I have been wanting to make a whipped creamy cream for a while but I figured that I might not be popular if I used the regular hand mixer to whizz up said cream. Cake anyone?!
Today I was in Goodwill and I found a little hand mixer and a perfectly sized glass bowl, so I grabbed them and looked forward to whipping up my first lotion.
I have a couple of recipes written down so I chose one for which I had all of the ingredients and I got melting and cooling and adding and whipping.
As I have mentioned before, I don’t like to use store bought face moisturiser, so this cream is another home made option. I am thinking of making some with zinc oxide in it to make it a daily facial sunscreen.
I found this recipe in a book called Handmade Beauty by Annie Strole which I borrowed from the library. I added a touch of lavender essential oil for a lovely calming scent.
Shea and Cocoa Butter Hydrating Face Cream.
1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 drops lavender essential oil (optional or use an oil of your choice)
Melt the shea and cocoa butter and let cool for half an hour then add the olive oil and essential oil (if using).
Chill in the fridge until partially solid. This took about an hour and the balm was soft to the touch.
Whip with a hand mixer until the cream looks pale and creamy.
Store in glass jars. I used baby food jars and it filled two.
I store the cream in the fridge, and a little goes a long way, so use it sparingly and layer it on as needed.
Even though this recipe is called face cream, there is nothing to stop you from using it everywhere from your hands to your feet via elbows and knees.
It melts very quickly into the skin and does not leave a greasy film.
I really do love making my own balms and now creams, adding lovely mixes of essential oils and learning lots about the processes and the oils themselves. It is like making a little bit of magic and being able to make practical use out of each thing I create.
That is what creating anything is really isn’t it? Making a little piece of your own magic.
Do you like to create and make things? Are you going to make some face cream, let me know how you get on!
Happy Monday x