Putting my insomnia to good use by trying a recipe from Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbs for Natural Beauty.
I decided to start with her recipe for Perfect Cream, with a few alterations:
The recipe called for lanolin, but after learning about what lanolin actually is….I just didn’t want to put it on my face.
The essential oil I chose to scent this cream with is frankincense. I love the smell, for one thing, and for another, I’ve heard it helps heal scar tissue and promote a smoother complexion. (I have no idea if this is true because I am not a chemist, nor do I represent a doctor’s advice, so don’t email/sue me on this, K?)
The addition of holy water was absolutely not in the book, but I figured if I was going to smell like frankincense, I had better go all the way with it!
I couldn’t find the kitchen scale in order to measure out one ounce of beeswax. But, since I knew that my block of beeswax was one pound, and that 16 ounces go into a pound, I just measured out 16 equal-ish pieces as best as I could.
Liquid oils and waters can be combined together:
Once melted, everything gets mixed and blended together, quick-style! The result is a delightful, bona fide cream! I’m fairly certain that these homemade types of creams need to live in the fridge, since they don’t have any plastics or other ridiculous chemicals to keep them good forever.
Oh that Rosemary Gladstar. She sure does make learning about herbal remedies very do-able and the process is an exercise in discovery! You can learn more about her here!
I would absolutely do this again, since the process was so fun! And the combination of scents from the oils is amazing…..frankincense, rose, and beeswax! It smells sunny and happy and wonderful.
Anyone else out there with homemade cold cream? Tell me about it in the comments!
Until next time,
Source for adventurous reading:
Gladstar, Rosemary. Herbs for Natural Beauty. North Adams: MA. Story Publishing. 2014. Print.
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