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?)


Dana said...

I think the thickening agents put in commercial cream is mostly there so that you use more so they can sell more.

christinemm said...

Thanks Dana.

On further thought, after using this homemade skin creme for a day, I think this is good enough, because for store bought body butters I like that they are usually deeper moisturing not watery and thin that doesn't work. When in reality this homemade skin creme that has the consistency of a store bought 'lotion' from a pump bottle, it is so deep conditioning that now I don't know why I want the consistency of a body butter. This does the job.

I also have been using homemade salve (ointment) at night this winter. I started with an herbal ointment made by a cottage industry when my fingers were cracking from house cleaning chemicals (natural orange peel based) and from the green - natural dishwashing detergent which IMO is harsher than chemical ones on the market. So after the cracks healed I kept using it and no new cracks have started. I will blog photos of that ointment and the recipe at another time.