Sunday, 8 February 2009
I was on a roll. So I thought I would use up the frozen strawberries in my freezer. Unfortunately I think the fact that they were frozen and the fact I didn't read the recipe as well as I should, produced a jam with a lot of foaminess that I couldn't get rid of. Anyway at the end of the recipe it said remove scum, I tried but it was near impossible to get rid of all of it. It still tastes lovely and strawberry jammy, it just doesn't look like it would win a sash at a beauty pageant. Ah well, as with all little mistakes, I suppose I learnt something from the experience.
Monday, 2 February 2009
Monday, 19 January 2009
Monday, 12 January 2009
This was from the latest batch of cream I made in December 2008. I gave most away as Christmas presents.
I started making my own cream when I found anything I used was stinging me - not just in the pocket either! Also nothing seemed to last the full day. I would use it in the morning and by the end of the day the skin on my legs especially would be dry and flaky. I started by buying Shea butter, which was great, but was way too greasy and messy on it's own and would come off onto my clothes (it was almost as if I was waxing up my jeans to make them waterproof!).
Then I started looking on the internet for recipes and experimented with different concoctions that were all still very greasy. I eventually found the company Aromantics online and they had some great resources, including recipe books and ingredients. The process is in no way cheap, but the cream is so great I hope I never have to go back to off the shelf products again. I love the fact that I find unusual oils from different sources and include them in the ingredients, giving different aroma's and uses.
As a woman over 45 the cellulite on my legs really does disgust me - When I was using the usual off the shelf products my skin was not only like orange peel, but rough - horrible, horrible, horrible - it really did look horendous! Well the cream really seems to have made my skin softer so the cellulite doesn't seem half so bad (either that or I'm used to it!). Also it does great things for the heels - no dry skin - it's vunderbar.
You need 2 double boilers a large bowl a whisk, thermometer, measuring jug, scales and of course jars for the finished product. I use disposable piping bags from Lakeland's to get the cream into the jars and I buy my jars from Baldwins.
Fat Stage melted over a double boiler till 75 - 80°:
240ml Apricot Kernel Oil
240ml Almond oil
60g Shea Butter
60g Cocoa Butter
75g VE Emulsifier
Water Stage melted over a double boiler till 75 - 80°:
120g MF Emulsifier
2000 - 800ml Boiling Spring Water
2000 ml is way too runny for me, also I don't have enough room in the equipment I use to hold that volume of cream. I have found approx 1000 ml works quite well. Maybe would need to add more shea butter, cocoa butter and or VE emulsifier if the water was increased, to make it stiffer.
360 drops or 18ml Preservative.
You really do have to use a preservative as your cream will go mouldy without it (as I found out in an early batch a couple of years ago). I get a lot of my ingredients and the basic recipe books from this company:
the preservative I use form there is called preservative 12 - Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglcerin. Now the very name sounds bad, but I quote 'this preservative was introduced to the general cosmetics marketplace in early 2007 and was the most natural preservative available to us at the time of printing ... Aromantic have had it challenge-tested and have found it works well for people with sensitive skin." All I know is I didn't want to produce something that had to be kept in the fridge - and then only lasted a matter of weeks.
After the first 2 stages are whisked together the cream needs to cool down before you can whisk in the other ingredients,
Third Stage cooled down to 40 - 35°:
Vitamin E oil
Aloe Vera concentrate
St John's Wort oil
Fourth Stage cooled down to 30 - 25°:
180 drops (6 ml) Essential oils