Hey There Fabulous!
Are you looking for for an amazing, all-natural skin treatment?
Several years ago I started reading the labels on my beauty products. Scary!
The more I read about the potentially harmful ingredients in drug store lotions and potions, the more I was determined to find all-natural alternatives.
My sweet hubby (I call him the mad scientist) got on the band wagon and together we started experimenting with all sorts of different recipes from shampoos to toothpaste. Some have been keepers, others not so much.
This Fabulous Skin Salve was definitely a keeper! After all the products we’ve come up with, it’s still my favorite.
Lately (thanks to Pinterest) it seems there is a surging DIY beauty products craze going on.
Thankfully, farm girls like me can finally come out and say what we have known for a long time. Sure you can over-pay for harsh chemicals at the beauty counter but making your own beauty products is:
- and way more fun
If you’re skeptical start with Fabulous Skin Salve. It will make you a DIY convert, I promise.
Once you start making your own products these ingredients will become standards in your home. A small investment now will save you big bucks in the end.
Here’s what goes into my skin salve and why:
Coconut Oil—I love this stuff. Get it extra-virgin and unrefined. Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that nourishes and protects your skin. It is also antibacterial.
EVOO—Extra-virgin olive oil contains 4 anti-oxidants that help neutralize free-radicals that can lead to skin aging and skin cancer. It is hydrophillic meaning it traps moisture in your skin leaving it softer and smoother.
Vitamin E—a powerful anti-oxidant that protects and repairs your skin while restoring elasticity.
Lavender EO—soothes occasional skin irritations, helps skin recover quickly, calming and relaxing.
Cederwood EO—promotes clear, healthy skin, relaxing, soothing aroma.
Melaleuca EO–cleanses and rejuvenates the skin, promotes clear, healthy complexion, soothes minor skin irritations.
Frankincense EO–promotes cellular health, rejuvenates skin, helps build and maintain healthy immune system, increases the potency of any oil it’s paired with.
I only use therapeutic grade essential oils because they are of the highest purity you can buy. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and what you put on you, you put in you so whatever brand you use make sure it is pure enough to take internally.
Put the coconut oil, EVOO and beeswax in a glass jar (I used a wide-mouth pint mason jar) and place jar in a pan about half full of water. Heat up water, stirring mixture frequently until everything completely melts.
The beeswax will seem like it’s never going to and just when you’re about to give up, Bam!, it’s gone.
Carefully lift the jar out of the pan (use oven mitts please, it’s hot!) and place it on a dish towel on your counter.
Immediately add arrowroot powder, by slowly sprinkling it into the oil, stirring vigorously at the same time to prevent clumping.
Now you need to let the mixture cool for a few minutes because essential oils lose their medicinal properties in high heat. My rule of thumb is if I can hold my fingers against the jar for ten seconds without screaming, it’s ready to add the EO’s. Not very scientific I know, but it works.
Snip the ends of the vitamin E capsules and squeeze into oil mixture. Add the essential oils and mix thoroughly.
As soon as you have added your oils you need to get the salve into containers. My favorite container is a 4 oz. mason jelly jar. This recipe will fill 2 of those and they make really great gifts. You’re gonna thank me right around Christmas time!
So now that you’ve made Fabulous Skin Salve you’re probably wondering what to do with it. Well for now just cover it with something (wax paper, printer paper, whatever) so weird stuff doesn’t fall in it and let it sit for a several hours until it totally sets. Put the lids on and, if you’re giving it away, attach a cute label and some ribbon. Put one for yourself on your bathroom counter and start being amazed by this simple, farm girl Fabulous Skin Salve.
Just some of the uses–hand lotion, lip balm, cuticle cream, wrinkle cream, all-purpose moisturizer, irritated skin, cracked heels, dry elbows and knees, massage lotion, stretch marks.
Fabulous Skin Salve with Essential Oils (EOs)
1/2 c. extra-virgin coconut oil
1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. beeswax pastilles (0.75 oz.)
3/4 tsp. vitamin E (I use 3 of the 1000 I.U. softgels)
1/2 tsp. arrowroot powder or cornstarch (to cut greasiness)
20 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops cedarwood essential oil
10 drops melaleuca essential oil
10 drops frankincense essential oil
Combine first 3 ingredients in a glass jar and place in a pot half-filled with water. Bring water to a boil and stir frequently until ingredients are completely melted. Remove jar from pan and place on a dish towel covered counter. Slowly add arrowroot powder, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Allow mixture to cool enough that you can touch the jar comfortably for at least ten seconds. Snip the ends of the vitamin E capsules and squeeze into oil mixture. Add essential oils and mix well. Immediately pour into desired containers and cover with a piece of paper towel so nothing weird gets in there. Do not disturb for several hours and preferably overnight. Once completely cooled, put lids on and store at room temperature.
Makes approx. 8 oz.