I’m a Miami girl whose roots were pulled up and transplanted in beautiful New England. Beautiful, albeit COLD. This year in particular it seems like New England decided to skip Fall. It’s been a cold October and we’ve already seen snow.
If we’re not careful during the cold months we get really dry and chapped skin. Our hands and lips suffer especially. I make nearly all of our personal care and beauty products at home to avoid mystery chemicals in store-bought products (and because I really love to DIY) and use one or several of these ingredients in all recipes:
Female worker honeybees produce beeswax. They have special glands on their abdomens that create this wax and they use it to store and protect their honey. Many people use this amazing wax to make clean-burning candles since they don’t product toxic soot like most store-bought candles.
Beeswax is great at thickening natural beauty products and protecting the skin. It coats the skin and locks in moisture, helping eliminate dry and chapped skin. Beeswax is much better than petroleum jelly, for example, because it doesn’t clog pores and is a nature-made ingredient. It also has a wonderfully light honey aroma.
I love the chocolatey smell of cocoa butter. Mixed with peppermint it reminds me of a delicious mint hot chocolate. Yum, winter. Cocoa butter is actually a main ingredient in my homemade chocolate (recipe coming your way soon!).
Full of antioxidants, cocoa butter also prevents skin dryness and chapping. It protects sensitive skin against the cold, sun, and high heat, and soothes damaged or irritated skin.
Shea butter has similar properties to cocoa butter: It’s hydrating, soothing, and healing. It can be used interchangeably in many DIY beauty recipes if you prefer its milder fragrance that blends well with other fragrances. Another difference: shea butter is used only topically and not in food recipes.
With hundred of uses it’s no wonder everyone loves coconut oil. It is an amazing source of healthy fats which deeply nourish the skin and a wonderful natural moisturizer on its own. Coconut oil is full of anti-aging and healing antioxidants and is also anti-microbial and anti-viral.
I love using essential oils for their therapeutic properties and natural fragrance. Peppermint and lavender have a great wintery smell and work really well in these recipes.
Please note that essential oils are very potent and should be used with caution. If you have any doubts, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils, especially on children and pregnant/nursing women.
Natural Winter Beauty Recipes:
1. Lavender Body Lotion
- 1/3 cup beeswax
- 1/3 cup shea butter
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 20 drops of essential oils of choice. I used lavender.
- Melt beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil, stirring over the lowest heat setting or in a double boiler.
- Remove oils from heat and mix in essential oils of choice.
- Transfer to a jar or other container and let cool.
- Apply on dry skin to heal and prevent chapping. A little goes a long way and will last for hours.
2. Minty Cocoa Lip Balm
- 1 teaspoon beeswax (feel free to test this and add a bit more if you prefer a thicker balm)
- 1 teaspoon cocoa butter
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Melt beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil, stirring over the lowest heat setting or in a double boiler.
- Remove oils from heat and mix in peppermint essential oil.
- Transfer to a container and let cool.
- Apply on lips to heal and prevent chapping. A little goes a long way.
3. Lip Exfoliating Scrub
- Combine sugar and oil or honey.
- Apply the scrub onto your lips and rub off dead skin. Wash the scrub off your lips of wipe it off wipe a damp washcloth. Apply homemade Minty Cocoa Lip Balm after use (see recipe above).
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Have you ever made your own beauty products? How do you heal and prevent dry and chapped skin?