Was there ever a super cheap, all-in-one moisturiser that was easier to make than a sandwich? This recipe would be it. This moisturiser repairs skin, treats acne and is anti-ageing. There are many ways to moisturise your skin that are even simpler than this recipe. For example, you can just apply olive or coconut oil as it is to your skin. But if you are looking for a little bit more than just ‘moisturising’, then this recipe will nourish, heal and protect your skin with its few additional ingredients.
Recipe Variations & Substitutions
You can simply substitute the coconut oil for any nourishing oil (eg. olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil etc.). However, if you are substituting in a liquid oil, you will need the bees wax to achieve a firm texture. You cannot exclude it, otherwise it will just be like a liquid massage oil. If you live in a cold climate (below 24 degrees Celsius), then you can exclude the bees wax, because the coconut oil will remain solid and firm without the need for wax. If you are vegan, you may substitute soy wax or carnauba wax instead of bees wax. You can use any essential oils in this recipe. It’s totally customisable.
COST & SHELF LIFE
Cost price: R17.48 per 125ml.
Lasted me about: 3 months (using every day).
Estimated shelf life: 1 year if stored away from direct sunlight and moisture.
*Costs accurate at time of writing, and based on best retail prices I’ve found.
- Texture may be too hard if you live in a cold climate: South Africa is generally a warm country , with temperatures often being over 24 degrees Celsius. That’s the melting point of coconut oil, so that’s why I’ve included bees wax in this recipe to keep the texture firm. However, if you live in a cold climate or if it’s winter, adding the beeswax will result in a rock hard product. To fix this, simply exclude the bees wax in this recipe.
- Not a good hand cream: You may find that it doesn’t absorb well into the hands to be an effective hand cream. If so, I suggest making my nourishing hand cream recipe.
- Oily texture: The primary ingredient is coconut oil after all, so naturally, you can expect an oily residue. If this is not for you, then I recommend making a true lotion – which is an emulsion of water and oil. It’s more complicated, but the end product absorbs completely into your skin without any oily residue. Here’s my lotion recipe.
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- Super cheap, yet effective anti-ageing cream with a very long shelf life.
- This is the quickest and simplest natural moisturiser recipe. Nothing complicated to it at all (unlike emulsions).
- Customisable: You can use this as a base for your essential oils to make an ailment specific topical treatment. For example, for an insect repellent lotion add citronella essential oil to the coconut oil & vitamin e mixture. The essential oils used in this specific recipe work well for anti-ageing and also treats skin prone to breakouts.
- Organic coconut oil: Anti-ageing, rich in proteins which repair damaged tissues (buy here).
- Vitamin E oil: Blocks free radical damage, boosts collagen production, speeds up cell regeneration. (buy here)
- Lavender essential oil: Treats acne, reduces scars, soothes skin aggravated by stress and treats wrinkles. (buy here)
- Tea tree essential oil (optional for acne-prone skin): Reduces sebum production on the skin, and is anti-bacterial. (buy here)
What do you use to moisturise your skin naturally? Please share in the comments below.