Blackberry and Honeysuckle Lotion for oily skin
When your skin is oily it needs bringing back into balance. This blackberry and honeysuckle lotion makes use of dry oils and a range of emollient and humectant ingredients to bring your skin into balance.
You are producing oils to lubricate your skin, but if it seems over-oily, it may lack hydration. Creating a water-based moisturiser can help rehydrate to bring your skin back into balance. This will encourage your skin to stop over-producing oils.
It may seem counter-intuitive to use oils in making a product to remedy oily skin but in this recipe we focus on dry plant seed oils. These are lightweight, emollient oils that are non-greasy so they won’t clog pores but they will nourish and can encourage skin to reduce over production of oil.
We’re also including plenty of humectants (to draw in water to your skin) and we avoid occlusive oils that would form a barrier.
Blackberry and honeysuckle lotion
A non-oily body oil with hazelnut oil, thistle oil and humectants
1g dried blackberry leaves
1g dried honeysuckle flowers
2 tsp (10ml) thistle oil
2 tsp (10ml) hazelnut oil
2g emulsifier L
1g cetyl alcohol
1 tsp (5ml) witch hazel
0.3ml preservative Eco
0.5g hyaluronic acid gel
First prepare an infusion by putting the blackberry leaves and honeysuckle flowers into a pan and adding 4 tablespoons of water. Bring this to the boil then leave to simmer. Meanwhile, put the oils, emulsifier and cetyl alcohol in the top of a double boiler and stir to combine. Once the wax has melted, strain the herbs from the infusion then gradually add 2 tablespoons (30ml) of the infusion, to the oils, stirring continually followed by the witch hazel and honey, still stirring. Replace the water in the bottom of the double boiler with cold water, stir some more, then add the preservative Eco and hyaluronic acid gel. Keep stirring until it cools and then transfer to a wide-necked bottle.
Apply to oily skin after a shower or bath to help bring it back in balance.
Keep in the fridge, it will last for three months.