It has been rainy and awful lately. Don't kid yourself though, Summer and sunshine are right around the corner! We spend almost every waking moment at the pool and even though I try to cover up the desert sun always has a way of zapping the moisture out of my skin.
This cream will soothe and soften even the most abused skin. It is my secret moisturizing weapon. It smells so fresh and lovely I even use it instead of perfume sometimes.
The Calendula is in bloom so it is the perfect time to whip up a batch.
Sun kissed Skin Cream
1/4 C. almond oil
2 T. coconut oil
2 T. beeswax
1 T. coco butter
1 t. shea butter
1/4 C. aloe vera juice
3 T. very strong calendula tea
1 T. vegetable glycerin
1/4. t borax
1 t. vitamin E (or two capsules)
15 drops sweet orange essential oil
15 drops calendula essential oil
8 drops vanilla essential oil
In a small sauce pan over low heat the almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax, shea, and coco butter until the beeswax is melted. In another pan, lightly warm the aloe juice, tea, and glycerin, and stir in the borax until it dissolved in the liquid.
Remove both pans from the heat and pour the oil mixture into the blender and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. It should become slightly opaque. As it thickens, give the mixture a few stirs to remove any lumps. Do not let it get too hard or it will be difficult to get out of the blender. (that is why I have a food blender and a separate potion blender)
Remove the plastic piece of the blender lid and put the lid on. Turn the blender on high and slowly drizzle the watery mixture through the center of the lid.
Then watch the magic happen! Almost immediately the cream will turn pale yellow and begin to thicken. Blend for about 15 seconds and then check the consistency of the cream. It should have a smooth texture. Scrape down the sides and free up the blades and then blend for another 15 seconds. Repeat this until the cream is smooth.
Add the vitamin E and the essential oil and blend for another 5 seconds or so.
Pour the finished product into storage containers and lightly cover with a paper towel and allow to cool for about 30 minutes. *If after a few hours the water begins to separate from your cream, don't worry. You can pour the water off and use the resulting product as a foot and elbow cream. Making creams is an art! the separation happens if your oil mix and your water mix are not relatively equal and cool when they are blended.
Try this one, you are going to love it.