DIY Essential Oil Moisturizer and Eye Cream

Ingredients on the counter

The first thing you may notice is that there are a lot more ingredients on the counter than in the recipe. Well… that’s because I also made body butter, but it SUCKED. So, we’re not going to be sharing that recipe just yet.

You may also notice there is an alcoholic root beer with the ingredients. It’s not part of the recipe, but I do recommend adding it to your shopping list. You’re going to be whipping moisturizer for a while!

Moisturizer recipe

This was honestly meant to just be moisturizer, but it turned out pretty thick and makes an awesome eye cream. Here is the recipe:

DIY Moisturizer and Eye Cream

1/2 c shea butter

2 T sweet almond oil

3 T arrowroot powder

1 T water

10 drops frankincense oil

10 drops lavender oil

Melt shea butter in a double boiler with almond oil, until liquid. Transfer to a freezer safe bowl and freeze for 15 minutes, until the outside edges are becoming solid but the center is still liquid. Then whip with a mixer until you have reached your desired consistency (this took me about 10 minutes). Add arrowroot powder 1 T at a time, it should make it a bit thicker and less greasy. I needed to add a little water at this point, as well. Then add the essential oil(s) of your choice. If you plan to use this during the day, be sure you are not adding any oils that are photosensitive, and always make sure your oils aren’t oils that will burn the skin (an example of one NOT to use would be cinnamon). Leave me a message if you have questions, and see my disclaimer for info about essential oil use!

Melting shea butter

I don’t have a double boiler, so I put my shea butter and almond oil in a Pyrex measuring cup in a pot of boiling water. This works great because it has a handle, pour spout, and measurements, but if you do this be super careful when taking it out. I wore huge oven mitts to avoid a steam burn.

Oils out of the freezer

This is what mine looked like when I took it out of the freezer- almost like a candle that has been burning for a while.

Whipping moisturizer in a bowl

I mixed for a while after this, until it looked almost like butter. I ended up with a really thick cream. If you want it thinner, I would try 2 T of arrowroot powder and a little less whipping time.

Moisturizer in the jar, with the lid off

This recipe filled up two 2 oz glass containers, which I just labeled with super basic info. You could make it way cuter, but I… have no excuse. I didn’t. But I do still like how it turned out.

Finished moisturizer

I have been using this for two weeks now and I really like it so far. I use it as night cream, and then just under my eyes during the day. I chose these two oils to add because frankincense may help with scarring and wrinkles, and lavender may help with acne, sensitive skin, and wrinkles. I used the shea butter because it won’t clog your pores (my other option was cocoa butter, which definitely will!). Sweet almond oil is in between, but I used it because I just bought some and it’s good for sensitive skin. Let me know if you try it!

Jillian

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Kuma having a snack
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Kuma in his birthday hat
Does anyone else throw their dog a birthday party? 

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