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Herbal Face Cream

This recipe calls for two different "Groups" to be measured separately and then mixed together.
It is an oil/water mixture that must be combined at high speed.  A kitchen blender is the best tool for this process.

Equipment:
One kitchen blender
One stainless steel pot ( a 3 quart pot will suffice)
Measuring cups
Kitchen spoon
Instant read thermometer

Ingredients:
Aloe Vera Gel (store bought, uncolored)
Rosewater
Lavender Essential Oil
3 -Vitamin E capsules
Almond Oil
Cocoa Butter
Beeswax

Measure the liquids and place them into the blender.   We will call this "Group 1 - Waters"

  • 2/3 cup water rose water
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • 12-20 drops of lavender drops essential oil
  • Cut the end off the tree capsules of Vitamin E and drain the oil into the water mixture.

In a pot measure the Oils. We will call this "Group II - Oils"

  • 3/4-cup  almond oil
  • 1/3-cup cocoa butter 
  • 1 ounce-grated beeswax
  1. Combine the waters (Group I) in a blender. Make sure the temperature of the water is room temperature or slightly warmer.
  2. In a pot over low heat, combine the oils  and the beeswax (Group II) . Heat them just enough to melt. Make sure the mixture is completely liquid and there are no lumps or solid particles of fat in the mixture.  Transfer the oils into a heatproof glass measuring cup with a pouring spout and handle. Let the oils cool to at least 100 degrees F.
  3. Turn on the blender turn on the blender at its highest speed.  Remove the center cap on the lid of the blender. In a slow, thin drizzle, pour the oils into the center vortex of the whirling water mixture.
  4. Make sure you keep steadily pouring all the oils into the blender.
  5. The mixture will become creamy and white.
  6. When the blender coughs and chokes and the cream looks thick and white,  turn off the blender. If you still have more oil to incorporate you can add it now,  beating it in by hand with a spoon.  Turn on the blender for an addition 10-15 seconds and check again to make sure all the oils are incorporated.  If necessary, stir again and then blend for an additional 15 seconds.
  7. Pour into cream or lotion jars.
  8. The cream will thicken as it cools and sets.  Store in a cool location.

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