Making Herbal Cold Cream

Summary: Cold cream is the ultimate cleanser and moisturizer for the skin. Making herbal cold cream is an economical way to protect the skin from extreme weather especially winter.

Cold Creams were documented during the second century in Greece by the physician Galen. Cold creams are used to remove make-up, moisturize the skin and prepare the skin for facial paint as used on stage. The cold cream developed by Galen was made with natural ingredients, water, beeswax, olive oil, and rose petals from the rose plant. The ingredients used today to make herbal cold creams are just as natural and basic.

The Basic Greek Recipe for Cold Cream

1/8 teaspoon borax powder
¼ cup water (distilled is best or boil tap water before use)
½ cup olive oil (extra virgin)
1 teaspoon rose water (steep dried rose petals to make fresh rose water)

Dissolve the borax in a glass cup and set aside.

Mix together the olive oil and beeswax in another glass measuring cup. Heat the mixture leaving in the cup in a saucepan with 1 to 2 inches of water. Over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the beeswax has melted and the mixture is smooth. Warm the borax in the microwave the dissolved mixture comes to a boil (this should take 1-2 minutes depending on the high setting of the microwave).

Add the oil and wax mixture to the borax mixture and whisk together. Allow to cool and then add the rose water and stir well. Store the mixture in a glass container, with a tight lid in the refrigerator.

When ready to use, take a small amount of the cold cream and massage into the facial skin and wipe off with a tissue or rinse off with warm water. If skin is extremely dry, the cold cream can be left on over night for maximum results.

For the best results, use the cold cream daily. After 2-3 weeks, the cold cream needs to be discarded and a fresh batch made.

Making herbal cold creams can cost from a few cents to a few dollars for the ingredients. When starting to make cold creams, start off with the freshest ingredients. Using fresh ingredients without the preservatives found in commercial brands have a shorter shelf life. Keep cold creams in the refrigerator and discard any that has not been used after 2-3 weeks. Use the herbal cold creams daily for healthier skin.

Cold Cream Recipes
Recipe #1

1 ounce beeswax
4 teaspoons water (distilled or boiled tap water)
1 teaspoon Borax
3 drops of favorite essential oil (try lavender or chamomile)
6 teaspoons olive or mineral oil

Combine the oils and beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat, stirring until beeswax is melted and the mixture is smooth. Add borax and water together in a separate container and bring to a boil. Whisk briskly until the borax is dissolved. Add the borax mixture to the oil and beeswax mixture and whisk until blended and a smooth mixture is left. Gradually add the essential oil and continue to whisk. Allow to cool and store in a glass jar with a tight lid. Store cold cream in the refrigerator for best results.

Recipe #2

1 Tablespoon beeswax or emulsifying wax
4 Tablespoons of almond oil
1 fresh cucumber

Peel half a cucumber and cut into small pieces and set aside. Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax or emulsifying wax with the almond oil over medium heat and stir until smooth. Add the cucumber pieces and continue to stir occasionally over medium heat for one hour until blended. The mixture will have thickened and the cucumbers will have blended into the mixture. Take off the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Place mixture in a glass jar with a tight lid. Store the cold cream in the refrigerator for the best results. This cucumber cold cream is great to put around puffy eyes and leave on all night as an eye cream.

Recipe #3

1 beaten egg yolk
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
6 teaspoons each of olive oil and vegetable oils

Whisk the ingredients together until thickened. If the mixture becomes too thick, add more lemon juice. Place the lemon juice mixture in a glass jar with a tight lid and keep in the refrigerator. The lemon juice is a wonderful cleanser and the olive and vegetable oils replenish the skin.

Any product made from natural ingredients is healthier for the skin than commercially produced products. Everyone’s skin is different and responds to even organically grown products differently. Any allergic reactions such as redness or rashes should be checked out by a physician immediately. A shopping trip to the herbal store or green grocery can be the first step to healthier skin. Have fun and experiment with favorite herbs for a personally created cold cream.