1) Small saucepan
2) Hand whisk and/or Electric whisk with a slow speed setting
Weigh the ingredients all into the one saucepan in the following quantities...
Sweet Almond Oil: 24g
Coconut Oil: 16g
Stearic Acid: 5g
Citric Acid: 0.5g
Emulsifying Wax: 10g
Cetearyl Alcohol: 15g
Put the saucepan over a moderate heat and wait until the coconut oil has almost completely melted. At this stage, the emulsifying wax will be softening to a gel. Whisk gently, preferably with a hand whisk over a moderate heat until the emulsifying wax has completely incorporated and you have a watery-consistency white or white-ish emulsion (do not boil). It is important to keep the mixture HOT but not boiling until ALL the ingredients have completely emulsified with no traces of gel-like substance remaining. It will become completely opaque and a white-ish colour when the emulsifying wax has completed its job, so until this stage, keep on the heat and keep gently whisking, checking to make sure all traces of a clear gel-like substance have disappeared.
Remaining ingredient quantities...
Preservative (Geogard Ultra): 1g (if using any other preservative you should refer to recommended inclusion levels)
Essential or Fragrance Oil (optional) 1% maximum
Remove from the heat and add the preservative (this comes as a powder which dissolves readily in water) and now using a spoon, stir in thoroughly, then continue gently stirring whilst the liquid starts to cool and takes on a slightly more creamy consistency (add optional essential or fragrance oil at this stage), pour into a suitable container and leave to cool further stirring gently as the mixture cools and thickens. Once completely cool you should have a good quality moisturising cream ready to transfer into a suitable jar or jars.
TIP: your mixture will cool much quicker if you place the container in a 'bath' of cold water.
NOTE: The addition of the preservative should guarantee a shelf life in excess of 6 months.
Variations to this theme...
To vary the consistency of this cream, simply add higher or lower quantities of Cetearyl Alcohol. This product can be added up to a maximum recommended inclusion of 25%.
You can replace the water with Lavender or Rose water to add fragrance. You can also choose to add a few drops of your favourite fragrance or essential oil at the same stage as preservative is added.
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