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Kat's Facial Cream for Super Duper Dry Winter Skin

Katrin Mooney

I get the driest of dry skins in the winter. The cold and the wind don't treat my face well. Add a fireplace to the mix and you're in for a treat. :-)

So I tinkered around with about a bazillion different oils and butters until I finally came up with the ultimate recipe for soft, smooth, glowing and supple skin. No more dry and patchy skin. Since some of my friends & family members suffer from the same New England winter skin, here's my famous recipe for you guys to try at home. As a former European, I'm using the metric system since grams are so much more precise than ounces (that and I suck at fractions). 

50 grams Beef tallow (you can use Shea Butter for a vegan-friendly version), 10 grams each of Ucuumba Butter, Tucuma Butter and Chaulmoogra, 5 grams each of Andiroba, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Perilla Seed Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Oil, Kukunuit Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil and Flax Seed Oil. I added a couple of drops of orange, clary sage and frankincense essential oils (under 1% of the oil weight).

Now that I typed this up, I am realizing that these aren't necessarily oils & butters that anybody but a crazed DIY'er who turned their hobby into a business could possibly have sitting around in their pantry. So I guess over the next couple of weeks I'll test a couple of simpler recipes and report back.

In my defense, I whipped up a batch some two winters ago and the jar is still half full (I'm a half-full type of person anyways!) so this really goes a long way.