Homemade Body Cream with Rose & Ylang Ylang

Hey there,

creative gal!

You’ve landed on a post I wrote a few years ago -
back when I was known as The Dabblist and was exploring all sorts of ways I could create beautiful things with my hands. It was a powerful time for me — awakening my creativity after suppressing it for so long — but this space has since evolved to reflect the woman I’m becoming.

I started off trying to make a facial cream, but found that this recipe was much better suited for my dry elbows and legs right after a shave rather than my face. The soothing oils provide a deep moisture to your skin with the sweet smell from the rosewater and ylang ylang.

The concept is relatively simple. You mix waters and oils together to create the cream. It is a delicate process that has taken me a few tries to perfect. Making a cream is an exercise in patience and being present during the process. It is meditative.

Waters

2/3 c. rose water

1/3 c. aloe vera gel

5 drops ylang ylang oil

5 drops rosewater concentrate

Combine the waters and essential oils in a bowl with a whisk and set aside to come to room temperature.

Oils

1 oz. beeswax pellets (or grated beeswax)

1/4 tsp. lanolin

1/3 c. almond oil

1/3 c. apricot oil

1/3 c. coconut oil

Combine the oils in a bowl and place over boiling water to melt together. Remove once melted and place in blender.

Now comes to exercise in patience. Allow the oils in the blender to come to room temperature. You can place it in the refrigerator to speed up the process, but make sure it doesn’t completely solidify.

Once the oils have come to room temperature, blend them on a high speed and slowly pour in the water mixture into the center of the swirl. Watch the mixture turn into a frothy cream, similar to buttercream frosting. Once it reaches that consistency, you can turn off the blender.

Pour your cream into jars and allow to sit and solidify a bit more.

Now, if you find that you didn’t wait long enough for the oils to cool (which has happened to me before), you’ll see the oils and waters begin to separate in your cream. Fear not! This does not mean your cream is a fail, but rather needs a little shaking right before use.

Be sure to store in a jar (with a clean lid to avoid the growth of mold) and keep in a cool, dark cupboard for up to 3 months. You can refrigerate too, though it isn’t necessary.

 

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