Calendula Face Cream

This is an excellent face or body cream adapted from Rosemary Gladstar’s classic cream recipe.

I personally find this face cream to be hydrating, healing and soothing. It isn’t greasy or heavy, yet it feels like it is deeply healing and that it is somehow working, it’s not a lazy bum, this cream.

Calendula Face Cream

  • 3/4 cup (180ml) Calendula-infused sweet almond oil
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) Balm of Gilead -infused almond oil
  • 1/8 cup (30 ml) Shea butter
  • 1/8 cup (30 ml) Coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup (30 g) beeswax
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) commercially prepared organic aloe vera gel 
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) rose, lavender or orange blossom hydrosol
  • 10 drops of Vitamin E oil 
  • a few drops of lavender essential oil

Combine the oils, butter and beeswax in a saucepan over very low heat until everything is melted together

Pour into a measuring cup or container and let cool until the mixture is somewhat firm, thick and creamy

Scrape the oil mixture into a blender.

In a separate bowl. Combine the hydrosol, gel and essential oil

Turn the blender on full speed and slowly drizzle the the water mixture into the vortex created by the blender

Continue blending until all the water mixture has been absorbed by the oil.

The blender should “choke” as the mixture thickens and becomes creamy

After turning off the blender, scoop the cream into small jars.

Store the cream in a cool dark place.

Medicinal Actions:
Calendula: vulnerary, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, skin regenerative, affinity for scar-healing

Shea butter: moisturising, anti-inflammatory, aids in skin’s natural collagen production

Balm of Gilead: antioxidant, heals scars, clears up eczema and psoriasis, anti-inflammatory

Lavender: antibacterial, soothing, anti-inflammatory

3 Comments on “Calendula Face Cream

  1. Definitely, a salve is simpler than a cream. Salves also serve different purposes. This is the easiest cream recipe I have found. It is surely for at least an intermediate wildcrafter.

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