Let's say I wanted to make an oil based moisturizer for my slightly sunburned shoulders. I might choose a light carrier oil - something like soybean oil, which contains a ton of great phytosterols and linoleic acid - and add my exotic oil to that at 10% to 20% (depending upon suggested usage). Pomegranate oil contains a ton of phytosterols that can reduce redness, inflammation, and itchiness as well as gallic acid, which can behave as a wound healer and cell regenerator. Or I might choose to use 10% sea buckthorn oil, which is showing great promise in treated burned skin.
Although these oils tend to have long shelf lives, I like to include Vitamin E for the effects it has on my skin. You can leave it out if you want.
This recipe is rated E for everyone, and is fantastic for beginners, those who don't wish to use preservatives, or those who are seeking an all natural product. The shelf life of this product is dependent upon the shelf life of your oils.
OIL BASED SPRAY WITH EXOTIC OILS
88% carrier oil
10% exotic oil
1% fragrance or essential oil
1% Vitamin E
Weigh each ingredient into a container, then pour into a mister bottle. Use. Rejoice.
As I've mentioned before, my husband gets very itchy legs and I've created this oil based spray in mind to help soothe the itchiness and possibly help heal his wounds. (Click if you want to see why I'm using each oil...) I'm not suggesting this recipe will help with bug bites, but it will help with itchiness caused by dry or damaged skin.
LIGHT, ANHYDROUS ANTI-ITCH SPRAY
30% macadamia nut oil
25% soy bean oil
10% sea buckthorn oil
10% pomegranate oil
20% evening primrose oil
1% Vitamin E
Mix the oils together. Bottle in a spray bottle. You can add up to 1% fragrance oil and remove 1% of one of the oils. The Vitamin E is optional, but will increase the shelf life of your product.
If you like the idea of making an oil based moisturizer with exotic oils, then why not consider making a facial serum? Here's one for oily skin and another for dry skin.
Join me tomorrow for fun formulating solid scrub bars.