Oh, don't pretend like you don't have one!
There’s a wonderful feeling of accomplishment that comes with cracking the code of a DIY project. Even with trusted advice and ratios from some of my favorite DIY’ers like Humblebee and Me, things can still go south, and quickly.
I have a thing for honey in skincare. I have a bigggg thing for Egyptian Magic cream, which, I hate to say, is kind of pricey for regular purchase. The cheapest I have seen it is 24 bones for four ounces, which is not insane but not cheap, especially if you want to use liberally. The stuff truly is magic, though!
Bee propolis, honey, beeswax, bee pollen, and royal jelly are the big five melliferous beauty ingredients in OG Egyptian Magic, and with olive oil they make a thick, musky balm that is never sticky or greasy but softens like a lotion. Bee propolis is a major skin-saver, as is honey, though I have no idea what one does with royal jelly, and since the recipe I studied left it out, I accidentally overlooked it. Perhaps the queen’s goop will get her own article some day, but if you want to be super-accurate, look into grabbing some of that.
I am so happy to share that I have found an easy source for my DIY projects: The Vitamin Shoppe! This means you can order the exact things that I’m using online or grab in a store, which is really awesome for consistency’s sake. They are always expanding their collection of natural skincare stuff, which so wonderfully includes many of the raw ingredients we use here in xoDIY land. I ordered up nearly 95% of the ingredients for this DIY from The Vitamin Shoppe, which is so much more fun than deal hunting (aka wasting time) on Amazon.
Know going into this DIY that it’s a little tricky, and might be a little messy. To avoid mess, I like to use mason jars and the microwave for the simple melting, and mixing bowl for the whipping portion. I wanted to jazz it up a bit, so I used manuka honey and grapeseed oil as a sub for most of the olive oil (gives me breakouts in too high a concentration) and regular raw honey.
Here’s what you need for this DIY:
- Bee pollen granules (I learned the hard way you have to crush them or they won’t dissolve)
- Propolis tincture
- Carrier oil of choice (I did a ¼ olive and ¾ grapeseed)
- Assorted measuring implements
- Mixing bowl
- Glass jar for melting and storage
- Wire whisk
Here’s the recipe:
Measure 2 ½ oz of carrier oil into a clean mason jar along with ¾ oz of beeswax, put aside.
In the mixing bowl you will combine all of the raw ingredients, which we won’t be heating directly.
Add ½ tsp bee pollen, 2-3 dropperfuls of propolis tincture, ¼ oz oil and 1 tsp total of honey, I did half Manuka and half raw.
Stir raw ingredients until they make a creamy paste.
Heat the wax and oil in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute until fully melted.
Pour heated wax into mixing bowl in two parts and whip vigorously.
Transfer back into glass jar and stir one more time.
Buzz buzz, baby! It’s very straightforward, but takes a bit of patience and careful attention to get it perfectly. I didn’t add any essential oils, which I actually regret, because it has a very, very musky and sweet fragrance from the olive oil and bee pollen, some cedarwood oil or some lavender would have been nice.
All stink aside, I am in love with this cream. It’s not sticky or greasy and the softness stays behind for hours. I have been using this on my face on retinol nights to stop dryness before it even has a chance. If made correctly and kept in a clean jar, this cream won’t spoil, so making four ounce or so at a time is a good amount if you want to use it freely.
Since the supplies can be bought for the cost of one tub, decide for yourself what makes the most sense. Having a bunch of honey on hand is always a good thing, and bee pollen can be taken in capsules or smoothies to help with allergy season if it’s locally sourced.
Even if you don’t want to DIY, you need this cream: it's truly magical and can be used from head to toe! It was to-die-for as a hair treatment and even lip balm. Love, love, love.
- Any Egyptian Magic addicts going to try and DIY?
- When is it more worth it to DIY for you?
Photos: Darnell Scott