Chamomile Frosting (Whipped Shea Butter)
Contents | Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Chamomile-infused Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Macadamia Nut Oil (Macadamia ternifolia), Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Grapeseed Oil (Vitis vinifera), Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca), Rosemary Oleoresin (Rosmarinus officinalis, Oleum), Chamomile Powder, Essential oils (Geranium, Chamomile, Lavender).
I have been spending a bomb on creams since I arrived here, namely for myself and the kids. With Noah’s sensitive skin and eczema flares (now under control thanks to some calendula cream), Eva’s dry skin coupled with my own increasingly dry skin, we can spend up to €50 on creams every two months (at this rate, I’d be spending enough to buy e-readers (anyone looked up the kobo ereader reviews?)). Noah’s concoction, especially, isn’t cheap since I can only get it from organic stores. After taking a look at the ingredients list and discussing with my hubby, I decided to dig into my soapmaking supplies and see what I could come up with, especially when my calendula petals arrived in the mailbox today.
After scouting the Internet for ideas and techniques, I finally decided on a formulation for Eva. She has been using my soaps so I know it’s safe to make a butter with the same oils I use in my soap since she hasn’t shown any reaction to it. My recipe is loosely taken from a few formulas from the Internet, which include this one here and here. It took me about half an hour to 45 minutes to whip up some lovely body butter – I made enough for a 250- or 300-ml container. My pot can only take up to 200ml of butter so the remainder went into a glass jar we used for storing homemade jam (that is another story altogether – homemade jam beats commercial jam ANY TIME!).
I tried it on my skin immediately and I like how it feels, very moisturizing and rich. Scent-wise, I love it. I mildly scented this with some of my favourite essential oils and two hours later, there is still a slight lingering geranium scent with a lavender & chamomile undertone. Very relaxing and soothing!
I don’t think it’ll be suitable for use on her face though – could be too heavy – and I don’t want to make an emulsion (oil and water) because emulsions need some form of preservative (that have to be anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant). Too much work, too many steps – they require more time for me to research, digest and more materials/packaging to buy.
Anyway, up next will be some creams for Noah since I’m fast running out of the calendula balm that I’ve been using for him. I’ll be adding in infused olive oil together with some calendula powder – all homemade. I could add a few other oils (I order 10ml bags of different oils for making butters and pots) but I’ll need to do a patch test to see if he has an allergy to them. Will definitely see how it goes when that happens.
Looks like I’ll have plenty of handmade Christmas/birthday/baptism/whatever gift ideas! Hehehe.