I tried my hand at making moisturizer a while back. I got the recipe from James Wong’s book GROW YOUR OWN DRUGS
The recipe had a long list of things I didn’t have knocking around my home, so I went to The Natural Store to stock up. They are always so helpful and interested in there. The only thing I couldn’t get was emulsifying wax, which I bought on line for not very much money. Now, by the time I had bought everything I needed I had spent quite a bit, but I did the bit of maths that justifies it in my head……..the same maths I do for ridiculously lovely shoes such as these
[shoes so lovely I won't wear them if I know I have to actually WALK anywhere in them.....because of the design on the bottom, you understand.]
OATS & ALMOND MOISTURISING BODY CREAM
2 tbsp rolled oats
2 tsp beeswax
6 tsp emulsifying wax
40ml almond oil
2 tsp honey – be warned – don’t get carried away with how much honey you add….for reasons that should have been obvious to me…..
2 tsp vitamin C powder
6-12 drops chamomile essential oil – I put in lavender as I had forgotten to buy this
1. In a pan, heat the water until boiling and then add the oats. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Strain the oats, reserving the liquid into a measuring jug – you need 200ml. Put in a pan and keep hot.
2. Heat the beeswax and emulsifying wax together very gently in another pan with the almond oil until the waxes fully dissolve. Take off the heat and immediately whisk a little of the hot oat liquid into the wax mixture. Keep adding the hot oat liquid, a little at a time, making sure it is well mixed between additions, until you have used up all 200ml.
3. Stir in the honey and vitamin C powder and, if desired, add in a few drops of chamomile essential oil – this acts as a preservative, is anti-inflammatory and adds a delicious scent. (Don’t worry if you don’t have chamomile – you can use any essential oil you have around.) Pour the cream into wide-mouthed pots, and seal at once.
USE: After bathing, pat skin gently dry, then apply the cream as needed. On tough areas of dry skin such as knees, elbows and feet, use twice daily, especially before bed.
STORAGE: Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Now my issue was I had watched Mr Wong make up this recipe and it looked like it worked pretty much like making a mayonnaise or aioli. How wrong I was. I got liquid with little lumps floating around in it that no amount of blending would get to combine…..
I used the liquid-with-lumps-mixture as I figured it would probably still do all the good things it was supposed to….. and it DID give me lovely soft skin…. once I got used to the initial stickiness from putting too much honey in…. and the shock to my bank account……..I don’t know if it turned back time either….