To make body creams, I create an emulsion by combining water and fats, which normally do not mix. The water in homemade body creams makes them very hydrating for the skin: the recipe calls for equal amounts of fats and water, with beeswax aiding in the emulsification process. Below are directions and photos for how to make body creams. The photos in the photo gallery help to illustrate the process, numbered with the same steps as the directions. I recommend looking through the photo gallery and reading through the entire directions ahead of time.
Homemade Body Creams
Homemade Body Cream Recipe
- 6 oz. liquid oil
- Such as almond oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, and more. Or, a combination of liquid oils.
- 3 oz. solid oil/fat
- For example, cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, or a combination.
- 1 oz. beeswax
- 9 oz. distilled water (room temperature)
- Distilled water is recommend to prolong the shelf-life of the cream
- Floral waters are another great option
- 80 drops essential oil (optional, adds fragrance and prolongs the shelf-life of the cream)
- Such as lavender, rosemary, tea tree, others, or a combination.
- Jars for the creams
- Blender or food processor
- Combine the liquid oil, solid fat, and beeswax in a 16-oz. glass measuring cup.
- Place the measuring cup in a pot partly filled with water, and heat on the stove over medium heat. Occasionally stir with a spoon until the solid fats and beeswax melt.
- Remove the cup from the pot and allow the mixture to cool down to room temperature. Occasionally mix the mixture with a spoon to ensure the temperature and consistency is even. The mixture will become thick and creamy.
- This can take over an hour.
- This process can be sped up by putting the cup in the refrigerator or a cool water bath. If this is done, occasionally stir the mixture and check the mixture frequently to check that the mixture does not get too solid or too cool.
- You are creating an emulsion, encouraging water and oil to combine, although they normally do not mix.
- If you add the oil mixture too quickly, the emulsion may not form or it may separate.
- The emulsion process is facilitated when the oil mixture and distilled water are around the same temperature.
- Alternatively, you could do the reverse process: add the oil mixture to the blender and slowly add the water to it. I have not tried this yet, however.
- Do not turn off the blender or food processor until the emulsion completely forms.
- These creams are perishable. Adding optional ingredients, such as essential oils or vitamin E, can help to preserve them. Refrigeration can prolong the shelf-life of your creams as well. I typically keep one jar out of the fridge for use, and store the rest in the fridge until I am ready to use them.
|Homemade body creams|
Recipe inspired by Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair, Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, my Boston School of Herbal Studies courses, and personal experience.