Make Your Own – Face Cream

Good evening fellow readers, forgive my absence but I FOUND A JOB so now I have a little less time to plan my blog posts as well as way less energies to concentrate. But here I am now, with a shiny recipe on how to make your own face cream.

Disclaimer: I have dry, sensitive, acne-prone skin (yay). It’s always been super difficult for me to find a good face cream because all the anti-acne creams tend to make your skin even drier, and all the creams for dry skin don’t do anything for your pimples. So I did some research and designed this cream specifically for my skin type. Therefore it might not work for you!

Disclaimer #2: This recipe is 100% made up by me. I picked the ingredients and tried to mix them together. I am not a doctor nor a dermatologist so you’re more than welcome to try this at home but don’t blame me if something goes wrong.

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Ingredients

  • Coconut oil (optional)
    I thought I’d use coconut oil as a base, but I wouldn’t if I could go back. I already use coconut oil to wash my face and it leaves my skin very moisturised, so I don’t really feel the need to add more oil when I apply my face cream. Plus coconut oil makes the cream excessively oily, considering the second ingredient is shea butter. Don’t get me wrong: I still think it works great, however next time I make this cream I probably won’t use coconut oil.

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  • Raw shea butter
    It’s probably a better idea to use this as a base instead. Shea butter is a great moisturised for dry skin, it has a very thick texture and it absorbs quickly. I’ve used shea butter-based creams before and I really love the consistency and the smell.
    Buy it here.

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  • Jojoba oil
    Jojoba oil is known for its moisturising properties (on skin, hair, everything! I use it in my homemade shampoo as well), and it’s gentle on sensitive skin.
    Buy it here.

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  • Castor oil
    A naturally astringent, castor oil helps pull impurities from the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, and it acts as a barrier against the outside world’s harsh conditions, something you really want if you live in a place where you have nothing in between the sun and your face (hello New Zealand). I’m not sure about SPF, but it’s good to know you have some sort of sunscreen in your daily moisturiser.
    Careful: castor oil is very thick so you’ll only need a small amount. (Also, it smells like death).
    Buy it here.

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  • Vitamin E
    It’s never too early to start fighting those wrinkles. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which means it helps preventing tissue aging. Whoo!
    Buy it here.

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  • Witch hazel
    You’ll find witch hazel in a lot of face toners because of its soothing properties. My skin gets irritated easily and witch hazel is supposedly great for nourishing dry skin, as well as working as an anti-acne and fighting signs of aging.
    Buy it here.

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  • Zinc oxide
    Zinc oxide adds a little bit of sunscreen and helps fighting acne, too. It comes as a grainy powder but it is solubile so it will dissolve as lomg as you make sure you mix it in properly.
    Buy it here.

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Because I live in the middle of nowhere I had to buy all these ingredients online. I used iHerb (USA based) and GoNative (NZ based).
GoNative gives you the option to add a comment before placing your order, so I asked them to please use as little padding and packaging as possible, and to draw a unicorn on the box. They are now my favourite shop.

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iHerb was excellent in terms of delivery (it took less than 10 days to deliver from the States to New Zealand – trust me, that’s good), however I couldn’t find a way to ask them to minimise the packaging, so everything came in the usual styrofoam padding.

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The whole point of making your own face cream, beside knowing exactly what’s in it and customising it to meet your specific needs, is obviously to stop buying creams and body products that come in a plastic container. So when it came to purchasing the ingredients, I opted for the products that came in a glass container rather than a plastic bottle whenever I could (only coconut oil, castor oil, witch hazel are in glass, unfortunately).
The good news is that I’m pretty sure I can make multiple products out of the same ingredients, which overall are going to last me longer than a regular face cream. Also, I’m going to reuse the containers, and when it’s time to buy them again I’ll either reconsider the packaging, see if I can refill them rather than re-buy them, or I’ll just buy them in glass jars next time I’m in London (there’s much more variety there).

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Make Your Own – Face Scrub

Hello lovelies, as part of my Zero Waste section I’m starting a sub-segment called Make Your Own, which is all about making your own skin products, toiletries, cleaning products etc in the comfort of your own home, avoiding any extra plastic and unnecessary packaging. Being Zero Waste doesn’t mean you have to give up on your favourite goodies!

I haven’t been making that many products so far, mainly because I’m still trying to finish a bunch of half-used face creams and stuff that I thought would be worth bringing all the way to New Zealand with me. However one thing I haven’t used for months while I was travelling is face scrub. I used to suffer from mild acne a couple of years ago and my dermatologists recommended that I stopped using face scrubs altogether until my skin was cured. So I thought it was about time to re-incorporate a good old scrub into my skincare routine.

My favourite scrub in the whole universe is Ocean Salt by Lush. I had decided that during my transition phase towards a 100% Zero Waste lifestyle Lush products would be my one exception, as all their containers are recycled and recyclable (AND everything smells so amazing). But alas, Lush costs an arm and a leg in the Southern Hemisphere! So whatever I can make, I make.

So here’s my face scrub recipe. Good news: you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry.
Also: disclaimer! This face scrub works ON MY SKIN. But everybody’s skin is different! So it might not wor on you.

Ingredients

  • Coconut oil
  • Ground coffee
  • Baking soda
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • A squeeze of lemon juice

As for the dosage, this is really up to you. Coconut oil is going to be your base so you want to use more of that compared to all the other ingredients, and also you don’t want to overdo it with the baking soda (it’s abrasive). But what you have to do is basically just mix the ingredients all together until they look smooth and blended. The coffee might be hard to mix in (it’s stuck to the top in the picture below), but as long as you make sure you scoop a little bit out when you actually use the scrub you’ll be fine.

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My skin is dry, very sensitive, and acne-prone, therefore it’s always been super hard for me to find a scrub that would get rid of the impurities without leaving my face like it’s been polished with sandpaper.
What I LOVE about this scrub is that it’s not harsh at all on the skin. In fact it’s super moisturising because of the coconut oil and olive oil. The ground coffee and the sea salt will softly rub away any dead cells without leaving your skin dry. Plus it smells amazing! I know you wouldn’t say that by looking at the ingredients (weird combination) but trust me, it’s going to be hard not to eat it.

I would recommend to only use this scrub once a week because, as much as it it moisturising, it’s still a scrub, and you wouldn’t want to be too hard on your pretty face.

I love the idea of making my own toiletries/skin care products because it’s fun, educational, and you know exactly what’s in them. Plus of course, there’s no extra packaging involved.