Can’t Read My Poker Face: DIY Face Cream

Raw ingredients and the finished product

Raw ingredients
and the finished product


Hey there! It’s Week 22 here at Library Life Hack. This is the final installment in our three-part series on homemade cosmetics, but I have to tell you that I’ve been inspired enough to order the ingredients to try out homemade sunscreen and lipstick too. If they work out, I’ll post the news in the Check-Back section.

Going for Broke
This week we’re going all-out and making face cream. Once again, our resource is Stephanie Tourles’ excellent book “Organic Body Care Recipes”. The recipe we used is Rich and Royal Regeneration Flower Cream and it’s found on page 198. There are plenty of ingredient options, but my version contained these:

  • almond oil
  • rose hip seed oil
  • beeswax
  • rose hydrosol
  • lavender essential oil
  • rose geranium essential oil*
  • ylang ylang essential oil

*On the advice of Sedona Aromatherapie’s blog, I substituted rose geranium oil for the very expensive neroli oil the recipe calls for.

This recipe was the only face cream that didn’t require a blender, but there is a fair bit of stirring involved, so that the ingredients bind as they cool. It took about 30 minutes to make up, and then it set for a few hours.

Transported Directly to France
Words fail to describe how fantastic this stuff smells. The rose is very pronounced, but the other florals make a great patchwork of scents in the background. I think this is what it would be like to run through a summer field in southern France. With flowers exploding in bloom all around you. And perhaps a nice man chasing behind you, lugging a picnic basket loaded with croissants, goat cheese and wine. But I digress.

Smells Great, But Does It Work?
Like the body oil we made last time, a little goes a long way. I liked the texture and it left my skin quite soft. My only (minor) complaint was that it never seemed to quite sink into the skin around my eyes. I wear water-soluble mascara, and I found that this made it melt a little. (It only got really bad when I spent some time in Toronto. The combination of high humidity and face cream meant that I came home from an afternoon outing looking like an old-enough-to-know-better version of Avril Lavigne. Oops.)

I also gave some to my co-workers to try out. Here’s one of the reviews:

I found the texture of this face cream to be really enjoyable. It was light and fluffy instead of dense and oily. The smell was relaxing, though I would not recommend it to anyone with a sensitivity to scents as it can be overwhelming. Maybe not something to wear at work, but to use as a nighttime moisturizer. It absorbed nicely and did not leave a really greasy texture behind. I have had quite a bit of trouble with medication-induced dry skin, and this helped while not causing further skin reactions.
Overall, a very nice product, though you were right, a little goes a long way!
Is this a long enough review?

Shout Out to a Local Business
I must give a shout-out to the Sherwood Park Optimum Health store, who had rose hip seed oil in stock when Saffire Blue ran out. Their staff was really helpful, and really nice. Also, they offer fascinating workshops on homemade body care, tea crafting, soap making and more. Check out the current schedule here.

Show Me the Money
The recipe makes enough to fill two half-ounce jars. Including the reusable containers (which were 81 cents apiece), each jar of this face cream costs $3.59 and lasted for two months. Oil of Olay Classic, which is what I had been using, is $8.47 and lasts about three months. That works out to $3.32 a month vs. $1.80 a month, and in the second month, that would go down further to 99 cents if you reused the containers. In a year, you would save $18.76. Cha-ching!

And That’s a Wrap
All in all, I am super pleased with Stephanie Tourles’ book. Having had only marginal success with cosmetic recipes before, for three of them turn out this well is wonderful. I’m excited to get back into the kitchen and try out the sunscreen and lipstick. Make sure you tune in next week when we beat the heat with a batch of homemade limoncello. And until then, have a great seven days!

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