23 April 2014

Easy DIY Cold Cream Recipe and Makeup Remover

Do you use a cold cream?  I'll admit that I never did until I came across this easy cold cream recipe.  Honestly, I wasn't even sure what a cold cream was.

It's a thick cream made with fats that keeps your skin soft and looking great.  It also makes a wonderful makeup remover for thick makeup, like the kind you would wear on stage.  I also discovered that this recipe makes an excellent foot cream.  It really softens the dead skin and helps smooth rough heels.

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DIY Cold Cream Recipe

I like jojoba oil because it's very moisturizing.  It can be a heavy oil, so you may want to use fractionated coconut oil or even grapeseed oil if you find this too heavy for you.

This recipe calls for solid vegetable shortening.  You could substitute organic coconut oil if you wanted an organic product.  You'll get almost the same results, but it might be a little hard in the jar.  I only have a problem with my coconut oil getting too hard in the winter, but it warms to the touch to get it out of the container.




In a double boiler, slowly heat the jojoba oil and shortening until melted. 

Remove from head and let cool for 10 minutes.  Add essential oil.  Stir slowly with wooden spoon.


Pour in to glass jars and let cool.  It can take up to 2 hours to cool completely.  You can put it in the fridge to speed it up a little bit.


No need to store this in the fridge because there's no water in the recipe.  Use within 6 months.

To use, spread it on your face and neck with a soft cotton cloth or your fingers.  You'll use about 1 teaspoon for each application.  Let sit for several minutes and rinse.  Many women do this before bed so the oil stays on the skin all night.

You can also use this as a makeup remover.  This is a great makeup remover when you've done full makeup or stage makeup.  My daughter is in plays, so she uses this to take off all of her makeup.  

If you're an avid reader, you'll remember how we discussed that oil dissolves oil in the oil cleansing method post.  Adding oil to your skin also stops your body from producing excess oil.  For me, it took a few days of oily skin for my body to naturally adjust itself.

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DIY Cold Cream Recipe
The cold cream recipe moisturizes and also makes an excellent makeup remover.
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 7 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 10 drops lavender or chamomile essential oil
1. In a double boiler, slowly heat the jojoba oil and shortening until melted. 2. Remove from head and let cool for 10 minutes. Add essential oil. Stir slowly with wooden spoon. 3. Apply before bed to moisturize or use as a makeup remover.
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