Natural Moisturiser

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After more than a year I finally found the time to replenish my moisturiser pot. While my toddler entertained himself washing dishes (best pass time ever!!) I pulled out my dusty crate of oils and scents and butters and got a-making. It’s a pretty simple process once you have the ingredients, so here’s how you go about it:

 

Basic Moisturiser

Ingredients:
• 2 teaspoons (10ml) grated beeswax
• 1 teaspoon (5ml) vegetable-derived emulsifying wax*
• 5 teaspoons (25ml) almond oil
• 4 tablespoons (60ml) water
• 2 drops citrus seed extract (a natural preservative)
• 3 drops essential/scented oil of choice

Optional:
• jojoba oil
• vitamine e oil
• rosehip oil, etc.

[You can find these ingredients at various healthfood shops. For Adelaideans go to the Honey Shoppe and Soapbox, shop 20 in the Central Markets].
* I’m working on a recipe with an alternative emulsifyer because even the vegetable-derived emulsifying wax is made using a chemical process, and I’m pretty keen to have an entirely natural product. When I ever work it out I’ll write a new post.

Method:

1.Place waxes and almond oil in a bowl (I grate my beeswax with a grater).

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2. Place this bowl in a water bath (another bowl or saucepan of boiling water – I use a saucepan slowly simmering on the stove*. IMPORTANT: make sure no water gets into the waxes/oil at this stage).
* the bowl with ingredients isn’t supposed to touch the bottom of a water bath but I’m afraid I got a little lazy. It still worked fine.

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3.In a separate bowl heat 4tbs water to the same temperature as the water bath (I pretty much just boil some water and use it at that temperature. I’ve never had a problem and it’s easier than bothering with thermometers and such).

 

4. Slowly add the 4tbs of heated water to the melted waxes/oils, stirring all the time. The mixture will instantly turn white.

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5. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir until set (I don’t constantly stir – I stir and leave it for a few minutes and then stir again until set).

6. When cool add any other oils you like and place in jars.

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7. Use straight away or if you’ve made a larger batch keep it in the fridge so it lasts longer.

 

The cream has a slightly oily finish which I don’t mind. And it makes great gifts.

 

Enjoy.


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