This rich, soothing cream is full of nourishing ingredients that help skin retain moisture and stay smooth and supple. Good for dry and mature skins.
2 tbsp rolled oats
2 tsp beeswax
6 tsp emulsifying wax
40ml almond oil
2 tsp honey
2 tsp vitamin C powder
6–12 drops chamomile essential oil (optional)
1 In a pan, heat the water until boiling and then add the oats. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Strain the oats, reserving the liquid into a measuring jug – you need 200ml. Put in a pan and keep hot.
2 Heat the beeswax and emulsifying wax together very gently in another pan with the almond oil until the waxes fully dissolve. Take off the heat and immediately whisk in a little of the hot oat liquid into the wax mixture. Keep adding the hot oat liquid, a little at a time, making sure it is well mixed between additions, until you have used up all 200ml.
3 Stir in the honey and vitamin C powder and, if desired, add in a few drops of chamomile essential oil, which acts as a preservative, is anti-inflammatory and adds a delicious scent. (Don’t worry if you don’t have chamomile – you can use any essential oil you have around). Pour the cream into wide-mouthed pots, and seal at once.
USE After bathing, pat skin gently dry, then apply the cream as needed. On tough areas of dry skin such as knees, elbows and feet, use twice daily, especially before bed.
STORAGE Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.