I love making a variety of face and body creams for family members. This is my latest lavender face cream creation that I made my mom for Mother’s Day. (Per my usual trend though, I already gave it to her!)
She loves lilacs, so I used those and fresh violet blossoms along with dried lavender to infuse the water portion of the cream. Unfortunately, lilacs are one of those flowers, along with gardenias, whose scent is unable to be captured for long. That’s why you’ll never find a true lilac essential oil, only artificial ones.
However, lilac infusion is still an old fashioned home remedy for clear skin so I included it anyway. Violets are great for chapped, dry spots while lavender soothes and heals inflammation.
If you don’t have violets and lilacs on hand, no problem! You can just leave that part out.
The recipe is very much like my Rose Face and Body Cream, with only a few changes. You can use either recipe as the basis to create your own unique creams! This cream is thick and rich and most suitable for dry or mature skin. If you have oily skin, you’ll probably want to make something lighter, such as Basil Anti-Aging Cream.
Sometimes, creams made with beeswax instead of emulsifying wax can be a bit tricky to make; there’s a slight learning curve to mastering the knack of them. My main tips are to make sure the oil and water portions are a similar temperature, and be sure to beat for at least 10 to 15 minutes. If you run into any problems, leave me a comment and I’ll try to help you troubleshoot!
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Lavender Face Cream
- dried or fresh lavender and/or other assorted flowers such as violets, lilacs, rose petals, chamomile, etc.
- at least 5 ounces of distilled water
- 2.5 ounces sweet almond oil
- 0.5 ounce jojoba oil (a bit over a tablespoon)
- 1.5 ounces mango butter (or shea butter)
- 0.5 ounce beeswax pastilles
- 2 tablespoons stearic acid (natural thickening agent)
- lavender essential oil
- preservative (see * below)
Place the flowers into a small heat proof jar. Pour simmering hot water over them, cover with a saucer and let this steep while you gather the other ingredients you’ll need.
Weigh out 2.5 ounces of sweet almond oil into a heat proof measuring cup. Add the mango butter, beeswax pastilles, jojoba oil and stearic acid. Set the cup down into a pan filled with a few inches of water and heat on medium-low heat until everything is melted.
Remove from the pan and let cool to body temperature.
Strain the water and measure out four ounces of liquid. (Any leftover flower water makes a lovely addition to your bathwater.)
Make sure it’s about body temperature then pour into a mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, turn the beaters on low and slowly drizzle in the sweet almond oil mixture. As the oils start to thicken, increase the speed to high.
Beat on high for 15 minutes, until your mixture is thick and creamy. Stir in your desired essential oils (I used lavender and one drop of ylang ylang for my cream.)
Spoon your lavender cream into clean, sterilized jars. (Don’t use tins for creams, they can rust due to the water content.)
* If you don’t add a preservative, store this cream in the refrigerator and use within 1 week. To make it last longer though, try adding a nature-derived preservative.
* I’m currently a fan of using NataPres (made from a radish root ferment filtrate with honeysuckle and aspen bark extracts) at a rate of 2% OR Leucidal Liquid SF at 2 to 4% (I prefer to use closer to the full 4% amount). To figure the amount needed, add up the weight of the ingredients – which are 267 grams in this recipe – then multiply by 2% (.02) to get 5.24 grams needed, which I would just round to 5 grams of NataPres for this recipe. For Leucidal Liquid SF, use the same amount or up to twice as much. Lotioncrafter has a variety of other preservatives and their usage rates listed on their site HERE, so don’t feel limited to using one of these two, just because I do.
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