Face & Body Moisturizer

When Ryan and I were struggling to get pregnant and carry a baby, I started doing more research about how my lifestyle may be impacting my hormones. One of the things I learned was a lot of skin care products have chemicals in them to preserve the shelf life of the product, but they also can disupt and/or mimic hormones in your body. The miracle of conceiving and carrying a baby is largely dependent on your hormones being perfectly balanced. After learning this, I actually removed a large number of our skin care products from our home that contained harmful ingredients. Who knows if it was playing an impact on my ability to concieve or not, but I didn't want to take the chance. 

While on a search for replacement products that are safe, natural and effective, I found a great recipe for this moisturizer both Ryan and I love. It only has three ingredients, takes less than ten minutes to make and lasts for a long time! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut oil {extra virgin coconut oil will add a slight coconut smell, if desired} 
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 2 drops of essential oil {We like eucalyptus and lavender}

Preparation: 

  1. If your coconut oil is pretty firm {my new container was in our cool basement and it was very hard}, then you may want to scoop out your cup's worth into a microwave-safe container and warm on medium heat to soften. I set my microwave to 45 seconds on power level five. This softens it, but it shouldn't melt completely.
  2. Add coconut oil, vitamin E oil and drops of essential oil to a stand mixer (or bowl to hand mix} and whip for 6-7 minutes. If using a stand mixer, you may need to pause it and wipe the outer edges of the mixture in so there won't be chunks in your moisturizer. 
  3. It will turn into a white, whippy texture and then just scoop it into your containers! 

Additional Notes:

*Looking for healthy, inexpensive gift ideas? I have given this moisturizer as a gift before with a pretty little tag tied around it with the ingredients and preparation instructions written on it. 

*I have made this recipe multiple times and each time it is a slightly different texture--sometimes it stays whippy, other times it hardens like pure coconut oil will in a cool place. If yours hardens, just scrape out a dime-sized portion and rub it in your hands. It will immediately turn to liquid. The consistency issue is possible due to not all of the ingredients thoroughly mixing? I haven't tried warming the coconut oil first, as I described above, until today when I made it, so I'm eager to see if it will stay whippy because of it. 

*Here is a great article on essential oils: 21 Things You Should Know About Using Essential Oils including where to get them and which ones are safe for children. 

*Here is an interesting little article from the Huffington Post on Vitamin E Oil--it's not for everyone. Ryan and I have had no problems using coconut or Vitamin E oil on our skin, but I know family members who have! Our bodies are all different.

*For more information on the harmful ingredients found in many skin care products you check out these sources:
http://www.mercolahealthyskin.com/
http://natural-fertility-info.com/estrogen-toxins-body-care-products.html
http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=291

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Do you have natural skin care products you love?
Have you done your own research on harmful ingredients in skin care products? 
I'd love to hear your thoughts below!