Many of my best recipes have been inspired by family, friends and clients.
This one was asked for by my friend. She wanted something that would hydrate and moisturise (see here for the difference between hydration and moisturisation) and that would relieve her acne symptoms.
Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) has been shown to reduce acne symptoms as a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral/anti-bacterial. It is especially effective against cystic acne. It shows up more and more in professional acne skin-care ranges.
We extract our own hemp seed oil and use this for its linoleic acid content and non-comedegenic benefits. It is nutritive to the skin and has such a lively vibrant colour.
Hazelnut caught my husband’s eye as I was researching for this recipe. It is light and non-greasy, offering antibacterial and astringent properties. It is high in oleic acids and helps balance your skin’s sebum levels, keeping pore-clogging sebum overloads at bay.
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 in 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.
Hemp seed: soothing, nutritive, high in linoleic acid, affinity for skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, anti-inflammatory
Hazelnut: moisturising, anti-inflammatory, high in oleic acid, antibacterial, astringent
Baikal Skullcap: antioxidant, clears up eczema and psoriasis, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral/anti-bacterial
Lavender: antibacterial, soothing, anti-inflammatory