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i’ve finally come back to my recipes for homemade body products! after the toothpaste, i hadn’t written anymore partially because i was still doing some experimentation, but mostly because it takes more time and energy to write a post like this. so, today let’s talk about how to moisturize your skin without slathering it with toxic, carcinogenic or petrolium-based ingredients. yippee!
but for myself i honestly prefer something with a bit more consistency, so i tried three recipes. they don’t all thrill me tons, but each one has something really good about it, so i’ll show you all three.
let’s start with the one i like the least. it’s a cream with two oils and beeswax. (these products can be found in natural stores, some pharmacies or online.) it was easy to make, but i don’t love it because it leaves the skin a bit too greasy as if it doesn’t absorb completely. but i found that i works wonders on cracked feet, knees and elbows. you massage it into the destroyed body part in question and then, even better, go to bed and put socks on your feet (if you used the cream there, obviously). i had horribly cracked heels and this cream brought them back to life!
then on pinterest i found solid body cream bars, which seemed exceptionally cool to me! i couldn’t try the first recipe on that page because shortening doesn’t exist in italy. instead i tried the fancier one (the cadillac version, as the author calls it). i highly suggest you also follow the links at the bottom of the page and read the information on some of the ingredients in industrial body creams.
what can i say, but they really are cool! you rub it in your hand until enough melts off to rub in. it has a consistency that i really like a lot; not too hard nor too mushy. however you have to keep them somewhere. you could put them in whatever container, but i decided to use altoids tins (like i used for my travel watercolor kit) and those that i didn’t need right away i wrapped up in tin foil. this way i can keep a bar in my bag when i go out. the cons? 1. they don’t really work for the whole body and 2. i’m worried they’ll melt in the summer. (06/19/12: and i was right. they get all mushy when it’s hot, so you might want to keep them in the fridge or just use them in cooler weather.)
the last recipe is my favorite, hands down. it’s a real body cream that can be applied all over the body and absorbs perfectly without leaving the skin greasy. and you can also add essential oils for a nice scent, but i didn’t do it this time (i wanted to try these recipes without scent). the author of this blog found the original version of this recipe here, but found it too thick. i didn’t try the original recipe, but i just love the new version.
this recipe makes quite a bit. i made a half recipe and it produced two jars. instead of the sage and lavender tea, i used decaf green tea (it seems green tea is good for your skin). and, not having a normal blender, i just used an immersion blender. and not to worry, it washes off no problem (i had worried a bit about blending beeswax, which doesn’t wash off very easily). it truly is amazing… just like the author says, it really is like magic. the blender whips up a gorgeous cream right away! i keep this cream in glass jars in the bedroom, but you could also put it in a smaller container to put in your bag. the cons? i didn’t find a single one for this recipe! a winner! (06/19/12: i changed my mind: it’s best to keep this cream in the fridge, at least during the hottest months of hte year. containing water as it does, it can easily go bad. but this isn’t such a bad thing… rubbing cold lotion on your body when it’s hot out is really pleasant feeling!)
i would only like to offer a word of advice to those who try these recipes: please do not try to melt beeswax in a glass jar over the burner’s direct flame. the glass breaks and melted and re-solidified beeswax is a real pain in the neck to clean off of a stove!! take it from me: put that jar inside a pot of boiling water!!