There are many effective moisturizers on the market, however some contain undesirable preservatives, artificial fragrances and dyes. Those that have all natural ingredients have a way of also being expensive. When you make your own lotions and creams, you can use all natural ingredients, choosing from a wide variety of oils, butters, herbs, essential oils and liquids to make a product that suits your specific tastes and needs. Green tea moisturizer is made from oils that hold moisture in your skin, aloe vera that draws moisture from the air, green tea which is rich in antioxidants and essential oils which are natural fragrances.
Items you will need
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Small saucepan
- 4 tbsp. grated beeswax
- 1/4 cup coconut oil or shea butter
- 3/4 cup almond, avocado, apricot seed or grapeseed oil
- Glass or stainless steel mixing bowl
- 2 tbsp. green tea leaves
- 1 cup simmering water
- Strainer and cheesecloth
- 2 tbsp. aloe vera gel
- Immersion blender
- Essential oil
- Containers for the cream
Combine the grated beeswax, coconut oil and grapeseed oil in a small saucepan and melt over low heat. Pour the melted oils and wax into a mixing bowl and let them cool completely.
Make an infusion with the green tea and simmering water. Let it steep for 5 minutes. Strain through a cheesecloth-lined strainer. Allow it to cool.
Use the immersion blender to blend the oils while slowing pouring in the tea and aloe vera gel. Continue blending until the mixture is thick and creamy. Add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance at the end of the mixing process.
Scrape the cream into a container with the spatula.
For a thinner consistency, use 1/4 more green tea.
For a thicker consistency, use 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1/2 cup almond oil.
Make an herbal tea out of other herbs, such as chamomile or peppermint tea, instead of green tea.
Spread a small amount of the cream on your skin and massage it into the skin. It will take a little longer to absorb than a commercial product.
This cream has no preservatives. Store it in the refrigerator when not needed.
Use very clean tools, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowl and immersion blender so that you don't introduce bacteria into your cream.
- "Jeanne Rose's Kitchen Cosmetics: Using Herbs, Fruit and Flowers for Natural Bodycare;" Jeanne Rose, 1993
- The Herbwife's Kitchen; Winter Skin Care; Green Tea Moisturizing Cream; February 2007
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