Lavender Face Moisturizer

Lavender MoisturizerI’ve replaced my cleaning products, pillaged my pantry, and now my focus is detoxifying my toiletries and beauty products. I’m proud to say that I have now replaced my hair spray, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizers, deodorant and toothpaste with homemade alternatives.

Today, I’m excited to share my Lavender Face Moisturizer with you!

I stopped using commercial moisturizers for the same reason I stopped eating processed food, and using store-bought cleaners: commercial moisturizers and lotions contain toxins, preservatives and fragrances that disrupt the endocrine system, cause cancer and are harmful to the environment. This article, put out by the David Suzuki Foundation, exposes the ingredients in moisturizers and other common cosmetics —definitely worth a read.

After reading several articles about the toxins in cosmetics, I decided to create a motto for myself:

 If I wouldn’t eat it, I don’t want it on my skin.

This makes sense. Our skin is our largest organ and 60% of what we put on it is absorbed—so if you don’t want it in your body, then don’t put it on your skin. Now, it’s not like I’d dish up a bowl of moisturizer for breakfast or anything, but at least I wouldn’t be poisoned if I decided to do so.

Realizing that my moisturizer was toxic, and being forced to make my own was the biggest blessing in disguise. Since using this moisturizer, my skin feels SO soft, has less break-outs, and the eczema around my nose and on my eyelids, that I’ve had for years, has disappeared! I honestly can’t believe it, and have coconut oil and shea butter to thank for this. It is suggested, that coconut oil can cure eczema due to its antibacterial and antioxidant properties, which also soothes itching and inflammation. A simple google search will yield tons of results on this topic. Coconut oil has cured what hydrocortisone cream was unable to!

This moisturizer works great on either dry or oily skin. I have dry skin, and I used to have to apply moisturizer a couple times per day in the winter. Now I find that if I apply it once in the morning, after a shower, I’m good for the rest of the day. My mom was able to confirm that this is equally ideal for oily skin, and we’ve both agreed that this moisturizer yields great results for all skin types.

Lavender Face Moisturizer
 
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil, shea butter and bees wax. To do this, create a doubler boiler affect: put a small glass jar in a pan full of simmering water, and add the two ingredients to the jar.
  2. Remove the jar from the heat as soon as both have melted (the shea butter will be last to melt) and stir in the vitamin E and essential oil.
  3. Pour into and a small container and let sit over night.
Notes
The best way to apply this is to rub a small dab between your fingers, and then rub it well into your skin. It feels like it’s going on greasy at first, but once you rub it in, it doesn’t feel or look greasy at all!

This moisturizer will change consistency as the temperature around it changes, but will always have the same affect once applied to your skin.

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66 comments on “Lavender Face Moisturizer

      1. Hello, would it be possible to omit the beewax or is there another ingredient that can substitute the beewax.

  1. Hello ! Thank you for the recipe ,I was wondering can I omit the Vit E oil or substitute it with olive oil ?

    1. Hello! If you choose to omit the Vitamin E oil, you don’t need to substitute it for anything. Vitamin E doesn’t really compare to any cooking oils, but it can easy be omitted in this recipe 🙂

  2. What does lavender do for the skin? I’m not the biggest fan of lavender, but if it has a reason I’ll invest in some.
    I’ve been looking for a good moisturizer and I like the looks of this. I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Hi Kristina! If lavender’s not for you, no worries, it’s not essential for this recipe. You can either leave it out or substitute it for tea tree, rose, or something else you like.

      Aside from lavender’s fragrance that I love, I like to use lavender essential oil on my skin because it has mild antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s calming, and it treats eczema, which I suffer from. Lavender is also said to reduce scarring and speed healing.

      But like I said, if lavender isn’t for you, there are many essential oil options, so do you research and decide what’s best for you 🙂

  3. Hello , buy the ingredients to make the various home products and now I can not observe the recipes. Could you provide me the steps via email and the recipes, for the toothpaste, face moisturizer, body moisturizer ?.

    1. Hi Stephanie, I’m working to fix this problem asap. I’ll let you know when the problem is resolved. It shouldn’t be too long.

    1. I’d say a year at least because all of the ingredients have a long shelf life, and no water is added so there isn’t a breeding ground for bacteria to grow 🙂

  4. Hi Carly!

    I also suffer from mild eczema (no fun). I have been searching for a facial moisturizer for weeks and I think I’ve found the one! I have a combination skin type that’s prone to hormonal break outs. I also have black head issues (those little devils!) so I am hoping the ingredients are non-comedogenic. Are they?? Looking forward to trying this recipe! Thanks! xxoo

    1. Hi Heidi!No eczema is no fun at ALL! If you have “blackhead issues” then perhaps substitute the coconut oil for hemp seed or sunflower oil, both of which will not clog pores. Coconut oil is higher on the comedogenic scale. Hope this helps!

    1. Yes, I think you certainly could add cocoa powder to tint it. The shelf life is a long time – You’ll use it way before it ever expires. If I HAD to say, maybe 2 years? maybe 5?

  5. Hi Carly! Thanks so much for this recipe and all your feedback to questions. So helpful! I was wondering on the one that you sell in your shop it looks like you include Grape seed oil too? How much do you put in and how does it help? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi! Yes, I add grape seed oil to mine, and I’ve been meaning to update this recipe to include it. The grape seed oil is light, moisturizing, and helps with acne prone skin.

  6. Your Ingredients call for grape seed oil but not on the recipe you posted. Should we add the grape seed oil?

  7. Hi – I’m trying out your face wash, and need to get some beeswax to make this recipe. I’m just starting to purge my cosmetics for more natural alternatives. I like to wear a moisturizer with an SPF to it. Is there anything I could add to this to increase the SPF? Thanks!

    1. You could add a tsp of zinc oxide to boost the spf, or check our my homemade sunblock post which doubles as a nourishing moisturizer 🙂

  8. Hi there. My question for you is could I double or triple the recipe to fit a small glass jar? I have all of the ingredients but not the small tins and don’t want to wait a week to get them from Amazon. Thanks.

    1. Honestly, not that I’ve found. Since using it it my breakouts are fewer. But everyone’s skin is different so you don’t really know until you try 🙂

      1. I heard the same about coconut oil … and was wondering if sweet almond oil would make a good replacement ? Love your recipes, keep them coming 🙂

        1. You could definitely try opting for almond oil, but just remember that the consistency will be a bit different. You may need to add a tiny bit more of beeswax if you want to it solidify.

  9. Hi! I am new to the homemade stuff but am loving it!!!! I have made my own deodorant, a facial scrub, a liquid soap & now, thanks to you & this recipe, a moisturizer. My question…I JUST finished melting & mixing all the ingredients but it doesn’t look “whippy” like yours does…is that b/c it is still warm & I need to let it sit? Thanks so much!!!!!

  10. Ok it says melt shea,coconut, and beeswax. But then it says melt the two ingredients????? Is this a typo. I made it and my face is super greasy!!!! Any way to cut down on the greasiness????

    1. Yes, I that’s a typo. Use this moisturizer very sparingly! I have dry skin so it soak it right up. I sliver sized amount goes a looong way.

  11. I have made this once and my husband and I both love it so thank you!! 🙂 I’m making it for the second time now and I’m wondering – why do you need to do the doubler boiler effect? Is there a reason you can’t just melt it straight away in a pot/pan? Also I am using beeswax pellets. Last time they were the last to melt, but this time it seems they’re barely melting at all. Any clue as to why this might be?

    1. Hi Jamie! I’m so glad that you like it 🙂 It’s best to use the double boiler effect to prevent the oils from burning. Also, I prefer to melt the oils in a jar, which I use over and over again without washing, instead of having to wash the pan, which can sometimes me tedious. The beeswax will always be the last to melt. I use the pellets too. You can help them along by stirring as the melt. Hope this helps 🙂

  12. Hi there, thanks for sharing this recipe! Looking forward to trying this. Can you tell me what the beeswax and Shea butter add for facial moisturizing? I currently use only coconut oil, vitamin e oil, and essential oil, and am wondering what difference I could expect.

    1. Hi there! Good questions. The shea butter is a great additive to skin care products because it doesn’t blog pores (non-comedogenic), is intensely moisturising, naturally contains Vitamins A and E as well as essential fatty acids and other vitamins and minerals and naturally contains an SPF of about 6! So all-in-all it’s a great additive to any moisturiser 🙂 The beeswax is added to help improve the consistency of the moisturiser, which I find helps for easier application. It too have a zero comedogenic rating. Hope that helps!

  13. This sounds awesome!!! When I have money i will totally do that and since i am using selfmade natural stuff on my face these little pimples that ALWAYS were on my forehead disappeared. I used everything chemical and nothing could hell but the natural way, thank you for sharing!!

  14. Hello! I have a coconut allergy and also avoid coconut oil; what would you recommend as a substitute? Also, where do you buy your tins?

  15. Hi! I made this recipe last night. I cant say that its bad, but i think for me the consistency and as bit too oily? does that make any sense? I think theres too much shea butter. My skin doesnt absorb it right away even though i put on a tinee tiny amount. I dont hate it but is there something wrong that i did? this can be fixed right? i just have to melt it again and add what ill feel comfortable it. But i just fear that if i melt it again the essential oils will burn.
    Thanks

    1. Keep in mind, it is oily because it’s made with pure oil and butters! My skin soaks it right up, but everyone’s skin is different! This DIY stuff is all trail and error and finding out what works for you 🙂

  16. Hi! I just started outbreaks of what I think might be eczema below my eyebrows… -.- I just made this recipe and I LOVE how little time it took!! Yay! Super excited to give it a try tomorrow morning!

    Thanks!!

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