Melt the Shea butter and wax on Low heat. Meanwhile, measure out the water and aloe vera in a bowl and mix together.
Add the Rose Hip oil and Vitamin E oil into a high speed blender. Now add in the melted oils. Put on the lid and turn on the blender to high speed. Slowly pour in the water so that the oil and water can emulsify together. Add in the Rosemary Essential Oil, if using. Pour into clean containers and let cool. Cap and store in a cool, dry place.
Shelf life: 6 months to 1 year.
Before you start making the face cream, be sure to line up the containers that you'll be using. Make sure they are clean/have been disinfected and the lids are off.
In order to get the oil and fat molecules to stick together, you need to use a high speed blender. Once the oils are in the blender and the blender is whirring away on high speed, be sure to pour in the water/aloe vera gel slowly. Once that is done, add in the Rosemary essential oil, then quickly pour into the containers. Let cool and put on lids.
You can opt to not use the aloe vera gel and just use 1 cup of water instead, however the added benefit of using store-bought aloe vera gel is that it contains citric acid, which works as a natural preservative and will help to preserve your cream longer.
If you'd like to store the cream in the fridge in order to extend its shelf life you can, but do note that the texture of the cream will harden (it'll still be just as effective though).
If you feel your formula is too greasy, consider using exactly 1/4 cup melted shea butter and 1 oz melted wax in your formula next time around.
Variation: Instead of using the Rose Hip infused oil, you can substitute in any other oil, such as olive, walnut, avocado, another infused oil (e.g. Marigold), etc. You want to use equal amounts of water and oil to make your cream.
Final tip: To help with clean up, be sure to use paper towels (or old rags) to first wipe away as much of the cream from the blender and tools you are using first, then pour on dish liquid with a touch of water to remove the rest. Adding a bit of vinegar can also be helpful at this point. Finally, wash the blender and tools as you normally would with dish soap and water.
Final note: keep your cream away from areas with high humidity, such as the bathroom. If your cream smells funky or seems off, discontinue use. While the Vitamin E, citric acid and Rosemary EO will help to preserve your cream, you should expect your cream to last around 6 months to a year.
As always, Enjoy :)
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