Since I have permission from Sally Trew to post these recipes for some of the things I use from her book “The complete Idiot’s guide to making Natural Beauty Products” I figured I would post the ones that we are using on a daily basis. So here’s the one we are using for our problem skin – I’m still fighting with my son to get him to use it but for me I get my monthly breakouts and am cursed with permanent blackheads on my nose and chin. I’ve been using this for just over a week – 2 times a day and man oh man I had hardly any breakouts from my monthly visitor and my blackheads are almost gone on my nose (YAY) I’ve been dealing with these since I was a teen and nothing has ever worked till this cream.
- 2.6 ounces (73.7 grams) of jojoba oil
- 10 ounces (283.5 grams) of distilled water
- 2 ounces (56.7 grams) of aloe vera gel
- .3 ounce (8.5 grams) of stearic acid
- 1.1 ounces (31.2 grams) of emulsifying wax
- .2 ounce (5.7 grams) of lemongrass essential oil
- .24 ounce (6.8 grams) of preservative (I used Optiphen)
- on the stove over medium low heat warm the Jojoba oil and emulsifying wax, until the wax is melted
- add the water, aloe vera gel, stearic acid stir well until this mixture is 110 degrees F
- Remove from heat and add the essential oil and preservative mix well
- Pour into sterilized container and let cool, it will thicken as it cools. Once cooled cover and use. Label and date bottle.
- To use – rub cream all over your face (avoid your eyes and mouth – trust me it doesn’t taste good). I wait until it starts to tingle a little then rinse off with a warm washcloth or in the shower. Then I follow with toner and moisturizer.
According to my research Jojoba oil is not an actual oil but a liquid wax and is excellent for oily/acne prone skin. I chose the Optiphen for the preservative because there it is formaldehyde free and paraben free, this is strictly a personal choice I don’t want that stuff on my skin, my theory if I”m not going to eat it I don’t want it on my skin either.