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Vegan Beauty: DIY Night Time Emollient Cream

DIY Emolient Cream

Vegan Beauty guest post by Jenny Duffy:

I recently overhauled my entire beauty regime, replacing my commercial products with home made ones. I credit most of my recipes to Gillian Deacon’s book, “There’s Lead in Your Lipstick”, which posits that the average woman leaves the house with nearly 127 different chemicals on her skin and hair. Most of these chemicals are toxic or carcinogenic; an alarming fact when you consider that one in three women will develop cancer during their lifetime.

Join me in this short blog series as I share some of my favourite recipes! These recipes are all vegan, all plant-based, and cruelty free.

For my first recipe, I’d like to share with your my Night Time Emollient Cream. Coconut oil penetrates deep into the skin’s tissue, firming it from the inside out. The lavender essential oil soothes and calms your skin, and the lemongrass oil detoxifies. The vitamin E oil will help with dark spots and blemishes, and also defends against the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. This lotion smells wonderful, and allows you to wake up with a fresh, well moisturized face.

Night Time Emollient Cream

•    ½ cup coconut oil
•    2 or three drops lavender essential oil (organic, preferably)
•    2 or three drops lemongrass essential oil (organic, preferably)
•    2 tsp. Vitamin E oil
•    *1 tsp pure hyaluronic acid


1.) Mix all ingredients in a glass mixing bowl.

2.) Pour into a glass jar (I used the jar from my old, chemical-ridden night cream)

3.) Keep in a dark cupboard.

4.) Apply at night after cleansing and toning your face.


*Hyaluronic acid is available at your local health food store. I paid $40 for a 15 ml bottle. Depending on your budget and skin care needs, you may want to forego adding the acid to the cream and simply dab it onto your skin where you need it most Ie. Eyes, laugh lines etc.

1.) Lemongrass essential oil is phototoxic, so you should not wear this cream during the daytime.

2.) The coconut oil will solidify at room temperature so do not be alarmed if the cream has chunky or waxy consistency.

3.) Allow your skin a few days to adjust to the new product. My skin was dry for the first three days, but this was because my skin was ‘detoxing’ from the commercial products I normally used.

~ The Vegan Project

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8 Responses to Vegan Beauty: DIY Night Time Emollient Cream

  1. Eunice says:

    Do you microwave the cream to get the coconut oil to return to an oil consistency? And would you recommend me put the cream in the fridge? (:

  2. Jenny says:

    My Hyaluronic acid says it is derived from the geranium plant. So it’s not animal based. The woman at the store assured me it was vegan ( I went to Alive Wellness Centre).

    But I imagine there might be hyaluronic acid that isn’t vegan, so buyer beware!

  3. Jenny says:

    There is some hyaluronic acid which is made by processing rooster combs, and is typically made in China. Obviously you would want to avoid such products. Just make sure you read the labels and chat with your salesperson :)

  4. I already use Coconut oil, I love Lavender, I only have Vitamin E Capsules but I’m gonna try this..

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  6. Notenell says:

    Could you use Geranium oil instead of the hyaluronic acid if it is derived for the geranium plant?

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