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DIY beauty recipes are often advertised as simple solutions to some of your most annoying problems. It’s the idea that you can heal your zit or hydrate your dry, brittle hair with common household ingredients living on your pantry shelf. But if you’re like me (someone who’s fridge and has a hard time making a stomach-able crock-pot dinner due to a void of spices, etc), DIY beauty kinda sounds like, um, the worst.

But there’s a new brand Ktchn Apothecary, out there looking to change that by making the task of whipping up your own moisturizer ten times easier. You can think of it as the "Blue Apron of moisturizers,” as it was explained to me, and the brand sends you everything you need, completely measured out, to make yourself a facial moisturizer in the comfort of your own kitchen. The idea is that you can make a fresh jar of product filled with simple, minimalistic ingredients and less fillers. Basically, only stuff that’s going to benefit your complexion.

So here’s what comes in the box. The entire set is $45, which is likely about the same price as a moisturizer from a prestige beauty brand. But because you’re making it yourself without any preservatives, obviously, it only has a shelf life of 60 days.

For $45, you get a glass beaker, a whisk to stir everything together, the glass jar to house the product, and all the ingredients, which include aloe gel, ground oats, organic beeswax, and facial oils like avocado, jojoba, rosehip, carrot seed, and more.

The instructions look relatively foolproof, and the site has a thorough explanation of how to make it, along with visuals.

The downsides, in our opinion? Regardless of how quick it takes, it is still a process. Because everything is pre-measured, there isn’t that much clean-up, but there’s still more than what you’d have it you stopped by your local drugstore for a tub of cream.

The pros? It’s a simple, less sticky step into the world of DIY beauty, and likely more accountable than just picking a random step-by-step found in the depths of the Internet. And if you hate it, the brand promises a refund, which is nice because we doubt your grocery store would care if you’re returning coconut oil because your hair is still dry. Overall, before you get off your daily moisturizer, it might be a good idea to talk to your derm about the recipe to make sure it will jive with your skin type. 9 Body Moisturizers for Every Winter Skincare Need

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Image zoom Au Natural: Nourish Organic Rejuvenating Rose Butter

Clean beauty enthusiasts will love this natural blend of rosehip oil, rose clay, and Fair Trade Certified shea butter—and how soft it leaves skin. Courtesy

Image zoom The Workout Enthusiast: Origins Hit Refresh Cooling Moisturizer

If you manage to squeeze regular workouts into your schedule, we're impressed. Chances are you don't have enough time after post-gym shower to wait for your moisturizer to soak in. This is where Origins' cream-gel formula comes in. It instantly absorbs into skin and leaves it refreshed and cool. Courtesy

Image zoom First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration

There's a reason this rich cream is a cult-favorite amongst moisturizers. Skin loves to drink it up for an instant dose of hydration. Courtesy

Image zoom Sensitive Skin: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

If your skin gets easily irritated, opt for a fragrance-free, non-greasy, non-comedogenic formula that won't cause any extra aggravation. Courtesy

Image zoom Scent-Obsessed: Jo Malone London Basil & Neroli Body Crème

Sure, this lightweight cream may soften dry, cracked skin, but we're more obsessed with its warm floral and basil scent. Courtesy

Image zoom Daily Indulgence: Patyka Almond Blossom Moisturizing Body Milk

Patyka's luxe body milk turns a daily skincare step into a treat yourself moment. Courtesy

Image zoom Eczema-Prone Skin: Eucerin Eczema Relief Body Crème

Dry winter air is primetime for eczema flare ups. Get instant relief from the unbearable itchiness with a lotion formulated to treat and moisturize eczema-prone skin. Courtesy

Image zoom Firming: Jergens Skin Firming Lotion

Silky, firmer skin from head-to-toe is just a quick massage away thanks to Jergens's toning lotion. Courtesy 1 of 9 Advertisement