(Moira Wyrd from Finlandia’s Herbal Department is an expert at creating fun DIY natural health products. Enjoy her recipe for a natural DIY face cream below!)
Making my own body care products was what started me on my natural health journey. I fell in love being able to make beautiful creams and lip balms at home with simple, natural ingredients that are free from synthetic fillers, preservatives, and perfumes—and which often cost a fraction of the price of store bought products. It’s also fun, and makes me feel so resourceful.
This is one cream I’ve made that is based on a recipe from herbalist James Green’s A Medicine Makers Handbook. I love this recipe for its simplicity and practicality—if you can make a smoothie, you can make this face cream!
Vegetable glycerin is optional, but helps to hold the oil and water portions together. For the oil portion, you want something light that won’t feel greasy or cause acne breakouts. Almond, hemp seed, or grapeseed are good choices. For more medicinal oil, we have calendula infused into sunflower oil, which helps prevent and treat breakouts and promotes tissue healing.
For the essential oil portion (different than the oil portion), rose is a quintessential skin tonic: its astringency checks excess sebum production while its antimicrobial action stops eruptions. Traditionally it is used for sensitive skin and maturing skin to keep you looking young forever! Finlandia’s Skin Repair Face Oil has been especially formulated for more serious repair such as for acne scars, and is packed full with carrot seed and chamomile to stimulate repair.
To make this cream vegan, substitute Candelilla wax for the beeswax, and use half the amount of candelilla. I haven’t tried this myself, so you might need to do some experimenting.
Some of these ingredients you might already have lying around the house. All of them can be purchased at Finlandia Pharmacy’s Herbal Dispensary. Right now we have 2 lotion pumps (25mL) on sale for $2.95 per package, but only while they last!
Kitchen equipment you will need:
All of your equipment should be very clean to prevent contamination by bacteria, which will reduce the shelf life of your cream.
This makes about 100mL of cream, which is a smaller batch to play around with.
About The Author: Moira is a Registered Herbal Therapist (RHT) practicing at the Finlandia Health Centre in Vancouver, BC. She graduated from Pacific Rim College with a Diploma of Phytotherapy with Highest Honors. Moira is passionate about empowerment through education and building sustainable health care systems which provide holistic support for individuals and ecosystems.