Today I’m showing you how to make my Rose and Argon oil face cream which is a very luxurious take on my popular diy face cream. Rose and Argon oil are 2 of my favourite oils to use in a natural face moisturizer recipe; here’s why.
The wonderful scent of freshly cut Roses is enough to put a smile on any ones face, so imagine how it feels to apply a super age defiance lotion (also thanks to the Argon oil) that smells exactly like freshly cut roses, tinged with a mild scent of African Shea butter is going to make you feel.
So let’s take a look at what we’ll be putting into this natural face moisturizer, shall we?
What’s going in, and why?
- Ok so Rose Essential Oil is very extravagant and expensive to buy, so let’s do the math. Plant Therapy are selling Rose Otto essential oil for around $99 for 2.50mls. This will give you around 50 drops which is enough to make five pots of this lotion, which just happens to be double the size of a face moisturiser you’d normally purchase in the store.
- However if you can’t afford the $99 price tag go for the Rose absolute which I can also highly recommend at about $22 for the same amount of oil. Whether you go for the Otto Rose or Rose absolute here’s what you are going to get; A beautiful smelling oil that calms and soothes the mind, is great for dry and chapped skin, fights the signs of ageing by rejuvenating the skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Did I forget to mention it’s also a well-known aphrodisiac? These are just a few of the reasons why we call Rose essential oil the Queen of all essential oils.
- So why the Argan Oil? This oil conditions and nourishes the skin leaving a heathy youthful glow. It’s another age fighting oil that encourages new collagen growth and helps to smooth out wrinkles. Argan oil is suitable for any skin types, even those that are prone to breaking outs of pimples.
- Olive Squalene I wanted this lotion to have a smooth silky feeling that glides across the skin similar to the feeling you get from chemical silicone’s that you find in commercial lotions, and although I’m not against using silicones, this lotion is one I use on a regular basis so I wanted something more natural.
- Although Olive squalene has a slightly more oilier feel about it than silicones, it absorbs totally into your skin dragging with it any essential oils that have been added. I could babble on for ages about this oil being good for things like plumping out mature, helping with aging skin and fighting the signs of wrinkles, but I think the nick name people give it ‘A face lift in a bottle’ sums it up pretty well. In other words, it’s a perfect ingredient for this homemade natural face moisturizer.
- Beautifully moisturising Shea Butter has to be the first choice when producing a good all round moisturising lotion. Rich in vitamins A and C and bursting with cinnamic acid. Shea butter will not only soften the skin but will help protect it from every day dirt and grime by forming a breathable layer across the skin.
- It’s no secret that Vitamin E has great healing properties and its a must for anyone suffering with dry or irritated skin. It’s extremely good at preservation and is known to encourage the production of the skins natural collagen. Vitamin E also has slightly whitening effect that will help to combat those dark circles, age spots and scars.
- Cetyl alcohol and Emulsifying Wax NF (National Formulary) which basically means it’s been nationally deemed safe to use. Emulsifying NF it’s one of the easiest emulsifying waxes to use in lotion making and is added to stop the oils and water from separating. I’m often asked if this can be substituted with bees wax and the answer is always no. Cetyl alcohol helps brings a thick and creamy texture to the lotion, it has good conditioning qualities and stops the lotion from feeling to.
- Now the controversial bit, Preservative. It’s totally down to you whether you decide to add this or not, but if you do decide Not to add preservative you are looking at shelf life of around two weeks and the lotion will need to be kept in the fridge. Personally I’d rather add a small amount of the preservative which will keep my lotion safe and bacteria free with a shelf life of one year. For more information on which one and how much is safe to use visit our using a preservative page.
All of these ingredients should make this natural face moisturizer one of the best you’ve ever tried!
Supplies of my natural face moisturizer
- 70g Water
- 2g Glycerine
- 5g Olive Squalene
- 5g Argon Oil
- 5g Shea Butter
- 5g Emulsifying Wax ( NF, Polawax or BTMS- 50 are best)
- 3g Cetyl Alcohol
- 2g Vitamin E
How to make the best face moisturizer
Step 1 In a heatproof container weigh out and mix together all the water part ingredients.
Step 2 In a separate heatproof container, weigh out and mix together all the oil part ingredients.
Step 3 Stand both containers in a pan of water, I find a wide shallow pot perfect for this.
Step 4 Gently heat the water until simmering. Continue to simmer until all the oils and waxes have melted and the water and glycerine have heated through. This can take around 20mins.
Step 5 Once the oils have melted and the water heated through, remove from the heat and add the water to the oils. Using a mini blender or a spoon begin to blend the water and oils together.
Work on a ratio of blend for 1 minute, stand for 3 minutes and so on, until the cream feels cool and has thickened. The mini blender can sometimes Cause the cream to foam so try to keep the blender low whilst blending.
Step 6 Once the cream has thickened and has cooled to just above room temperature, add the Rose essential oil and the preservative (if using). (See tips on adding small quantities)
The rose absolute will change the color of your cream. It should go from pure white to a lovely ivory. You can use the mini stick blender again to make sure the essential oil and preservative are fully infused into the cream.
Step 7 Spoon the cream into a glass or plastic PET jar with a screw top lid. Don’t forget to label it or you may forget when you made it or what it is.
So there we have it, my best natural face moisturizer. I really haven’t come across any other recipe that makes such good use of the rose essential oil (absolute or otherwise). It’s really one of my favourite essential oils, so getting the recipe right is important for this expensive and luxurious ingredient. The argan oil is equally as extravagant, because sometimes you just need to treat yourself and your skin.
But if you think about it, we’re making this ourselves. Can you imagine how expensive this would be if you were to pick a similar formular up at the local drug store? It would set you back hundreds of dollars, and I’m not exagerating at all. Products like these are ordinarily for the rich and the famous. By making this yourself, you can have a little peice of the A-list lifestyle in your very own home, just for you.