I mentioned in my last post that I started making my own products when I was pregnant the second time [read that post here] but I didn’t start making creams until a few months after that. I started making creams and lotions because my older daughter, Sasha, has the driest skin I have ever seen! Nothing from the store was working or if it did work, it stopped working soon after we started using it. I mean, her dry patches are out of control! And her face often looks like it’s been wind-burned. She is SO dry. I bathe her in colloidal oatmeal, I slather oil all over her, I rub her down with aloe vera gel straight from the plant…I’ve tried just about everything I can think of. Very little works on her.
Finally, we have found something that does the trick. This cream is more like an ointment and it does not have a preservative. It must be refrigerated and it must be used within about 2-3 weeks. I make it in small batches; this recipe makes 4 ounces.
- 40 grams shea butter
- 36 grams colloidal oatmeal tea [see how to make this here]
- 13 grams raw honey [see how awesome this stuff is here]
- 5 grams beeswax
- 20 grams sweet almond oil
- 8 grams emulsifying wax [optional, it goes a long way toward helping the cream blend well but some people don’t like it]
- 15 drops rosemary essential oil [optional]
- Melt the shea butter, beeswax, sweet almond oil, and emulsifying wax together. You can use a double boiler or microwave in a glass container in 30 second increments until it’s just melted.
- Gently heat the colloidal oatmeal and raw honey, either in the double boiler or microwave for 30 seconds. You want it to be warm but not too hot to handle.
- If you’re using emulsifying wax, simply put the ingredients into a bowl and blend with a stick blender until blended.
- If you’re not using emulsifying wax, you will have to gradually stream the oil mixture into the oatmeal/honey mixture while you blend with the stick blender. Blend until it emulsifies/blends. It’s possible that it will never truly blend and you may have to mix before each use. I recommend using the emulsifying wax, especially because it’s used at such a low percentage.
- Add the rosemary oil, if using, and stir in. Pour into containers and REFRIGERATE!
I use this on Sasha along with a homemade cream wash that will be on sale at my Etsy shop soon. The cream wash is a great alternative to soap because soap is so drying! Winter is killer on our skin so we try hard to retain moisture. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
Check out my Soap & Lotion board on Pinterest for easy ideas