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Multi Purpose Skin Lotion

Multi purpose skin lotion recipe

A multipurpose skin care product makes me happy because it means that for less effort I have ticked the boxes that I am supposed to when it comes to skin care. When it comes to skin care, as with food I am incredibly fussy about the quality of what I use. It is the effort is the effort associated with the routine that is my downfall for skin care. It is fair to say that I prefer a minimalist approach to skin care. I most certainly believe that less ingredients are better. I have very sensitive skin after suffering as a child and into my teens with terrible eczema I am very careful about the products that I apply to my skin. Most commercial products irritate my skin after a short period of time.

Developing a plant based, gentle cleanser is something that I have been meaning to do for some time.  Since I began working from home a couple of years ago I rarely wear make up. This means that I generally wash my face simply with warm water at the end of the day. This multi purpose lotion has very similar properties to a face cream. It works on the same principle that cleaning your skin with just a vegetable oil does. The oils attract the dirt and grime. These particles adhere to the cream and are then rinsed away. There is no soap base added to this product. It is suited to a dry, sensitive or matures skin as opposed to an oily skin. The ingredients are gentle and softening in nature, they will not strip the skin of oil.

This multi purpose skin lotion is gentle and soothing. It would make an ideal Fathers Day gift for the man in your life who is not overly fussed with having multiple skin care products. This is an all-in-one, easy to apply product. It may be used to cleanse and moisturise. After cleansing your skin will left feeling lovely and smooth and hydrated. Apply another small amount to the skin after cleansing to absorb and moisturise.  It would also be the perfect item to pack when away from home and travelling and you need to simplify and reduce the items you are carting around.

My recipe is created using plant based oils and is simple to make if you follow the steps exactly as they are described below. You must take note that it is important not to overheat the fat phase of the ingredients when you are melting them and it is also important that the water added at the end of the process is neither hot nor added too quickly when blending the ingredients together. If either of these items are overlooked the water will not emulsify and will split from the cream.

This is my recipe for a gentle multi purpose skin care lotion that can be used as a cleanser and a moisturiser.  Make it at home yourself or as a gift for the dad of the house.

Skin Cleansing Lotion
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An all purpose DIY Aromatherapy skin care lotion for cleansing and moisturising. Perfect for travel or to gift for Fathers Day to the man who has a no fuss approach.
Serves: 180ml
  • Fat Phase
  • 7 grams beeswax
  • 30 grams Almond oil
  • 50 grams Grapeseed oil
  • 5 grams coconut oil
  • Water Phase
  • 90 ml water - boiled and cooled
  • 2 drops Chamomile Roman essential oil
  • 2 drops Geranium essential oil
  1. Add the ingredients for the fat phase to a bowl that can sit in the top of a saucepan that has a small amount of water in the base with out the base of the bowl touching the water
  2. Set the saucepan of water to a gentle simmer with the ingredient sitting in the bowl on top
  3. Once the fats have almost dissolve remove from the heat and stir until the last pieces dissolve
  4. Add the water very slowly, a few drops at a time while using a hand blender to combine
  5. Continue to add the water until it is well combined and the cream is the consistency of a lotion
  6. Add to a steralised jar or container
  7. Use within a month and store in a cool location. This cream contains no preservative. it can not be stored long term.
Steralise jars used by either - washing them in the dishwasher prior to use, or placing them for 15 minutes in an oven set to 120 degrees celcius (allow to cool prior to using)
You may also place the containers in a pot of water, bring it to boil for 5-8 minutes and dry thoroughly prior to filling.
Use clean equipment at all times - use boiling water to rinse any stirring and blending equipment prior to use.
Do not heat the fat phase above 70 degrees celcius
Take note of measurements used as they are important.
Multi purpose skin lotion

For a recipe modification you could use a floral water instead of boiled water. I had intended to do that for this lotion until I realised that I had run out of stock.  I had intended to use Rose Water.  Next time. You may review the table below the recipe for a description of the ingredient properties included in this recipe (as will all of my skin care recipes) You can find the whole index of my skin care recipes here.

Ingredient Properties:

Ingredient   Properties
Almond Oil  Suitable for all skin types especially dry skin
Grapeseed Oil  Very stable oil, high vitamin content, suitable for very dry and mature skin
Coconut Oil  Softening and soothing, inhibits moisture loss
Beeswax  Natural emulsifier, derived from honeycomb
Chamomile Roman Essential Oil  Anti inflammatory, soothing and healing, sedative
Geranium Essential Oil   Skin tonic, inflamed or irritated skin

Note: This recipe includes naturally sourced ingredients, despite this it is still possible for one or more ingredients to be unsuitable for some people. If you experience any reaction or discomfort (as with any product, or food) discontinue use immediately.

This product does not contain a preservative and so as a result does not have along shelf life. You may seek out a product called Amiox which is a rosemary extract, this will add to the storage life of hand made skin care.

Do you have a “no fuss” dad with skin that needs a little attention?

Do you have a minimalist approach to skin care?  Please tell me about your routine in the comments below.


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  • Merryn@merrynsmenu November 30, 2015, 2:23 pm

    I love your cream offerings and this is no exception. I am going to make it for a facial cleanser as an alternative to mixed oils. If you did add preservative to lengthen the life Kyrstie would you use Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol and if so, how much please as I find many creams only last one month until you see that dreaded mould start to form and it gets frustrating at times.

    • Kyrstie Barcak November 30, 2015, 3:12 pm

      Thanks Merryn for your lovely comment. I have not ever used Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol so I can’t advise on that I’m sorry. If I add a preservative I choose to use a product called Amiox which is a rosemary extract. You only need a tiny dilution – .05% The brand I use is not readily available but I did just google Amiox and there are online stores selling their own brand of it. Hope this helps. Kyrstie

      • Merryn November 30, 2015, 4:45 pm

        Thanks so much Kyrstie I really appreciate your advice and will seek this Amiox. Thanks Kyrstie x

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