Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Homemade Skin Cream Recipe
This week I tried making a skin creme. I had assumed it would be more of a thick creme like what is now often being marketed as 'body butter'. It wound up being a normal body lotion or hand lotion consistency.
The recipe I used was from a book I own by Rosemary Gladstar called "The Herbalist's Way: The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicine".
The recipe can also be found online for free:
Rosemary's Perfect Cream
I used ingredients I already had on hand. Where the ingredients are optional this is what I used: distilled water, apricot kernel oil, vitamin E oil, and coconut oil. I scented it with bergamot essential oil (pure, organic). However the coconut scent was so overpowering that even 40 drops of the essential oil didn't succeed in giving it a bergamot scent.
The cream is a bit greasy when first applied but it is absorbed within a couple of minutes. I like it very much, it is superior to any store bought, chemical laden cream or lotion I've ever used. I also prefer all natural ingredients to chemical laden ones and so consider using this one more step in the right direction of wellness and disease prevention.
I'm happy with this cream!
(But I'm still in search of something that is more of a body butter, and am wondering if just the addition of more beeswax will solve that. If you have the answer can you let me know?)