Rosemary’s Perfect Homemade Face Cream

Enjoy this simple, homemade addition to your natural beauty collection.

| July / August 2018

  • You can include hydrosols in homemade lotion recipes.
    Photo by Adobe Stock/Maya Kruchankova
  • Rose water is just one of many hydrosols you can create at home.
    Photo by Adobe Stock/Nik_Merkulov

This is my favorite way to incorporate hydrosols into body care products. This homemade face cream, developed by herbalist and author Rosemary Gladstar, is decadent in its own right, and the hydrosols take it to the next level. Rose hydrosol works well in this recipe, as would lavender, rose geranium, calendula, or even cucumber.


• 2/3 cup rose hydrosol (or another hydrosol of your choice, or distilled water)
• 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
• 1 or 2 drops essential oil of choice
• Vitamins A and E, as desired

• 3/4 cup apricot, almond, or grapeseed oil
• 1/3 cup coconut oil or cocoa butter
• 1/4 tsp lanolin
• 1/2 to 1 ounce grated beeswax

1. Combine the waters in a glass measuring cup. (You can use tap water instead of hydrosol or distilled water, but it will sometimes introduce bacteria and encourage the growth of mold.) Set aside.

2. In a double boiler over low heat, combine the oils. Heat them just enough so they melt.

3. Pour the oils into a blender and let them cool to room temperature. The mixture should become thick, creamy, semisolid, and cream-colored. This cooling process can be hastened in the refrigerator, but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t become too hard.

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