Happy New Year!
It has been my utmost pleasure creating and sharing ideas and products through simple. pure. love. and simplepurelove.com. All the positive feedback, support, and new friends and ideas have made the experience more engaging and encouraging than I ever expected. Thank you for being loyal fans while I experiemented with ideas and business. If you’ve been following me, you probably noticed the decline in posts in the recent months. I’ve started a new job that aligns with my family’s needs, but it has taken from the time I normally commit to simple. pure. love. Because of this, I’ve made the very difficult decision to no longer sell products online or in stores.
Making products is something I love and will always do, but instead of selling those products online and in local stores I plan to share my recipes and resources online, for free.
As I mentioned before, I’ve been working on an ebook. Instead of creating that ebook I will begin turning it into blog posts for everyone to access. This allows me the pleasure to write about and share what I love and hopefully gives you the tools you seek to live more purely.
Thank you for being part of a project that has brought me great fulfillment. Please feel free to email me directly if you have any questions.
I wish you all joy and good health in the new year!
Much love and happiness,
All-Natural & Nourishing Miracle Cream
Miracle Cream was born from Coconut Oil. I’ve mentioned before that my daughter has always had sensitive skin. But before I began experimenting with recipes for her, pure organic virgin coconut oil was my go-to for skincare and what I initially started with. After cancer, and years of antibiotics, my body was a mess. Seeking alternative remedies, I came upon Bruce Fife’s new book, “Coconut Cures“. At that point I would have tried anything, so eating coconut, using coconut oil and milk, and drinking coconut water seemed like an easy bet. Fife listed all the benefits of coconuts, explained the science behind its positive effects on the body – even touted coconut oil’s ability to cure diseases. Looking back, I realize I was pretty desperate for help, and in addition to coconut oil, coconut milk, and coconut water I cut out processed sugars (but not whole fruits). But coconut oil was my first love and proved to be a very powerful skin soother that I still use today.
Eventually I added Shea Butter for personal care and I developed a deeper appreciation for Aloe Vera. These ingredients are holistic healing superstars. I’ve used aloe since I was in college, but I didn’t realize it as the goddess healer I now understand her to be until I started doing real research and making body care products for my daughter. My first house plant, Chubby, was my college sidekick. Imagine the desire to have a pet and living in a dorm where it’s forbidden – Chubby was my baby. I would politely ask Chubby for a bit of aloe when needed, always feeling guilty for exploiting her. But her young leaves were not quite ready to be harvested, so it wasn’t my favorite for personal use. Plus, at that age I didn’t have much reason to use aloe vera. Twenty-plus years later, Chubby is alive and well, and continually reproducing baby-Chubs like a wild rabbit, and I love her for it!
Aloe inspired coconut oil. Coconut oil was the muse for shea butter. And after continued research, I tried mixing the three together, sometimes with additional ingredients. It was a greasy mess, but it was also incredibly soothing. When my daughter was little, a greasy mess wasn’t a big deal, but it would sometimes stain clothes and sheets, so to improve on its absorption rate I added arrowroot powder, which the very early versions of Miracle Cream still contained. Eventually I removed arrowroot powder from the recipe to accommodate for anyone with extremely sensitive skin or allergies to arrowroot.
At some point, a dear friend shared Merissa Alink’s book, “Little House Living.” She had an almost identical story and recipe to mine regarding her child’s skincare, except her “eczema cream” recipe included beeswax. I had never considered beeswax. Adding beeswax to the recipe was a game changer. That was the birth of Miracle Cream and the point when I started sharing it with family and friends (before creating simple. pure. love.).
I do hope you’ll try making Miracle Cream for yourself – it’s a simple recipe and when made in big batches, can supply you with enough product for a very long time (even enough to share with family and friends).
The recipe below is meant to produce a large batch of Miracle Cream, but you can divide the ingredient amounts to make a smaller personal batch. I also offer brands I use, but use whatever brand you want. In my experience, NOW’s certified organic shea butter is the most accommodating smell and texture compared to other organic shea butters, which have a particularly poignant smell and sometimes gritty texture. NOW is not the best in terms of options for fair-trade and the likes, but smell is one of the important factors when you’re wearing it on your body.
- Anti-oxidant (neutralizing free radicals), antifungal and antimicrobial pure Aloe Vera
- Anti-oxidant and skin nourishing Avocado Oil
- Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial Beeswax (loaded with vitamin A)
- Regenerating, skin healing Vitamin E
- And Shea Butter, which is incredibly moisturizing and aids in collagen production.
Treat skin ailments including, eczema, cracked winter skin, dry heals and elbows, even chapped lips. This ultra-nourishing powerhouse is a personal favorite. Miracle Cream does not mask skin dryness like many chemical-filled commercial products. It slowly, over time, regenerates healthy cells, healing the skin.
Miracle Cream’s Ingredients Explained
Below is a list of the ingredients that go into making Miracle Cream. I’ve explained what they are and why they work. It’s really not a miracle after all.
Why use it?
Coconut oil is made up of fatty acids, including lauric acid, and is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, while also incredibly nourishing and hydrating for the skin, protecting it from free radical damage. Traditionally, coconut oil has been praised and well-known for its anti-aging properties.
What is it?
Coconut is actually a seed, not a nut. Mature coconuts are harvested for their oil, which is most often used for cooking and beauty care products.
Why use it?
Beeswax is used in skin care products for its conditioning properties. It is also anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antibacterial. Beeswax creates a protective coating and alone is a safer, healthier alternative to petroleum jelly. Beeswax is high in vitamin A, promoting hydration and softening of the skin, as well as stimulating cell repair.
What is it?
Beeswax is made by honeybees’ secretion of a natural wax from the glands on the sides of their abdominal segments. When the wax hardens the bees chew it off and then apply it to the comb. The hardened wax protects the comb. The color of raw beeswax varies from practically white to brownish, but most often is a shade of yellow, depending on natural impurities, the region from where it comes, and the type of flower pollen collected by the bees.
Why use it?
A.k.a., Nature’s Butter, Cold Pressed Avocado Oil is high in monosaturated fats and vitamin E, which makes it incredibly moisturizing and restorative. It penetrates deep into the skin, hydrating for a longer period of time than most moisturizing options. In cosmetics it is often used as a carrier oil for its regenerative and moisturizing properties. It’s also a wonderful oil to cook with, providing those same benefits inward, out.
What is it?
Avocado oil is pressed from the fruit of the avocado tree.
Why use it?
Shea butter is full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids, making it incredibly moisturizing and aiding in collagen production. A 2010 study found shea butter contains compounds that have shown anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties.
What is it?
Shea butter comes from the seeds of the fruit of the shea (karite) tree, a small tropical African tree.
Why use it?
Aloe Vera was known as “the plant of immortality” to the ancient Egyptians. The hormones Auxin and Gibberellins produced by the aloe pant provide anti-inflammatory and wound-healing functions. Aloe Vera is antifungal and antibacterial while helping to improve circulation, healing wounds faster and taming irritations. It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline. Antioxidants neutralizes free radicals.
Scientifically proven benefits of aloe barbadensis:
- Soothe sunburn
- Accelerate wound healing
- Fight aging
- Reduce acne and infection
- Lighten blemishes
- Promotes hair growth
- Prevents dandruff
- Nourishes and conditions the skin
What is it?
Aloe Vera is native to northern Africa and Spain, but is popular as a houseplant (my aloe plant, Chubby has been by my side since my freshman year in college). In Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe Vera is known to heal chronic skin diseases like eczema. There are many types of Aloe Vera species, but aloe barbadensis is the Aloe needed for most effective healing properties.
Why use it?
Vitamin E can block free radicals, having an anti-aging effect on the skin. It also helps the skin retain water and stay hydrated. It speeds up regeneration of skin cells to heal skin faster. It’s recommended for the treatment of scars, stretch marks, dark circles, sunburn and dry skin, although not everyone in the scientific community is convinced of those latter claims. As with any natural remedy, there are always two sides to the argument regarding effectiveness.
What is it?
Concentrations vary (international units or IUs), within those concentrations there are additional carrier oils (coconut, avocado, sweet almond or apricot are very good and bring an added health benefits of their own). Carrier oils help thin out vitamin E for application because natural vitamin E is very thick and sticky. The higher the concentration the thicker your oil will be.
There’s also the difference of synthetic vitamin E versus vitamin E extracted naturally. Natural Vitamin E is labelled as d-alpha-tocopherol. Synthetic is dl-alpha-tocopherol. Natural Vitamin E is derived from vegetable oils, primarily soybean oil, sunflower and the like. Synthetic vitamin E, dl- alpha tocopherol, also known as Tocopheryl Acetate is chemically made using isophytol and methylhydroquinone (can’t even imagine what that means). A study in the Internal Journal of Toxicology found that synthetic vitamin E protected “against ultraviolet radiation-induced skin damage” however the jury is still out on its safety with long-term exposure. Some vitamin E is sold as a combination of natural and synthetic often to make the product more stable for shelf life.
The Miracle Cream Recipe
1, 30oz jar, Dr. Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
15 Tbsp, Organic Beeswax* (Pastilles or blocks can often be found at local natural foods stores or online, but ask local beekeepers, as well. Pastilles are tiny beads and easiest to measure.)
14oz Organic Shea Butter (This is equivalent to two 7oz containers of NOW Organic Shea Butter that you can buy on Amazon, but use whatever shea butter brand you’d like.)
4 Tbsp, Natural Vitamin E Oil (d-alpha-tocopherol)
4 Tbsp, pure Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Organic aloe vera leaves are often sold at Whole Foods, but consider growing your own!)
2 Tbsp Arrow Root Powder (optional, but helpful to cut down on greasiness)
*You can swap out beeswax for candelilla wax to mix up a vegan version, but you may need to adjust the quantity of candelilla wax to adjust for for your ideal thickness. The general recommendation is using half the amount of candelilla wax as beeswax, so 7 Tbsp of candelilla wax instead of 15 Tbsp of beeswax for a vegan Miracle Cream recipe.
Gently melt coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a double boiler on a low, simmer heat (you do not need to use a double boiler, but it protects from overheating the oils). Take time to melt down the ingredients to prevent against a grainy end result. Add avocado oil (jojoba, olive, or your choice) and continue to warm on low heat until all ingredients are melted together. Add aloe vera gel and allow to warm. Remove from heat. Add vitamin E oil and blend well with an immersion blender.
At this point, you have two option in your home kitchen:
- Place your mixture in the refrigerator for about an hour. Remove from refrigerator and blend again with an immersion blender. You can continue this process until the cream is hardened and then eventually creamy after continually mixing with the immersion blender. Once the consistency is your ideal, add to glass containers for storage and use. For personal use, Mason jars are ideal and the shelved product will last months and over a year without spoiling.
- Your second option is pretty much the same as your first option, except you could leave your mixture in a covered bowl out on a counter to cool and harden. (This will not work in warm weather if your house is not cooled with air-conditioning.) The mixture will take the good part of a day to harden, so if you make in the morning, by dinner or before bed you could blend with an immersion blender until light and fluffy and then add to jars as described before.
There you have it! Easy peasy. If you can cook dinner, you can make homemade body care.
Please email me if you have questions.