Cold cream has been around for almost 2000 years. The first known cold cream was created by Galen, a physician from Greece around 2nd century A.D. Traditionally cold creams have been a combination of a carrier oil, rose water and beeswax. Cold creams are known to be highly moisturizing and protect the skin. They are most commonly used to pre-cleanse the skin, remove makeup as well as a shaving cream.
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Beeswax
- 9 Tablespoons Olive oil
- 1/2 cup Rose water
In a double boiler over low medium heat combine the beeswax and olive oil. In a separate pot heat up the rosewater for 5-10 minutes over a low heat, making sure not to let the liquid come to a boil. Once the beeswax has completely melted remove it from the heat and add in the heated rose water and mix together with a held hand mixer or stick blender. This should yield 6 to 8 ounces.
Note: Remember, if you’re adding essential oils you want to wait at least 10 minutes for your mixture to cool down before incorporating them.
Basic Cold Cream
- 6 Tablespoons Avocado Oil
- 3 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 2 teaspoons Calendula Oil
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
- 1/2 Tablespoon Rosemary or Grapefruit Seed Extract
- 1 Tablespoon Steraic Acid
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Emulsifying Wax
- 1/2 cup Distilled water or Aloe Vera Gel or Juice
- 5 drops Lavender EO*
- 2 drops Tea Tree EO*
In a double boiler over medium low heat combine the waxes and coconut oil. Once the waxes have completely melted remove mixture from heat and let stand for five minutes before adding in the avocado, calendula and vitamin E oils. With a stick blender or hand held mixer slowly add in the liquid while blending. Once all the liquid has been incorporated mix for another five minutes. The mixture will start to thicken up a bit. Finally add in the essential oils and rosemary or grapefruit seed extract and mix for another five minutes. Yields 6 to 8 ounces and should last up to 6 months in a cool dark place.
Apply a generous amount to the face and gently massage it in. Gently massage it around the eyes as well taking care not to get it into your eyes. Remove the cleanser with a wet wipe or warm washcloth. Then cleanse your face or follow up with your normal facial care routine.
*Lavender essential oil beneficial in the treatment of acne and helps to regulate the over excretion of sebum and can reduce the signs of scarring after the acne has begun to heal.
*Tea tree essential oil is known for its antibacterial and microbial properties. It’s also known to heal wounds and protect from infections.