Day 60 - DIY Moisturizer & Body Butter

I've been working on slowly re-vamping my beauty routine into something a little less wasteful, which is no easy task since before I began this journey, virtually all of my cosmetics and toiletries were petroleum-based and packaged in plastic.  I resolved to first use up all the products I already own, before replacing them with zero waste alternatives, since even wasting petroleum-based and plastic-packaged items goes against the zero waste principle.  

I began with a couple of makeup items - tinted moisturizer and mascara - which I acquired from Lush and which are packaged in small glass containers.  When I ran out of my face wash, I switched to oil cleansing, using sweet almond oil in a glass bottle.  

MAKING THE SWITCH TO ZERO WASTE MOISTURIZER

I knew one of my biggest challenges would be face moisturizer, since in my adult life I've only ever found one moisturizer that adequately hydrates my very dry skin.  Nivea cream is the only thing that's ever really worked for me, but unfortunately it's packed with petroleum-based ingredients, and my economy size tub is made of plastic.  I sometimes use straight almond oil, but lately I've been wanting something a bit more thick, rich, and creamy.   

So I began doing some research on DIY moisturizers.  I was looking for something with only a few ingredients that I could easily source, something uncomplicated and simple.  I found this moisturizer recipe from Green Thickies, and this body butter recipe from Trash Is For Tossers.  I watched the video for the body butter, and loved how the ingredients whipped up into a thick, creamy consistency.  After reading the recipe from Green Thickies, I thought it might do the same thing. 

COMPARISON OF TWO RECIPES

I followed the Green Thickies recipe, melting the ingredients in a double boiler, letting them cool, then whipping them with an electric mixer.  Unfortunately, after what felt like hours of whipping, the consistency was still very runny and oily, and not what I was looking to put on my face.  Bummer. 

Since I had all the tools and ingredients at hand, I decided to go ahead and try the Trash Is For Tossers body butter.  Let me just say, this stuff whips up like a dream into a thick, fluffy, yet light and creamy body butter.  I loved the consistency of it, and my husband loved the cocoa butter smell.  

My homemade body butter.

My homemade body butter.

Then I thought, why can't I put this on my face too?  It has coconut oil and almond oil in common with the Green Thickies recipe, and also has shea butter and cocoa butter, which after some googling I found are non-comedogenic, and safe to use on the face.  So I gave it a try last night and again this morning.  

We'll see if my face has any adverse reactions to it, but so far my skin is feeling great.  I may try adding some beeswax to my next batch to give it an even firmer consistency, more similar to the Nivea cream I'm so used to.  Ironically, since I don't want it to go to waste, I'll probably end up using the Green Thickies moisturizer on my body, since it has a similar consistency to the L'Occitane Skin Milk I've been using.  

THE RECIPES

Moisturizer Adapted From Green Thickies Recipe

  • 1/2 cup olive or sweet almond oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 Cup beeswax pellets
  • Optional 10 drops essential oils

Place all ingredients in a glass or metal bowl, set over a saucepan of water on low heat.  Heat until all ingredients are melted.  Once melted, place the bowl in the refrigerator until completely cooled.  Then, with an electric mixer, beat the ingredients for 5-10 minutes.  Again, I found that this did not whip up into a thick consistency, but remained fairly liquid.  

Body Butter/Moisturizer Adapted From Trash Is For Tossers Recipe

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • Optional few drops of essential oils 

Place oils in a glass or metal bowl, set over a saucepan of water on low heat.  Heat until all ingredients are melted.  Once melted, place the bowl in the refrigerator until completely cooled and solid.  Then, with an electric mixer, beat the ingredients for 5-10 minutes until they have the consistency of whipped cream.  Add essential oils and incorporate, then transfer to a glass jar or container.   

What zero waste moisturizers do you use?  Would you try making your own?