Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kukui Rose Moisturizing Cream


I have a new favorite moisturizer. My lotion bars and whipped body butters have been set aside since I made this new batch last weekend. Even though it's spring, my skin still thinks we're in the middle of winter with rampant dryness and peeling chapped lips. After using this stuff for just a few days my skin feels soothed, more nourished, and looks a whole lot better! It's luxuriously thick and creamy, with a light floral scent. You could add several drops of rose essential oil to pump up the aromatherapy, but I wanted to keep mine light and subtle so that I can wear it to work. 


Thanks to the kukui nut oil, this moisturizer readily penetrates the skin and leaves a soft and silky finish rather than a greasy one. The nutrient packed combination of kukui and macadamia nut oils contain vitamins A, C, and E, and high levels of essential fatty acids. Macadamia nut oil is one of the highest sources of Palmitoleic fatty acids, which helps delay skin ageing. It is also chemically similar to our skin's natural sebum, allowing it to quickly penetrate dry and damaged skin.


Now let's talk about the benefits of rose for a minute. Other than its wonderfully romantic and dreamy fragrance, rose is also useful in calming the skin and nerves alike. It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and is a gentle astringent making it great for fighting acne and eczema. It's high in vitamin C and helps the skin lock in moisture, so it's also beneficial for sensitive skin. And yeah, it's an aphrodisiac too. Rosa damascena is pretty great.

This recipe comes together quickly and only calls for a few ingredients. I didn't time myself, but it probably took about 15 minutes, and most of that was spent staring at the beeswax on the stove while it melted. If you are in the mood to splurge a bit, you could definitely use more rose hydrosol, just be sure to decrease the water by the same amount. If you're totally flush with cash, just skip the distilled water and use all rose hydrosol! I'm sure it will be even more awesome. If you're broke like me, just stick with the recipe, you'll still feel pampered and fancy I promise!


Ingredients:
1/3 cup Rose Hydrosol 
2/3 cup distilled water
2 Tablespoons beeswax
1/2 cup kukui nut oil
1/4 cup macadamia nut oil

Pour the rose hydrosol and water into a blender. Put the lid on the blender but keep the little hole open so that you can pour liquids in while the blender is running. Set aside.

Melt the beeswax and macadamia nut oil in a double boiler. When melted, add the kukui nut oil and wait just long enough for everything to melt together. It's best to avoid exposing kukui nut oil to heat, so don't leave the room with it on the stove! 

Turn on the blender and slowly start to pour a stream of the oil/beeswax mixture through the hole in the lid. You might need to stop the blender a few times and scrape down the mixture to make sure the water and oils emulsify thoroughly. I had a small amount (maybe a teaspoon) of extra water that didn't incorporate, so I simply poured it off before transfering the moisturizer into jars for storage. This will make a firm cream that you can store in a wide mouth jar. Use as a multipurpose moisturizer; it's excellent as a hand cream and facial lotion!

If you give this recipe a try, please let me know what you think! I'm already planning on a new recipe, so stay tuned for a vegan version...