Basic Cold Cream Recipe
Cold cream is the model for all creams and lotions; it's one of the oldest and best known of all beauty creams. It is a mixture of oil, wax, water and mild alkali. The combination of oil and wax provides a cleansing action when it comes in contact with your skin. It also acts an emollient to soften and smooth.
If you are a beginner to DIY beauty this is a good cream to master as then you can substitute the oils, liquid (try herbal teas), scent and natural color and the number of creams you can create is unlimited!
1 /8 teaspoon borax powder
1 /4 cup pure water (use distilled if in doubt)
1 /2 cup light oil such as almond, sunflower or light sesame
2 tablespoons grated beeswax
Dissolve the borax in the water and set aside. Mix together the oil and beeswax in a heat resistant container and gently heat in a water bath until the wax begins to melt, stirring occasionally.
When the wax is melted, heat the borax,water mixture to very hot but do not boil. Now you may use a blender, hand mixer or by hand but you want to put the hot wax mixture in a bowl or blender and slowly add the water mixture to it, stirring briskly or blending on low. You want to add the water in a slow, steady stream. I find the blender the easiest but with some practice you may be able to do my hand as well.
Once combined, pour the warm cream into a clean container and let the mixture cool completely. You should have a white, rich cream. To use: massage into your skin. You may also use as a cleansing cream.
Yield: 8 ounces