There are many brands of cold creams, vanishing creams, moisturizers and body butters available in the market these days. The definition of a cold cream is a cream that removes dirt, oil and makeup from the face and leaves a thin residue on the skin to protect, moisturize and heal it. Cold creams are ideal for use in winters as they help prevent moisture loss. The original cold cream recipe or the basic cold cream formula contains Borax. Borax plays many different roles in cold creams in that; it promotes emulsification and reduces surface tension of water. Let us study some ways to make cold cream at home.
1. Basic cold cream formula/original cold cream recipe
- 100ml sweet almond oil or apricot oil
- 10 grams of beeswax
- 80 ml rosewater
- 5 grams of Borax
- 20 drops of essential oils
- In a double broiler, melt the beeswax. Add almond/apricot oil and stir well to incorporate. Remove from heat.
- Heat half of the rosewater slightly and dissolve all the borax in it. Slowly add the cool rosewater and stir well.
- Now combine the water and melted oil and beeswax. Keep stirring. A thick emulsion will form. Add the essential oils and stir again to combine.
- Store the cold cream in jars and
Use the cold cream at night time or as needed during the day. You can also use this to remove makeup.
2. Cold cream recipe without Borax
- 1 tbsp Jojoba oil
- 7 tbsp pure vegetable shortening-no lard
- 10 drops of Lavender or Chamomile essential oil
- In a double broiler, melt the shortening and oil until both are completely melted. Remove from heat and cool for at least 10 minutes.
- Add essential oils. Stir to combine.
- The mixture will gradually thicken and turn opaque.
- Store it in a cold cream jar.
Note that this recipe may take a few hours to reach creamy consistency, depending on ambient temperature and quantity. You need not refrigerate it but you must use it within 6 months.
To use: take requisite quantity on a cleansing pad and apply all over the face, neck and décolleté.
3. Cold cream for acne
- 20 ml Jojoba oil
- 10 ml rosehip oil
- 5 grams each lanolin, cocoa butter and beeswax
- 50 ml rosewater
- 20 drops of essential oils for acne like Tea tree oil, Lavender, Clary sage or Juniper Berry
- In a double broiler, melt the beeswax, lanolin and cocoa butter.
- Add vegetable oils and remove from heat. Beat well to combine.
- Little by little, add the rose water and continue beating well.
- Add the essential oils and beat well.
- Store in airtight glass containers.
4. Homemade cold cream with coconut oil
This is a simple cold cream recipe without beeswax. It gets a creamy consistency due to the coconut oil and sets rather easily despite not having beeswax. Lemon oil reduces discoloration and blends well with the floral fragrance of the Lavender oil.
- 5 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 ½ tbsp almond oil
- 10 drops each lemon and lavender oils
- In a double broiler, add coconut oil and let it melt gently. Slowly add the almond oil and stir well to combine.
- Remove from heat and add both essential oils.
- Mix the blend thoroughly and pour it into jars after it has cooled a bit. The cream is ready to use.
5. Homemade Vegan cold cream
In vegan cold cream recipe, you use Candelilla wax instead of beeswax. Candelilla wax is derived from a Mexican shrub Candelilla. It is readily available online and offline. You use half the quantity of Candelilla wax in place of the beeswax. SO, if the recipe calls for 2 tbsp beeswax, use only 1 tbsp of Candelilla wax.
- 1 tsp or 5ml of Candelilla wax
- Rosewater 2 tbsp
- 3 tbsp almond oil
- 10 drops of rose oil
- In a double broiler and low heat, melt the wax. In another bowl placed over hot water, heat the rosewater.
- Once the wax has melted, add almond oil and beat well. Make sure the ingredients and well incorporated.
- Let the temperatures of both wax and rose water be approximate the same. At this stage, add the rosewater, drop by drop to the oil, and beat well.
- Once all rosewater has been used up, remove from heat. Stir well so the mixture cools down completely.
- Add the rose oil.
- Mix it thoroughly and pour it into glass jars. The vegan cold cream is ready for use.
Now you know the ingredients of cold cream! Go ahead and make some today. You can even gift these to your friends and family for Christmas!