This deep moisture night cream came out so nice and creamy. It is packed with nourishing ingredients for your skin that can be applied at night before bed so you wake up with smooth, silky skin. With the weather changing in temperature and humidity the skin can go through changes so I wanted to create a recipe that would give it an extra boost of protection and moisture. I specifically chose ingredients that would help maintain the skin’s moisture barrier and promote healing.
Here is a bit more information about each of the ingredients in this recipe.
Unrefined Shea Butter is one of the base butters in this recipe, it is creamy, pure, and nourishing. We source this from a women’s co-op in Ghana, where the raw product is crafted from nuts of the Shea tree. If I had to choose one ingredient that does it all, this would be my choice. It truly supports skin all year round. It has fatty acids and regenerating nutrients, such as Vitamins A (which encourages cell turnover) and vitamin E.
It’s concentrated, so when you feed your skin with its soft and pliable texture, you’re getting much more skin-healing nutrition than you would from an average store-bought product. Alone, it feels dreamy and soft on your skin. Combined with the other ingredients in this recipe, it truly takes skin healing to the next level.
Kokum Butter is a really wonderful ingredient derived from the Kokum tree (a fruit related to mangosteen). It’s harder than shea or mango butter, but still melts at skin temperature. Like shea butter, it’s non comedogenic and suitable for all skin types (but particularly good for sensitive skin). It’s also extremely stable and can help extend the shelf life of any DIY products. For this reason, you’ll find it in many products to add firmness and stability.
Like cocoa butter, it also has the wonderful property of deeply absorbing into the second layer of skin, the dermis. The dermis is where structural damage can happen, and that’s why kokum is such a fantastic healing element. Not only does it contain as many vitamins and minerals as shea butter. It also speeds up healing with its natural penetration enhancement.
Rosehip Oil I chose rosehip oil for this recipe because it’s become a beloved beauty staple that really transforms your skin. Its high vitamin A content promotes cell turnover in a way that is very close in function to a retinol you might find at the drugstore. It promotes truly rapid fading and evening of any scars and dark spots on your skin. Best of all it is a dry oil so sinks into your skin and does not leave a greasy residue.
Jojoba Oil is not really an oil, but a liquid wax. It is very close in structure and function to the skin’s own produced oil, sebum. That is how it’s able to regulate oil production and calm down stressed, overworked skin. It contains high levels of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps counter any oxidative damage.
Coconut Oil adds a creamy, firm texture to this mixture. I chose it for this formula because of the omega-6 fatty acids in it that help with repairing the skin barrier and reducing any inflammation.
Blue Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum annuum) has a gorgeous deep blue color naturally, with fruity, citrus, and herbal undertones. This oil helps soothes any redness or irritation you might be experiencing. That’s because camphor is also one of the components of this oil, which is an ingredient widely known for soothing the skin and body.
Frankincense Oil (from the Boswellia family of trees) is a resin with a warm, spicy scent that encourages cell turnover and protection. It has a tightening effect on the skin, as well as reducing any inflammation or irritation. I used just 10 drops in this formula because of how concentrated it is. A little truly goes a long way with this liquid gold.
Night Moisture Cream Recipe
- 3 oz Shea Butter
- 1 oz Kokum Butter
- 2 oz Rosehip Oil
- 2 oz Jojoba Oil
- 1 oz Coconut Oil
- 30 drops Blue Tansy Essential Oil
- 10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- Place your shea butter, kokum butter and coconut oil in a double boiler on low heat until they are fully liquid
- In a separate bowl, combine jojoba oil and rosehip oil
- After your butters and coconut oil have melted, allow it to cool for one minute
- Add in the oil mixture and stir with a wooden spoon
- Now add in your essential oils and mix in
- Place your mixture in the freezer for about 45 minutes, until it’s not completely solid but slightly liquid in the middle.
- Scrape up the sides of the bowl with your spoon to combine the textures
- Whip it for 3-5 min until fluffy
- Scoop it into your jars
- Put a little on before bed and wake up with soft, nourished skin!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. It is always nice when you create something for your skin that is powerfully soothing and effective, at a fraction of the cost of a typical night cream in the stores.
As always please comment below with any questions or feedback you may have.