8 oz. distilled rose water (can use 3/4 cup aloe vera gel)
1 tsp. vitamin E oil
several drops essential oils - these oils are added to the water group
because of their beneficial properties are destroyed by heat and the oil
group is heated.
6 oz. expeller pressed canola oil, grapeseed or apricot kernel oil (can add
1 t. lanolin) - these oils are the liquid oil portion the following oils are
the solid oil portion:
2 1/2 oz. mixture of coconut oil and cocoa butter (2/3 coconut, 1/3 or less
cocoa butter) just eyeball the mixture but measure out the combined to 21/2
1/2 oz. grated beeswax if you prefer lotion or 3/4 oz. if you prefer cream.
Pour the oil group into a small enamel saucepan. Heat slowly over low heat
until the beeswax melts. This does not take long. You want to remove this
mixture from the heat as soon as possible and pour into a measuring cup to
let cool to room temperature. This takes a few hours, but you can speed up
the cooling time by placing it in the refrigerator for awhile. Or, if you
prefer, you can do this step the night before and in the morning you'll be
able to proceed with the blending.
*The water group needs to be at room temperature* If you had your bottle of
rose water or distilled water sitting on the counter in the kitchen for a
while, it will be room temperature. Take the temperature of water and
note it. Pour the water into your blender. Pour 1 t. vitamin E oil into the
water and add your essential oils, 10-40 drops. Be conservative, a little
goes a long way - let your nose guide you.
When the oil group is the same temperature as your water group (the MOST
IMPORTANT detail to making the cream successfully is making certain that
both groups - the water and oils - are the exact same temperature before
blending) turn your blender on its highest speed and slowly pour in the oils
blending it for few seconds until all the oils are added. Turn off the
blender and give the mixture a few good stirs with a narrow spatula, turn
the blender on again for a few seconds. Repeat this step if necessary. The
batch is done when the two groups are incorporated and look
wonderfully creamy. Spoon the mixture into clean jars, label and date them.
Smaller jars work better unless you are going to keep your cream in the
refrigerator. The cream contains no preservatives. One batch is
approximately 16 oz. If you are not splitting this with a friend, you may
want to make a half batch.
Ways to play with the recipe:
You may use distilled water instead of rose water. You can use 2 1/2 oz of
aloe vera gel in the water (decrease water by the amount used) or you may
use orange flower water (particularly good for dry skin). You may add 1/2
teaspoon neo heliopan to the water group. This is a natural sunscreen. You
also may add a couple droppersful of benzoin oil. It is wonderful for
chapped skin and is a natural preservative. You could also add a little
borage oil (approx. 1 teaspoon) or carrot seed oil (several drops) if you
You may use any good quality oil for your cream. Olive oil may be too heavy.
Apricot kernel, grapeseed, sweet almond or expeller canola for the major
portion of the liquid oils is recommended. You can use small
amounts of the super rich oils to replace some of your base liquid oils.
avocado oil or jojoba oil. tablespoon or two of these richer oils is
suggested. If you choose to add these wonderful oils, it is suggested
that you melt your base oils and the beeswax before adding them. After
add the rich oils. You may have to very gently re-heat again
because the bees wax may solidify somewhat with the added cooler oils. These
richer oils are fragile and their beneficial properties can be destroyed by
Dry skin - rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang, chamomile, lavender.
Normal - chamomile, lavender, geranium, neroli, rose.
Oily - geranium, lavender, lemon, patchouli, rosemary, tea tree, bergamot.
Combination - geranium, neroli, lavender, rose.
Mature- wrinkled - carrot seed oil, borage, frankincense, rose.
Chapped - benzoin.
TLC Bath & Body recipes index.