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In the past few weeks, I have been immersed in all things chamomile – from making my own infused chamomile oil to adding it to my beauty products. Why? Well, I’ve always had a love affair with chamomile— and — according to my research, it has been a key ingredient in skincare regimen for millennia.
Soothing and comforting, this gentle multitasker offers a multitude of skin benefits. From calming sensitive skin and helping to reduce inflammation and irritations, chamomile is also a popular ingredient in anti-ageing products. It may even help reduce signs of ageing, even skin tone and help fade acne scars and hyperpigmentation. Pretty impressive, right?
So, how can I incorporate chamomile into my skincare, you may ask? Good question. I am glad you asked. After experimenting with a few ideas, I have 9 DIY recipes for you that you can try at home. I hope you find them helpful, easy to make and even easier to integrate into your skincare regimen.
1. Chamomile Infused Oil
This DIY chamomile infused oil is a great way to reap chamomile benefits. Easy to prepare and beautiful on its own, you can use it as a calming massage oil, luxurious bath oil, overnight hair treatment, and even simple cleansing oil. In addition, you can add it to your lotion bars, balms, hands creams, body butter, and so much more! You can learn more about chamomile’s skin benefits, uses and how to prepare chamomile infused oil here.
2. Chamomile Lotion Bars
Soothing, nourishing and easy to make, these chamomile lotion bars are a perfect treat for dry skin. They are a combination of butter, carrier and essential oils. Cocoa and mango butter soften the skin and prevent moisture loss. Beautiful buriti oil adds colour, while frankincense and chamomile essential oils add warm tones to the mix. Find the recipe here.
3. Chamomile Bi-Phase Cleanser
This oil and water phase cleanser is a light and gentle cleanser that will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. Chamomile infused oil forms the oil phase of this recipe, while the water phase combines chamomile and rosemary hydrosol, aloe vera juice and glycerin. Together they work in synergy to remove makeup, dirt and grime, leaving your skin refreshed. For the full recipe, click here.
4. Soothing Chamomile Balm
This recipe is another great way to use chamomile oil. I have formulated this fragrant ointment to soothe and nourish the skin while protecting it from harsh weather. So if your skin gets dry, dehydrated, or it’s overly sensitive to winter cold, this balm is sure to be your new best friend. You can find the full recipe here.
5. Chamomile Lotion
This lotion is one of my favourites in the chamomile series. Although it took a few attempts, it was worth it. Easy to apply and fast absorbent, this lotion blends cupuacu butter, chamomile infused oil, essential oils and other goodies that create a light emulsion you will love. Have I mentioned it smells heavenly? Get your full recipe here.
6. Chamomile Cleansing Oil
Chamomile cleansing oil is a facial cleanser you can prepare at home in no time. The main benefit of this recipe is that it is preservative-free. So if you are concerned about preservatives, this is an excellent recipe for you to try. You’ll find the full recipe here.
7. Chamomile Honey Face Toner
For a simple and easy-to-use toner, this recipe will have you covered. It combines calming chamomile infused water with hydrating honey. In addition, I have added toning melissa floral water and rejuvenating manuka honey floral water to create a gentle toner that’s perfect for daily use. Check it out here.
8. Chamomile Under Eye Gel
Whether you had a long night, a stressful day or your eyes are just puffy; you might like to give this under-eye gel a go. This simple blend of chamomile and lavender floral water, green tea extract, and aloe vera juice, chamomile under eye gel helps relieve puffiness. Lightweight and fast-absorbing, it will help your eyes rebound in no time. You’ll find the full recipe here.
9. Nourishing Chamomile Calendula Hand Cream
This hand cream has been looking after my hands this winter without fail, keeping them soft, smooth and supple. Both nourishing and moisturising, chamomile hand cream is an excellent moisturiser for dry skin. This blend of various oils, cupuacu butter, distilled water and essential oils create a nourishing emulsion that will keep your hands protected. For the recipe, click here.
I hope these nine recipes inspired you and will give them a go. Let me know how it goes in the comments below.
Please note even though chamomile is in general safe to use for most people, some people may be sensitive or allergic to chamomile. Be sure to spot-test any new beauty product on your skin and avoid if your skin turns red, itchy, or you experience any irritations.