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DIY SKINCARE : Make your own skin cream from scratch [video tutorial]

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Natural and sustainable skincare lovers - this one is for you! 

Making your own natural skin cream from scratch is not as difficult as it might seem. All you need is some simple ingredients, a good recipe, and equipment (most of which you will already have at home!).

Watch our video for the step-by-step guide teaching you how to DIY your very own natural skincare. Created by our very own company owner Tony and laboratory assistant Kiki, this is a similar formula we often use to create some of our own range (before adding a few secret ingredients, of course!). 

Oh, and you can buy all ingredients from Abbey Essentials online store, which makes the process even easier!



It will take a little longer than 3 minutes to create the final product as we speeded the video up, but don't fret - the step-by-step guide is outlined below. 


Three main ingredients for making skin cream at home  

Most creams are made by mixing oil and water. So, the ingredients for your project are:

  • Oil
  • Water
  • Emulsifying agent

It is usual to add several other ingredients to enhance the properties of the cream. These are often:

  • Glycerin as a moisturiser and skin conditioner
  • Aloe Vera Extract as a skin conditioner
  • Vitamin E as an antioxidant
  • It is also necessary to add a preservative 

It is necessary to use an emulsifying agent to stabilise the mix of oil and water (otherwise, they will separate, and you will not be able to get that creamy consistency).  

When making this cream, we have an oil phase and a water phase. Water-soluble ingredients make up the water phase, and oil-soluble ingredients make up the oil phase.  


A Water Phase for the water-soluble ingredients

  • Water
  • Glycerin (Moisturiser)
  • Aloe Vera Extract (Skin Conditioner) 
  • Phenoxyethanol (Preservative)


An Oil Phase for the oil-soluble ingredients

  • Oil of choice, often Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, and Jojoba Oil. You may use one, or a combination of several oils to achieve a particular property in the cream.
  • Emulsifying Wax 
  • Cetyl Alcohol (Thickener)
  • Vitamin E Oil ( Antioxidant) 
  • Essential / Fragrance Oils 

When making a skin cream, it is necessary to use an emulsifying agent (in our case we are using emulsifying wax) to stabilise the mix of oil and water (otherwise, they will separate, and you will not be able to get that creamy consistency). 

Equipment you will need: 

  • Stainless steel pots (2)
  • Electric Hob
  • Electric Blender
  • Thermometer
  • pH papers or meter.


Natural Skincare Cream Recipe

  • Water - 670g (approx 69%) 
  • Oil(s) [we used Sweet Almond Oil] - 260g (approx 20%) 
  • Emulsifying Wax - 40g (approx 4%)
  • Glycerin - 30g (approx 3%)
  • Aloe Vera - 20g (approx 2%)
  • Vitamin E Oil - 10g (approx 1%)
  • Phenoxyethanol - 10g (approx 1%)
  • A citric Acid solution to pH 5 - as required
  • Essential and/or Fragrance Oils - depending on your preference



Measure and prepare all ingredients in individual pots/containers. 
Step 2. 
Mix the water-soluble ingredients in one of the pots. Add the Glycerin and Aloe Vera Extract to the water and stir.
Adjust the pH between 5.0 - 6.0 with the Citric Acid solution, stir and heat to about 60 degrees Centigrade.
Step 3. 
Mix the oil-based ingredients in the other pot. Mix Emulsifying Wax, Vitamin E Oil and heat to about 60 degrees Centigrade.
Step 5. 
Make sure that both mixtures are warmed to about 60 degrees Celsius. 
Steps 6 and 7.
Combine the two pots (water soluble and oil soluble mixtures) and place the pot with the warm mixture in a pot of cold water. Blend the warm mixture for about 5 minutes and watch the cream form. Don't worry if it is a bit loose (runny) it will thicken up as it cools.
Step 8. 
When the cream is about 30 degrees, add the phenoxyethanol and stir. Take care to avoid trapping air.
Step 9.
All sorts of other things can be added to creams, such as essential oils, fragrances, and anti-wrinkle agents such as Hyaluronic acid and Retinol. Add them to the mixture by simply stirring them in. 


And that is IT! You are done and should have a cream which you have made from scratch and that is GOOD for your skin (and the environment!). We told you that it is much easier than you may have thought! 

Now is the time to test and enjoy your creation! 

Plus, with Christmas coming up, you could make an incredible surprise homemade gift for your friends and family (you are welcome!). 😉 🎁 

We would love to know how you get on and if you try our recipe. 

Do get in touch by emailing us or tag @AbbeyEssentials in your posts on Instagram and Facebook


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