Saturday, August 9, 2014

Anti-Aging Face Cream - Blast From The Past Saturdays

New Skin Firming Cream

Welcome to Blast From The Past Saturday.  Every Saturday I will be posting a previously published post, in order to take my weekends off.

===Originally posted on May 2, 2012===

Sunday was my day to make new moisturizers, shaving creams, face and hand wash, and shaving soap for my son. I love making all of these products.  I make everything with natural ingredients.

It seems like I am allergic to most face moisturizers, perfumes, and many makeups.  I was using a very expensive face cream called Creme De La Mer for a very long time, because it was the one cream that I was not allergic to.  Well because of the downturn in the economy  I did not feel I could spend money on this moisturizer any longer, and needed to try something else.  Again, I tried a new cream, which of course I was allergic to.  I had hives all over my face.  One night I had two friends over and one of them suggested that I make my own moisturizer, I must say I think I looked at her like she was nuts. I have made many things in my lifetime, but face products seemed out of my reach.  Anyway, I looked online for recipes and low and behold there were many recipes to choose from.  Then I bought several books, so that I would understand what different ingredients do, and since that time I have been experimenting with different recipes. 

Today I am going to share the recipe for my newest face cream.  I am loving this stuff.  I have used lots of ingredients that are great for nourishing you skin, and oils that will help these ingredients penetrate your skin to get great results from all of the vitamins and minerals.  The ingredient looks like a lot, but it is fairly easy to make, and they all keep for quite a while.

Skin Firming Cream Recipe

2 TBL rose hip oil
1 TBL sesame oil
1 TBL avocado oil
1 TBL macadamia nut oil
1 TBL almond oil
1 TBL evening primrose oil
2 TBL raw unfiltered honey
1 oz  or 2 TBL beeswax
2 TBL coconut oil
1 TBL cocoa butter
1 tsp lanolin
9 TBL distilled water
2 TBL vegetable glycerin
1/2 tsp borax
2 capsules Marine Greens Sea Algae formula ( opened up and poured out)
5 ml DMAE
2 capsules ubiquinol ( cut open and squeezed into oils ) (you can use COQ10 if you don't have ubiquinol)
1 tsp liquid vitamin C
4 droppers full of vitamin E
2 capsules niacin ( opened and pour out)
1 tsp lecithin
1 dropper liquid B12
8 drops carrot seed essential oil
12 drops jasmine fragrance oil

Put all of the oils, honey, beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and lanolin in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until everything is melted.  It is important to take the pan off of the heat once everything is melted, so that the potency is not removed from some of the ingredients.  Cool for a few minutes and then add DMAE, oil from ubiquinol, vitamin E, niacin, lecithin, B12, carrot seed essential oil, and jasmine fragrance oil with a whisk and stir well.  I then put ice in a large bowl and put my saucepan in the bowl and whisk all of the ingredients until they are thick, like a salve.  Then put all of these ingredients into a blender.

In another pan add water, glycerin, borax, and Marine Greens and heat on low and stir with a whisk until well blended and borax is dissolved. You can do this while you are melting the oils.  Let this cool off of the burner while you are whisking the ingredients in the other pan.

After you have put the oils in the blender, you will use the hole in the lid to add the liquid from the other pan.  Turn the blender on and slowly start adding the liquid.  You will see the cream begin to thicken immediately.  You will also have to stop and push the cream from the side of the blender, and stir a little.  You may have to make a hole in the middle of the cream so that the liquid can get to the bottom of the blender to mix with the oil.  Keep doing this until all of the liquid has been added. 

This makes a thick cream for your face and neck.  It feels absolutely wonderful. You only use about a pea sized amount two times a day.  It helps with your fine lines, crows feet, and sagging.  I will post pictures in a couple of weeks of the results.  I have already seen a difference.  I took pictures about 10 days ago, and will take more in another 2 weeks to show the  results in before and after shots.

This makes a lot of cream.  I ended up with about 3 four ounce containers of moisturizer. 

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin

I will post the other recipes over the next few days for some of my other homemade items, but for today here is a link to the Homemade Shaving Cream from the blog Frugal Granola.  My whole family loves this stuff.  We use several different essential oils in it.  Either Jasmine for me, or Spearmint and Lavender for all of us, or bergamot and lemon for the guys.

I would love to hear what you have to think about the moisturizer, or any questions you may have.

Have fun creating.

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  1. I wish I had patience to make this for mama....

    1. KT,
      I know it looks hard, and like a lot of work. it is really not too bad. If you would like I could give you a different version that would be easier with fewer ingredients. Just let me know. The recipe above is the full blown recipe after months of experimenting, but I could make a simpler one for you and and just add a couple ingredients for the anti aging. The recipe is easily adapted. I can just change oils a little, but there are two thing that I would add for sure, the DMAE and the carrot seed essential oil.

      Anyway send me a message and let me know.

      I am certainly happy to give an easier recipe, that would be less intimidating.

      Debi Bolocofsky

  2. I need the short version. I'd love to make this for all the family

    1. Hey KT,

      When I get home, I can send you a shorter version of this moisturizer. I am out of the country and have slow internet right now. For an immediate fix to a simple moisturizer I use 2 oz jojoba oil and 6 droppers full of DMAE. I use that when I am traveling. It gives moisture which is be absorbed well and the DMAE which will tighten the skin. I can give a different recipe once I am home, that I have used in the past.
      Thanks for writing me. I will get back with you next week.

  3. Oils are expensive, using so many I dont see how you saved anything. Probably spent more.

    1. Hi Regina,
      The cost is upfront, but you are not using full containers of the oils, so you get quite a few batches. If you buy the smaller containers of oil it is less then the larger containers. I was also using a moisturizer, Creme de la Mer. It was pretty expensive. I have been severely allergic to the less expensive brands. I have tried many, and just end up throwing them away.

      I found that this was the way to go for me. It may not be for everyone. But this one works and I am not allergic to it. Most of the vitamins I already had at my house. So that was a huge help. You could start with just a few of the oils and go from there to personalize it for you.

      Thanks for commenting.

  4. would love to try your full version, but where do you buy all of these ingredients.. If I could make it, I would have to cut it in half. til I see how I can stand the scents.. I have only been able to use Olay's Definity moiturizers for years. cause anything else I have bought either aggravated my face and or the scent was unbearable to me.. most scents are for long periods of smelling them..

    1. Hi,

      I buy the oils at whole foods or vitamin cottage, but you can also get them online from amazon, or I also saw a site Rose Mountain Herbs. The only scent that I use is Jasmine, otherwise it is a lot of vitamins. I would buy the small containers to start with, and then of oils. You can add vitamins as you buy them. I even have added the DMAE after the fact to make it stronger.

      You could adjust the tablespoons of oil and I would just use rose hip oil, evening primrose oil, and almond oil or coconut oil. The main vitamins that I would use are the DMAE and the algae. If you have any others on hand at home you can use them. You need to use the beeswax, the lethicin, borax, and carrot seed oil for sure. They are part of the way to make it a cream.

      I can do a different recipe and post it next week, if you would like.

      Thanks for writing me.

  5. Oils are expensive,and where do you get them.Do you have a shorter recipe.I would really like to make my own.thanks

    1. I get the oils at whole foods or vitamin cottage, or you can buy them online. Check the answer to the comment above yours. I do a shorter recipe and publish it next week, with just the basics.

      Thanks for commenting, I will send you a message once I have the new recipe posted.

  6. Hi Debi,Please would you send me a shorter recipe for the cream. Thank you very much I really enjoy all that you do.

    1. Hi Suzan,
      Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I am traveling right now, but I will do a shorter moisturizer recipe for you in next Wednesday's post. Thank you for visiting.

  7. Hi Debbie: Is the "New Skin Firming Cream" image in this post your product? If so, I'll replace the face cream image that I have with it. I like it better too. I'd rather feature your product than that one. Thanks.

    1. Hi Sandi,
      Yes, this is mine. Thanks you so much for wanting to feature it. I really appreciate it. Have a great day.

  8. Hello. Thank you so much for your amazing recipe. Believe it or not I have almost everything on the list except borax and lanolin. I will head out to get those.
    My question is where do I get the Marine Greens Sea Algae. Nobody seems to carry it.
    I can find the red algae but no this one. Please help.
    Would love more postings on your beauty products. Also before and after shots.

  9. Hi Bettie,
    I tried to send you an email, but you are a no reply blogger. Hopefully, you will come back to read this message.

    I got the Marine Greens Sea Algae at Whole Foods, but I think Vitamin Cottage or Sprouts may carry it also. I would call first before going to see if they have it. I definitely got mine at Whole Foods though. I can't use the red algae, because I am allergic to it on my face. I break out in hives. I found this out when Creme de la Mer changed their formulation at one point and added the red algae. My face can not handle it. You could try it, it is supposed to be very good for your skin. My skin is hyper sensitive, so it was not something that my skin could tolerate. If you don't have sensitive skin, you would probably be okay. I would pull out a small amount and try mixing some in, rather then making a whole batch of it.

    Have a great week.

    1. Hello again Debi,
      I have been told Marine Green's Sea Algae has been discontinued.
      Any ideas on substitutes, or just leave it out?
      Thank you,

    2. OMG Bettie,
      I just saw your message. I'm so sorry. I will have to check it an see what is out there and I'll let you know.

  10. What a neat idea!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

    1. Hi Jess,
      It is fun making the beauty products, and really helpful for me, since I am allergic to everything. Thanks of stopping by.


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