Today, we’re going to use some of that gel to make this deeply moisturizing face cream, that’s suitable for dry or mature skin. If you don’t have fresh rose petals handy to infuse the aloe, that’s okay – you can just use plain aloe instead.
This cream contains jojoba oil (great for moisturizing skin and leaving it soft and supple) and rosehip seed oil (a potent wrinkle fighter used in anti-aging products). Shea butter lends its anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating properties while aloe helps keep your skin smooth and hydrated.
Stearic acid is a vegetable derived product I buy HERE from Mountain Rose Herbs. Its purpose in the recipe is to help thicken the cream. I’ve also noticed that creams made with stearic acid stay fresh longer than ones I make without it. If you decide to omit this ingredient, I can’t be sure the recipe will work correctly.
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Aloe Rose Anti-Aging Skin Cream
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil (1 ounce by weight, or 28 g)
- 1 tablespoon rosehip seed oil (0.5 oz or 14 g)
- 1.5 tablespoons shea butter (about 3/4 oz or 21 g)
- 1 tablespoon beeswax pastilles (0.25 oz or 7 g)
- 1/2 tablespoon stearic acid (natural thickener) (about 3 g)
- 1/4 cup rose infused aloe (see this post to make) or plain aloe (approx 2.25 oz or 64 g)
- a few drops each of rose and lavender essential oils
- preservative (see Step 3 below)
Combine the jojoba oil with shea butter, beeswax pastilles, and stearic acid in a heat proof jar or container. (Rosehip seed oil should be kept unheated, so don’t add that yet.) If you don’t want to use jojoba oil, you can also try: sunflower oil, olive oil, avocado oil, hemp oil, coconut oil, and so forth. Instead of shea butter, you can try mango or cocoa butter. You can buy all of these items from Mountain Rose Herbs or BrambleBerry.
Set the jar containing the oil, butter, beeswax, and stearic acid down into a small saucepan containing just a few inches of water, to form a makeshift double boiler of sorts. Set the pan on a medium-low burner and heat gently until the beeswax is melted. Shea butter can become grainy when overheated, so keep a close eye on progress and remove from heat as soon as melted.
Pour the hot mixture into a small mixing bowl, stir in the rosehip seed oil, and then let cool to about room temperature. If using a preservative, add at the recommended temperature. I’m currently a fan of using NataPres at a rate of 2% or Leucidal Liquid SF at 2 to 4% (I prefer to use closer to the full 4% amount, to be sure I have an effective amount). To figure the amount needed, add up the weight of the ingredients – which are 137 grams in this recipe – then multiply by 2% (.02) to get 2.74 grams needed, which I would just round to 3 grams of NataPres for this recipe. For Leucidal Liquid SF, multiply by 4% (.04) to determine that you should add 5.5 g to preserve your lotion. Lotioncrafter has a wide variety of other preservatives to choose from too, along with their usage rates listed on their site HERE.
When it’s cool, drizzle the rose infused aloe (or plain aloe) into the thickened oil mixture, add your essential oils, and start stirring. You can whisk thoroughly with a fork until a gel like texture is achieved or use a hand mixer and beat for five to ten minutes until you obtain a thicker cream.
Pour into jars. If you don’t want to use a preservative, the shelf life will be pretty short – around 1 week if stored in the refrigerator. Make in small batches and apply generously!
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