Dreamy Lavender & Bergamot Cleansing Cream
Yield: 1 cup
There are too many delicious adjectives I could use to describe this cleansing cream. Dreamy, soothing, lush, luxe, plush and cushy are all words I was considering, but I’m thinking I’ll settle on… delectable? Yes. This rich cleansing cream is truly delectable — in part because lavender and bergamot smell just so good when paired together. My bet is that this what heaven smells like, or at least the ground that RuPaul walks on. (#sissythatwalk)
So, what exactly is a cleansing cream? It’s pretty much what it sounds like: a cream that cleanses the skin. When rubbed onto your face, the oils in this cream dissolve and loosen makeup and dirt particles that can then be washed away with water. It’s like makeup remover — nay, it is makeup remover — but way better because it’s only full of good ingredients.
Lavender and bergamot are both calming essential oils, making this cleansing cream a great addition to your bedtime routine. If you don’t have bergamot essential oil, you can always swap it out for more lavender, although I highly encourage you to get your hands on bergamot pronto. It’s just too good! Plus, I find lavender on its own can be a bit overpowering and at times, uh, old fashioned. Bergamot adds a fresh, almost spicy aroma that, when paired with lavender, smells like the sweetest of dreams.
1/4 cup apricot oil
3 tbsp unrefined coconut oil
1 tbsp shea buter
1/2 tbsp beeswax
1/2 cup distilled water
1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin
4 capsules 200 IU Vitamin E oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops bergamot essential oil*
*Bergamot is phototoxic and can make you sensitive to UV light if not properly diluted. For this recipe yielding 1 cup, do not use more than 19 drops of bergamot essential oil to keep this recipe safe, based on the recommended 2.4 drops of bergamot per 1 oz.
Add the apricot oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax to a saucepan and gently warm until just melted, stirring to blend together. At the same time, use another pan to gently warm the water and vegetable glycerine and stir them together
Remove both pans from the stove. Pour the oils mixture into a blender and let cool until it just starts to turn opaque. Depending on the temperature of your kitchen, this could take 5-10 minutes.
Place the lid on the blender and remove its centre piece. Turn the blender on a low speed, and while the oils are mixing, slowly pour the water mixture into the blender. Almost immediately, the mixture in the blender should start to thicken into an off-white cream.
If the mixture doesn’t seem to be combining, turn the blender off and use a spatula to scrape the cream down the sides into the bottom of the blender. Put the lid back on and blend for another 5-10 seconds.
Turn the blender off. Add the Vitamin E by puncturing each capsule with a pin and squeezing the contents into the blender. Discard the empty capsules. Add the essential oils. Blend everything together for a few more seconds.
Use a spatula to scrape the cream into a jar. (If you’re storing the cream in a bottle, a funnel will come in handy!) Make sure the cream has fully cooled before putting the lid on.
Label and date. Store in a cool, dark place.
How To Use
Apply a small amount of cleansing cream to your fingers or a cleansing pad (like these reusable ones here!). Gently rub the cream in small circles onto a dry face. You can use this cream to remove make-up and dirt. Rinse off with warm water or a warm, damp cloth.
This cream is versatile too! Feel free to apply it as a facial moisturizer as well.
This cleanser is so rich and creamy that I only use it about 3 times a week, and I find I don’t need to follow with a face oil or moisturizer. If my skin is feeling particularly parched, I may use it more. See what works best for your skin!