[Use only glass or stainless for this.]
Making Cold Cream and Wearing It, exclusively Skirt in the Kitchen
I’ve been a fan and faithful companion of cold cream for as long as I can remember. I use it on a daily basis, even for a moisturizer on my hands and neck, not just on my face as a cleanser to remove dirt and makeup. I like witch hazel for a toner. ‘FYI’ to the “young crowd”– I’ve been using cold cream ever since I was a young teenager! Oh– it’s “elderly”?! (Lol) I think my grandmothers and great-aunts PLUS my own mother and first aunts knew what they were doing when it came to skin conditioning down through the years. Okay, so almost everyone on both sides of my family who ever wore skirts… ! Besides cold cream, I just use Dove soap, nothing else– sometimes coconut oil… I’m currently looking into serums.
Oh, sure, there was a gap when I didn’t care to use cold cream and soap, when the hep was all about the latest trend when it came to the newest skincare products at the time, lotions, and creams on the market– when I wore Mary Kay for a short time. I always found a way back to open a tub of cold cream, though, going back to using it again– time and time again. I am a firm believer in it, and it’s been one of the very best things I’ve ever put on my skin.
I’ve been seeing such a variety of cold cream recipes online for several months, and they each conflict from being organic to having preservatives or a blend of the two; differing just slightly. Over all, I’m content with what I’ve read except for borax needing to be included for a preservative if I’m not going to rely on keeping it in the refrigerator. There are times when I need to travel, when I’d like to make some for a friend… maybe keep it on my nightstand. Perhaps I’d like to sell a batch of it, come up with my own concoctions that are not of this recipe that I am about to type even though this is similar if not the beginning of the basics. I’m a woman, what can I say! I wouldn’t have it any other way.
So really, all the recipes intertwined very similarly.
It was late yesterday (Sunday) when the stores were closed, so I made my own distilled water (which took a long time for very little). instead of having purchased it and kept on reserve for my use. I used my glass double boiler to distill the water, then when I gathered enough condensation from the lid being inverted and filled with ice to cause condensation for 1 batch of this to experiment with to see how well or not it could turn out, I then poured it into a small bowl and simply dried the inside glass boiler dish to make my cold cream so no added moisture or water would mix in with the first 2 ingredients. Whew, that was a long sentence!– I’m keeping it regardless of any grammar book… I melted the pure-white pearls of beeswax with 6 teaspoons of grape seed oil.
With a postage scale that I have, I weighed 1 ounce white beeswax pearls beforehand, of course. I already had 1 teaspoon borax dissolved into 4 teaspoons of the distilled water which was already warm to dissolve it well. I whisked out any lumps, then added it carefully into the beeswax and grape seed oil. I turned off the cooking process and stirred in 5 or 6 drops of rose oil. Only put in 3 drops for sensitive skin.
I whisked it, then went back and whisked it again, after it began to set up; whisking it a 2nd time seemed to make it creamier. I placed it in a custard cup to cool.
It smells and is better than a store-bought cold cream brand. I am very content and pleased with this. I think I can tweak it some more, try different fragrances, different oils, even have large batches made with coconut. This was fun to do and well worth the time that it took.
UPDATE, 1/2/15-HAVE USED VIRGIN COCONUT OIL ON A DAILY BASIS FOR THE LAST 8 MONTHS-HAVE SEEN A BIG IMPROVEMENT IN SKIN CONDITION. I CLEANSE, REMOVE MAKEUP, WITH HOMEMADE COLD CREAM-!
— Susan Nuyt, Skirt in the Kitchen