As we mentioned last week we are really interested in making homemade skin care products. Our whole family has super sensitive skin. Our mother can't use any products with petroleum based ingredients (which may not be healthy for any of us). Some of us have eczema, others are allergic to sunscreen and we all have very dry skin! You can see why we are interested in finding better, less irritating skin care! (not to mention it is SO FUN to make your own lotions and potions!)
Luscious is the word for this recipe from ReadyMade. It is thick and creamy and leaves your skin feeling fabulous! It is also a very adaptable recipe. You can use whatever oils you want. You could also add other moisturizing ingredients. We kept ours simple because of all our allergies. In this batch we used canola oil because we knew no one was allergic to it and it has almost no oder. A few readers expressed concern about canola oil's safety. According to the Mayo Clinic, Eating Well, and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics , concerns about canola oil are completely unfounded and are just internet rumors. That being said, use whatever oils you feel comfortable with! Let's get started!
1 cup of distilled water
3/4 cup of oil
3 Tbl. beeswax (pellets or grated)
a few drops of essential oil - optional
Mix the oil and beeswax together and melt. We used the microwave, but you could also use a double boiler. Heat just until melted. Stir to make sure they are well mixed. Allow the oil and bees wax to cool for a minute.
Pour the water and essential oil into the blender. Turn on and then slowly add the beeswax mixture. Blend until the water and oil are well mixed (a minute or two) You don't want to see any water on top. It is so fun to watch these ingredients combine like magic into lotion!
Using a spatula pour the lotion into a clean container. It will thicken as it cools until it the consistency of those lovely (and expensive) body butters you find at the store!
Our next skin care project - homemade sunscreen! Are you as excited as we are?