Today’s Passionfruit Coconut Matte Velvet Moisturizer is a riff on something I first tried back in 2016, and it’s lovely. Massage this soft, putty-like Passionfruit Coconut Matte Velvet Moisturizer into your skin and you’ll feel it turn into a velvety, super-smooth skin treat that leaves your face looking and feeling fantastic. And, best of all—you need just five ingredients!
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The bulk of this Passionfruit Coconut Matte Velvet Moisturizer is an on-theme blend of passionfruit oil and fractionated coconut oil. Passionfruit oil, also known as Maracuja oil, is an ultra-lightweight with great skin feel and an ever-so-slight fruity scent. It is sometimes sold on its own as a pricey premium serum type thing, but if you’re shopping DIY ingredients (and not at Sephora) you can pick up a bottle for less than $10. Booyah!
I’ve blended the passionfruit oil with some lightweight, inexpensive fractionated coconut oil. You could easily use more passionfruit oil if you like, or a different lightweight liquid oil. I think olive squalane would be a lovely alternative, as would Neossance® Hemisqualane.
The ingredient that gives this Passionfruit Coconut Matte Velvet Moisturizer its “matte” and “velvet” attributes is quite an unassuming one; cornstarch! The idea to pack an oil-serum type product with a hefty dose of starch came from Lush. I first tried it back in 2016 with my Sea Buckthorn Mattifying Moisturizer, and thought it was high time I riffed on that idea again as people loved it! Cristie left this fabulous feedback on the Sea Buckthorn Mattifying Moisturizer back in 2016: “I’ve put an APB out for my pores. For the last three days, I’ve been using this moisturizer on my face. Coincidentally, I seemed to have lost my pores. I’m especially searching… in vain sadly… for my largest, most beautiful pores. If found, you can just keep ’em. My compliments.”
A small amount of cetyl alcohol thickens the oil and starch mixture just enough to keep everything combined. If you live somewhere substantially hotter than I do, you may wish to swap 3–5% of the fractionated coconut oil for some more cetyl alcohol or you may get some oil pooling on the surface or the end product (though you can always stir it back in if that happens—a bit like natural peanut butter).
I’ve left this Passionfruit Coconut Matte Velvet Moisturizer unscented, but you could very easily incorporate a bit of essential oil or perhaps the lovely natural passionfruit fragrance oil I used in last month’s Passionfruit Coconut Vegan Body Butter. Since this product is designed for facial use, I’d keep the concentration to 0.5% or less, removing that from the fractionated coconut oil to keep the formulation balanced.
The finished product is soft and smooth. Massage a dollop into your skin and feel it transform into a rich, soft, velvety skin treat that is downright decadent and leaves your skin feeling fantastic. Enjoy!
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Passionfruit Coconut Matte Velvet Moisturizer
Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a wide, flat-bottomed sauté pan.
While the heated phase melts, prepare an ice bath. Take a bowl that is large enough to accommodate the container the heated phase is melting in, and fill it about halfway with ice cubes and cold water.
Once everything has melted, remove the measuring cup from the heat and dry the outside of it off with a dish towel. Set the measuring cup on a towel or hot pad to insulate it from the counter and stir the mixture with a flexible silicone spatula to combine everything.
Place the measuring cup containing the heated phase into the ice bath and cool, stirring constantly, for about thirty seconds, until the mixture has cooled down a bit. Remove the container from the water bath and add the cool down phase. Stir to incorporate.
Continue stirring the mixture in the ice bath until you reach a fairly thick “trace”—the mixture should have enough viscosity that a spatula drawn through the mixture creates a line that holds for a few moments. Refer to the video to see it in action!
Once you’ve reached trace, transfer the product to a tin or wide-mouthed jar. I used a 30mL (1fl oz) slide-top tin from YellowBee. Leave the product to set up, and that’s it!
To use, massage a small amount of product into your face towards the end of your skincare routine—in the same place you’d usually use an oil serum or a final lotion. Enjoy!
Shelf Life & Storage
Because this moisturizer is 100% oil-based, it does not require a broad-spectrum preservative (broad spectrum preservatives ward off microbial growth, and microbes require water to live—no water, no microbes!). Kept reasonably cool and dry, it should last at least a year before any of the oils go rancid. If you notice it starts to smell like old nuts or crayons, that’s a sign that the oils have begun to oxidize; chuck it out and make a fresh batch if that happens.
As always, be aware that making substitutions will change the final product. While these swaps won’t break the recipe, you will get a different final product than I did.
- As I’ve provided this recipe in percentages as well as grams you can easily calculate it to any size using a simple spreadsheet as I’ve explained in this post. As written in grams this recipe will make 30g, which fills a 30mL (1fl oz) container nicely.
- To learn more about the ingredients used in this formulation, including why they’re included and what you can substitute them with, please visit the Humblebee & Me Encyclopedia. It doesn’t have everything in it yet, but there’s lots of good information there! If I have not given a specific substitution suggestion in this list please look up the ingredient in the encyclopedia before asking.
- As with any formulation that has very few ingredients, anything you change is going to make a pretty big difference in the end product.
- You could use a different luxurious oil your skin loves instead of passionfruit oil. Argan oil, prickly pear seed oil, moringa oil, and meadowfoam seed oil come to mind.
- You could use a different ultra-light liquid carrier oil instead of fractionated coconut oil.
- I don’t recommend substituting cetyl alcohol.
- You could use a different starch (arrowroot would be my top choice) instead of cornstarch.
- Please read this if you want to incorporate an essential oil or fragrance oil.