I Did A Thing: Homemade Moisturizer Spray, Oil & Lotion

With a few packages I ordered online came a bottle of Organic Vegetable Glycerin on which the description reads, “attracts & holds moisture.” I neither knew what it was for, nor did I know how to go about returning it so it could end up in the hands of the rightful owner. So, thank you rightful owner, whomever you are. Eventually, I did an online search and came across a whole lot of uses for it, and because I have a lot of the ingredients necessary for other Homemade Household Products, I thought why not make some skin care products in the form of moisturizer? I made up my own recipes based on about an hour or two of research spread throughout the week.

Moisturizer Spray:

This one is the easiest, and all I did was empty out and clean a hair spray bottle (with permission) to store it in.

  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 tsp olive oil (cold-pressed)
  • 2 tsp vegetable glycerin
  • 7 drops lemon essential oil (or your preferred essential oil) *optional

Shake for a few minutes and then slightly shake prior to each use.

Moisturizer Oil:

I used a small mason jar to pour and store this one. I also used unrefined cold-pressed coconut oil and have no clue as to whether or not that matters? If someone who knows what they are doing mentions something in the comments, I will update this recipe:

  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 tsp olive oil (cold-pressed)
  • 1 tsp vegetable glycerin
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 6 drops lemon essential oil (or your preferred essential oil) *optional

Shake for a few minutes and then shake well prior to each use.

Moisturizer Lotion:

This one might be considered a twofer if you find yourself to be all out of corn starch. I used a ceramic bowl for preparation and a plastic bowl with lid for storage. If you’re not a fan of coconut oil, replacing it with grapeseed, avocado, or cold-pressed olive oil should work as well.

  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil *optional
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil *optional
  • 2 drops tea tree oil *optional

Heat the shea butter and coconut oil in the microwave (or double boil) until fully melted. Whisk. I tried this next part a few different ways and this is the only one that worked perfectly for me: put the bowl in the fridge for 10 minutes. Stir well. Put the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir really well. Put the bowl in the freezer for an additional 5 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl, add the essential oils, and mix, mash, and stir until it is consistent and smooth (cooling for too long or not long enough and/or not mixing thoroughly enough leads to undesired results that will require re-melting and starting over).

The Result:

The spray got an, “oh wow!” from someone who is obsessed with beauty products and works in a hoity-toity salon/spa. It is consistent due to the spritzy spray bottle and absorbs pretty quickly leaving your skin feeling moist, smooth, and soft.

The oil is amazing! If you dip your fingertip into the oil, it will moisten your hands and entire arms. A random (about half an hour after applying), “oh my god my hands are so soft!” out of the blue from an almost 13 year old female test subject led to a “let me try” from hoity-toity salon/spa person who followed that up with, “oh my god, I love this!”

I’m not going to say anything about the exorbitant amount of money that could be saved from the name brand non-organic versions of these same types of things…

The lotion is “perfect for after the sauna and before bed.” It smells great and feels rich and creamy. It also absorbs into the skin well and is long-lasting. My hands have never been so perfectly moist and soft as I’m typing this…long after applying it…to my hands (only).

Applying moisturiser regularly is extremely important and I’m certain that only homeopathic doctors and women know exactly why, but don’t be like this idiot and listen to professionals (a common theme right about now during these trying times):

If Hurley feels the need to moisturise so often, says dermatologist Sam Bunting: “It may be that she’s using the wrong kind of moisturiser.”

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  1. The bears are eating my stars. I star, nothing shows, un-star and re-star for actual star success. Bad bears.
    Also, the spray oil sounds very good.

    • That sometimes happens when you leave a page and click back to a page (without the page actually reloading). Sometimes I star and it says that I un-starred and then I remember that bit and have to re-star.

      If that isn’t the case…could be an update I just did for which I’m willing to blame bears.

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