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Friday, February 28, 2014

perfect cream

my absolute favorite lotion
this recipe is from Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health


waters
  • 2/3 cup distilled water (or rose water)
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1-2 drops essential oil of choice (i LOVE lavender and frankincense)
  • vitamins a & e as desire (dropper full)
oils
  • 3/4 cup oil (apricot (maturing), grape seed (oily), sweet almond (normal))
  • 1/3 coconut oil or cocoa butter (cocoa butter has a scent, not one i generally like with above mentioned eos)
  • 1/4 tsp lanolin (optional, if you have a wool allergy. i leave it out in the summer for a lighter weight lotion)
  • 1/2 - 1 ounce grated beeswax (high end for winter, low end for summer)

  1. combine waters in measuring cup. set aside
  2. in double boiler over low heat, combine oils. heat until just melted.
  3. transfer oils to blender and let them cool to room temperature. it will start to solidify and turn creamy in color
  4. turn blender on high speed (lid recommended) and slowly pour waters into blender (a slow steady stream is the best). you will hear a change in the blender. turn off, scrape sides and run again, briefly. the cream thickens as it sets. 
  5. pour into jars. store in a cool location
*using tap water, rose water and/or raw aloe gel will make the lotion have an expiration date, a couple months, tops.