DIY Calendula Cream
Since winter is in swing and we all need some extra moisture for our skin, we thought an easy and fun way to start using this wonderful golden herb would be to make our own calendula cream.
The first thing we did was make the calendula oil that goes into the cream. We filled a mason jar about three quarters full with calendula buds . Next we filled the jar to about an inch near the top with grapeseed oil. Then we set the jar by a nice sunny windowsill and waited 3-4weeks to let the herbs and oil infuse. Finally we strain the oil and re-bottle.
Things you need to make the cream
1/8 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup aloe vera gel (commerically prepared)
3/4 cups water
1/8 cup cocoa butter
1 rounded tablespoon grated beeswax
-A few drops of essential oil of your choice
To make the cream
Combine the cocoa butter, coconut oil , calendula oil, and beeswax in a saucepan over low heat. We used the lowest setting of heat when we made this. Be sure to warm the ingredients until everything is melted all together. Pour everything into a measuring cup ( a bowl will do also) and let cool for at least several hours or overnight , until the mix is somewhat thick.
Next combine the mixture that was made over the stove, aloe vera, water, and essential oil into a blender. Turn the blender on a high speed and blend until the water mixture and oil mixture have been absorbed. Stop blending when your mixture has reached it's desired thickness or until the blender starts to clog .
Pour contents from the blender into a jar and store in a cool place.The cream should keep for about a year.
This cream was extremely extra moisturizing and the thickness of it was just right.Some people may find that it is a little bit too heavy to use during the day so it might be better served being a night cream.
If anybody has any stories about making their own creams or lotions please fill free to share!