Some creative experimentation is a must-do for creams and lotions prepared by yourself. Based on simple principles, you can vary the selection of ingredients according to your mood. Thus, each ointment is prepared with the desired amount of herbal and base oils, 10 to 15 percent beeswax or if you want it vegan, carnauba wax, candelilla wax or berries wax, 10 percent shea butter or wool fat and essential additives.
St. John’s wort vitalizes
Often used is the dark red radiant St. John’s wort oil, which also fits well in any winter cosmetics. It regenerates inflamed and dry skin and stimulates the metabolism of its cells. Therefore, almond oil is used quite often, which has a balancing and detoxifying effect and supports the moisture balance of the skin.
As an ointment base, shea butter or cocoa butter is used, which has many vitamins and is very nutrient. As with all ingredients, it is recommended to pay attention to good quality and to choose a product from controlled organic farming and the first cold pressing. The same applies to essential oils, which make creams and lotions to be fragrant. When using them, it should be noted that they have a great effect even at low doses.
Before you add a few drops, the care product should be best checked on the skin, because only there, the scent can fully unfold. If the product is heated during preparation, the essential oils are added just before cooling, otherwise they will volatilize.
The question of durability
As the recipes do without artificial preservatives, the question arises how long natural cosmetics can be used. That depends on the shelf life of the processed oils and fats. Another important aspect is to keep them closed and at a uniform storage temperature in a cool, dark room. Then, most self-made products last a year, usually even longer.
This is also the best place to store oils, as they decay quickly if they are exposed to constant temperature changes. Under optimal conditions, cocoa butter, avocado, almond and St. John’s wort oil last at least one year, sesame oil and shea butter two years and jojoba oil even three to four years.
Rancid oils and creams are part of the compost and no longer on the skin. There is no reason to panic, however, when individual components settle. Cosmetics with oil usually have to be shaken or stirred a little before use. For the latter, toothpicks have proven themselves: They fit perfectly into the narrow jar and what sticks at it is used for care. Even with the cutlery for the doll´s kitchen you can work very well in the small containers for the preparation.