Vegetable glycerine is a by-product of the soap-making process. It is also a humectant, which means it adds moisture. For this reason, cosmetic manufacturers add it to skincare products. Glycerine works best as a moisturiser in humid climates. You can use store-bought moisturisers or make your own. The ingredients for homemade moisturiser are available at stores that specialise in soap-making and online retailers.
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Things you need
- Measuring cups
- Heat-safe ceramic bowl
- 2/3 cup grape seed oil
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- Cling film
- Wire whisk
- 1 tbsp grated beeswax
- 1 tsp jojoba oil
- 20 drops vitamin E oil
- 1 tsp vegetable glycerine
- ½ cup spring water
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops chamomile essential oil
- 5 to 2041gr jars
Add the grapeseed oil and the coconut oil to the heat-safe bowl. Cover the bowl with cling film and heat the bowl in the microwave in two-minute increments until hot.
Whisk the grated beeswax into the hot oil. Add the jojoba, vitamin E and vegetable glycerine: Beat for one minute.
Pour the spring water and essential oils into a blender. Blend on high for two minutes.
Keep the blender running and slowly pour the oil mixture into the water. Continue blending, until you hear the blender skip or choke.
Pour the moisturiser into the jars. Close the jars and store them in a cool dark place for up to six months.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid using glycerine in dry climates. The glycerine may pull moisture from your skin, causing dryness and possibly blistering.
- Do not allow 100 per cent glycerine to come in contact with your skin, it may cause blisters.
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