How to Make an Organic Emulsion for Skin Care
If you have ever made a vinaigrette or mayonnaise, you already know how to make an emulsion. An emulsion is a creamy mixture of oil and water with an emulsifier to keep droplets of one suspended in the other. In a vinaigrette, the emulsifier is mustard. In mayonnaise, the emulsifier is egg yolk. In natural creams and lotions, the emulsifier is often beeswax or lecithin. You can use organic oils and distilled water to make an organic emulsion, adding herbal essential oils for their fragrance and healing properties 12.
Wash the pan, blender and other tools in hot, soapy water, then rinse thoroughly in hot water and allow them to air dry on clean towels. Cleanliness is very important to prevent contaminating your organic emulsion with bacteria, viruses or fungi.
Measure oils and beeswax, and combine in the stainless steel saucepan. Stir over low heat until the beeswax has melted and the oils are combined thoroughly. Allow the oils and beeswax to cool for 15 minutes so that you are working with warm, not hot, oils. Combine the aloe vera, water and essential oil in a measuring cup.
Pour the warm oil mixture in your blender, put the lid on and start blending. Through the opening in the top, slowly pour the water and aloe vera mixture into the oils. Keep blending until the mixture has emulsified and is cool.
Scrape the emulsion into the container you have ready, and store in the refrigerator as there are no preservatives in this recipe. Use whenever you need a face cream, night cream or soothing hand lotion.
You can add up to 1/3 cup more water to make a lotion rather than a cream.
Use your favorite essential oils in place of chamomile or geranium. Use a tablespoon or two of organic vegetable glycerin in place of some of the water. Glycerin is a humectant that draws water out of the air to your skin.
If you have never applied some of these ingredients to your skin before, do a patch test 24 hours before using your organic emulsion. Put a dab of the ingredient you aren't sure about on your arm and place a bandage over it. Wait 24 hours to see if there are any adverse reactions.
Avoid contaminating your cream or any face cream. Use a washable cosmetic spatula to remove cream from the jar, rather than dipping it out with your fingers.
- Clean towels
- Stainless steel saucepan
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Kitchen scale
- Container for finished product
- 1 cup organic, cold-pressed olive or almond oil
- 1/4 cup organic, cold-pressed avocado or sesame oil
- 1 oz. organic beeswax
- 1/4 cup organic aloe vera gel or juice
- 3/4 cup of distilled or spring water, boiled and cooled
- 10 drops chamomile or geranium essential oil
- "Natural Beauty Recipe Book: How to Make Your Own Organic Cosmetics and Beauty Products;" Farrer-Halls, G.; 2006
- "Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self;" Tourles, S.; 2007
- "Making Herbal Hand Creams and Salves;" Weinberg, NP; 2000
- "Making Aromatherapy Creams and Lotions;" Donna Maria; 2000
- If you have never applied some of these ingredients to your skin before, do a patch test 24 hours before using your organic emulsion. Put a dab of the ingredient you aren't sure about on your arm and place a bandage over it. Wait 24 hours to see if there are any adverse reactions.
- Avoid contaminating your cream or any face cream. Use a washable cosmetic spatula to remove cream from the jar, rather than dipping it out with your fingers.
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