Natural DIY Beauty Recipes Using Your Instant Pot

The Instant Pot debuted in 2009 and was one of the first brands of slow cooker-pressure cooker combos introduced in North America, although other big names in the field, including Breville and Cuisinart, also make a version. In 2010, only 300,000 electric pressure cookers were sold in the United States and Canada, but by 2015, that figure jumped to more than 3 million.  In 2017, it sold out in many stores at Christmas, and was a consistent top seller in the kitchen appliance category.  

So, with all the hype, I was a little excited to get mine and try it out.  However, since I am highly interested in DIY natural beauty products and often use a traditional slow cooker to create them, I was itching to try my Instant Pot out for many of my beauty recipes rather than for making dinner.  I discovered that I can make my beauty recipes faster and clean up was much, much easier.  The quality was the same, or better int he finished product.  I prefer the lotion bars made from the 
Instant Pot more than the ones made in using my traditional method.  

I have a few recipes to share with all the other lucky Instant Pot owners out there.  They are easy to follow and are easily made.  My first suggestion though is to thoroughly acquaint yourself with your Instant Pot before beginning.  It will save you time and frustration later.  

On to the recipes....

Instant Pot Herbal Salve

This is great for dry winter skin.  I use it on my feet after showering and put on a pair of socks.  It’s also good for minor cuts, burns, and abrasions.  I use lavender and a touch of tea tree oil so that the salve is soothing but it also has antibacterial qualities. You can replace the lavender with your herb of choice.  Chamomile is another one I like to use. 

This recipe is made in two parts. The oil is blended first, then added to the salve.  

Ingredients to make the oil:
about 1 ounce lavender buds
about 1 1/4 cups jojoba or sweet almond oil
Mason jars small enough to fit in Instant Pot

1.       Fill jar about 1/2 full of the dried herbs. My Instant Pot fits about 3 small jars at a time, so I make a couple of them. 

2.       Add oil slowly, covering the herb by at least an inch. For an herbal salve, you need 1 cup of finished oil, so make sure to cover the herb with at all of the 1 1/4 cups of oil.

3.    Place the jars, uncovered, in the Instant Pot and secure the lid.

4.    Put the Instant Pot on the yogurt setting and set the time for anywhere between 24 and 72 hours.  The longer the oil is left in the Instant Pot, the stronger the oil will be.

5.    When time is complete, strain herbs out of the oil using strainer and/or cheesecloth. Gently press the herbs to get as much oil out as possible.

**Hint: you can use the oil as it is without making the salve.  

Ingredients to make the salve:

small glass or metal cosmetic tins, clean and dry
1 cup herb-infused oil
1/4 cup grated beeswax, or beeswax pellet
6 to 8 drops essential oil of choice (optional)

1.    Fill Instant Pot with about 2 inches of water.
2.    Choose the Slow Cook setting and set the timer for 30 minutes.
3.    Pour oil into a Pyrex measuring cup or glass jar.
4.    Stir in the beeswax.
5.    Place the measuring cup or jar into Instant Pot.   Do not get any water into the oil. Do not cover the Instant Pot.
6.    Stir the mixture periodically until all of the beeswax has melted. This can take 20-30    minutes.
7.    When the beeswax is fully melted, put a few drops of the oil mixture onto a piece of wax paper to check the consistency.
8.    Let it cool for a minute or two. If the salve is too hard, add a little more oil. If it's too soft, add a little more beeswax.
9.    Remove measuring cup or Mason jar from the Instant Pot.
10.   Add essential oils, if using.
11.   Immediately pour into cosmetic jars.
12.   Once they are cool, put the lids on the jars.

Instant Pot Lotion Bars


1 cup cacao butter, grated
1 cup beeswax, grated or in pellets
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (optional)
20 drops of a skin-friendly essential oil 

1.    Begin by grating the cacao butter and beeswax. Grate first, then measure into a 1-cup dry ingredient measuring cup.
2.    Press the "Keep Warm" button on the Instant Pot.
3.    Next, add grated cacao butter, grated beeswax, and oil to the Instant Pot.
4.    In 12 to 13 minutes it should be melted.
5.    Transfer the melted oil/wax mixture to a glass cup with a pouring spout.
6.    Whisk in Vitamin E oil, if using.
7.    Then quickly whisk in 20 drops of essential oil.
8.    Pour into molds or a muffin tin. (Tupperware works well too)
9.    Set aside to harden or place into the fridge to speed up the hardening time.
10.  Pop out of the molds.
11.  Finally, wrap in parchment and store in an airtight container.

I love making my own DIY skincare. The feeling of knowing that I don’t need to rely on some cosmetic manufacturer to keep my skin looking clear, healthy, and vibrant is extremely empowering and rewardingAnd I know what I put on my skin will be healthy and safe.

Since I have another useful way to use my Instant Pot maybe now I'll actually make dinner with it! 

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