Lemon Meringue Moisturizer
1/4 c water
1/8 tsp borax powder
5-10 drops lemon essential oil
1/2 c grapeseed oil
2 tbsp grated beeswax
1. Bring water to a boil in kettle and immediately pour over the borax in a bowl. Stir until dissolved. Add lemon essential oil. (This can of course be substituted for any essential oil, but then it won't be lemon meringue.) Set aside.
2. Place oil and beeswax in the top pot of a double boiler (a makeshift double boiler can be made by placing a small pot into a larger pot that is filled partway with water) over medium-high heat, and mix together until completely melted.
3. Pour the oil mixture into a blender and turn the blender on. Add the hot water mixture in a slow, steady stream. Blend on a high speed until well combined. The mixture will become the consistency of a cream.
The whole process was so exciting. I couldn't believe that we really made such a completely different product from the ingredients that we started with. I asked my husband, Brad the chemist, why this happened. After looking into the chemical make up of the ingredients, he explained that we produced an actual chemical reaction. Real science!
I love how thick and fluffy the cream is. It is very moisturizing without feeling oily or greasy. It soaks into skin quickly. I like to use it as a hand cream, though it would work wonderfully on any dry skin areas.
If you're interested in or curious about why a person would want to make their own beauty products or be cautious about mainstream brands, I encourage you to watch this short video: The Story of Cosmetics