I’ve been looking forward to trying this recipe and sharing the results! I found this cool, easy recipe on a blog that unfortunately I can’t find anymore! To be fair, I was planning my wedding (3 years ago now) so I was looking at a lot of blogs!
This will eventually go bad, it’s like food for your face. Store in the fridge if you won’t use in three months.
*This post will also appear on my Save Money Go Green page.
What you’ll need:
Clean Glass jar (for storing/giving away/selling)
1 Cup filtered water (or cold brewed tea, orange blossom water, or rose water)
3/4 Cup edible oil (Olive, almond, unrefined coconut, or avocado)
3 TBS grated beeswax
*Optional – a few drops essential oil of choice for fragrance (avoid if there may be allergies to perfume)
What to do:
1. Set up a blender and pour in the water. Prepare clean, dry glass jars for packaging and have nearby (1 batch makes apprx. 2 Cups)
2. Put oil (i used evoo since my coconut oil is refined, boo!) and beeswax in a pyrex measuring cup. Place the cup in a pan or small pot and pour in water to reach about halfway up the cup. Bring the water to a gentle boil, and heat the oil and beeswax until the beeswax melts. You’ll know when the wax is melted because you won’t see it anymore! As soon as the wax is melted, remove the cup from the water and let the oil cool for 2 minutes.
3. Turn on the blender and start blending the water at medium speed. Remove the stopper in the blender lid so you can pour the oil through the top while blending. Slowly pour the oil in and the mixture will begin to emulsify. If there is still some water on the surface, turn up the blender and blend the mixture 30 seconds to a minute longer. If you’re using an essential oil, blend it in now. (I felt like a scientist, or an expert chef as I watched my lotion take form!)
*The moisturized really does have that hint of warm, buttery-yellow! I like it 🙂
4. With a clean rubber (i use silicon) spatula, transfer the cream to the glass jars. Cover the jars with cheesecloth (i don’t currently have cheesecloths, so I opted for paper towel, which one day I hope to not have in the house!) for an hour, or until they’ve reached room temperature. Placing the lid on the jar when it is warm will cause condensation to form under the lid, which will water down the lotion and form bacteria. When the lotion is cool, screw on the jar lids. Store at room temperature up to 3 months, or in the refrigerator for 6 months.** My batch filled two 4 oz. jars.
*Tip!! Try to make sure your hands are clean when you use your lotion so as not to accidentally leave behind bacteria.
This really was completely easy, and requires so little time!!! From prep to clean up, 30 minutes almost to the second! Some moisturizer remained in the blender, so I scooped it into my hands and rubbed it all over my arms and legs, it felt delicious!!! I’m looking forward to the cool and refreshing cream from the fridge! I bought a cake of beeswax for $3 at our local farmers market. The seller and I got into a conversation about the wax and my intentions, she asked me to give her the recipe, so today I emailed it to her before making this moisturizer for myself. She plans to sell it, maybe I should ask for a pinch of the proceeds?
Price breakdown, Olive oil that I buy in bulk at Sams, so it was already on hand and used elsewhere in the household, equals no direct cost.
Beeswax, $3 and will make SEVERAL batches of moisturizer
Reusable, glass containers, bought pack of 4 for $5 . Total direct cost? $8, and one batch used maybe 1/3 of the wax cake, so say I get 3 batches out of one wax purchase, at 2 jars per batch, add back in another jar purchase if you don’t have jars on hand, we’re looking at cost per jar, $3. If you have jars or some other container, your cost goes down to $0.50/per serving (lack of better word) if a serving is 4 oz.
Point being, making your own moisturizer is healthy, fun, and cost-effective!!!