WildCraft Herbal Facial Cream Recipe
This luxuriously rich and silky face cream recipe is our favorite. Julie Bailey’s adaptation of Rosemary Gladstar’s much beloved Perfect Cream recipe absorbs quickly without leaving a filmy or greasy residue. The best part is that it has an unbelievably velvet texture and a smooth consistency which leaves your skin feeling fresh and supple. Totally customizable, you can experiment freely with your favorite essential oils, infused oils, and hydrosols using this recipe as a base for your own face cream creations. A wonderful gift idea for friends and family – or for yourself!
¼ cup organic Olive Oil (or Calendula Herbal Oil)
¼ cup organic Sesame Oil
¼ cup organic Grapeseed Oil
1/16 cup organic Coconut Oil
1/16 cup Beeswax pastilles
1 cup organic Hydrosol of your choice
½ cup organic Aloe Vera Gel
¼ tsp Vitamin E Oil
8-15 drops of essential oil (lavender, rose, orange, chamomile, or sandalwood are all good choices)
1. Blend oils together in a stainless steel saucepan. Place on very low heat, just enough to thoroughly warm.
2. In another pan, slowly melt beeswax just enough to liquefy.
3. In a separate bowl, blend hydrosol with aloe gel.
4. Pre-warm on low heat a double boiler or a Pyrex measuring jug set in a heat proof pan filled part way with water.
5. Have approximately twenty 1oz – or – ten 2oz clean glass jars and lids ready to go.
You are now ready to make two batches of cream!
1. Pour ½ (3¼ oz) of your warmed oil blend into the top of the pre-warmed double boiler or pyrex jug that is set in hot water. Add ¼ oz of the melted beeswax. The combination of oil and wax should be liquid. If the wax begins to harden, the water under your Pyrex jug is not hot enough.
2. In a blender, combine 6oz of the hydrosol and aloe vera gel blend with ¼ teaspoon of vitamin E oil, and if desired, 8 to 15 total drops of essential oil (lavender, rose, sandalwood, rose geranium, etc.). With the lid on, blend for a few seconds to mix these first ingredients.
3. Remove the middle part of the lid in your blender. Turn the blender on low and very slowly pour the warm oil and wax combination into the center of the “whirling” waters in the blender. It’s critical that you pour in a very thin, slow stream. Be patient. The “cream” will look odd until it starts to emulsify and thicken. Listen……the sound will change as your cream thickens up. Turn off the blender. Using a spatula, scrape down the inside of the blender and around the blades, thereby thoroughly mixing the cream. Turn on the blender again and “pulse” for a final mixing.
4. Immediately pour your cream into jars. The spatula is helpful for getting all the cream out of the blender. Repeat for your second batch. Refrigerate your creams for 2 to 3 hours and label them. Enjoy!