I have some of the weirdest skin on the planet. I have sensitive skin, that hates chemicals. It is tougher than an elephant hide. (Ask my tattoo artist!) It hates shaving (thus my waxing obsession) and it is dry in some places but oily in others. Fantastic, right?
I feel like we are all close enough now that I can tell you all about my skin grossness...LOVE YOU MAN!
I have been struggling for years with balancing washing for cleanliness and drying out my skin. Winter is the worst! I can't have anything that would clog pores, or hello acne! (Ever had zits on the back of your hand? Really delightful, let me tell you) I can't do anything with perfumes in them, as I am probably allergic. I can't have anything that might have an irritant in it, especially on a place that recently had hair removed.
I have been fascinated with trying my hand at medicinal shit. I had tried a couple of times but I was really flying blind, and decided to give up. This year I plan to grow lots of medicinal herbs, but I needed something now that I could use, on my hands especially, that would not clog pores, and would soak in so that the next time I washed my hands, I didn't just wash stuff down the drain. Doing that is a waste of money, but until now, what choice did I have?
So here is something I really like, a little dab will do ya, and it makes it through a couple hand washings before I have to apply again. CAUTION! If you have a nut allergy, please do not use this recipe!!
4 parts Shea butter
1 part pure lanolin
1 part almond oil
15 drops tea tree oil per part lanolin
30 drops lemon oil per part lanolin
I melted the Shea butter in my pan. This is a pan I use to melt stuff like this and it is never returned to food use. I advise you do the same. Try explaining to guests why your clarified butter tastes like a sheep's ass...
Once they are melted together, and make sure they are fully melted, remove from heat and add your almond oil. This is just a suggestion however, and you can use whatever oils you like, as long as they are designed for skin use. Other options are Hemp oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, etc. Any oil in the hippie section or all natural food stores sold for use on skin. If the end result is still too oily for you (although I doubt it), cut the oils in half.
This is where magic happens. Add your essential oils and mix.
The tea tree oil is in this for it's antibacterial properties. My skin has problems with natural bacteria balance as I had a ton of antibiotics as a kid, and ever since then, any little change and I can get a staph infection in a tiny paper cut. This oil prevents the growth of bacteria, and kills some on contact. It has astringent powers as well, preventing a build up in the pores of the skin.
|Not sure why I have my lavender oil in this picture|
Pour this into a jar that can be sealed. I used two larger jars, as I wanted to make one without oils to mess around with, and for the life of me I couldn't find any small jars to use...in my house that is really saying something. I am mason jar central.
Put it in a cool place like the refrigerator, and it will look like shortening when it is ready. You only need a little bit. When it first goes on it will be a little oily, but it absorbs quickly without any greasiness. You can leave it out once it is set solid again.
This stuff is FANTASTIC after I have a leg wax. I imagine it would be great after shaving too. I am giving some to a friend and I will let you know.
As always try it out and see if you like it. You can make a small test batch first, decide what you like and don't like and then adjust according to your own needs/wants. This was my first foray into skin products and I consider this one a win.