And we’re back to Monday again…
Thankfully this is a short week since I’m off on Good Friday. We didn’t do much this weekend aside from enjoy the gorgeous weather and clean out the garage. Sometimes you just need weekends like that, you know? I’m going to be busy the next few weeks so relaxing around the house was much-needed.
A few of you said you’d like to hear more about how I’m using oils, so I thought I’d start with this easy eye cream today. Things to note: I am just beginning a “journey” with oils. I’ve resisted for a long time, but I do want to move towards a more chemical-free lifestyle. I do NOT believe that oils are an alternative to medicine. If that works for you, good. Oils did nothing for my allergies but I do appreciate their other uses. I purchase all of my oils from various sellers on Amazon. I do my research and just feel like that’s all I need for now. And last, but not least, I am a technical writer – not a dermatologist. I research each individual ingredient before using on my skin, but, if you have concerns, check with your doctor.
The eye cream recipe comes from Hello Glow: 150+ Easy Natural Beauty Recipes for a Fresh New You. The book itself is gorgeous, so, if you get nothing else out of it, makes for a pretty coffee table book. I’m a big fan of Kiehl’s Creamy Under Eye Treatment with Avocado and hoped this natural product would emulate it. The main ingredients of the two are not much different, but the Kiehl’s product includes a lot of chemicals and is sold in a tiny portion.
What you Need (I’m linking exactly what I used for each ingredient and tool):
1 tablespoon shea butter
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Small glass jar (I used a Mason jar for this part)
Instructions (directly from Hello Glow)
Measure the shea butter into a small glass jar.
Bring 2 inches of water to boil in a small saucepan and lower the heat, then place the glass jar in the saucepan. Wait for the shea butter to melt, stirring occasionally with a spoon.
Once the shea butter has melted, remove the jar from the water bath. Let it cool for 2 to 3 minutes.
Measure and add the avocado and vitamin E oils. Stir to combine, then continue stirring until the mixture cools to create a smooth, creamy texture.
Replace the lid and store the cream in a cool, dry spot. To use, apply a little to the outer corners of your eyes by gently tapping, not tugging, the skin.
I deviated from the instructions a bit. I used a small Mason jar to melt the shea butter as I was not sure how my glass jars would handle the heat. I followed the instructions by letting it cool and mixing the ingredients, then poured everything into the small jars I purchased.
I’m also incredibly impatient: instead of waiting on the shea butter and oils to do their thing, I stuck the jar in the fridge. My final product is more avocado eye balm and not avocado eye cream. If you’ll wait, the ingredients should form a creamier texture. However, the balm works just fine. 🙂 I warm it between my fingers before applying. It’s not greasy and soaks in quickly!
I’m happy with the finished product, even though it didn’t turn out as planned, and I have a ton of ingredients left over. I’ve been using both oils independently on my face as well and know I’ll put the shea butter to good use. I see many more lotions in my future…
I found this process to be a great stress reliever as well and it only took about 15 minutes start to finish. The cost for everything (excluding the book) was around $30, but I only used a small portion of each ingredient and have a glass jar remaining. If I calculated it per how much I used of each ingredient, the product cost under $10.
Have you ever made your own beauty products? How do you use oils?
*All pictures came from my phone – having an issue transferring pictures from my DSLR to my new iMac. SIGH.
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