Chamomile Frosting (Whipped Shea Butter)
Contents | Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Calendula-infused Sunflower Oil (Helianthus annuus) and Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Calendula Powder
I had to be very careful when formulating this as this is for Noah and meant to replace his current calendula cream. He has eczema, if I haven’t mentioned it before so I can’t just put in anything I like. It could just cause a flare-up and I definitely don’t want that. So I settled with what he has been exposed to – Shea butter, sunflower oil and so forth.
I left this unscented so the only scent I get is from the calendula – I used dried calendula petals and ground them up as finely as I could before adding them to my shea butter. Then I added in a calendula oil infusion – basically calendula petals soaked in a blend of sunflower and sweet almond oil. I made this infusion a few days ago and it sat in my slow cooker for over 12 hours before cooling down and sitting in the oil for a further two days.
Why these three oils?
Well, I read that Shea butter has anti-inflammatory benefits and can aid in cell regeneration, healing as well as offers some degree of protection against the sun’s UV rays, while sweet almond oil is soothing, easily absorbed and gentle, making it suitable for babies or adults with sensitive skin. Sunflower oil contains high amounts of Vitamin E, fatty acids and antioxidants and is non-comedogenic.
You may not be able to see it here but the texture is very much like the previous frosting I made for Eva – very fluffy and airy. The picture you see is the frosting fresh from whipping – it needs to set for at least 12-24 hours before first use but I couldn’t resist. Hehehe.
Like the previous frosting, it is a rich cream and I hope will do wonders for his dry and flaky skin. The lotions I have been using for him don’t last long – I reckon they are just too light – and I find myself putting more and more each time. I didn’t make much; just enough for a 150ml container. As usual, I didn’t have any on hand and used two 110ml glass hermetic sealed jars I bought earlier.
Can’t wait to try this on him tomorrow! Hopefully his skin condition will get better with frequent use of this! *keeps fingers crossed*