Here it is! The follow-up to the Oil Cleansing Method post that you have been waiting for! Homemade (lavender orange) Face Cream!
As you know, I have been religiously using the OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) for cleansing my face for a couple years. My skin is quite happy with the arrangement we have: OCM in the evening, followed by homemade facial cream. In the morning, a simple rinse off will do. I will add, however, that if my skin has been particularly angry or threatening to break out a pimple or two, I use a cotton pad to swipe a homemade thyme tincture over it prior to the face cream. This is the routine I have been religiously following – and I am happy to say that my face looks younger than before and rarely breaks out!
To make this super easy peasy face cream, read on sister (or brotha!)!
Homemade Decadent Face Cream
You will need:
- 1/2 ounce of beeswax, grated (this is about 2 tablespoons)
- 1/2 cup olive oil (or preferred base oil)
- 1 cup warm water
- Essential oils of your choice: I used a combo of 8 drops lavender and 5 drops sweet orange)
- glass measuring cup (2 cup capacity)
- hand mixer or immersion blender
- container to store your cream in (I use a half-pint mason jar)
First step: in a saucepan partially full with water, place your glass measuring cup containing the oil and beeswax. You just need to have enough water in the pan to come up the side of the measuring cup at the level of the oil. Over med-low heat, continue to stir the mixture until all of the beeswax has dissolved. Once dissolved, turn off heat and stir in your EOs (essential oils).
Next: Remove the glass measuring cup from the saucepan and place on a towel – this will keep the cup from sliding around. Place your immersion blender in the cup, turn on, and slowly start to drizzle in the warm water (I use HOT water straight from the tap; by the time it gets to the oil/beeswax mixture, it is perfectly warm. It is important not to have the water too cool or too hot, as it can affect the end consistency of the cream). You should see it turning into lotion/cream pretty quickly. I find that if I have a little puddle of water that just refuses to incorporate itself – I just pour those off in the sink and continue blending, until no water remains.
Finally: scrape the cream into your container of choice, allow to cool, and pop your lid on! I have had some batches that still seem to have a tiny pocket of water here or there – I just drain it off. It hasn’t affected the outcome of the cream, however.
My prior batches has lasted months without signs of mold or breakdown; just remember, there are no preservatives in this, so watch for any signs of mold or bacteria after a couple of months and discard appropriately.
This has truly been my go-to cream for face and body – and it is super versatile as you can switch up your essential oils and even your base oils for whatever suits you. I have done a lighter version with an apricot kernel oil that was quite nice!
This post can also be found on the Homestead Barn Hop!