Monday, January 19

Making my own face cream

I was intrigued by this post on Wholly by Grace in which Amanda has a recipe for making your own facial cream cleanser. Since I am on a quest to simplify and detox my life, I thought I'd give this a try. I discussed this with my aesthetician (she does my touch-ups and facials), she thought it was a good idea and recommended the carrier and essential oils to use for my skin type. I was able to buy most everything at Mountain Rose Herbs except for the beeswax. They were out. I bought the emulsifying wax instead. Of course the day after I placed my order, I got the email saying the beeswax was back in stock. Argh!

Anyway. Here is me making my own facial cream cleanser:
  1. The ingredients
    • borax
    • emulsifying wax
    • grapeseed oil (used for 70% of carrier oil)
    • rosehip oil (used for 30% of carrier oil)
    • tea tree oil
  2. I have added the 1/4 teaspoon of borax to 1/2 cup of water. No picture. It looks like 1/2 cup of water.
  3. Then I put the tea tree oil into the other measuring cup and add the grapeseed oil, then the rosehip oil (you could use 1/2 cup of just one carrier oil)
  4. Next I add the 1/2 ounce of wax. You can't see it but my kitchen scale says 1/2 ounce. You can see how dirty it is.
  5. Now I've heated the oil and wax for about a minute in the microwave to melt the wax
  6. Next I heated the borax/water for a minute. Then I slowly poured the hot borax/water into the warm oil/wax while using my stick blender. This was tricky as my measuring cup wanted to spin. Pulsing the blender instead of letting it run helped. Husband helped with these pictures.
  7. And here I've poured it into my beautiful cobalt blue jar.
I can't wait for it to cool so that I can give it a try. I can tell you, it does not smell good. Next time I think I might try some lavender or eucalyptus essential oil, just to make it smell better. My aesthetician also said coconut would be a good carrier oil, so that would smell a lot better, too.

If this works for my skin, then I spent $40 on enough ingredients to make 3-4 of those jars. That's way cheaper than buying quality cream at the spa. I tried some discount face cream once. That's not a good idea.


  1. Wow, that sure turned out well for you :) white and pretty! I hope it works well for you :)

  2. Thanks! I'm going to post a comment on how it does on my skin tomorrow and then again after a week.

  3. I've used my face cream now for two evenings and two mornings. The first time, I don't think I left enough of the oil on my face, as in I rinsed too well which lead to my skin getting dry. However, I've switched to just wiping the cream off with cotton pads and then laying a warm washcloth on my face and I'm still getting the dryness. I think this is due to the oils that I've used. I'll keep using my moisturizer until I've had a chance to add some coconut oil to what I've made.