Making your own cleansing cream is a healthier alternative to chemical-laden brands. Make a citrus cleansing cream with help from Gorgeously Green's Sophie Uliano in this free video on green lifestyles.
Hi I'm Sophie Uliano, author of "The Gorgeously Green" book series and today I'm going to show you how to make citrus cleansing cream. Now, you might well ask yourself why would I make my own cleansing cream? In fact why would I make any of my own skin care products? Now, aside from the fact that it's actually really fun to do and inexpensive, the reason why I like to make my own is that typically you'll go out and buy skin care products at the grocery store or drug store or even a high end department store and they are often full of pretty toxic chemicals. It's the preservatives, parabens, phthalates which are in fragrances and all of these can add up to really giving us a pretty heavy body burden it's called of toxic chemicals. So I encourage every woman I know particularly of child bearing age to really avoid these chemicals. The best way to do it is to make your own. So this cleansing cream is absolutely incredible, it's very very good for removing makeup as well as your everyday grind that you pick up throughout the day. So here's how we're going to do it. On my stove top here I have two saucepans and I've filled them with two or three inches of water and in each pan I have a stainless steel bowl just sitting on the top and I made a sort of bain marie if you like, this is simply just to melt my oils and nothing other than that. Now, in my first bowl I am going to, the first ingredient that I'm putting in is apricot kernel oil or apricot kernel oil and I'm going to put in a quarter of a cup. This is an absolutely beautiful oil for all skin care. The second oil that I'm putting in is one tablespoon of virgin coconut oil. I mean all of these ingredients you can eat, that's safe. You really shouldn't put anything on your skin in my book that you can't eat anyway and I'm putting in one teaspoon of beeswax and I'm going to put in one teaspoon of something called anhydrous lanolin. You've probably all heard of lanolin but this is anhydrous lanolin. It's a safe and wonderfully moisturizing product and then I'm going to allow those first four ingredients, the apricot kernel oil, the coconut, the beeswax and the lanolin. I'm going to allow them just to melt into one another in this pan. Now in my other little saucepan, I am going to put in a half a cup of distilled water and I'm just going to let that warm like so and I'm going to add a quarter of a teaspoon of borax. That's borax that you can buy at a drug store or your local grocery store and the borax just dissolves in there and then I'm just going to peek over and see my borax has dissolved and then I'm just going to wait because I want the water to warm up. The whole thing is that you want, always when you're making the skin care products, you want your water product which is over here with my borax to be the same temperature, exactly the same temperature as my oils and waxes because we're going to blend them and we need the temperatures to be the same. Okay so I have just removed both the stainless steel bowls from their saucepans. I have the piping hot waxes and oils and I have the piping hot water with the borax in it. Now I have to move quite fast to get this blended. This is the key with these oils. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take a smaller bowl which has got my water and borax in it and I'm going to start whisking the oils and as I'm whisking them, I'm very very slowly going to drizzle in this water and borax. Now, as you can see there, it's turning into a cream and it will set into a cream. Now because the oils have cooled down a little bit I'm now going to add half a teaspoon of vitamin E oil, very very nourishing for the skin so in that goes. Smells so good this cream and then finally I'm going to put 20 drops of grapefruit essential oil and I'm going to put 20 drops of lavender essential oil and I'm going to let those mix in with everything else. Oh, it just smells so good. It smells sort of almondy and then you get this wonderful citrus punch from the grapefruit. And then I'm simply, I've got a jar, here, it's a four ounce jar, just use an old face cream jar or an old lotion jar, anything that you can find, opaque is better than clear. You don't want the light getting to it, there we are. And because this has no preservative in it, I actually suggest that you keep it in the fridge, it will keep for quite a lot longer, and there you have it. I'm not going to put the lid on until it cools and when it cools it will set. So this is an absolutely wonderful citrus cleansing cream. It's for all skin types. It works particularly well for combination skin types and as you can see it's pretty easy to make. All of those ingredients that you have purchased, invested in will last you for a long time. So you can get lots and lots of jars of cleanser from those batch of ingredients. So remember, it's easy to do it yourself and to do it gorgeously.