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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!

Cold Cream


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

xoxo Janice

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