Homemade Skin Goodies

Those who know me will already know that I’ve been dabbling with creating nourishing skin creams and lip balms from natural ingredients. Today I have been busy cooking up my third batch which I’m hoping to share with some of my family and friends (brave subjects/guinea pigs).

So here are the raw ingredients, comments on the consistency etc. will soon follow.

Cream production
Cream production line
Skin Food – Third Batch – 31/05/15
  • 3 dessert spoons Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 1 dessert spoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 sliver Unrefined Coco Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Glycerine
  • 1/4 teaspoon Honey
  • 6 drops (approx) Frankincense Oil
Three pots of nourishing skin cream

Melt all ingredients together in a double boiler. When all ingredients have dissolved in to liquid remove from the heat and allow to cool whisking regularly throughout the cooling process. Put into clean glass jars. Label and date and the best part, share with friends and family.

I love these creams. They are so easy to make once all the raw ingredients have been sourced and it’s so nice to know the all the ingredients are natural, safe and good for your skin. I’m sure you already know that our skin is our largest organ. It makes perfect sense to be careful and selective about what we actually put on it.

I find this cream is quite heavy as it contains only oils and no water. I’ve made a concious decision not to add water as then I would need to use a preservative because of the bacteria that it would introduce. So for many this will be a night cream or a dry areas cream. If you want to use it as a very nourishing day cream and find it too oily you can always try applying and then gently wiping over with a cotton or muslin cloth to get the desired level of moisture. You also need to be careful when using make-up as you might find that the cream makes it run. The way my skin feels after a day of wearing it makes it well worth any negatives. I think it’s really helped with diminishing the age lines and wrinkles albeit temporarily.
Don’t shy away if you have oily skin as the application of oil is actually meant to help with over oil production.
I’m thinking of starting a share cream scheme. One where all those interested can contribute to raw ingredients and then they are entitled to a certain amount of creams dependent on their contribution. That way hopefully all the ingredients will be used swiftly, as the self life is not long (3 months maximum ideally), and batches can be shared/distributed as soon as they are made. Just an idea for now, we’ll see how popular it is and go from there.

I’ve also made some lovely lip balm today (my second batch). The first lot encountered lots of separation so I’ve left out the beeswax in this recipe in the hope that it will be easy to apply and won’t have a hard top and soft underside!

Lip Food
  • 3 dessert spoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Shea butter
Luscious lip balms

Melt until dissolved in a double boiler. Whisk thoroughly and pour into tiny lip balm jars.

Apply liberally anywhere you fancy.

Hopefully these have set while I’ve been busy typing. Back with an update soon.

Starting The Five Rivers journey

So here we are at the beginning of the journey. The path from which all others will follow. This is a place where I shall share some of my experiences and pass on some of the things I’m learning about being self-sustainable and conservative with our precious resources. This is going to be a place filled with ideas about looking after the home, garden and planet. It’s a path I have been led to through necessity and I’m so glad to be here, nestled between these five wonderful rivers in the glorious county that I call my home.


Here are some pictures from our garden today

(unintentionally peaceful purples)

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