" Super Formulas, Arts and Crafts: How to Make More Than 360 Useful Products That Contain Honey and Beeswax ". This is one wonderful 'barrier' hand cream! Long lasting, ultra rich (as the name suggests!) and easy to make! Perfect for me!
Ultra-Rich Skin Cream (This is from Elaine White's book)
- 2 1/2 ounces (weight) beeswax
- 2-4 ounces (weight) anhydrous lanolin
- 2/3 cup baby oil
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon borax (sodium borate, Chemically Pure, from pharmacy)
- Fragrant essential oil or your choice (optional)
Borax is sold with laundry detergents, but chemically pure borax, which is required for cosmetics, is sold by drug stores and "Chem lab" (see Appendix A). Lanolin is sold by drug stores. In a microwave or double boiler, melt the oil, lanolin and beeswax to 160 degrees F. Heat the borax and water in a separate container to 160 degrees F. Be sure the borax is dissolved and the wax is melted. Add the water mixture to the oil mixture while stirring briskly. When white cream forms, stir slowly until the mixture cools to 100 degrees F. Pour it into small, wide-mouth jars.
Oil Substitutions: Use a variety of oils as long as their combination equals 2/3 cup. Baby oil is simply mineral oil plus fragrance. The cream can be colored pink by replacing a small amount of the mineral oil with "Alkanet Colored Oil"
I also needed some lip balm and found the following recipe at a favorite shop for soap & cream making supplies - Majestic Mountain Sage. This is c a real winner! I love it!
from Majestic Mountain Sage
- .25 ounces Beeswax
.33 ounces Shea Butter, refined
.33 ounces Coco Butter
.40 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
2 mL Vitiman E (I opened two capsules of 1000 mg each)
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil