One of the reasons I started formulating my own skin care was because I fell in love with Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm…although I didn’t love the $60 price tag. As much as I would love to be able to afford that on a regular basis, it just wasn’t in the cards for me. So I set on a quest to make an easy homemade cleansing balm, with ingredients that fit my budget.
When you’re starting out in DIY skincare, it’s best to start by learning the basics. Although the ingredients in this cream cleanser are super simple, the final product still feels luxurious when applied to the skin.
Cleansing balms are great for any skin type, but especially good for dry skin. For people (like myself) with more oily skin, I use the double cleansing method. First step: I remove makeup, dirt, and oil with a cream cleanser. Second: I follow up with a homemade facial cleanser or homemade soap.
About the ingredients
Shea butter is an amazing moisturizer that is high in oleic acids making it perfect for removing makeup and pollution while still nourishing dry skin.It helps give the balm some thickness so it is more easily applied to the face and neck. Head’s up: when you’re making this, do be aware that shea butter can get grainy if heated or cooled too quickly. My favorite is from FairTaleGhana. It’s the highest quality shea butter I’ve ever used, fair-trade and comes directly from Ghana.
BOTANERI “LEVEL UP” TIPS:
- You can use this homemade cleansing balm as an overnight facial treatment to wake up with hydrated, smoother and more youthful skin. You can also use as a spot treatment for breakouts and as a deep conditioning hair mask!
- If your balm is too runny or too hard, you can remelt the product and add either more oil to make softer or more shea butter harden.
At a glance:
Intermediate: Requires ingredients available at health food stores or online
Hydrated and clean
Around 1 year
Basic Cream Cleanser for Dry or Mature Skin
- 1 ounce Shea butter 50% 50%
- 1 ounce Sunflower or Jojoba oil 50%
- 4 drops (no more than that!) skin-loving* essential oil of your choice. My favorites combos are lavender and frankincense or rose geranium and patchouli. Optional
- Melt the shea butter on low heat in a double boiler. You can improvise by putting a glass bowl in a small saucepan.
- Stir shea butter until melted. Transfer melted shea butter into a room temperature bowl immediately to prevent it from getting grainy.
- Add sunflower (or jojoba) oil to melted shea butter. Stir until thoroughly blended.
- Pour the mixture into a glass container. Leave the mixture on the countertop to cool for 45 minutes. Again, if you cool the shea butter too quickly, it can become grainy.
- Optional step: After 45 minutes, the mixture should be cooler but still in a liquid state. Add the essential oils.
- Pop the jar into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool further.
- When cooled, the mixture should be the consistency of a rich, creamy, and smooth balm.
- To use, take a small scoop of the cleansing balm into the palm of your hand. Massage into to the face, neck and eye area. Massage into skin for 2 minutes. Wipe with a microfiber damp microfiber cloth and watch all the grime of the day melt away.
*Some essential oils especially citrus oils can cause skin sensitivities.
About the author
I’m Drew, creator of Botaneri and an artisanal skincare formulator and certified aromatherapist who is here to help take the mystery out of DIY natural beauty. I started creating my own plant-based skin and body care products at home to deal with my own skin issues.
What I love most is helping people create luxurious and effective self-care products right in their own kitchens. It’s a lot easier than you think. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you.