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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

DIY : Lecithin Moisturizer

DIY : Lecithin Moisturizer

Lecithin is a type of fat derived from soybeans, vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and egg yolks. The human liver and brain also produce lecithin, and lecithin supplements can help lower cholesterol. Used in health and beauty products, it is a type of emulsifier called a binder, which helps oil and water mix together. This creates a creamy lotion that sinks into your skin to help moisturize away fine lines, wrinkles and dry patches.

Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. liquid lecithin
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. seed or nut oil
  • 1 tsp. rice bran oil
  • 1/8 tsp. borax
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 4 drops essential fragrance oil
  • 2 glass mixing bowls
  • Plastic spoon
  • Microwave
  • Jar with tight lid

Preparation
  1. Measure 1/2 cup of distilled water into a glass mixing bowl. Add 1/8 tsp. of powdered borax. Stir the mixture for 20 seconds with a plastic spoon. Rinse the spoon and set the bowl aside.
  2. Measure 2 tbsp. of seed or nut oil, 1 tbsp. of coconut oil and 1 tsp. of rice bran oil into a separate glass mixing bowl. Stir them for 10 seconds with the plastic spoon to mix.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of liquid lecithin to the oils and stir for 10 more seconds or until fully mixed.
  4. Microwave each bowl for 45 seconds on high. If your coconut oil is solid, stir it after 45 seconds and microwave for another five seconds at a time until the coconut oil is fully melted.
  5. Pour the borax water into the oil mixture and stir it for one minute at a time until the mixture is creamy. Add four drops of your favorite essential oil if you want fragranced or aromatherapeutic moisturizer.
  6. Spoon the moisturizer into a jar with a lid that screws on tight. Store the moisturizer in a cool, dark place to help keep it fresh.