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Detoxifying Face Balm Moisturizer Recipe

Detoxifying Face Balm Moisturizer which includes Pomegranate seed oil

Detoxifying Face Balm Moisturizer which includes Pomegranate seed oil

Best for Combination Skin ~

Finding the right type of facial moisturizer can be a royal pain in the behind when you have a combination skin. Part dry and part oily in your teens, you may be forgiven for thinking will it ever normalize?

I know this mainly because I am one of the millions of men and women who find themselves in this quandary daily. Having expected the oily “T-Zone” (forehead, nose and chin) to be a distant memory in my forties, this is not the case.

With a combination skin, you don’t want too rich a moisturizer that leaves a greasy, oily layer on the skin.

You don’t want a moisturizer that is so drying; it totally strips the skin of all its natural oils and makes things worse by encouraging even more oil or sebum to be produced in the skin cells. Sound familiar?

Well, this detoxifying balm is the perfect solution if you are a bit oily, a bit dry and a bit normal. In other words, a bit of everything! It will soothe any dryness, re-hydrate the skin, reduce any inflammations, calm any redness, purify and detoxify the skin.

Let’s first take a look at some of the ingredients in the recipe, the lesser known carrier oils and essential oils.

Argania spinosa

unripe Argan fruit, Agadir, Morocco

unripe Argan fruit, Agadir, Morocco

Common Hazelnut

the oil from the hazelnut fruit is beneficial for combination skin

the oil from the hazelnut fruit is beneficial for combination skin

Pomegranate Fruit

Punica granatum growing in Israel

Punica granatum growing in Israel

Lesser Known Ingredients ~

Argan Oil

This oil I find fascinating, somewhat similar to the fascination I have with Frankincense essential oil in its rarity, location and benefits. Argan oil hails from the kernel of the nut inside the argan fruit, grown on the Argan tree.

The trees are found in Morocco but once were seen flourishing throughout Northern Africa. With their survival a major concern, they are now under the protection of UNESCO and deemed endangered.

Argan Oil may be use for culinary or cosmetic purposes and both are extracted from the kernel slightly differently and therefore important to know when purchasing. Culinary argan oil involves a roasting of the kernel (imparting a nutty flavor to the oil) whereas cosmetic argan oil does not so therefore virtually no nutty scent.

The oil is luxurious and quickly absorbed which benefits the skin, hair and nails. High in vitamin E, carotenes, fatty acids, phenols and squalene it is deeply hydrating, repairs scar tissue strengthens brittle nails and repairs damaged hair.

Hazelnut Oil

Hazelnut oil is found in the nut on the hazel tree (Corylus avellana) known as the Common Hazel that is widely cultivated throughout Europe, Scandinavia, western Asia, Turkey and Iran. Turkey dominates as the largest producer of hazelnut oil, accounting for 75% of the market.

Extracted from the hazelnut or cobnut, this vegetable oil is widely used in culinary uses but has many skin benefits.

A perfect light oil for all oily or partly oily skin with its astringent properties, it tightens and tones the skin while strengthening the capillaries and improving cell regeneration.

A great skin healing oil and natural moisturizer it is an excellent oil to use in massage oils or creams with its deep penetration abilities.

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Pomegranate Oil

This exquisite oil is extracted from the seeds of the fruit (Punica granatum) on the Pomegranate tree.

Dating back to ancient Egypt, it is widely believed to have originated in Iran and today is cultivated throughout the world in Europe, Africa, Asia and The Americas.

With significant health benefits, the oil is deeply nourishing for the outer epidermal layer, powerful for combating skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema and is rich in antioxidants.

Pomegranate oil is an excellent oil for sun damaged or aged skin and may be used alone or combined with different ingredients in homemade recipes.

An oil that is well worth having in the cupboard for all skin types in a variety of products.

Helichrysum Oil

a favorite in perfumes and cosmetic products

a favorite in perfumes and cosmetic products

Daucus carota

carrot seed oil is extracted from the root of this plant

carrot seed oil is extracted from the root of this plant

Ripening Pepper

pepper or Piper nigrum on vine

pepper or Piper nigrum on vine

Helichrysum Essential Oil

This floral green and slightly sweet aromatic oil is extracted from the flowers of Helichrysum italicum, a daisy like flower of the Asteraceae family and sometimes known as the curry plant.

A familiar sight in the Mediterranean countries, it favors growing in sandy, rocky or dry ground. Top producers include France, Italy, Bosnia and Spain

The oil, is extremely popular and used extensively in commercial perfumes and skin care products. Its benefits include high in antioxidants, antibacterial, relief from sunburn, anti-inflammatory, astringent, scarring, stretch marks, fever, colds, burns and muscular aches and pains.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil

This essential oil is extracted from the root of the Daucus carota plant and not the cultivated carrot as you may expect. Another exceptional addition to skin care products, it is widely used within commercial cosmetic brands.

Top cultivators include India, Hungary and France. Health benefits include relief from indigestion and improving kidney functions.

For the skin it is known to aid skin irritations, skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis, rejuvenates skin, is excellent for mature skin and for minimizing wrinkles and fine lines. In homemade fragrances it is often used to round out an aroma with its slightly sweet and earthy aroma.

Black Pepper Essential Oil

Did you know black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a flowering vine and the fruit when dried is what we use as a spice? This spice is probably the most used throughout the world and features in most homes.

The green unripe fruits or drupes are dried, usually by the sun and the dried fruit is what is known as the black peppercorn.

It is from the peppercorn that the oil is extracted. Dating as far back as the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians, Asia dominates the cultivation of black pepper and the top producers include India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Its properties include antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial, astringent and muscle tone. The essential oil may be used within creams, perfumes, in the bath, in diffusers and massage oils for assisting in rheumatoid arthritis, aching limbs, bruising, colds, flu and the circulatory system.

Avoid using during pregnancy, with kidney or liver diseases, or with sensitive skin.

Face Balm Recipe ~


1.5 tsps Beeswax (pellets or shavings)

2 tsp Argan Oil

1.5 tsps Hazelnut Oil

½ tsp Pomegranate Seed Oil

2 – 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil

2 – 3 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil

2 – 3 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil

2 – 3 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil

Things You Need:

Glass Pyrex Jug



Small Container with lid


Pop the beeswax and hazelnut oil into the glass pyrex jug and place inside a saucepan of simmering water.

Melt on a low heat. When fully melted, turn off heat and with the jug still in the saucepan, stir in the argan oil and the pomegranate seed oil.

When warm and melted, remove jug from saucepan.

Add in the essential oils and stir well to combine all the oils.

Pour into your container and allow cooling and setting at room temperature. Your balm is ready to go and should last up to 5 -6 weeks.

Store in the fridge or in a cool dark place. If storing in the fridge, your balm will be a harder balm and will need softening by leaving at room temp for a short while or gently rubbing on the palms of the hands before applying.

Apply morning and night if desired.

More DIY Beauty

If you fancy any more of my homemade beauty recipes you can check them all out @ my homemade skin care recipes board on Pinterest

Suzie's Tips ~

This balm is ideal to make as a gift for your teenage boy or girl who finds their skin subject to breakouts of pimples and spots.

Great recipe for including in a teen party for all the friends to make as it is quick and easy making ingredients cost effective. Equipment is minimal making it an easy recipe to prepare for.

Always do a small patch test somewhere discrete by applying a small amount of product and leaving for 8 – 24 hours preferably. This is particularly important when using new ingredients or for highly sensitive skins.

Essential Oils are volatile and potent and should ALWAYS be treated with care and respect. There are many important safety tips you should follow which are available here. These fragrant and beneficial oils may be used and diffused in many different ways to benefit the mind, body, skin and home so it is well worth incorporating them into your life.

Never exceed the stated amount of essential oil drops. The ratio between base oils and essential oils is highly important to avoid skin irritations and negative benefits. Less is more and it is easier to add more than take away. Start drop by drop, checking for fragrance and strength. Everyone is different so a few drops of each essential oil may be sufficient for you.

Use your balm in conjunction with your anti-aging serum and homemade eye cream. Use in conjunction with sunscreen even though there is some sun protection with these ingredients.

All these ingredients may be used in a range of ways either alone, in homemade recipes or by substituting recipes using different oils and fragrance. For example, Lavender may be used in body wash, perfume, body butter or insect repellent.

Black Pepper may be used in men’s Eau-de-Cologne and beeswax is commonly used so well worth buying in a good value size. Easy recipes such as citrus lip gloss, minty chocolate lip balm or even pumpkin spice lip gloss or balm are all made with this wax.

Argan Oil, Hazelnut Oil and Pomegranate Oil may be used on their own as facial moisturizers or even any recipes with carrier or base oils such as olive oil, apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil.

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Detoxifying Face Balm Moisturizer Recipe Comments

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 13, 2013:

Cheers Crystal,

Lovely to see you and always appreciate your thoughts! Your comment is much appreciated and glad you enjoyed enough to vote and share!!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on June 13, 2013:

Your expertise is always apparent in your incredibly thorough and informative hubs. Voting up and sharing, of course.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 08, 2013:

Hi Janet,

Delighted you found this so suited to your skin type. The oatmeal and egg hub is great for blackhead removal too. I think we are all subject to blackheads the little buggers just keep on coming! Thanks for your lovely comments as always, enjoy your weekend!

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on June 08, 2013:

I have also still skin issues I had in my teens: my skin tends to be oily and I have many blackheads so maybe this face balm would also be great for me. I have read a lot about Argan oil but I have never tried it.

Thank you for sharing all these great beauty information and recipes. They are so interesting and great.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 07, 2013:

Hi mylinda,

Delighted to hear you enjoyed this and are planning on printing out the recipe. Amazing how certain issues with our skin stay with us through the years. Thanks for comments and visit :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 07, 2013:

Hi Alicia,

Appreciate you taking time to check this out, Argan oil is definitely growing in popularity even if it is one of lesser known about base oils. Keep an eye out, thanks for your interest!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 07, 2013:

Hi Leslie,

Mu biggest fan, geez Bill will not be happy relinquishing that spot! Rather you than me breaking the news! LOL

My bathroom shelves are not as jam packed as you may think! Cupboard shelves, now that is a different story! LOL

Getting feedback from other's like my family comes in useful too! I do try to use most though.

Thanks for your lovely comments and sharing the love!!

Have a good one :-)

mylindaelliott from Louisiana on June 07, 2013:

Thanks for the information in helping figure some of this out. I will print and try your recipe. Most of the women I know are surprised to still have skin issues they had in their teens.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 07, 2013:

This is a very interesting recipe, Suzie! I love all the information that you provide about the ingredients. I've never heard of Argan oil before. It sounds wonderful! Hopefully its popularity in cosmetics will increase the supply of sustainable oil. I'll look for some in the stores.

Karen Silverman on June 07, 2013:

geez..i just left a comment and forgot to press post! sigh..

What it said - in a nutshell - is that i'm fast becoming your biggest fan, my friend!

I learn tons from you whether or not i have combination skin!

I find myself wondering what your bathroom shelves and countertops look

how do you decide which lotion or potion to use today? It must be tough..haha

sharing, pinning, loving...have a wonderful weekend dear..

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 07, 2013:

Hi Cyndi,

Lovely to have you stop by. Good to see you are an Argan oil fan and great tip for the hair from you! I wish I had known what i do now when I was a teen too!!! LOL Enjoy looking at pepper oil it was something i had seen crop up so it sparked my curiosity. Love finding new gems! Appreciate your support!!

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on June 06, 2013:

I love argon oil as well. Fantastic for the hair.

This looks like an interesting concoction for the face. You should have been around when I was a teen!

Thanks for the information on the pepper oil. I'm going to look for that out of curiosity.

Good article. Take good care.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 06, 2013:

Hi Kathryn

Thanks for the support on the video idea, definitely an avenue i would love to pursue. having looked for various videos to link to mu hubs and for research I have been pretty disappointed in many areas so if it worked and I came across well then it could be a winner. Very keen in particular to do in Italy outdoors in my outdoor kitchen and then some indoors too. Cheers for the enthusiasm!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 06, 2013:

Hi Bill,

So kind as always with your comments! it is funny how ideas are sparked and sometimes from the most unlikeliest sources. Our weather has been glorious the past number of days (glorious for us is 20 c - 24 c) and with my own skin being combination I wanted something that was light, incorporated essential oils but had a bit of body to it. i was keen to look at a few oils I had not used much so hence here we are! Tonight was watching a fashion/beauty/health program (Irish) and saw them with a group of the public doing reviews on beauty products which has sparked another idea forming as I was shocked at the price tag of the winning brand of toner - €70 ($93)!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for suggesting the video idea, it has been something I have definitely been keen to explore when i can get a camcorder or borrow my brother's. Hopefully I would come across well, we often do not like ourselves on camera! Appreciate the votes, share and pin as always, cheers my friend have a great weekend!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on June 06, 2013:

Suzie, I just read Bill's comment above, and I wanted to say that if you ever made videos for your hubs, you really would become a sensation! I would love watching them. You would already have a good following!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on June 06, 2013:

Hi Suzie. Another great DIY hub. How do you come up with these topics? Simply amazing! You definitely have the format down and the photos you select are always brilliant. You should think about making your own video's for your hubs. Maybe you could become a sensation on YouTube? Great job. Voting up, sharing, pinning, etc...

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 06, 2013:

Hi Abby,

Another fan of essential oils I see, great stuff! Books are a great resource and you can never have enough books in my view! Hope you can combine this or other recipes with your book of oils to tweak to your own potion! Many thanks again!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 06, 2013:

Hi Sue,

Lovely to have you stop by here, appreciate your votes and share and lovely comment!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 06, 2013:

Hi Rose,

Always great to receive your lovely words and so good knowing your found useful, cheers!

Dr Abby Campbell from Charlotte, North Carolina on June 06, 2013:

Beautifully put together hub, Suzie! I use to really be into essential oils, and I have recently gotten my book out again. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and recipe here. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on June 06, 2013:

Great hub. So informative and beautifully put together. Voted up and shared.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 06, 2013:

It's a great to have another option for combination skin. Thanks! Awesome recipe and detailed information as always.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 06, 2013:

Ah dearest Bill,

I don't know about your face but you sure are full of toxins when you open your mouth here!! LOL !!!!!!!!

Infrequent dates at high school, maybe it was your toxic personality????? LOL

A life without sin, how dull that would have been Bill so keep going through detox and you will be waking tomorrow to queues of females (maybe some males too) eager for a date with the sexy writer who has been rejuvenated thanks to his nutty Irish guru across the waters of youth!

Bev is a marvel and some lady to put up with your antics! LOL

Kisses, hugs and fountain of youth heading your way my friend, always a delight to see you jokes aside!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 06, 2013:

Hi Kathryn,

I am so glad you enjoyed this and are forging ahead with your ingredient list, you are fantastic! There are many that will utilize "big" purchases and those ingredients will all mostly have good shelf lives. Things like Shea butter, beeswax, cocoa butter, essential oils and vegetable oils all have good longevity from a year up to 6 for some essential oils.

delighted you had success with the DIY hair recipe - thrilled to know that! MJ was spoken to in the comments and given a clip around the ear! lol

Cheers for your lovely comment and commitment to my work and for trying my recipes. :-)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 06, 2013:

Now Suzie, let me get this straight. If I read this correctly, you are saying that my face is toxic???? Perhaps that explains why I could never get a date in high school, 'eh??? Thank God the girls never came out and said my face was toxic, or I would be cloistered inside the walls of a monastery right now, never to enjoy the pleasures of sin. :)

Thanks for the tips. I am detoxifying as I write this, and I'm going to free up my calendar for all the dates I'm sure I'll be having.



Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 06, 2013:

Hi MJ,

Good to see you here! Now MJ, washing your face with paint thinners or kerosene if it works for you, go for it but as this about a moisturizer then as Kathryn said, you will need a moisturizer to replace all those lost skin oils from your thinner and kerosene! Appreciate your interest, votes,share and for G+, thanks my petrol head skin care fan!!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on June 06, 2013:

This is very interesting. I have seen the Argan oil, and now I know what it's good for! I will keep this in mind as another product I can make when I have the ingredients. My supply is slowly creeping up, and soon I'm going to go through all of your articles like this and use graph paper to list the ingredients listed for each, and highlight the ones I already have. Then I will be able to see at a glance what I can make, and what I need to buy next. This is so much fun!

By the way, I have tried one of the scalp treatments (you wrote about a few hubs ago) twice already!

Tell MJ that it's okay to wash his face with paint thinner, as long as he adds a moisturizer to it. LOL.

mjkearn on June 06, 2013:

Hi Suzie

WOW another fabulous DIY article. Love the pics.

So you reckon this would be better than washing my face in paint thinners or kerosene, LOL.

Voted up, shared and G+'d.

Great job and have a great day.


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