The oil and water blends together beautifully (and stays that way) thanks to the power of vegetable based emulsifying wax. I bought a sizable bag that will certainly last me a few years at Mountain Rose Herbs. It comes in a flaked form, which makes it really simple to measure and is quick to melt into your oil blend. You might notice that this recipe is similar to my Kukui Rose Moisturizing Cream, and it is the same general idea. However, I wanted to offer a vegan moisturizer for those of you who abstain from using animal byproducts as well as folks who are sensitive or allergic to beeswax. The emulsifying wax creates a thinner, lighter moisturizer than one with beeswax does so I recommend storing this in a squeezable plastic bottle or a glass bottle with a pump dispenser. I took the classy option and repurposed a plastic squeeze bottle that once contained my favorite Lebanese garlic sauce... well washed of course!
3/4 cup rose petal infused oil*
1 cup distilled water
2 tablespoons vegetable based emulsifying wax
*Use one or more of the following oils to create your own personalized blend: avocado, olive, sweet almond, jojoba, kukui, and/or macadamia nut.
Combine the oil and wax in a double boiler over medium low heat until the wax melts. Meanwhile, pour water in the blender. Put the cap on the blender, but leave the little hole open so that you can pour in the oil with minimal splattering. Turn the blender on high and slowly pour the oil/wax mixture in and continue blending until the lotion turns an opaque white and is uniformly thickened. Using a funnel, pour into a lotion bottle and you're good to go.
|Ruby photo bombing my lotion|