How to Make Organic Skin Care Products at Home
Women are increasingly aware that skin care products might do more harm than good. They often contain harsh chemicals that dry out the skin, fragrances that irritate--and even ingredients whose safety has yet to be determined. Making your own skin care products is a wise alternative. This particular recipe is simple and produces about 3.5 oz. of cream.
Heating the ingredients
Measure the 30 grams of almond oil and 10 grams of bees wax in a clean, heat-proof measuring cup.
Measure the 60 grams of liquid and pour into the other pot together with the 1/4 teaspoon of borax.
Heat the oil and wax gently in the double boiler over medium heat until the ingredients are liquefied. Do not boil.
Heat the water with the borax gently while the oil and wax are melting in the double boiler.
Measure the heat of both liquids. It should be 150 degrees Fahrenheit in both pots.
Remove both the oil and the water pots from the heat.
Mixing the ingredients
Mix the oil and wax on medium speed with your small hand-held mixer.
Add the 60 g of water gradually to the oil while mixing. The mixture will quickly thicken and become lighter. The amount of time you mix will determine the thickness, a minimum of 30 seconds for creams and up to 20 minutes for thinner lotions.
Stop mixing, wait 1 minute.
Scrape the sides of the container with the spatula to integrate all the ingredients properly.
Add the 5 to 10 drops of essential oil once the consistency is to your liking. Rose, for example, is very gentle and not at all over-powering, while the Neroli scent is intense. Use the amount of drops accordingly.
Mix now at low speed to incorporate the essential oil.
Filling the jar
Transfer your cream into the jar, tapping the bottom lightly to force out any air bubbles. You should have a jar ready that accommodates 3.5 ounces.
Swirl and smooth the top of the cream with a clean tooth pick.
Allow the cream to cool completely before closing the lid. Keep in mind that if the cream sits uncovered for too long a thin coat will form on the surface.
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