My Incredibly Green Cream
|I had dried herbs hanging all over the house in the autumn|
and I am always looking out for suitable containers for dried
herbs, face creams, body lotions, lip balms and toners.
The creams I make are usually made with beeswax as an emulsifier. That makes a thick, very creamy and slightly oily cream that is very good for the night. It is concentrated and a little goes a long way. I tend to slather on lots and lots, probably I use too much, and I really shine in bed at night. But I have been searching for a lighter emulsifier as an option for daytime. I ordered some vegetable emulsifier and it came with an ingredients label that said: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate! That is very irritating to the skin and it is one of the ingredients that I want to avoid. So I haven't used it at all.
I was really please to read Texia's (at Sanga natural) post about homemade emulsifiers. She did two recipes and I have made them both and already used one in a cream. I have a lot of dried herbs and herbs macerated in oil and I figured that I should use all my herbal oils for something. So I decided to make an incredibly green cream.
The Incredibly Green Cream:
Oil phase - 70g of macerated oils: 20 g. each yarrow (Achillea) oil, chickweed (Stellaria) oil and Calendua oil. 10 g. mock orange (Philadelphus) oil. And additionally almost 1 tsp. Njóli (Rumex) oil.
Into the oil I added a pinch and a dash of AHA and A retinol. I don't have a scale that measures accurately in small increments so I eyeball the small stuff.
Water phase - 120 g. herbal tea: I made tea with the following herbs: Yarrow (Achillea), chickweed (Stellaria), shepherd's purse (Capsella), Comfrey and Viola. I let this steep for about an hour and then I added a bit of licorice extract and niacin as well as the preservative Natrium benzoat.
Making cream is just like making soap, minus the lye. I warm the ingredients in bain marie and then pour the water phase into the oil while whisking with a stick blender.
I forgot to write how much emulsifier I used, but I think it was somewhere between 10 and 20 g. and I put it into the water phase.
I like the cream very much, so thank you Texia. I've been using it for about 2 weeks now, both morning and night. It absorbs well so that my husband's goodnight kiss doesn't slide right off. It is chock full of goodies for the skin and smells a bit green and I am pretty sure that it has taken twenty years of my appearance already.