Moisturizing face cream

This face cream was formulated be both moisturizing and nourishing, leaving a mat and sooth finish. It can therefore be used after a face washing, shower or after swimming.

A few comments (and explanations):

  • Essential oils and preservatives should be adde dafter the preparation, for a better efficiency.
  • You can pick up Palmarosa and Lavender for their delicious smell and repair action, Tea Tree for its strong antibacterial/antiacne properties – in combination with Niaouli for the same purpose, Roman Chamomile if you have a rosacea-prone skin (vascular properties), or Ylang-Ylang for its sebum regulation action.
  • The “Cosgard” preservative is a relatively mild mixture of an alcohol and an acid, approved by organic cosmetic charts (e.g. the Cosmebio Label “Cosmos” referential).
  • Amounts are expressed as masses, in %. 100g correspond to 2 or 3 cream containers, and enable to properly mix (below 50mL it starts getting hard).
  • Beware that if you prepare exactly 100g for a 100 mL flask, you’have a small excedent. Why? Because of the lower density of oils (100 mL weigh only 80g, so 100g take a volume of… 125 mL!)

 

FABRICATION

Materials:

  • a precision scale (ideally 0.1 g),
  • a heating plate + pots or a heating bowl,
  • an electric hand blender (or good physical shape for sufficient hand mixing)
  • a soft spatula and spoons
  • optional: a funnel to transfer into your container

Directions:

  1. Infuse green tea (a fair amount) in a bit more than the volume of water you need (preferentially deionized or distilled – as it will increase the cream shelf-life)
  2. Melt the beeswax and the emulsifier in the hot water bath
  3. When melt, add the vegetable oil and mix all fats with a spoon
  4. On the side, filtrate the tea and add the aloe vera gel
  5. Mix both phases (lipidic and aqueous) (the order is not importance, but they should have similar temperatures to avoid the fat to set)
  6. Important: add a few drops of a preservative (for example the Cosgard / Geogard 221)
  7. Mixer all with an electric blender for a few secondes, until getting a white and homogeneous appearance (3 seconds shouls be enough!)
  8. Let cool down for a few minutes until roughly 30°C
  9. Optionally: add a few drops of the essential oils of your choice, and blend again with a whip or fork.
  10. Pour it in the final packaging (opaque is better for preservation)

 

Your face cream is ready ! It can be stored in a fridge before being used.

Now it’s up to you to play with your own ingredients and actives =)

Note on the packaging : always write down the date of fabrication, and estimated storage duration. Packaging is also your space of visual expression: get creative !

 

Cream fabrication, during cooling, before essential oils addition

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