Rose Face & Body Lotion
a Mountain Rose Herb Recipe
This silky lotion is lusciously floral-scented and highly nourishing and healing owing to the properties of aloe vera, cocoa butter, rosehip seed oil, coconut oil and other organic botanicals. Many thanks to Kori of Mountain Rose Herbs for sharing this recipe!
½ cup Grapeseed oil
½ cup organic Coconut oil, refined or unrefined
6 organic Cocoa Butter wafers or 1/2 ounce cocoa butter
1 Tablespoon organic Rosehip Seed oil
1 Tablespoon Vitamin E oil
3 Tablespoons Beeswax pastilles or 1 ounce Beeswax*
¼ cup Aloe Vera gel
¼ cup organic Rose Hydrosol
1-2 teaspoons Aphrodite aroma oil
10 drops Peru Balsam essential oil
In a glass Pyrex bowl or large glass Pyrex measuring cup (at least 4 cup size), combine the Grapeseed oil, Coconut oil, Cocoa Butter wafers, Rosehip Seed oil, Vitamin E oil, and Beeswax pastilles. Heat over boiling water until melted and mixed together. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about a half hour. You may be able to speed up the cooling process by setting the bowl in the fridge or freezer for several minutes.
Meanwhile, measure the Aloe Vera gel and Rose Hydrosol and combine. Now that the oils have cooled a bit, it is time to mix! I have tried this using a hand mixer, an immersion blender, and a traditional blender and they all work just fine. It really depends on your preference and what you have. If you are using a traditional blender, pour the melted oils and beeswax into the blender pitcher and turn on medium, gradually add the Aloe Vera/Rose Hydrosol mix in a slow steady stream. If you are using a hand mixer or hand immersion blender, you will do the same thing only hold the mixer/blender with one hand and do the pouring with your other hand.
Depending on the temperature of your ingredients, the mixing until thick and creamy may take anywhere from a few minutes to 5 or 10 minutes. Don’t get discouraged. The texture will be like a medium thick pudding when it is ready. At the very last, add the Aphrodite aroma oil and the Peru Balsam essential oil. The Peru Balsam serves as a great base note and fixative for the rose scents. It combines well with the other scents and I think it brings out the softness of the rose. It also lends additional anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities to the lotion. You can, however, leave it out or make a substitution (Lavender essential oil would also be nice.)
Pour the finished lotion into containers and allow to cool completely before putting on the lids. This recipe makes enough for about 2-3 cups of lotion (we filled three 4-ounce jars). If kept in a cool place, out of direct sunlight, the lotion should last just fine for several months, although you will likely use it up long before then!
*If you would like to make a thinner lotion, use 1 Tablespoon of beeswax, melted with the oils in the first step.