Rose and Pomegranate Cream

I’ve been running out of night cream, so I knocked up some rose and pomegranate cream.

It is based on rosewater, which has anti-inflammatory properties, jojoba carrier oil as it is excellent moisturiser for all skin types, pomegranate carrier oil which works to deeply penetrate the skin to soothe and reduce inflammation and prevent free radical damage, as well as tightening and bringing a glow to the skin.

Because this cream has no fresh plant material, providing that you have sterilised all your equipment it should keep well for months.

5 fl. oz rosewater (rose hydrosol)

2 fl. oz. jojoba oil

1 fl. oz. pomegranate oil

2 tbsp. shea butter

½ oz. beeswax, grated or emulsifying wax

Few drops rose essential oil (optional)

A cream or lotion is basically a mixture of water and oil. As we all know from school, oil and water don’t mix, so they will need another agent to bind them together, and this is called an emulsifier. I generally use beeswax, but there are other options. You can make a basic cream just from vegetable oil, water and emulsifying wax.

In a double boiler combine the oils and wax and heat gently until they melt. Allow to cool a little without setting. Warm the rosewater slightly (do not boil!) until the two liquids are the same temperature.

Add the rosewater to the oil and wax mixture, whisking constantly as the mixture cools and thickens. Spoon into sterilised jars.

Author: annafranklinblog

Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles, a working coven, and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the popular Pagan Ways Tarot, Sacred Circle Tarot, The Fairy Ring, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, Personal Power, A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch, The Path of the Shaman and The Hearth Witch’s Compendium. Anna’s books have been translated into nine languages.

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