Oh yes, this is my recipe inspired by the famous Lush Dream Cream.
It’s not that hard to make, with simple ingredients and not a single wax in sight.
UPDATE: This is the long awaited NO WATER recipe! Having no water in this lotion makes it easier to preserve. (Can I get a ‘Hell, yeah!’ ?) It’s still a ‘fresh’ product though. So use it up right after you make it and keep a careful eye out for signs of spoilage!
Also check the expiration date of all your ingredients before you make this cream. If one of the ingredients is about to expire, your lotion is too. I also like to swipe all of the utensils and containers I use with rubbing alcohol, to make everything as sterile as possible.
Keep the cream in the fridge in a closed (preferably dark) container. Also keep your fingers out as much as possible (yes, even clean ones). And keep all water out! I use a new spoon to scoop out a little product every time I use it.
What I used:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup cocoa butter or other cosmetic grade butter
1 cup aloe vera gel
3 tbsp. finely ground oatmeal
1 tbsp. vegetable glycerine
1 tsp. vitamin E oil
Optional: essential oils like rose geranium or rose absolute, chamomile, tea tree and/or lavender
1. Melt your butter
Your cocoa butter. Or any other cosmetic grade butter of your choice. Why not go for Shea, avocado or mango butter?
Get your double boiler going. For a double boiler you need a heat proof pot with a few inches of water in. Put it on the stove on low heat. When the water gets hot (not boiling), put a smaller heat proof container inside of it (like a small sauce pan or glass bowl). Melt the butter in your double boiler until it’s completely liquid.
2. Stir in your olive oil
For once, this cream calls for the easiest option available. No exotic names, no difficult infusions. Just plain ol’ olive oil. But feel free to use whatever carrier oil you like!
Take your butter off the heat and gently stir in the oil.
At this point also add about 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Vitamin E will help prolong the shelf life of the oil.
3. Aloe Vera time!
Aloe vera gel is one of my all-time favorite skin care ingredients. The tricky part is getting it to blend with the other ingredients. This is how I did it:
Let your butter and oil mixture somewhat solidify. Start blending the mixture (electric works better than by hand) and add one tablespoon of aloe vera gel at time. Keep mixing until you added all the aloe vera gel. And then mix it some more.
Don’t use fresh aloe vera gel for this recipe. As much as I love the stuff straight from the plant, store bought aloe vera gel has (natural) preservatives added to them. The shelf life of fresh gel is just way too short. Make sure it’s as pure as possible though, so buy the 99,9 % kind.
At this point also scoop in 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerine. Stir it in well, until the mixture has a lotion consistency.
4. Add your oatmeal
Yep, that’s right. We are going to add actual oatmeal to this cream. Finely ground of course. After I grinded the oatmeal, I poured it through a sieve, to get the big, coarse pieces out.
You can’t infuse oils with oatmeal unfortunately, but by adding it to the lotion you still get some of its goodness. Because the oatmeal is almost like a powder, you won’t even notice it’s in there!
5. Just a few drops of essential oils
Add a few drops of your favourite essential oils. I added 3 drops of rose geranium and lavender.
Tadaa, you now have your very own lotion!
This isn’t the kind of lotion you use after your quick morning shower. It’s what you use after your Sunday, candle lit, rose petalled bath or your relaxing shower before bed.
It doesn’t sink into the skin right away. It’s not sticky or tacky or anything, you just feel it’s there. After a few minutes it’ll feel like you’ve never even put it on. But it’s there all right; silently working on your beautiful skin.
Great, now I feel like taking a long, candle lit, rose petalled bath.
Enjoy your beautiful skin cream!
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