients, used to store it.
3. Orange essential oil
Orange essential oil gives our cream a wonderful aroma and even improves our mood (can you believe that!) thanks to its antidepressant and revitalizing properties.
Your topical use brings firmness to the skin, promotes collagen formation, and fights acne and dermatitis.
4. Rosemary essential oil
Rosemary essential oil is an indispensable ingredient when we have circulation problems or experience fatigue and burnout. Rosemary is a great tonic for skin aging and also has antiseptic properties, recommended for oily or acne prone skin.
5. Vitamin E
Vitamin E allows us to better preserve this cream as it acts as a natural preservative.
Its properties for the skin are: antioxidant, rejuvenating, and protecting against free radicals.
We can buy vitamin E from health food stores and pharmacies. In some cases, it is marketed in capsules, which also serve for this recipe.
50 ml almond oil.
50 ml of aloe vera gel.
10 drops of essential oil.
10 drops of rosemary essential oil.
20 drops of vitamin E.
Method of Preparation
Mix almond oil with aloe Vera gel well, but if you used the natural plant you may need to use a mixer to dilute the gel well.
Then add the essential oils and mix all the ingredients.
Store the cream in the refrigerator in a dark glass jar for up to 15 days.
Always consult your doctor before using preparations, even with natural and external products.
And here is our Bonus, Mega Fat Cream!
There are so many things… that I could do for you, but you can also do just fine on your own. Like this one more additional cream recipe. With three basic ingredients, you can make this multifunctional powerhouse yourself in five minutes.
Of course, I could have made it for myself and sold it online but why sell everything when I can teach you for free, and I know you like that, don’t you? And of course, there is a major obstacle in the road.
I can make great cream, but I can’t sell it afterward. As soon as you sell products with a water component, you must be able to show microbiological reports, which show that your product does not mold out of the jar before the stated best-before date. And microbiological reports (of those official ones) are more of a corporate thing – I can’t afford them.
I like my cream because after using it, I don’t have to reapply for the longest time. Even with my dry paws, 1-3x a day is enough. It does not feel greasy and absorbs well. But sometimes you want even more. Fatter. For that one dry spot, for your desert shins, for your elbows. Then the recipe below is fine. It is mega-greasy, but not ‘slippery’ like a normal ointment: it absorbs nicely and leaves your skin soft and shiny.
And you know what the fun is? You can vary enormously with it in all its simplicity. You don’t need difficult materials for it and it’s cheap. Because it’s for the home kitchen, I don’t use grams and milliliters but just tablespoons and cups.
1 tablespoon coconut oil (extra virgin or deodorized)
1 tablespoon lanolin (for example Pure! lanolin)
A quarter cup of water
How To Do It
Add the lanolin and coconut oil together in the blender (I don’t have one, so I used the ‘chopper’ of my hand blender). And no, you can’t do it by hand.
Boil the water and once it comes to a boil, add it to the fats.
Blender (PRESS the lid, because it is liquid – there is) until you get a homogeneous mass
Pour into a jar (it will firm up, so don’t take a bottle!) and let it cool down
Your cream is now ready. It’s a bit of cheating because although lanolin has light emulsifying properties, it’s not an emulsifier like you would use with real cream. So it’s officially more of a mixture, but that doesn’t matter, because it works great.
You can vary the water component until you weigh an ounce. For example:
More water for a thinner cream. But beware the more water, the more sensitive to bacteria and fungi. If you want a cream that spreads more easily, always warm a spoonful of cream (au Bain Marie or in the microwave) just before use; the fats will melt and you can spread smoothly with delicious warm cream.
Use rose hydrolate (or another flower water) for a nice scent or extra effect
You can also add, champagne (I’m not kidding you), but good ones (so not from that sugar water). Well go ahead, water kefir is also allowed. The lactic acids and probiotic bacteria help keep your skin healthy and prevent the first wrinkles. And how luxurious and spoiled you will feel when you put homemade champagne cream on your skin… Just drink your tea with a biscuit and you’re ready for the day. Someone has to do it, after all.
No water. That is of course also possible. In that case, put the coconut oil and lanolin in a fireproof cup and melt it. The advantage is that you have no danger of bacterial and fungal growth; the disadvantage is that it remains quite greasy and is less quickly absorbed.
Of course, you can also add essential oil for the fragrance to your heart’s content, and even grapefruit seed extract or another natural conservator if you’d like.
Finally, the raised finger: this cream is therefore relatively sensitive to fungi. And you don’t always have to see them, but they are unhealthy. My advice is not to keep it out of the fridge for more than a week or in the fridge for two weeks; then you can make fresh new cream in 5 minutes. Only use it farm-fresh for babies and people with reduced resistance. You can freeze it, by the way. And if you really can’t/dare/want to do it yourself, I’ll gladly make it for you too – but only on request (and it’s really much cheaper to do it yourself).