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Coconutty for Pure Moisturizers 
Jan. 23, 2014 1:58 pm 
Updated: Feb. 10, 2014 7:17 am
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Perhaps, I have gone coconutty for finding a solution for a dry skin. Do you have dry skin? Have you tried different products without results? My skin was so dry that I would make jokes about having skin like a lizard. Or my skin looks like crepe paper. I would wear long sleeves to hide my dry skin. I used so many different moisturizing products in the past. I wasn't getting any results from using lotions and creams for very dry skin. None made my skin feel softer and smoother until a friend, Manella suggested a recipe for a simple coconut oil based Body Butter. I think I found a face cream that makes my face feel soft, too.


    Recently, I was reading an article entitled, New Year, New You, USA Weekend  January 10-14, 2014. Eight suggestions were given to make a big difference in your health. One suggestion that grabbed my attention was using pure moisturizers. Dr. Jennifer Ashton stated that almost all moisturizing products contain chemicals on the FDA's List of Suspected Carcinogens. Since the skin is the largest organ outside our bodies and chemicals are absorbed through the skin, she prefers pure moisturizers for your face, hair, and body. Pure cooking oils such as coconut oil, sunflower or safflower oils are on the top of her list. After trying Manella's Body Butter, I thought I would try experimenting with a recipe for a facial moisturizer. Now, I was really motivated to whip up some homemade facial cream.

    After reading many recipes for facial cream, I settled on Homemade Facial Cream from Shaye at Elliott Homestead using only three ingredients, tree tea oil, coconut oil, and shea butter. Shaye said her face felt like a baby's butt. What more could I ask for?  A word of caution, I have sensitive skin. So, I tend to use a a new product sparingly until I see how it affects my skin. I place a small amount on my face to see how it affects my skin. If you try the face cream please do not use if it irritates your skin.

     Fortunately, the cream agreed with me and I love how soft my face feels. The face cream feels a bit gritty when applying and a little goes a long way. I use the face cream at night after I wash my face. I put a dab on the palm of my hand which warms the cream up and then I apply it to my face. Because of the tree oil I DO NOT USE THE CREAM UNDER MY EYES. I think next time I will consider warming the coconut oil up and adding it to the shea butter to create a smoother consistency. I saved the recipe in my recipe box if you would like to save the recipe here on AR.

Coconut Face Cream

If you want the free labels I made, just hop on over to my blog. 

Lela's Kitchen Cooking From the Heart

I made some simple labels using Avery Online and Avery 2 and 1/2 inch round sticker labels. Here are free labels :

Coconut Face Cream Pink Label


      I bought my ingredients from Amazon. You can also find the ingredients from a natural food store. Initially, you will have to invest approximately $46.00. and shipping costs. However, I feel it is worth the investment to remedy my dry skin. You can also make my friend, Manella's Body Butter. Here is the link to save the recipe here on AR-manella' body butter.

Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil  15 oz. $8.39 (Price varies)

Shea Butter $7.49

4 oz. plastic jar $12.98 set of 6 BPA Free

Tree Tea Oil $7.46 (Price varies)

Avery Labels 5294 (2 and 1/2 inch round) $9.43


Jan. 23, 2014 2:00 pm
Hi Everyone-me Lela here. Please leave your name when posting a response, so I know who is commenting on my blog. Also, I apologize for the weird letters above the blog.
Jan. 23, 2014 2:22 pm
Manella:) here Lela, you are so smart to think of a face cream. Saved it and I think I can get all the ing. in town. I, like you, have sensitive skin so this is a great thing to know. Thanks Lela.
Jan. 23, 2014 2:24 pm
Lela:) Hi Mrs. J I loved manella's body cream so much I made this face cream. Now my skin feels so soft.
Jan. 23, 2014 2:26 pm
Lela:) Hello Manella, I owe a lot of credit to you. I almost cried when my skin starting feeling softer with your body butter. I found this recipe online and I love it. Thanks again Manella!
Jan. 23, 2014 2:35 pm
Manella:)Hi Lela, your very welcome, my skin splits on my fingertips and hurt:( Now I lather my hands with it, put the cotton gloves on and have a cup of tea. I rarely get split skin anymore. Going to town tomorrow so will get what I need for your face cream. Thank you Lela.
Jan. 23, 2014 3:11 pm
Heather!!! Gosh I am so sry - much more than any other year!! My lips too!!! Def gonna look into both! Now - dies anyone use something FABO for lips???
Jan. 23, 2014 3:11 pm
(Sorry was typing one handed with a wee on on my lap!!!)
Jan. 23, 2014 3:42 pm
Lela:) LOL Heather! How do you even type with a little one on your lap? I bought some ingredients to make some lip moisturizer. However, I need to make it and try it first. It will have some coconut oil in it, too.
Jan. 24, 2014 3:58 am
Are we related? This is Cat Hill :) I know it seems like forever seems I've had time to visit on AR but what is going on with the blogs? Hopefully, our avatars will come back :) I knew EXACTLY what you meant when describing your dry skin. When a friend talked about using coconut oil on her hair, I researched it. Found it highly recommended, bought some, tried it and was thrilled to find 1 product that was far cheaper than any commercial moisturizer & worked 100 times better. I have yet to try manella's body butter but it is on the list of things to do. One question about your face cream, the tea tree oil can something else be used? I definitely need to make some for myself! What a fantastic blog! Thanks for sharing your recipes!
Jan. 24, 2014 4:39 am
(Heather) - Lela you saw not very well! hahahah And hence why I dont normally peak on at night time. I always have a wee one on my lap (which I love!!!)
Jan. 24, 2014 6:35 am
(Lela:) Hi Heather-how sweet! I just love babies and toddlers! Next month my daughter is having a baby and I am looking forward to taking care of my new grandson while my daughter is at work.
Jan. 24, 2014 6:37 am
(Lela:) Good morning Cat Hill! I was wondering what you have been up to. I did contact AR and was told it was technical difficulties. However, I am going to continue to blog. I am going to try the coconut oil on my hair. There are other similar face creams on the internet that don't use the tea tree oil. Here is one, it doesn't give a recipe but it uses grapeseed oil. I like her explanation--
Jan. 24, 2014 8:32 am
Cat Hill :) THANK YOU!! This may sound crazy but I went on a Spring cleaning frenzy starting New Year's Day and haven't stopped yet. Plus, I've really hit the workouts again. I have your link saved and I will look at it later, thanks again! Finished the workouts, the feeding & watering and moving on to sorting material I've had in the basement forever so I'll have to put aside time to look at the link tomorrow. My cleaning frenzy is to get better organized in the house so I can finally achieve perfect garden goal this year! I hope AR gets the technical problem straightened out. I need to post the Midwest Roundup Invite blog. I can't believe this is year #5. Can't wait to try my hand at making the butter and face cream!!
Jan. 24, 2014 9:03 am
Hi, Lela. Wisweetp here. I absolutely love using coconut oil for my beauty products. I use it in homemade body wash, make a moisturizer with shea butter and coconut oil (much like your face cream, but we use it for the body), and I've made a skin serum oil that has leaves our faces feeling so good! Coconut oil is the primary ingredient, but it also has a few other oils...almond, rosehip seed, carrot seed, avocado, etc. It goes on so light and absorbs very quickly. My face has never felt better! We are moving away from all commercial beauty products, and coconut oil has been a big part of that. Great blog...thank you for sharing with us!
Jan. 24, 2014 9:24 am
Congrats Lela to you and you daughter!!! I look forward to hearing about it!
Jan. 24, 2014 10:02 am
Hi, Lela! (this is scootersandi) Does the coconut oil have to be mixed with something else? I read an article & it seemed like it was used "as is" - even to taking 1tsp per day by mouth! Are there big benefits to mixing it? Thanks for blogging - I have your skin, too! Sandi
Jan. 24, 2014 10:16 am
(Lela:) Cathill-you are inspiring. I really need to organize my pantry and my sewing area in the Multi-purpose room.
Jan. 24, 2014 10:19 am
(Lela:) Hello Wissweetp-I love your ideas. I hope you will post as recipes in your recipe box. I would love to try your recipes!
Jan. 24, 2014 10:20 am
(Lela:) Whoever said Congrats on my new grandbaby coming in Feb. Thanks!
Jan. 24, 2014 10:28 am
(Lela:) Hi scootersandi! I have heard taking coconut oil internally is good for you. I am new at all these homemade formulas. I read some info on the internet before I made the face cream. If you google the tea tree oil it is an antibacterial component and shea butter has Vit. A and healing properties for the skin. Just make sure you get the pure Shea butter-- ---
Jan. 24, 2014 12:34 pm
CatHill:)(: Congrats on the new grandbaby!! My son will turn 21 the 24th of Feb. I am ready for grandmahood. Maybe in a couple of years :) Let me tell you getting closets and cabinets organized has actually made me feel better. I've tossed, recycled and sent stuff on to the thrift stores. I've even found things that I had wondered where they were. I am still wondering about the saturated fat in coconut oil as far as internal goes but I will not give it up for the outside ;)
Jan. 24, 2014 1:56 pm
BigShotsMom here: I made the body butter as soon as Manella posted her recipe and I plan on picking up the tea tree oil at TJs this weekend for the face cream. This winter has been murder on my skin. I am so flaky skinned it is embarrassing. My only complaint with these products is they are so good my daughters keep stealing them, LOL. Thanks for the info.
Jan. 24, 2014 2:49 pm
(Lela:) Hi BIgShotsMom! LOL! Buy a small bottle because the tea tree oil goes a long way. That is funny your daughter likes the coconut moisturizers. I know what you mean when your skin flakes off. The body butter has really helped with that problem. I made some for my daughter who is expecting. She likes the way her skin feels. She also had some irritation on her elbow and the coconut body butter really helped clear up that problem.
Jan. 24, 2014 2:54 pm
(Lela:) Hi Cathill! I can hardly wait for my new grandbaby! When you become a Grandma-you will just love it. My son is 27 almost 28 and finally got engaged. The wedding is planned for 2015. By then, he will be 29. I wish you could send some of that organizing energy my way! As far as the internal ingestion of coconut oil. I need to read up on that! Have a nice day!
Jan. 25, 2014 10:33 am
Thank you for the info, Lela. (sandi)
Jan. 25, 2014 1:04 pm
(Lela:) You are welcome sandi!
Jan. 26, 2014 10:34 am
(Pumplestilsken:)I just started working for a small local company that makes all organic lotions, creams cleaning supplies and such. I have horribly dry winter skin and have tried everything out there. The other day I got a little of the Almond Whipped Body Butter on my hand and I rubbed it in. I am now a convert. My hands were soft and silky smooth the rest of the day and none of the pain of cracking when I bent them.
Jan. 26, 2014 1:32 pm
(Lela:) Hi Pumplestilsken! I know how it hurts when your fingers get cracked. I am certainly a fan of coconut oil now!
Jan. 29, 2014 9:15 pm
Hi Lela,You don't know me but I made the body butter,your face cream,but I still have to get tree oil.Makes me soft all over.And my cruddy feet look and feel great.Thanks again tippyjoe.
Feb. 10, 2014 7:17 am
(Lela:) tippyjoe-I am glad you tried the face cream and the body butter. I really love both the recipes!
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
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I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
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