Skin is complicated. Especially facial skin. While we might classify ourselves as having oily skin, dry skin, mature skin, or sensitive skin, the fact of the matter is most skin leans more towards a combination of “qualities” which often change with the seasons, diet, stress, hormones, and so much more.
Clever marketing techniques have the majority of consumers thinking that they need all these specialty products in order to care for their unique skin. While there is some truth to this (you wouldn’t use certain essential oils on very sensitive skin for example) for the most part, all skin can benefit and thrive from certain base ingredients.
I have been making my own skincare products for years now. At the beginning of my journey, I tinkered around with all kinds of recipes trying to find just the right formula for my delicate facial skin. When I finally created the perfect formula for me, I was astounded at how well it worked. My friends all commented on how amazing my face looked and of course, they wanted to know my secret.
Now, I was the only person in my circle who battled overly oily skin. So of course, I considered the moisturizer I created to be best suited for oily skin. But when I handed out samples to all of my friends, they also discovered that it worked for their unique skin.
From that grew my recipe for what was obviously a great combination or all-purpose skin moisturizer. It seems to work on all skin types. You certainly can change up the essential oils to something more suited to your tastes, budget or needs but the base recipe is an incredible product to add to your skin-care arsenal.
Combination Skin Moisturizer
- 1-2 tablespoons grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles (For a lighter moisturizer, use less beeswax; for a thicker moisturizer, use more beeswax.)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice
- 1/3 cup rosewater or distilled water
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops jasmine essential oil and 3 drops ylang ylang essential oil OR 3 drops peppermint essential oil
- Using the mason jar method*, melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and jojoba oil into your jar.
- Stir the ingredients constantly until they are melted and there are no lumps of beeswax.
- Remove the jar from the pot and set aside to cool slightly.
- While the oil and wax mixture cools, gently warm the rosewater and aloe vera juice over low heat until it is just warm to the touch.
- Add the Vitamin E oil to the oil/wax mixture and stir well.
- Add the rosewater and aloe vera mixture to the oil/wax and stir for about 2 minutes with a wire whisk. You want the mixture to thicken up slightly.
- Stir in the essential oils.
- Pour the moisturizer into a glass jar and put the lid on. For the next 3 hours, stir it 3-4 times. This will prevent the mixture from separating.
Use and Storage
- Use as needed. This product is safe around but not in the eyes. It is also safe for lips. While this is a wonderful moisturizer for the face, it can be used on the entire body.
- During cooler months, this products stores well in a cool, dark place and remains fairly “thick” in texture. In warmer months, it may soften slightly or during extreme heat, melt. It is fine to use it in either state.
*The mason jar method of melting butters and oils is my preferred method as it maintains the integrity of the ingredients. You do not have to use a mason jar. A heat safe glass liquid measuring cup is fine too.
To melt the ingredients using the major jar method, place a mason jar in a medium sized sauce pot. Fill the pot with water until it reaches the halfway point on the jar. Be careful NOT to get water in the jar. Add the ingredients as listed above and melt them in the jar over medium-low heat.