I must be on a DIY lotion kick. It started with the Clean & Healthy DIY Facial Moisturizer (which I still use BTW, and recently made a new batch of. Its just perfect for my skintype) then there was the Green Tea Repairing Face Cream (Still great for super dry or aging skin- not for my skintype though) and now there is this. I made a super intense moisturizing healing cream to get me through the harsh winter months.
This cream has a lot of the same benefits as the other lotions, but it has an added element. It is thick. I mean, almost chapstick thick. On my lotion texture and feeling scale, this one is at the very end of “heavy.”
What does the texture have to do with it? Well, that texture is largely owed to the amount of 100% pure bees wax in this recipe. What oils to do moisturize, beeswax locks in. It repels water, which helps to keep things like sore noses from a cold coated and protected. Its also means it doesn’t dry out quickly, so slipping some on cracked and dry hands before bed will yield soothing results by morning.
At the risk of TMI, its good for sore nipples. My hubby even used it to keep a burn on his arm from sticking to its bandage. You could even wear it on your dry lips, as everything in it is edible. Smooth, creamy, and all natural!
I’m thinking of putting together a “sickie survival kit” with this cream, some tissues, and lots of sleepytime tea. It is my new go-to comfort lotion.
The process is VERY similar to the Green Tea Repairing Face Cream. So, if you’ve mastered that, you’ve got this covered!
What You Need:
- .5 oz (by weight!) of pure bees wax. Grate the wax, or you can buy it in pellets. Avoid wax made for candles, as it can be mixed with other things and be scented. 100% pure bee wax is what we’re after here.
- 1 oz almond oil (I order on Amazon)
- 1 oz coconut oil – I use this in just about everything. Its always useful to have on hand.
- 1/4 tsp Rose Hip Seed Oil (I got mine at Amazon– this oil has a lot of regenerative properties. Its the heavy hitter as far as healing goes. Its also the main ingredient in the repairing face cream, so if you buy a bottle you can try both!)
- Sterilized container to store balm in
- A chocolate melter or double boiler
- A heavy cup (a deep one!) and a hand mixer
How To Make It:
- Clean and sterilize all of your equipment. If we are going to be putting this cream in areas that might have micro cuts (tiny fissures in dry, cracked skin) we want to make sure that it is bacteria free.
- Combine wax and oils in a double boiler or chocolate melter. Allow everything to melt together.
- Once everything is melted and smooth, pour into a deep cup. (I usually use my pyrex measuring cup.)
- Whip the mixture with your hand mixer, periodically scraping down the sides, until lotion is room temperature and creamy. It might take quite a while, as the mixture has to cool completely while being blended.If you’re impatient, you can try resting the cup in an ice bath while you whip. However, if any of that water makes it into you mixture, the batch is ruined and you will have to start over. Use with caution!
- Store the cream in an air tight container in a cool and dark place (or in an opaque container). Keep in mind that lotions have a shelf life. Do not use anything that looks or smells wrong. That said, oil only lotions have a very long shelf life.