Technically a lotion because of the inclusion of water; I prefer to call it a cream because of the thick consistency.
Birthed out of necessity for eczema relief and because my dad taught me that if something’s worth doing well, you’d better do it yourself. Allow me to demystify this personal care product for you. There’s nothing to it.
If you need a refresher on the basic process of an emulsification, check out Serious Eats’ recipe for a vinaigrette, both yummy and a perfect example of what you’re making with your cream.
Ingredients to gather:
- 1 oz beeswax-pellets, shavings, or chunk
- 1 c or 8oz of a base oil/carrier oil: This can be olive oil, almond oil, sunflower oil – Note: you’re going to all this trouble to make something, let’s use quality ingredients
- 1/2 c extra virgin coconut oil– the kind that is solid 76 degrees F
- 1/2 c distilled water – reverse osmosis is fine, warmed for ease of combining into the oil mixture
- 16 oz worth of space in glass jars with lids
The process is to melt the beeswax with the oils, in a bain-marie. Once the wax is completely melted, remove from heat and vigorously whisk in the warmed water. I use a kitchen whisk, but an immersion blender or a handheld beater works, as well. Don’t feel the need to continuously whisk. Come back to the mixture while it’s cooling, scrape the sides of your bowl with a spatula, and whisk again throughout the cooling process. Once completely cooled, your mixture will be a creamy consistency and ready to transfer into jars.
After you master the basic technique, have fun with the addition of essential oils, herbal infusions, and altering base oil choices.
I link products back to Mountain Rose Herbs because I’ve used their ingredients and I trust the quality of their product. Quite often, I use herbs grown from my garden, EVOO from my kitchen cupboard, and coconut oil from my grocery store in my personal care products. You can be the judge of your ingredients.
Recipes to use up the beeswax and carrier oils you’ve purchased to follow. Waste not, want not!