Winter is always dry, but Calgary is a special case. It’s the sort of place where it is regularly thirsty out, in addition to being cold and/or windy. My skin has always been acutely aware of this, sparking a lotion-toting habit bordering on the ridiculous.

A few weeks ago a friend requested an intense facial moisturizer. She’d been using Argan oil with some added kukuinut and tamanu oil, but with the onset of winter, something more intense was in order.

Argan oil was my obvious base oil. I love it for my face, and I’m partially convinced its magical. Vitamin E would also be a major component, to help the skin heal and regenerate. Avocado oil, kukuinut oil, and cupuacu butter (USA / Canada) would add intense moisturizing properties, while essential oils of chamomile, helichrysum, and lavender would add soothing, antibacterial properties. I also added some sea buckthorn seed oil for its anti eczema and anti acne properties.

Once my ingredients were assembled, it was just a matter of combining everything and heating it a little to melt the cupuacu butter (USA / Canada). I wanted the final product to be liquid, so there’s not too much in the way of solids here. I poured the final product into little 15mL bottles topped with eyedroppers for easy dispensing.

Intense Facial Moisturizer

12g argan oil (USA / Canada)
5g Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)
3g avocado oil
3g kukuinut oil
3g sea buckthorn seed oil
4g cupuacu butter (USA / Canada)

10 drops chamomile essential oil
4 drops helichyrisium oil (30%)
3 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop geranium essential oil

Combine everything in a glass measuring cup with a pouring spout. Place the glass in a shallow dish of just-boiled water and stir to melt and combine.