Home made face cream (vegan + moisturising)

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I’ve wanted to make my own face creams for a long time but didn’t have the confidence to do so. What pushed me to actually – finally! – to have a go was because all three of us – my Mum, John and myself – have various problems with our skin: My Mum in her 80s complained of her dry skin; John, since 8 years or so, suffers with a type of eczema, resulting in a dry, flaking patch; and I (mid-40s), while never having suffered before with dry skin have recently had it in areas and – as hilarious as it sounds – lasting a few days, had a spontaneous outbreak of tiny spots!

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* I would like to share my EASY and FREE face cream recipe with you.

A vegan friendly recipe based on my research. *

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WHY should I choose a vegan sunscreen? 

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The essential oil, lavender, is antibacterial and aids sleep with its ‘unisex’ floral scent; so not overly flowery and ideal for females and males. Therefore, an excellent essential oil for problematic skin. (I’ve added an url link, below, of the lavender fields in Norfolk, England, not too far from where I live. The fields look beautiful!)

With all essential oils you only add a few drops to the carrier (an oil or rose-water). If in doubt, you can refer to an aromatherapy guide book. Never use essential oils undiluted as they can cause unpleasant burning.

The shea butter and coconut act as carriers for the raspberry seed and essential oils. Raspberry seed can also be used undiluted.

Raspberry seed oil is anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, pro-healing and contains its own sun protection.

Shea butter, a long-time favourite of Africans, contains vitamins A and E, and is therefore anti-ageing; also, anti-inflammatory, healing and very moisturising. Protects against the sun and is an excellent after-sun treatment.

Virgin coconut oil contains vitamin E and is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, pro-healing, and anti-ageing due to its own sun protecting qualities.

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INGREDIENTS

(Organic) shea butter 3 oz

(Organic) virgin coconut oil 1 oz

(Organic) raspberry seed oil 2 teaspoons

(Organic) lavender oil 1 teaspoon

– for a DAY CREAM: Zinc oxide 1/2 oz for an SPF of 10; 1 oz for an SPF of 20. Note that the higher the content of zinc oxide the more white residue you’ll have – I found with my own cream containing a full 1 oz that if you apply it generously, you’ll end up with a strange looking white ‘mask’ – but even at this high factor, if used sparingly, there isn’t much obvious white residue. Obviously, I can only speak for those with fair skin colouration; people with darker skins may prefer to use less zinc oxide or forego it altogether.

The shea butter, coconut and raspberry seed ALSO contain their own natural sun protection factors.

My recipe is vegan and therefore lacks the binding properties of the beeswax that is commonly used. This means that my DAY cream does solidify due to the zinc oxide, however, the NIGHT cream (without the zinc oxide) does have a little separation between the ingredients, but it is still an excellent moisturising cream!

You may or may not choose to use organic ingredients. People with allergies or severe chronic illnesses may feel the extra benefit that organic brings (NO pesticides etc used in the manufacturing process, all natural – therefore more expensive!)

ITEMS

Saucepan and stove or bowl and microwave

Wooden spoon

Funnel

Sterilised glass jars (I cleaned mine with rubbing alcohol 70%); dark/coloured jars protect the creams containing the SPF, also prolong the life of any cream

Labels (you can have fun making these)

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METHOD

Gently warm the shea butter and coconut in a saucepan (on a low heat, watching all the time) until the two blend. DON’T boil or the natural properties will be lost! Leave to cool a little off the heat source, but don’t leave for so long that the two ingredients become solid. Now stir in the raspberry seed and essential oils.

I found that with the zinc oxide it does create lumps and is somewhat difficult to dissolve, somewhat alike to adding gravy granules or cornflour to large quantities of hot water. I would recommend trying to add the zinc oxide to a LITTLE of the mixture at first, making a paste before adding to the rest of it, how a cook would add cornflour to a sauce to thicken. I haven’t tried this myself, yet, but it’s worth a go yourself – because your face cream will end up more smoothly blended.

So after adding the zinc oxide and stirring everything together until well blended you can now, aided with a funnel, funnel the mixture into your sterilised glass jars.

The face cream mixture will set in the next few hours. You could make it in the evening before sleeping.

While my mixtures (I made two batches; make the night cream first) were setting I created my own labels from a drawing I’d already done in a free software programme, fotor.com . Once printed out – I copied a few extra for next time – I glued the labels onto the appropriate jars (don’t mix up the day and night creams!) and then decoupaged over the labels to create a sealant. I used Mod Podge.

You can add any essential oils of your choosing. Such as: Tea tree, refreshing and anti-bacterial; and, Rose otto, expensive but oh so lovely with it’s beautiful, genuine scent of roses and soothing, feel-good properties and anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, astringent, healing benefits. Aids clear skin, reduces itchiness, reduces anxiety etc.

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Reference links

Norfolk lavender fields

Aromatherapy books

Vegan sunscreens

Rose oil

Rose essential oil

Raspberry seed oil

Shea butter

Virgin coconut oil

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Quiz: What is this? (I made for you, teens/adults) ~ ANSWERS!

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🤔 WHAT IS THIS? 👀

I’ve put together a quiz for those who like that sort of thing. I don’t know if it’s too hard – or too easy? Your feedback is welcome. The answers will be posted ONE WEEK LATER 🙂

There’s 10 x questions. Each question is a picture from which you guess/know/search the ‘net for the answer. Sorry there isn’t a prize. 😁

Below are the ANSWERS to last week’s quiz ~

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ANSWER ~ Hair Tidy – used in former times, Victorian/Edwardian, for collecting a woman’s hair while she brushed it, from which strands would be selected for finishing her hair bun.

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ANSWER ~ Record player– a relic used in former times. Gosh, I used to have one – that makes me old! – back in the 1980s. Grooved circles of plastic would spin round on it ‘playing’ musical sounds. Rumour has it that there is some current interest in them from the younger generations. But it could be modern folklore.

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ANSWER ~ Card Case – used by gentlemen in former times, Victorian/Edwardian, for announcing at the door to the butler who you are. The cards within would hold the bearer’s name and details. A kind of prerequisite of today’s business card.

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ANSWER ~ Clock gong – more often used in former times within those beautiful old clocks – and less now in their modern replicas – to enable the sound of the ‘gong’ to mark the hour.

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ANSWER ~ Neolithic goat idol – I think had I been around during the Stone Age I would have made these animal dogs, er gods. The Neolithic marked the last division of the Stone Age, happening some 12,000 years ago

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ANSWER ~ Bed warmer – If you didn’t have a cat or dog to do the job for you, bed-sleepers in the olden days used this forerunner to the modern hot-water-bottle. Conveniently not made of rubber, this metal bed warmer was heated in the flames of your fireplace before being placed in your bed. Because they didn’t have central heating people heated their homes using fireplaces in most rooms.

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ANSWER ~ Sinosauropteryx – In the last few years this new type of dinosaur was discovered. They lived 125 million years ago, were unusually small at a maximum length of 1 metre, had ‘bandit masks’ and fabulously striped tails which were covered in ginger feathers. Perhaps the first ever diva – ever.

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ANSWER ~ Aye Aye – No, not really a Gremlin – nor a *Chi Chi – this one belongs to the primate family, all the way from beautiful Madagascar. I think the yellow eyes have something to do with them being a creature of nocturnal habit.

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ANSWER ~ Haworthia cymbiformis – An incredible looking succulent plant. Succulents hold their precious water in their plump leaves akin to how camels store their water in those big bumps on their backs. Like a camel, succulents originate from dry, arid climates where ordinary plant roots would be rather useless. Haworthias are one of my favourite succulents; this particular one is known as a Window plant because the leaves are almost completely translucent enabling better penetration of light for photosynthesis – the plants’ ability to convert energy into food.

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ANSWER ~ Fennec Fox – No, not really a Chihuahua – this utter cuteness is a native of Northern African deserts, such as those in the country of Morocco. The enormous ears are not for the means of flying but purposed for cooling their bodies in the heat of the day.

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I hope you enjoyed this quiz.

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.References + related interest below

The development of clocks and watches over time

Antique Vintage Clock – a labour of love from fellow WP blogger

The Neolithic 

Sinosauropteryx – the small ‘bandit-masked’, ginger feathered dinosaur

British Cactus + Succulent Society

Window plants

*Chihuahua

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Story and artwork belongs to Faith McCord who is the author and artist holding the copyright. This is not a public domain work. Worldwide rights.

 

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For textile / fabric fans – a new page

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https://oscardandelion.wordpress.com/textile-share/my-fabric-collection/  rainbow_icon_by_plasticumbrella-d39zguc

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Quiz: What is this? (I made for you, teens/adults)

 

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🤔 WHAT IS THIS? 👀

I’ve put together a quiz for those who like that sort of thing. I don’t know if it’s too hard – or too easy? Your feedback is welcome. The answers will be posted ONE WEEK LATER 🙂

There’s 10 x questions. Each question is a picture from which you guess/know/search the ‘net for the answer. Sorry there isn’t a prize. 😁

Let’s begin ~

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✔ Answers will be posted on Wednesday 13th May (2020). See how many you got right! ✨

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Hey, Amazon! What happened to your (old) good customer service?

Note: Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom for the Chester picture. Photo below is of His Lordship, Oscar Dandelion and myself attempting to kiss him.

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Goodness me!, what’s happened to Amazon’s previous great customer care?! Talk about a pissy attitude. I was perfectly clear what the problem was, but had to keep repeating it (10 x times)

…but they’re obviously not listening and simultaneously trying to ‘chat’ with several other customers – Amazon, this DOESN’T work: our brains can only deal with ONE thing at a time.

I was polite and said hello to the person’s name and thanked them at the end, despite my irritation – though, I was relieved, finally to be given the resolution I’d sorely sought. They were unusually rude and abrupt and split hairs when I said it wasn’t about any order because the orders were good, it was about an issue (which I clearly – repeatedly – explained) relating to the prime membership. We call that an order here! OK. But I don’t think they really need to say that when all along I was clear it was about the prime membership! As far as I’m aware the prime membership itself doesn’t have an order number – so, how can that be an ‘order’ for which she kept pressing me for?

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That chat-bot thing is a bit like talking to John, I’ll say for instance: “Would you mind bringing me an apple?” and he’ll return with a tin of prunes (unless, that is, he really fancied an apple as well).

I used to love dealing and shopping with this company – especially as a physically disabled person, it makes my already difficult life a little easier. Really, what also needs saying is that this poor customer service can’t be blamed on the International Lurgy of 2020 because they were bloody awful back in November regarding another thing. And, what does it take to actually listen to one customer at a time and be nice? – they would actually save time and their staff (and customers) would be happier. Thus = more overturn for business. *Sigh*.

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Happy (another Neolithic idol)

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Stone Age Ancient Neolithic Anthropomorphic Idol 4500BC

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Status (current)

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Stone Age Ancient Neolithic Anthropomorphic Idol 4500BC.

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