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Basic Cream Cleanser for Dry or Mature Skin
Prep Time
5 mins
Additional time
5 mins
Cool down
1 hr
Total Time
10 mins
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 this cream cleanser. Second: I follow up with a homemade facial cleansing soap.
Keyword: Anti-aging, Dry skin
Type: Cleanser
Level: Intermediate
Amount: 2 ounces
  • 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
  1. Melt the shea butter on low heat in a double boiler. You can improvise by putting a glass bowl in a small saucepan.
  2. Stir shea butter until melted. Transfer melted shea butter into a room temperature bowl immediately to prevent it from getting grainy.
  3. Add sunflower (or jojoba) oil to melted shea butter. Stir until thoroughly blended.
  4. 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.
  5. Optional step: After 45 minutes, the mixture should be cooler but still in a liquid state. Add the essential oils.
  6. Pop the jar into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool further.
  7. When cooled, the mixture should be the consistency of a rich, creamy, and smooth balm.
  8. 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.
Recipe Notes

*Some essential oils especially citrus oils can cause skin sensitivities.