I’m in the market for an organic face cream. I don’t use a lot of products on my face, but there just seem to be certain times of year where my skin screams for moisture.
For those days, I want something that works, but that isn’t filled with parabens (preservatives) and other chemicals I’m not particularly keen on absorbing through my skin.
There are a number of commercial products available on the market, and I’ve highlighted a few at the bottom of this article that seem to rate well on the Skindeep website with respect to environmental and human health.
However, sometimes these products are, quite frankly, beyond the average budget.
An alternative, of course, is to make your own organic face cream. The main advantage being that you can usually do it for a fraction of the cost of commercial products. Yet there are some other advantages too:
- You know exactly what has gone into the product and with some research and experimentation, you can fine tune recipes to meet your personal skin needs.
- The product is as fresh as it can get when it comes right out of your kitchen. You aren’t using preservatives, so you want the product to be fresh.
- You can switch up you recipes in response to what your skin is doing. Your skin may have very different moisturizing needs in the middle of a dry winter than in a humid summer.
The basic components of an organic face cream recipe are oils, an emulsifier, and essential oils or other ingredients that might have anti-bacterial properties (such as citrus) or soothing properties (such as lavender).
Often, people find that DIY recipes for organic face creams create products that are quite heavy. In other words, they might be a better salve for using on your hands after gardening, rather than on your face where you generally aren’t looking to add a whole lot more oil. So, it may take a few recipes before you find the right one for you.
Organic Lemon Night Cream
This recipe is for an organic night face cream, so it too is a bit heavier, but is super for nourishing dry skin (source).
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup organic sesame oil
- ¼ cup organic sunflower oil
- 1 tbsp liquid lecithin (which works as an emulsifier)
- 1 tbsp fresh organic lemon juice
- ½ cup organic coconut oil
Blend together the egg and sesame oil in a blender at low speed. Add the sunflower oil, lemon juice and lecithin slowly, blending between additions. Finally, add the coconut oil slowly, forming it into a thick paste. Store this paste in the refrigerator for about an hour and then blend again at low speed. When you’re done blending the second time, place the cream in a jar (preferably a dark jar) in the refrigerator. There are no preservatives, so it will only keep for a maximum of 2 weeks in the fridge. Use on your face and neck after cleansing at night before bed.
Here is another recipe for an almond geranium almond face cream – to make it organic, just source organic ingredients. However, this one has a few more steps than the recipe above.
Organic face creams on the market
If you aren’t the DIY type, or you simply haven’t found a recipe that works for you, here are some commercially available organic face creams that are worth having a look at:
- Nuture My Body Organic Gentle Face Creams – All the Nurture My Body range have a Skindeep rating of 0, meaning they are not considered to be harmful to you or the environment. That’s a nice thought!
- Pangea Organics facial Cream, Nigerian Ginger, Sweet Lavender & Thyme – I’ve had lots of friends recommend Pangea products saying that they feel lovely on the skin and lack that chemical fragrance often associated with skin care products. This particular product has a Skindeep rating of 2, which means it is a low hazard.
- Avalon Organics Ultimate Moisture Cream, Lavender Renewal & Vitality – This product is recommended for people with very sensitive skin. It has a Skindeep rating of 3, which means it is a moderate hazard.
- Chamomile Exquisite Crème Organic Facial Moisturizer – This product isn’t in the Skindeep database, but I added it because it is supposed to be a very effective moisturizer for people who suffer from acne. It might be a nice option for certain times when you’re more prone to break-outs.
I think I will give the recipe a try before I invest in a commercial product. I love to cook and I’ve been itching to expand this into the realm of organic skin care products. I think in my household, the most challenging task will be keeping the organic face cream in the fridge without it being accidentally spread onto toast or something! Yikes! I guess they’d only do it once!