Published: 11/27/2015 - Updated: 12/27/2017
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
Making homemade cosmetics is easier than it might seem at first glance. With a bit of patience and information, it’s easy to make your own creams, soaps and other cosmetic products.
Argan oil has several properties which have been known of for a long time in Morocco. Here it was used for making soaps, creams, and oils for quite some time.
It has a high vitamin E content which helps prevent aging.
It contains a lot of fatty acids that promote tissue regeneration.
Its repairing and rejuvenating effects will help reduce wrinkles, repair skin and keep you soft and moisturized.
Types of creams
Creams are essentially made with oils (like olive oil, almond oil and any other type of essential oil) and water-based substances (like aromatic essential oils). They are mixed with an emulsifier, which is a product that combines oils and water-based products.
There are essentially three types of creams:
- Oil in water creams
- Water in oil creams
- Oil creams
1- Water in oil creams
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These creams contains more oil than water.
2- Water in oil creams
These creations have more water than oil.
3- Oil creams
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These creams contain simply the oil, which means they are made entirely of oils.
Components used to make creams
There are a lot of oils that can be used to make creams, from olive oil to almond oil, coconut, avocado, or even the wonderful argan oil.
Oils make up the base of these creams and not only provide magnificent properties, but they are also the medium that allows the body to use the rest of the properties in the cream.
Choosing between one or the other comes down to skin type, or what you want to gain from the cream.
Butters are products obtained from the fruits of different plants that, when included in creams, provide different properties.
There is a wide variety of butters around, and you can use any one that you like. There’s karite, natural cacao butter or mango butter.
These are used less often than plant based oils as a cream base. They are included in creams for moisturizing, improving circulation, or reducing wrinkles.
They’re obtained from plants, seeds, flowers, roots, or even the bark on some plants.
There’s also a wide variety of essential oils on the market that have very different properties, which can provide essential oils that bring virtually any property imaginable.
Another essential component in creams are ingredients used to strengthen specific effects. Bee venom, for example, and snail slime are used as cellular regenerators, and pearl dust is used as a skin whitener and softener.
As said before, these are responsible for combing the oil and water base.
There are different types of emulsifiers, both artificial and plant based, although I personally prefer those from plants. These include bee’s wax, Olivem 1000 or Polawax, which are more natural.
Depending on the type of cream you’d like to use, one emulsifier may be a better choice than any others.
1- For creams that only contain oils, bee’s wax is the best option.
2- For creams that contain more water base than oil, you’ll need to use an emulsifier like cetyl alcohol.
3- For creations that have more oil than water base, you’ll need to use emulsifiers like Olivem 1,000.
4- Some work for creams with a water base as well as those with more of an oil base, like lanette wax.
Ingredients for making a moisturizing cream with argan oil
In order to make an argan oil body cream, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Moisturizing base cream (144 grams)
- Argan oil (6 grams)
- Storage container once the cream is prepared
- Plastic bowl for preparing the mixture
- Stirring utensil (spoon or silicon spatula)
- Weight scale
How to make a moisturizing cream with argan oil
- Place the 144 grams of moisturizing cream base in the stirring bowl.
- Add 6 grams argan oil and stir until well mixed.
- Pour into the storage jar and your moisturizing body cream with argan oil is ready.
I hope you like this simple recipe. You comments are welcomed. See you with the next post!
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 12/27/2017
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