It’s time to switch to a more robust skincare routine to lock in all that moisture. These coconut oil-based creams are easy to whip up and they protect your skin from the harsh winter. By Sushmita Srivastav
1. ALOE VERA FACE CREAM
- 1 cup aloe vera gel
- 1⁄2 cup virgin coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
- 11⁄2 tablespoons beeswax pellets
- 5-8 drops essential oil of choice
Heat coconut oil, beeswax pellets, and jojoba oil in a modified double boiler, stirring occasionally to make sure all the ingredients combine well. Pour the mixture into a glass blender and allow it to cool. Start the blender on low and slowly pour aloe vera gel into it. Blend well until you get a light, fluffy texture. Add essential oil and whip the mixture one more time.
Aloe vera soothes the skin and reduces inflammation caused due to dry patches. Jojoba oil, too, has anti- inflammatory properties that heal chapping. This mixture can be stored up to three months.
2. COCOA AND COFFEE BODY LOTION
- 1⁄2 cup emulsifying wax
- 1⁄2 cup cocoa butter
- 1⁄2 cup coconut oil
- 11⁄2 cups of freshly brewed coffee of choice
- 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil
- 2 Vitamin-E capsules
In a double boiler, melt emulsifying wax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil (but do not allow the mixture to boil). Pour the mixture into a blender jar and while it is still hot, pour freshly brewed coffee. Blend it well. Pour it into a glass jar and let it cool. Add essential oil and Vitamin-E oil from the capsules. Stir well and store.
Coffee helps reduce the appearance of cellulite on the skin. It is known to reduce inflammation and redness caused by dry, itchy spots. A powerful antioxidant that boosts blood flow, cocoa is all about reversing the impact of free radicals. You can store the mixture for up to two months.
3. SWEET ALMOND BODY BUTTER
- 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
- 6 tablespoons cocoa butter
- 30 drops of any essential oil of your choice
Melt cocoa butter over low heat. Transfer the cocoa butter into a small bowl and pour in coconut oil. Mix until the two blend together. Add sweet almond oil and the essential oil blend, and stir well. Pour into a jar and let it cool. To get a lighter texture, whip the contents with a kitchen mixer until it begins to solidify.
This velvety body butter is a brilliant hydrating concoction. Sweet almond oil, with its anti-inflammatory properties, helps ease puffiness and heals parched skin. Cocoa butter and essential oil help in deep conditioning. The shelf life of this body butter is six months.
4. AVOCADO HAND SALVE
- 1 cup avocado oil
- 3⁄4 cup coconut oil
- 1⁄4 cup beeswax pellets
- 4 Vitamin-E capsules
- 10 drops of orange essential oil
Add avocado oil, coconut oil, and beeswax pellets to a small bowl. Microwave for two minutes or until the mixture has completely melted. Add orange essential oil, and empty the Vitamin-E capsules into the mixture. Pour into a jar and cover. Allow it to cool overnight. Store this hand salve at room temperature.
Filled with healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants, avocado oil works wonders in curing dry, sun- damaged, and sensitive skin. You can store this rich salve on your shelf for three to four months.
5. CINNAMON VANILLA BODY BUTTER
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 cup shea butter
- 1⁄4 cup organic coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil
In a double boiler, melt the shea butter, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil for five minutes on medium heat. Pour the contents into a mixer bowl, set aside, and let it partially solidify. Add ground cinnamon and vanilla extract. Whip it well and fast for five minutes. Store in a jar.
Extremely creamy in texture, this body butter will help your skin stay supple all day long. While the antifungal, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties of cinnamon help fight acne and skin blemishes, vanilla helps to slow down signs of ageing like fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. It can be stored for up to three months.
6. GREEN TEA MOISTURISER
- 2 tablespoons organic green tea
- 1⁄4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets
- 1⁄4 teaspoon rosehip seed oil
Combine wax and oils in a double boiler and allow everything to melt together on medium flame. Pour loose organic green tea into the mixture while stirring. Let it simmer for 15 minutes. Strain oil mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Whip the potion with a hand mixer, periodically scraping the sides, until the lotion is at room temperature and turns creamy.
Green tea is known for repairing sun damage and reducing signs of ageing. The rosehip seed oil aids skin repair and regeneration, which makes this cream great for chapped areas. Shelf life is five to six months.
7. PEACH AND ORANGE MOISTURISER
- 1 tablespoon raw coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon almond oil
- 1⁄4 teaspoon sweet orange oil
- 1 ripe peach
- 1 teaspoon rose water
Peel the peach, scoop out the pit, and mash the flesh into a smooth pulpy paste. Strain this pulp using a muslin cloth and collect the smooth extract in a mixing bowl. Add all the other ingredients and whip till the cream starts to feel light and fluffy. Transfer to a glass jar and keep it in the fridge for use.
Orange promotes elasticity in the skin and regenerates damaged skin cells, while peach adds a natural glow to your skin. It can be stored for two months.
8. ROSE FACE CREAM
- 1⁄4 cup pure rosewater
- 2 tablespoons beeswax pellets
- 1⁄4 cup distilled water
- 1⁄4 cup almond oil
- 1⁄4 cup apricot oil
- 10 drops of rose essential oil
Melt the beeswax pellets on low heat along with the distilled water. Take the content in a large bowl and start whisking. Gradually, add in the oils and rosewater in a slow drizzle, all the while whipping at a steady pace. The mixture will thicken as you whisk. Let the cream cool completely. Then, add the rose essential oil. Mix gently and store it in a glass bottle.
Rose water treats dry skin effectively and maintains the skin’s pH balance. It also reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Both almond and apricot oils nourish the skin. This cream works best as a night repair cream and can be stored for one to two weeks in a refrigerator.