Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Herbs and Beauty -- Rose Petal Cold Cream

There's no need to buy expensive night creams when you can easily make your own.  Yes, there's a bit of fuss with the double boilers, but it's worth it, not only for your face but in your pocketbook as well.  This mixture does not contain any herbs, but rather use roses. It might better be made in your gardening season when the rose petals are readily available, saving even more money. It's great for all skin types.

1 1/2 c. of scented rose petals
6 T. olive oil
1 1/2 T. purified beeswax
about 1 t. distilled water

Check the rose petals and discard any damaged ones.
Put the olive oil in the top of a double boiler and heat gently.
Stir in as many rose petals as the oil can take up.
Remove from heat. cover and infuse for seven days.
Strain the oil through a non-metallic strainer, pressing the petals against the sides to extract as much oil as possible .
Melt the beeswax in a bowl over simmering water, then gradually stir in the fragrant oil.
Remove from the heat and add the water, drop by drop, until the cream has the consistency you like.
Pour the cream into a clean jar; cover and label.
Makes 1/2 cup

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