This protective cream is a wonderful barrier to winter weather, and helps soothe and heal chapped, raw, or dry hands. If you prefer it as a salve, simply omit steps 3-5, adding the essential oils to the oil/wax mixture as soon as the wax is melted and pouring that directly into your containers instead. This recipe makes about 1 ½ cups cream, or a little less than 1 cup salve. You can make the cream without using a blender, but be aware that it will take a little longer, and is best made with the help of a friend. To store, keep out of direct sunlight and heat, and use within one month.
1/4 cup calendula infused organic olive oil
1/4 cup organic sweet almond oil
1/4 cup organic grapeseed oil
1/8 cup organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon beeswax pastilles/granules
1/2 cup organic rose hydrosol or distilled water
1/4 tsp vitamin E oil or one large capsule, punctured
8-15 drops of any of the following essential oils: rose, myrrh, sandalwood, geranium, atlas cedar (optional)
Clean, empty containers (small tins or baby food containers work great), rubbed clean with vinegar or rubbing alcohol and thoroughly dried
Blend the first four ingredients together in a double boiler over low heat until warm.
Stir in the beeswax pastilles until completely dissolved and remove from heat.
Pour the hydrosol, vitamin E, and essential oils into a clean blender. You may use a large bowl instead if you’ll be whisking by hand.
Cover the blender and turn it on low until a vortex forms in the middle. Uncover the blender and gently pour the warm oil/wax mixture in the center in a long, thin stream. Continue to mix until thoroughly emulsified, scraping down the sides with the spatula from time to time to make sure everything is blended. (Note: If you are doing this by hand, have a friend pour the oil into the bowl while you whisk the hydrosol mixture quickly. This will take longer than if using a blender.)
Using your spatula or a spoon, pour cream into the containers of your choice, rapping them gently against the table to ensure no air bubbles are trapped in between the cream and the jar.