BioMe recently launched their ‘Naked Beauty’ range; a beautiful assortment of DIY skin care raw materials like butters, oils, clays, salts and waxes. Considering most lotions contain at least 80% water, and thicker moisturisers 60% or so, it makes a lot of sense to make your own.
DIY skin care recipes
There’s some wonderful DIY skin care recipes on BioMe’s website, including DIY soothing bug bite powder with Calendula and Kaolin Clay, DIY natural shampoo paste, DIY hair wax & conditioning balm and Whipped Calendula and Coconut Body Butter. You’ll find all the ingredients for these recipes in the DIY skin care section on their website, like the beeswax beads you see on the left.
You’ll have full control of what goes in to your cream and onto your skin! I’ve listed my own healing cream below, which we call Bum Cream as it was mostly used on baby bums. My babies have grown up a bit now though (4 & 7), but it’s now a favourite for all of us. It’s great for nappy rash and chafe, cracked lips, any cuts and scrapes or other skin problems. It could even double as sunscreen if you like!
Making your own DIY skin care
I make nearly all my own creams, lotions, moisturisers, soaps, conditioners etc. It saves money, but is mostly a lot of fun. I love finding the recipes and tweaking them just right to suit what I want. These days I only buy a product I really like the look of, mainly to try it out and then replicate it by using the ingredient list on the box. NourishedLife is a great resource for natural skin care, and for checking reviews on all the products.
I’ll be sharing more of my own DIY skin care recipes with you, as well as more smoothie recipes of course, so don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter and get all the latest!
SmoothieSailor’s DIY skin care recipe – Beneficial Bum Cream
This is the one cream I make that we run out of, all the time. My husband and kids practically fight over it! At my house, this cream fixes nappy rash pretty well over-night. I slap it on at night before putting a nappy on, and it settles the rash right down. My 5 year old still gets rash or irritation on her bum sometimes - I use this cream and it fixes it, she asks for it herself now whenever she needs it. Hubby uses it for sweat rash & chafe.
- 30 g Beeswax
- 80 g cocoa butter
- 160 g coconut oil
- 10 g calendula infused oil
- 5 g vitamin e
- 20 g zinc powder non-nano
- 20 g arrowroot powder
- 10 drops Lavender or tea tree essential oil
Fill a small saucepan with water and bring it to the boil. While it's heating up, put a heat proof bowl (I like pyrex jugs) on top of the saucepan to create a double boiler. The water shouldn't touch the bottom of the bowl.
Add the beeswax to the bowl. Once it's nearly melted, add the cocoa butter. Once that's nearly melted, add the coconut oil. Heat through.
Once the ingredients are heated together, take the pan and bowl off the heat and add the calendula oil and the vitamin E and whisk well to combine.
Add the zinc powder and arrowroot powder and whisk well.
Once the cream has cooled to around 40C, add the essential oil and once again whisk really well.
Pour into jars and leave to cool
- I use a humane, organic, local beekeeper for beeswax. If you don't have a humane source or want to substitute, use castor wax, carnauba wax or oliv-wax
- Make sure the zinc powder is non-nano particle size so it doesn't enter the skin
- You can leave the arrowroot powder out if you want to, but it helps the cream sink into the skin faster and is less oily
- coconut oil can be substituted for any other oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, olive etc.
- This is a very thick cream. In winter, I increase the Calendula infused oil to 15g to make it slightly easier to spread. It will melt on the skin either way, and we like it thick so it stays where it's needed. If you are in a cool climate you may like to stick with the 15g.
- I have recently changed the Lavender essential oil to Tea Tree essential oil, mainly to assist with keeping the area clean and to fight any bacteria. Do some patch testing to make sure the Tea Tree agrees with you. We have had no problems and the cream is even more effective with the Tea Tree, but Lavender will assist in healing also, so go with your gut 🙂