I don’t even remember how exactly it started, but about 1.5-2 years ago I stopped buying face creams. No, no I didn’t stop using them, I stopped buying those ready ones. I have been using the cream two times a day since I was 15. I have been through the cheaper mass-market brands and the expensive ones. My skin was reacting differently on different products as well as on different waters: when you travel a lot you notice easily the difference in the tap water! And the skin notices them quite visibly. For the last few years, I have been lucky to have none skin troubles.

Anyway, at some point, I decided to give a try to plain coconut oil instead of fancy products. And my skin loved it! Natural oil, no artificial chemicals, very affordable and easy to find anywhere in the world! But the oil is, oh well, it is very oily. It would take ages for it to soak in and I started researching if I could add something to adjust it. A quick search online helped me to discover a few basic recipes and then I adjusted them for myself. What was missing was liquid vitamin E and some aroma oils. I got both on Amazon, easy peasy. I have no idea how it works, but the oil indeed became more creamy, easier to apply and faster to dry.

Here’s what I do:

  • In cold coconut oil freezes. So, first of all, I put the jar into boiling water for about 10 min to melt it down
  • Then I add a few drops of vitamin E (5-10, really eye measure for everything)
  • A few drops of sweet orange oil (it makes your cream smell very nice and gives it a nice yellow tone)
  • A few drops of tea tree oil (this one is very good for your skin. Actually, the cream with a double dosage of tea tree oiled healed Andrews skin which was getting red on the T zone for years! In a month of using this cream twice a day his skin looked completely different: fresh and bright)
  • Now I also add a few drops of liquid vitamin D (some sun that I take inside as well)
  • And a few drops of hemp oil (the one which is for skin, not the food supplement)
  • And voila! That’s it!

Guess I have normal skin type now, so this works perfectly for me. You might try to change ‘ingredients’ and create your own formula. The cream gets solid itself in a few hours, but usually, I would put it to the fridge for 30 min and it will harden up. It’s easier to use it when it is not so liquidish. 

The whole process takes about 10 min and the jar lasts for about a month. I have nice glass jars for this cream, but if I travel I will usually put it into a smaller plastic one because I always (absolutely every single time) had the problems with it on the airport. I always made it eventually through security WITH my cream but they don’t like such a size of something with this texture. Oh well. Beware that in the airport the cream might melt from the heat, and if your jar is not very tight you will get an unpleasant surprise.

Coconut oil is also a great sunscreen, after sun balm, hair mask, make up remover, and many more things. Hope it was useful, let me know if you have any comments or something to add to my recipe!

xx, love, Liza

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