My skin gets quite dry in the winter. Fed up with expensive creams and not happy with the inexpensive creams because of all the chemicals in them, I decided to make my own moisturizing cream.
It’s actually really simple to make your own body butters and hand creams. I’m sorry I didn’t try it many years ago. I reckon I’ll probably never buy the stuff again as this is so wonderful and saves oodles of money as well. No chemicals. Yeah!
I used 1/2 cup olive oil that I had seeped rose petals in about a month ago. You certainly don’t need to do this, but we had roses in bloom so I thought why not..Roses are very good for the skin.
57 grams (2 ounces) of beeswax. Linda gave me 2 sheets of beeswax from the hives that were our guests during the summer. They are amazing…perfect symmetrical hexagons…they almost seem machine made.
And about 1/2 cup lavender hydrosol. Our hydrosol this year was so concentrated because of the new way we are distilling the lavender, it’s better than ever for the skin! you can of course use distilled water instead.
First heat up the olive oil in a double boiler with the beeswax until the beeswax is melted. My pyrex measuring cup set in a saucepan with some water in it works just dandy for the job.
Warm the hydrosol until tepid, not hot. Pour boiling water into a medium bowl, the bowl you will use to whip the ingredients together to heat up the bowl.
When the wax is melted, take out of the water bath and add a few drops of lavender essential oil.
Dump the hot water out of the mixing bowl and pour the hot melted olive oil and beeswax mixture into the warmed bowl.
Start to whip the oils with an immersion blender. Whoever invented the immersion blender should be knighted and put in the inventor of kitchen gadgets that actually work Hall of Fame.
Slowly add the tepid hydrosol as you whip. In a very short period of time the mixture will start to emulsify and become creamy. Add less hydrosol for a denser cream, more for a lotion like consistency.
Spoon into a clean jar, let cool and use.
Since there are no preservatives you should use it all up in a month or two.