You can make a whipped face cream that smells amazing and also nourishes and softens your skin. It’s easier than you think!
- measure shea butter
- then melt
- add oil
- and cool
- add essential oils
- then whip
I use this whipped face cream liberally at bedtime so that this beautiful cream can soak into my skin overnight. In the morning I use a very small amount after cleansing with coconut oil.
I believe that this whipped face cream can stand alongside some of the expensive face creams with the same softening and nourishing results as these much more costly brand name creams. My niece did a test for a few nights using this cream on one side of her face and an expensive cream that she loves on the other side. She couldn’t see the difference. Try it yourself and see!
Cleanse with coconut oil.
Curious about how to use coconut oil for cleansing? I used to combine three oils: jojoba, sweet almond and castor oil in equal parts but I found that coconut oil all by itself is less messy and works just as well. Massage coconut oil onto the skin of your face and neck and then gently remove the oil with a hot, damp washcloth (soak the cloth in hot water and then wring it out). Repeat the washcloth step two or three times, soaking in hot water and wringing out well each time. Pamper yourself by letting the hot, wet cloth steam your skin for a minute or two … just make sure that the cloth isn’t too hot … you wouldn’t want to burn yourself.
Three crucial steps in making my whipped face cream.
- after melting the shea butter let it sit in the bowl for 20 minutes over the heated water (my understanding is that this prevents the shea butter from becoming gritty … see the hippie homemaker for more information).
- remove the melted oils from the freezer when there is a 3/4 inch rim of semi-solid butter/oil all the way around the bowl … the rest of the oil/butter mix will be liquid.
- it is crucial to use the highest quality essential oils. I believe that there are only two companies that manufacture a pure grade of oil suitable to apply to the delicate skin of your face and neck.
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Heavenly scent ... nourishes the skin ... what more could you want?
1 hrPrep Time
1 hrTotal Time
1/2 cup organic shea butter (packed and level)
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops neroli essential oil
10 drops frankincense essential oil
3 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
Bring water to a simmer in a small pot.
Melt the shea butter in a small glass bowl which sits over the simmering water.
When the butter is melted turn the heat off but leave the shea butter over the heated water for 20 minutes.
Add sweet almond oil and stir to mix.
Put the bowl in the freezer and cool until there is a rim of solid butter/oil which is about 3/4 inch wide around the bowl but the rest of the oil is still liquid (20 minutes or so).
Remove from the freezer and add essential oils, stirring gently to incorporate.
Let the bowl sit for 15-20 minutes.
Whip the face cream with a hand beater.
Fill your jars with the face cream which should be the consistency of whipped cream at this point.
Wait 24 hours for the cream to get to a more solid consistency.
1. use only the purest grade of essential oils (I think that there are only two companies that manufacture oils to this standard).
2. remove the mixed oils from the freezer long before they are solid or it may be impossible to whip them (or you may break your beater like I once did!).
Do you have a favorite homemade face cream? Leave me a comment … I’d love to hear all about it!