My Favourite Moisturiser Was Discontinued, So I Tried To Recreate It Myself
We all know this tragic tale: all good things must come to an end, and all things must eventually die. I found the perfect moisturiser, a thick, luxurious night cream that healed and soothed my awkward skin, imbued with what felt like waters from the fountain of youth. We had many happy years together, but our love story was cut tragically short when the company making it decided to discontinue it.
I tried every other product under the sun to recreate its magic, but nothing came even close. For a while, I decided to settle for the next best things I could find, but in my heart, I knew I’d lost something special.
So I did what any sane person would do, and embarked on a journey of madness to painstakingly recreate this magical serum. I had no experience whatsoever in making any kind of beauty products, but how hard could it be?
Luckily, I still had an empty container with the ingredients still listed on it – put aside, probably, for precisely this moment – so I got to work assembling everything I thought I’d need, and began the prWe all know this tragic tale: all good things must come to an end, and all things must eventually die. I found the perfect moisturiser, a thick, luxurious night cream that healed and soothed my awkward skin, imbued with what felt like waters from the fountain of youth. We had many happy yearsocess of trying to figure out how it all went together. I had no recipe or instructions to work with, but I decided to just wing it.
Using a makeshift bain-marie and my kitchen stove, I mixed together a few basic ingredients to start – shea butter as a base, coconut oil for moisture, and geranium oil for fragrance. Not gonna lie, the first batch wasn’t great. It took a few tries to cook up something with the right consistency and balance of ingredients, but eventually, I got something resembling that long lost moisturiser I was trying to emulate.
Then began the great testing process. For each trial run, I’d cook up a small sample, then test it out for a few days on my skin. I’d add or remove ingredients depending on what they’d do for my skin, and how they’d mix with others. Would vegetable glycerine help the texture? How would switching to a water base affect shelf life? Should I add extra oils for fragrance?
The obvious extra bonus of this is that I know exactly what I’m putting on my skin, and can see right away what kind of effects each different thing has. No more insanely long lists of ingredients with unpronounceable names, only a few solid organic staples I’ve tested on myself.
I’ve lost count of how many different versions of this recipe I’ve made by this point, but the current result is now my go-to daily moisturiser. I’ll never consider it truly “finished” though, since there are always ways I can improve it, and always more ingredients and variations to try out.
At some point, though, it stopped being about recreating someone else’s recipe, and instead about having fun experimenting and seeing what was possible with ingredients I understood and knew worked for me.
Not bad for winging it, right?