Easy recipe to make your own natural body cream in 10 minutes. DIY.
You can make your own moisturizing and nourishing body cream. There is nothing like a homemade recipe instead of commercial creams. All it takes is 10 minutes and 4 simple ingredients to make your own natural, eco-friendly and customizable cream. Making your homemade lotion is also more economical. A homemade cream costs up to 60% less than a store-bought product.
It is ideal for dry skin. And it only takes 10 minutes to make it. Not only is this homemade nourishing cream recipe super easy to make, but it’s also 100% natural. It’s also super moisturizing and since it doesn’t contain any water, it can be stored for years without preservatives. Here is the recipe for the homemade moisturizing and smoothing cream with almond oil, coconut oil, and beeswax. You can add essential oils or shea butter if you like. Check it out:
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (for 50 ml)
- 30 ml of vegetable oil
Choose an organic vegetable oil, virgin, and first cold-pressed. Some oils are cheaper, such as olive oil (as in the video), sesame, castor, and sweet almond … You can also choose the oil according to your skin type and needs. For example:
– camelina oil soothes and gives a sensation of dry touch.
– wheat germ oil revitalizes dry skin.
– Jojoba oil nourishes mixed skin, dry or oily skin…
- 20 ml of water or vegetable hydrolase.
You can simply use good quality water to make your cosmetics (avoid any contaminated or rotten water), which reduces the price of the product. But you can also enjoy the benefits of plant hydrolats (waters containing aromatic plant compounds). For example:
– rose geranium hydrosol softens and stimulates and stimulates dull and tired skin.
– lavender hydrosol is versatile: it tones,
purifies and calms normal and oily skin
– rose hydrosol refreshes, moisturizes, and firms up all skin types…
- 5 ml of beeswax
We choose good quality beeswax, pure and without chemical residues. If possible, it should be of cosmetic and organic quality. We identify a label on the packaging: Ecocert, Cosmebio, Ecogarantie…
- Ecological preservative
Opt for a labeled preservative, such as grapefruit seed extract or Cosgard. And we follow the percentage indicated on the bottle to know how many drops to add to the preparation.
- Disinfecting alcohol
You can buy all these ingredients in organic stores, herbalist shops, pharmacies, or on specialized websites.
- 2 frying pans (can be put in a water bath)
- a whisk
- a spoon
- measuring cups or a graduated container
- a bottle or jar, preferably made of tinted glass
- a label
- 1. Wash hands thoroughly with soap. Disinfect ALL equipment with alcohol. Heat-resistant equipment can also be immersed in boiling water for 10 minutes before drying thoroughly. Think about everything, including the plate or bowl where you will put the spoon and whisk. Properly disinfecting the equipment limits bacteria and helps preserve the cream.
- 2. Heat a skillet in a double boiler. Pour in the oil and beeswax (this is called the oil phase).
- 3. Melt while stirring until the temperature is about 60°C, i.e. until the wax is completely melted.
- 4. Similarly, place the second pan in a double boiler and heat the water or hydrosol (the water phase).
- 5. When both mixtures are hot, remove them from heat.
- 6. Pour the water in small quantities into the oil phase and whisk continuously.
- 7. Continue whisking until the ingredients are bound and the mixture is lukewarm. To help the emulsion set, you can immerse the container in a water bath of cold water, without stopping whisking.
- 8. Add the preservative.
- 9. Mix one last time and transfer to the bottle.
- 10. Label and indicate the date of manufacture.
As for any new cosmetic, one carries out initially an allergic test before coating the body. It is simple: one applies a small quantity of product in the hollow of the arm. If after 24 hours, no problem appears (redness, buttons, itching, swelling…), one can use the product.
This cream is used like a classic body cream, on the areas to be nourished and moisturized. In particular on the dry zones like the elbows, the knees, the heels…
If one uses a bottle airless, it is very well because one touches only the product to which one applies directly. If one put the cream in a traditional pot, one rather takes it with a small spatula or a spoon to avoid depositing germs in the remainder of the product.
The perfect is to keep your cream away from heat, light, and humidity. The best way is to keep it in the fridge rather than in the bathroom.
The product keeps for about 1 month. If you notice any deterioration (change of smell, color, or texture for example), throw it away to avoid any risk.
You can test different variations of this recipe
- Increase or decrease the quantities of vegetable oil according to whether one prefers a nourishing balm or a more hydrating cream. It is necessary now to test the quantity of beeswax to be used so that the emulsion is carried out while keeping a good texture.
- Integrate vegetable butter such as shea butter or coconut butter. We now reduce the amount of oil and wax unless we want a thicker consistency.
- Use another preservative than the grapefruit seed extract like leucidal, benzyl alcohol, or cosgard. It is necessary now to check the necessary dose with the manufacturer.
- Add essential oil for its properties and its perfume. Be careful now to get information on the conditions of use (virtues, dosages, contra-indications…) to take no risk for your health!
Even if homemade cosmetics are not suitable for everyone, for example for sensitive people, making your own products allows you to meet your needs in a reasonable and responsible way.