Ever since I found out that Estee Lauder uses palm oil in their products, I’ve taken a HUGE step back from them and started actually looking at my skincare and cosmetics.
They state that they use RSPO palm oil, but until the very sketchy-ness of the palm oil industry has been taken care of, I try not to use anything with palm oil in it even if it states RSPO.
You can read more about their commitments here. Until the palm oil issues get better, I’ll live without my bb cream.
When I first heard the horrors of palm oil (these two great links, here and here explain the problems around palm oil), I cut out a lot of products from my kitchen. It was hard, but all were pre-packed anyways and not good for me.
The harder part was my skincare and cosmetics. I didn’t want to use items that would make my skin worse, and I didn’t want to have to spend money and create more waste by trying new products.
I had been making a dandelion balm that I’ve since turned into my nightly eye cream, and was absolutely loving it, when I got the idea that I could use this stuff on my face, too. Of course, coconut oil and olive oil straight onto a face already prone to acne results in a few extra blemishes.
So, I looked at the ingredient list on face lotions that have worked for me or have great reviews online and wondered how they could have a product that contained so many moisturizing goodies in it and still didn’t leave my skin covered in acne.
It was all about the added ingredients.
At least, that’s the conclusion I drew from reading the backs of skincare bottles and not actually trying things in a lab. I’m no scientist and I’m no dermatologist, but I’ve read about how great dandelion is for your skin (plus patchouli and tea tree), especially for acne-prone skin. So, I wanted to make sure I incorporated that in my new face lotion. If I already had something that worked wonders on my delicate eye area, it should do at least something good for the rest of my body, right?
I didn’t change the formula (now I sound like a scientist! My sister-in-law, a real scientist, is probably shaking her head at me) from the original dandelion balm recipe that I use for my eyes, except to add in a couple of essential oils.
Daily Dandelion Balm for Acne-Prone Skin:
1 cup of coconut oil
1/4 cup of infused dandelion olive oil
5 drops of tea tree oil
2 drops of patchouli oil
You’re going to be putting this on your face every day – always work with sterilized and clean equipment, whether it’s the jar, measuring cups, or spoons to stir. Boiling your equipment for 10 minutes will take care of this.
Melt the coconut oil in a pan or in the microwave.
Add in the infused dandelion oil and stir well.
Once the oil starts to cool down, add in your essential oils. You do not want to add essential oils when your coconut and olive oils are too hot; this will cause the essential oils to evaporate. The essential oils are in there to combat acne, so you definitely don’t want them to evaporate!
Add to a sterilized jar or container.
Place in the fridge to let your work solidify faster.
I have made two balms, one for the evening and one for my day. The day contains more patchouli than tea tree and the night contains more tea tree than patchouli. I was a bit worried about putting so much tea tree oil on my face twice a day and aggravating it, so in came the patchouli balm! Fyi, guys, essential oils don’t agree with everyone (and you can use too much) so be mindful of you and your skin. So far, both have worked amazingly well with my skin and leave it soft and smooth!