Galen’s Cold Cream Recipe

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Skin-cleansing cold cream is one of the oldest cosmetic recipes still in use today.
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Yields 8 ounces SERVINGS


  • 1/8 teaspoon borax powder
  • 1/4 cup rosewater or distilled water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated beeswax


  • Combine the borax powder and rosewater in a heat-resistant bowl. Set aside to dissolve.In another heat-resistant bowl, or in the top of a double boiler, mix together the olive oil and beeswax, and heat gently until the wax mixture is just melted. Remove from heat, and stir until the beeswax is completely melted and thoroughly mixed with the oil. In a saucepan on the stove, or a glass bowl in the microwave, heat the borax mixture to warm, but don’t boil.Slowly add the borax mixture to the oil mixture, stirring briskly. You can also do this in a blender, adding the borax mixture to the oil in a slow, steady stream, and then blending on medium-high until combined. Pour the warm cream into a clean container, and allow it to cool completely. It will thicken as it cools. To Use: Massage a small amount into your skin, and then tissue off or rinse off with warm water.For more homemade skin care, see: Natural Beauty from the Garden
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