I want to make soap all the time that it’s hard for me to venture into other skin care products. But I promised myself that this year I was going to accomplish the items on my to-do list. I am happy to report that I have already ticked off two items.
1. All-Around Skin Balm – This is my third time to make this, but each time I slightly tweak the formula. It is jam-packed with all things good for the skin. The lovely light avocado green colour comes from olive oil infused with moringa powder.
Moringa Oleifera, called kamunggay in Cebuano, or malunggay in Tagalog, is a commonly eaten vegetable that grows everywhere. The mild-tasting leaves are usually added to clear vegetable soups, and are given to lactating mothers to encourage milk flow. According to Trees for Life, these are the nutritional benefits of moringa:
Aside from the moringa-infused olive oil, the balm also contains: cocoa butter, beeswax, virgin coconut oil, pili oil (canarium luzonicum or canarium ovatum), vitamin E, and several essential oils and herbal infusions known for their skin healing properties. Last month I tried adding turmeric-infused virgin coconut oil, but it caused a bit of yellow staining. So far the people I’ve given the balm to like it. They’ve noticed that itching from mosquito bites instantly goes away.
2. Sugar Scrub – I made a very simple sugar scrub last year and I liked the way it made my skin feel so smooth. This year I wanted to try the emulsified kind. I could have made it months ago, but I have been dilly dallying until Cee of Oil and Butter came out with her tutorial, and I really had no more excuse to put it off.
The first time I made this a few days ago, I did not even bother to whip the fats. It yielded 2 small jars (about 2 cups) and I gave them to my 2 sisters. Last night I made another batch, and this time I whipped the fats. It became fluffy, and mayonnaise-like. Because of the incorporated air, I was able to get 3 jars. Since it is hot where I live, I wonder if the mousse-like scrub will eventually deflate – like whipped cream left out in the heat.
I basically followed the recipe provided by Cee but substituted the grape seed oil with almond oil and the shea butter with coconut oil.
Thank you, Cee, for the wonderful tutorial, and for being instrumental in the making of this sugar scrub. 🙂
Wishing you all a Happy Easter! 🙂
The whipped emulsion did not hold in my hot bathroom. This is how it looks now: