Making A Skin Loving Cream
Making a nice creamy skincare product can be challenging. I’ve certainly had my failures. I finally have created a beautiful, skin soothing, loving body cream. It takes very little and when first applied, feels oily from the coconut oil but then absorbs into the skin quickly, leaving soft beautiful skin. This beautiful cream made with coconut oil is anhydrous which simply means it contains no water. Most anhydrous products are formulated without a preservative since they contain no water. Start with sterile equipment. To avoid contaminating your cream, use clean dry fingers or dipping median when getting a dab from the jar. So here we go:
Gather your ingredients together.
· 4 ounces coconut oil
· ½ ounce corn starch
· ¼ teaspoon Boswellic acid powder
· 1 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E (helps keep rancidity at bay but is Not a preservative)
1.4 ml Preservative Eco (1%. Do not go over 1.5%)
· 1.5 ml skin friendly essential oils
Gather your tools:
· Small saucepan
· Measuring cup
· Electric mixer
· Bowl to mix in
· Small kitchen scale
Be sure to use a small kitchen scale for precise measurements, not a measuring cup. Weight of liquids vary slightly with temperature, altitude, chemical composition, etc.
Add enough water to your pan to heat coconut oil.
Place your coconut oil in the measuring cup and gently place in the saucepan to avoid splashing any water. Heat to melt oil. Do not boil water.
Remove the measuring cup, making sure to wipe all water off the outside of it.
Pour the oil in a small mixing bowl. Add the corn starch and Boswellic acid powder.
Add your preservative when temperature is below 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit)*
Add the vitamin E
Mix well and place it in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
Remove it from the freezer.
Using your mixer, start whipping it and as it softens, add your essential oils. Use your spatula to keep the cream down in bowl as you mix.
Mix ingredients which takes about 6-10 minutes.
Place in jars and label.
*Preservative effective range is pH3 to pH8. It is water soluble, so it can be used in water based products such as toners.