The first time my anti-chafing blend was liquid oils and corn starch and it worked beautifully but over time it separated and became hard to mix back together, and also the liquid oils were messy and leaked from the container on to my night stand. So, not quite a win.
The second time I attempted to turn it into a cream, with the corn starch suspended in the mixture of oil, mango butter, and emulsifying wax. It works, but I can’t help but think there’s a more simple solution for people who don’t have access to emulsifying wax and don’t want to invest in it. So I decided to try round 3: coconut oil.
Right now, my house is so warm that all my coconut oil is liquid so I’m having to rely on my fridge to “resolidify” some of it. While I usually work in grams, for ease we are eyeballing this in cups. It’s very simple:
1/3c arrowroot powder
1/3c cornstarch (I like using both arrowroot and cornstarch because I feel like they bring different properties to the product but you can use all of one or the other; whichever you have is fine!)
1/3-1/2c melted coconut oil
10-20 drops essential oils of your choice (I used 8 drops each michelia alba and helichrysum, and 5 drops bergamot. It’s a light, citrussy smell with a little sweetness from the helichrysum-I’m also making lotion and shampoo with this same blend because it’s so awesome)
Add essential oils to dry ingredients. Slowly add melted coconut oil to dry ingredients, mixing well, til you have a thick paste. Add just enough to bring it all together, too much and it will be very oily and not leave enough powder behind when you use it. Store in cool place where coconut oil will solidify again. If camping or traveling somewhere warm, try and keep in cooler so doesn’t melt and separate. I store this in a glass Mason jar so it’s easy to access and also easy to throw in the fridge or cooler if it starts getting soft in these warm temps.
This one is inspired by Marie at Humblebee & Me, although her version is slightly different and calls for Olivem 3000 instead of Polysorbate 80 ( although she does mention the polysorbate as a possible workaround). I didn’t have Olivem 3000, but I did have a bachelorette and two weddings in one week to attend and was in need of a way to get off the eye make up that goes along with those kinds of shenanigans and events. This works genius. I also use witch hazel in mine, where she does not.
Here’s the recipe:
For a 1 oz bottle (which will last awhile unless you wear tons of eye make up daily), mix
6g fractionated coconut oil
6g polysorbate 80
12g witch hazel
That’s it! You can measure directly into the bottle with a funnel if you tare between items and shake well once it’s capped. I use waterproof eyeliner from MAC and mascara I make myself or my waterproof Benefit brand and it came off with very little scrubbing in any case. Shake well before every use, and you will probably want to wash and moisturize your face after using.
Have you ever wondered what your skin is made of? Keep reading!
Somebody was commenting recently about how your skin is your largest organ (true) and how you have to be careful what you put on it because it absorbs everything and that’s why we are all so sick nowadays (um, less true…your skin is an amazing and effective barrier that keeps out toxins and bad stuff, keeping you safe). So I decided to research the physiology of skin structure and post information here so you can learn about how your skin works and what the different layers and structures in your skin do. Please click on the links and go educate yourself!
First up is Point of Interest. On Susan’s blog, as always, she’s done a tremendous job of being scientific without being so technical that it’s over your head. There’s a whole set of blog entries here on the skin and I suggest you read them all, you’ll be so much more informed about how your skin works afterwards! You can find her blog and the main page on skin chemistry HERE.
Second is a brief overview of skin structures and anatomy, very brief and somewhat technical but very informative. I enjoyed it. You can find that page HERE.
And finally we turn to Wikipedia. You can bash wiki all you want, but it’s still a great source of information at times. Search “epidermis” and then, later, stratum corneum, and the other layers of skin individually, to get more detailed results. Here is the link for “epidermis”. I admit, the Wiki is much more technical than say, Susan’s writing, and less friendly, but there’s valuable information there, too.
So there you have it. If you can only choose one, read the Point of Interest blog. It’s the most comprehensive and still manages to be entertaining. The others are definitely more dry and a little boring, but have good information so I included them. And if you read the Point of Interest blog, realize there are many entries linked on the same topic, so you may want to take advantage of the search box in the top left hand corner and search for “skin anatomy” or ” skin chemistry ” and see what pops up. See what your skin is made out of!