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Homemade Skin Care Recipe: Moisturizing body cream

submitted by Lynette Burgess, Johannesburg, South Africa

Tip description / details:
Moisturizing body cream with essential oils of myrrh, neroli and geranium for dry skin. The ingredients are especially good for dry, mature skin and the vitamin e in the wheatgerm oil acts as a natural preservative.


100 ml rosewater
10 ml glycerine
45 ml appricot kernel oil
25 ml jojoba oil
10 ml rosehip oil
10 ml wheatgerm oil
10 ml avocado oil
12 grams emulsifying wax
4 drops myrrh essential oil
12 drops neroli
12 drops geranium

How to prepare:
Combine all the oils (except essential oils) in a Pyrex jug together with emulsifying wax and heat using bain marie method. Meanwhile combine rosewater with glycerine in another heat proof jug and heat this mixture in the microwave. Once emulsifying wax has melted, stir the oils together and remove from heat. The temperature of the water and oil should be about equal, with the water being slightly warmer than the oil. In a small stream, add water mixture to the oils, whisking continuously. A hand blender can be used, but be careful not to over blend as this will introduce thousands of tiny air bubbles into your cream. Continue whisking until mixture starts to cool and thicken. When cool, add essential oils and stir in well. Pour into sterilized glass jars and store in cool, dark place.

How to use:
Apply to body (can also be used on face, avoiding eye area) once or twice a day, or more often if required. It feels oily at first, but is readily absorbed by the skin, leaving it feeling wonderfully soft. The essential oils add a beautiful fragrance.

Results (observed by submitter):
My hands were particularly dry and looked like old crocodile skin. After using this cream on my hands several times a day for a couple of days, my hands looked 10 years younger. An added bonus was that my nails, which had always been weak and brittle, suddenly started growing like wildfire. I use this cream all over my body including my face and my skin feels soft and supple.

Costs involved:
Initial outlay fairly high,


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