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Sunshine Moisturizer

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Phase A

134 g distilled water

1 T ceremonial grade matcha or high-quality green tea

7 g sunflower lecithin granules/powder

1 g hyaluronic acid powder

Phase B

22 g tallow, St. John’s wort infused

11 g jojoba oilsea buckthorn infused

Phase C

10 g tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate vitamin C (5%)

8 g carrot resin

4 g vitamin E oil

2 g Geogard ECT at 1% (or preservative of choice at the recommended usage rate)

1 g ferulic acid (0.5%)

10 drops helichrysum essential oil

5 drops neroli essential oil (optional)


  1. In a glass jar or beaker, steep green tea or matcha in hot distilled water, just off the boil; allow infusion to steep for 10-15 minutes
  2. Strain out all plant matter and discard.
  3. Weigh your strained green tea infusion; top up with distilled water until you have 134 grams again.
  4. Sprinkle lecithin granules into the cooled water; cover and set aside. The lecithin needs to hydrate in the water for 30-60 minutes before it will be ready to blend with your oils.
  5. After your lecithin has had a chance to fully hydrate, sprinkle hyaluronic acid powder onto the surface of the water; using an immersion blender, blend briefly to better distribute the lecithin and hyaluronic acid.
  6. Meanwhile, using double boiler or other gentle heat source, heat tallow and jojoba oils until liquified.
  7. While running the immersion blender, slowly drizzle oil phase into the water phase, and continue mixing until well emulsified and smooth.
  8. Add phase C ingredients to emulsion and blend once more until fully incorporated. The serum will continue to thicken slightly for a couple of hours before it reaches its final consistency.
  9. Transfer to a treatment bottle with a pump, preferably an amber bottle or one with dark-colored glass and store out of direct sunlight. (Do as I say, not as I do — the bottle I used displays the sunny yellow lotion nicely for the photos, but it’s not a great choice for longterm storage. Sunlight will oxidize the antioxidants.)
  10. You’re done! Smear some on your face, chest, arms, etc. in the morning or anytime you want to give your skin an extra photo-protective boost ♥


Makes approx. 7 oz of moisturizer.

Note that this is NOT a sunscreen and is not intended to replace responsible sun exposure.

I recommend glass containers for storing homemade lotions and potions. Glass doesn’t leach chemicals and it’s easier to clean/sterilize after the product is used up and you’re ready to refill.

If you do choose to use a plastic container, be aware that essential oils tend to react with plastic, so even if you can get it “clean,” your container will likely not be reusable.

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