I typically use the oil cleansing method for removing makeup in the evening and in the morning I usually clean my face with soothing lavender and oats. When I saw a recipe for cold cream though, I had to try it out because just seeing the words “cold cream” made me think of my sweet grandmother because she always had Ponds Cold Cream in her bathroom.
Here are the ingredients in Ponds Cold Cream: Mineral Oil, Water, Ceresin, Beeswax, Triethanolamine, Ceteth-20, Fragrance, Behenic Acid, Montan Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Dmdm Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
I’ll be digging into some of the common cosmetic ingredients here in the near future so we can all become educated on what those unpronounceable chemicals are. In the meantime, just know that you can definitely very easily create a similar product that isn’t full of chemicals!
My recipe is based on one from the book, Natural Beauty at Home which has a lot of great DIY recipes.
OLIVE OIL COLD CREAM INGREDIENTS:
1/8 tsp borax powder
1/4 cup distilled water
1/2 cup olive oil
2 TBSP beeswax
1 tsp rose water
2 drops Rose Essential Oil (optional)
2 drops Neroli Essential Oil (optional)
6 drops Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
Place beeswax and olive oil in a double boiler or makeshift double boiler. I like to simply place them in a Pyrex glass measuring cup in a pot that contains about 1-2 inches of water. Warm over medium heat until beeswax has completely melted.
Take your distilled water and borax and bring to a boil in a separate container. As soon as the water reaches boiling, take it off the heat and stir it well to be sure the borax is completely melted. Using a hand mixer blend the beeswax/oil and slowly pour the water/borax mixture in while blending. This will immediately thicken the mix. Blend well then add in the rose water and essential oils. I waited to add those final ingredients until the mixture reached room temperature and just re-blended everything.
The result is a wonderful smelling cold cream with no toxic chemicals or preservatives. Since this mix contains water and no preservatives, it will last longer if you keep it in the refrigerator.
ADDITIONS & SUBSTITUTIONS:
You could use different carrier oils like grapeseed, sweet almond, avocado or castor oil instead of the olive oil. Another great option would be to add some fresh ingredients into a small amount. You could take a tablespoon of cold cream and mix in freshly mashed avocado, banana, strawberry or kiwi for an extra cleaning boost. You wouldn’t want to add a fresh ingredient to the entire batch though because fresh ingredients spoil quickly.
Simply massage a small amount into skin and rinse with warm water and a washcloth. This makes a great makeup remover. I like to follow up with aloe vera gel juice as a toner which also helps remove any remaining oil or makeup leaving your face clean and refreshed.
* All information is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.