DONNA LEE’S SIM­PLE BASE CREAM

Herbs & Superfoods - - Herbs For Natural Beauty -

Use this recipe as a base for Donna’s ba­sic mois­turiser (be­low).

In­gre­di­ents • 16g veg­etable­based emul­si­fy­ing wax • 36ml cold pressed apri­cot oil • 148ml herbal water ex­tract (see in­struc­tions, left) • 4 drops rose­mary ole­o­resin (rose­mary oil ex­tract) Equip­ment • 1 sugar ther­mome­ter for check­ing tem­per­a­ture • 1 stick blender • 1 dou­ble boiler • 1 saucepan • pots for cream

Put emul­si­fy­ing wax and oil in top of dou­ble boiler. Add water to base, then the herbal water into an­other saucepan. Bring both saucepans to a tem­per­a­ture of 65°C. Slowly pour the melted mix­ture into the water por­tion while beat­ing with the stick blender con­tin­u­ally.

As the mix­ture cools, it will thicken. Beat un­til the con­sis­tency of whipped cream. Leave overnight. Dur­ing this time the mix­ture will thicken much more. Add 4 drops of rose­mary ole­o­resin to ex­tend shelf-life. Makes 200ml of base cream to which other in­gre­di­ents may be added. Use as a base for creams, body but­ters and lo­tions.

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