Thursday, June 10, 2010

Make Cold Cream at Home For Just Pennies

DIY cold cream recipes with materials that you can do at home for just pocket change. Olive Oil, beeswax, distilled water, borax (acts as antiseptic and works with the wax to create the white fluff) and a few drops of your favorite essential oil is all you need. 

 Basic Cold Cream

Ingredients -
·  1 ounce grated beeswax or beeswax pellets (Please do not use if you are allergic to beeswax)
·  6 tablespoons olive oil
·  4 tablespoons distilled water
·  1 teaspoon borax (available in the laundry aisle)
·  2-3 drops of your preferred essential oil
In a clean glass dish in a microwave, combine beeswax and olive oil. Gently heat and stir until melted and well blended.
In another bowl dissolve borax in the distilled water and heat it gently — do not boil.
Remove both dishes from heat and stirring constantly, slowly drizzle the distilled water and borax solution into your wax and oil solution. When fully combined, begin to beat vigorously until it has cooled.
Add essential oil drops and continue to beat until cream is light and airy, with a bright white sheen. Refrigerate and store in a clean glass jar.
The borax is a simple preservative, but your cream will keep best in the refrigerator for approximately 3-6 weeks.

40g (approximately 1.5 ounces) fresh, good quality cold pressed safflower oil
40g (approximately 1.5 ounces) distilled water
10g (approximately 1/3 ounce) beeswax pellets or grated beeswax**
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon borax, if a white cream is desired, otherwise, optional

**Be aware that some people are allergic to beeswax. Exercise caution.
1 heat resistant microwave safe bowl with lid
1 hand whisk or wooden spoon
1 teaspoon or dropper
Kitchen scales
Heat resistant pot (small) to contain the cream
Ice cube trays
Freezer Storage Container

Combine safflower oil and beeswax pellets or shavings into a clean, dry bowl.  Microwave on low, gently, until the beeswax has melted. Slowly drizzle the teaspoon of honey into the oil mixture, beating thoroughly.  A dedicated blender or food processor works fine (dedicated meaning you keep a spare one for craft projects, and you do not use it for food preparation for a risk of cross-contamination). Using a teaspoon or dropper, slowly drop minute amounts of distilled water into the oil/wax/honey, whisking quickly the entire time.  Once you have incorporated all of the distilled water into the mixture,  allow your cream to "settle" for at least five minutes.  Water which has not incorporated will settle to the bottom, and the cream layer will rise to the top.  Drain off and discard this lower layer of water. Gently spoon one teaspoon of "cold cream" into each well of a clean, dry ice cube tray.  Freeze until solid.  (Optional:  Spread a large, loose piece of plastic wrap over the tray for easy removal of the cubes at one time). Remove frozen cubes from the tray and place them into an airtight freezer storage container, or ziplock bag.
Each evening, remove a frozen cream cube from your freezer, and place into your "daily pot."  An empty, clean cosmetic pot works well.  Thaw overnight, in your refrigerator, and use the cool, chilled cream within 24-48 hours.  Repeat the process each evening, or as often as you feel like a smoothing lift. 
This remedy is particularly nice on hot summer evenings when your face needs both a moisture boost, and a cooling treatment.
We recommend you keep your cold cream frozen and refrigerated at all times -- the borax is a mild, but not aggressive preservative, and chilling will preserve the shelf life.

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