If there is one thing that I like to take pride in with this blog….it is providing any and all homemade alternatives to expensive store-bought products. I know I have posted homemade alternatives for removing makeup/moisturizing before…but for some reason, the thought of trying an “old-fashioned” cold cream appealed to me, so I decided to create my own.
It can be used as a cleanser to remove makeup and dirt….and, when left on overnight, softens skin and relieves dryness. I love a two-fer! :-)
HOMEMADE COLD CREAM
- 1/4 teaspoon borax
- 1/4 cup distilled water
- 1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil, or another oil that is liquid at room temperature
- 1/2 ounce (by weight) grated beeswax (or just a little over two tablespoons)
- 5-6 drops lavender essential oil or other oil of your choice
Dissolve the borax in the water in a (one cup) glass measuring cup. Set aside. Borax is generally used for cleaning purposes but it’s necessary in this recipe to make the cold cream emulsify and come out right.
Add together the oil and beeswax in a larger (2-cup) glass measuring cup.
Heat the oil/beeswax mix in a microwave until the beeswax is melted and the mixture is clear. (Start with 30 seconds at a time).
Heat the borax/water mix in a microwave for a minute – almost to boiling.
Slowly pour the borax/water mixture into the oil/beeswax mixture, using a stick blender to mix as you pour. Now beat well with the stick blender until the mix is glossy white and thicken.
Pour the (hot) cold cream into an 8-ounce jar with a lid.
Let it cool to room temperature then add essential oil if desired.