This recipe is from Rosemary Gladstar and I got it from her book, Family Herbal, A Guide to Living with Energy, Health and Vitality. It is quite simple to make, even though the instructions are quite long and seem a bit intimidating. It turned out perfectly my first try - and I like it very much. It can be used on the face and body - and leaves my skin very smooth and moisturized feeling. I put essential oils in mine for scent and love the smell of it; you can choose your favorites. This recipe is a starting point and the next time I make it I will gear it towards my skin's wants and needs... changing oils and butters and a few other things.
From her book...
This is by far the most wonderful face cream I have ever used. It is rich with natural ingredients. A real moisturizer, it provides nourishment, moisture and food for the skin. And for the final stroke, it is relatively easy and inexpensive to make. Hundreds of my students have made it using this recipe. Almost all agree it is the best skin cream they have ever used. Many have further personalized the recipe for their own unique skin type. This basic formula, though excellent as is, can be further embellished.
Unlike many commercial creams that only coat the surface of the skin, this cream penetrates the epidermal layer and moisturizes the dermal layer of the skin. Because it is extremely concentrated, a little goes a long way. A common mistake when using this cream is to use too much of it. You only need the smallest finger full. Take a tiny amount and gently massage into your face and skin. There will be a temporary feeling of oiliness that will, within a few minutes, disappear as the cream is quickly absorbed. Though I recommend just a small amount on your face, you can be generous on the rest of your body. Because you make this cream yourself, you can afford the luxury of using your richest face cream on your entire body.
Those this recipe appears easy, it is also a bit challenging. You are attempting to mix (homogenize) water and oil together; and they don't normally mix. Follow the recipe closely. If it doesn't turn out the first time, don't be discouraged; try again. It is well worth the effort.
The Recipe for the Perfect Cream
3/4 cup apricot and/or almond oil
1/3 cup coconut and/or cocoa butter
1 teaspoon lanolin
1/2 ounce (by weight) grated beeswax
2/3 cup distilled water
1/3 cup aloe vera gel
a drop or two of essential oil
*Vitamins A and E as desired
1. Basically the proportions of the cream recipe should be about 1 part group one (oils) and 1 part group two (waters).
2. In group one, the oil proportions should be approximately 2/3 cup liquid oil (such as almond and apricot) to 1/3 cup solid oil (such as cocoa butter, coconut oil, beeswax, lanolin, etc.)
3. In group two, the water mixture, the "waters" can include distilled water, rose water, lavendar, orange and other flower waters. It can also include tap water, but tap water will sometimes introduce bacteria to your cream that results in the growth of mold. The water mixture also includes your essential oils, vitamins, and aloe vera gel. If using aloe vera, your cream will be heavier, but very moisturizing. It is important never to use aloe vera on staph or strep infections.
There is a lot of flexibility and room for creative input in this recipe. What is essential to its success is proportion and temperature.
1. Melt group one over low heat in a double boiler. Heat just enough to melt.
2. Pour melted group one into glass measuring cup and let cool to room temperature. Oils should become thick, creamy, semi-solid, and cream colored. This cooling process can be hastened in the refrigerator, however, keep an eye on it so it doesn't get too hard. When completely cool, you are ready for step 3.
3. Place group two (the water mixture) in the blender. Turn blender on the highest speed. In a slow, thin drizzle (just like making mayonnaise) pour group one (oil mixture) into the center vortex.
4. When most of the oil mixture has been added to the water mix, listen to the blender and watch the cream. When the blender coughs and chokes, and the cream looks thick and white like buttercream frosting,turn the blender off. Do not overbeat! You should have a beautiful rich, thick cream. It will thicken a bit as it sets up.
5. Pour into cream or lotion jars and store in a cool place.
Followed as above, the cream should work for you. If it doesn't and the waters and oils separate, it is most likely becasue of improper temperatures. The waters have to be at room temperature and the oils completely cooled.
If the water and oil separate, you can separate them entirely and begin the process over again. Or, put a little note on your package that says, "Shake before using".
*This recipe is a basic formula and is ready for all your enthusiastic ideas: vitamins A, D and E, elastin, collagen, avocado oil,various combinations of essential oils, herbs, etc. One caution: Experiment is small batches.
This is how mine turned out: