The Quickest and Easiest Homemade All-Natural, Organic Face Lotion

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With ingredients you can’t pronounce and questions ethics, most facial moisturizers out there are less than perfect.

A while back, I was doing the oil cleansing method and while I still do it now and then, I’m just too lazy. Sunflower Seed Oil was my go to oil and I still love the way it makes my face feel. Later on, I was using Yes To Cucumbers Face Lotion and happened to look at the ingredients list. Turns out, it’s pretty much just aloe vera and sweet almond oil. I though “Damn, I’m spending $15 for less than 2 oz of this stuff, I should just make my own!” So I did.

I decided to keep my recipe basic, mostly because I’m busy and don’t have the time mix ten ingredients together every week or so for my face. So my basic recipe is simple:

One Part Oil : Two Parts Aloe Vera

One Part Oil : Two Parts Aloe

One Part Oil : Two Parts Aloe

Of course this is easy to spice up a bit and tweak however you see fit for your face.

Instead of Almond Oil, I chose Sunflower Oil, even though I had both on hand. This is why:

  • High in Vitamin E
  • Won’t make you break out
  • High in Vitamin A and other vitamins

Almond Oil is great too and recommend using all Almond Oil or a mixture for those with dry skin.

Here’s the Basic Recipe

One Part Oil to Two

Note: It’s important to keep Sunflower Oil refrigerated, so I’d recommend keeping this face lotion in the fridge as well. 

A word on Aloe Vera:

I highly recommend using fresh aloe vera. Most of the bottled aloe vera out there has preservatives and many of these preservatives are irritants. I purchased a itsy bitsy teeny tiny aloe vera plant this spring and it’s gotten huge (you can see if it in the picture above)! I’ll have to bring it in this winter, but the $5 I spent on the plant has been totally worth it.

That being said, I always have a bottle of Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera on hand. It has a couple of preservatives but I find it so much purer than most Aloe Vera out there, especially the florescent green kind of my childhood.

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Turmeric, Raw Honey and Coconut Milk Mask

This morning I make some homemade Thai Iced Tea. I vaguely followed this recipe using whole cardamom pods, black tea, coconut milk and raw honey. I added a bit of vanilla, cinnamon and black pepper to spice it up a bit. I also drank it hot. So maybe I made a Thai-inspired Chai Tea. Whatever it was, it was delicious!

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures. I can’t be asked to think ahead B.C. (Before Caffeine) in the morning.

Yummy Cardamon!

Yummy cardamom!

I drank my tea slowly, ate some breakfast (I’ll share my fantastic whole grain pancake recipe soon) and realized I had been up for a few hours and hadn’t washed my face. I got to thinking about how much I had been seeing Turmeric in face masks recently and decided I needed to try one out myself.

Turmeric has tons of benefits! And there’s science behind these beneficial effects.

  • Anti-inflammatory
    • Similar to ibuprofen and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). The strength is different though.
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-bacterial

Turmeric is currently being studied for its effects on cancer, Alzheimer’s, among other human diseases. It’s also being toted as anti-aging.

Raw honey also has tons of great benefits. It’s antiviral, anti-fungal and super moisturizing. We all know that coconut milk is great too. It’s super moisturizing,

Why do all of these plant and animal products has antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It totally makes sense evolutionarily; viruses, fungi and bacterial attack more than just humans. My hypothesis is that other organisms have evolved these properties as it has helped them survival longer (thus reproduce more, the driver of evolution).

Fun fact, Turmeric is in the Zingiberaceae Family, the same family as Ginger and cardamom. You can think of them as cousins. Maybe I’ll try some cardamom in a mask soon or a triple whammy – cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric Mask.

EWW!

EWW!

This mask looks absolutely terrible. Or maybe turmeric yellow just isn’t my color.

Turmeric is used as a dye. I was a little worried that my skin would turn yellow, but luckily it didn’t. I only left the mask on the 15 minutes.

It tasted pretty good though! Please don’t actually eat it, that’s weird.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this mask has some anti-aging properties but who knows how good one application would do.

The Microsoft Age Guesser sure thinks it works.

Younger After the Mask!

Younger After the Mask!

Potential benefits of this mask include:

  • Anti-Acne
  • Anti-Aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Calming and Soothing
  • Reducing hyperpigmentation

Here’s your recipe.

Turmeric, Raw Honey and Coconut Milk Mask

Mix together in a small bowl, apply a thin layer and leave for 15 minutes.

Note: Turmeric has been used as a dye. Don’t leave this mask on for too long. There is a chance it could stain your skin. You may want to do a test patch to make sure it doesn’t. 

Recipe Card:

Turmeric, Raw Honey, Coconut Milk Face Mask

Other references:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turmeric

Turmeric Root”Curcuma longa roots” by Simon A. Eugster – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Curcuma_longa_roots.jpg#/media/File:Curcuma_longa_roots.jpg