Uber Earth Face Cream
Yield: 1/2 cup
The name says it all — this face cream is very everything. Uber rich, uber creamy, uber fragrant, uber earthy.
Together, the three essential oils create a mellow and woody aroma. The carrot seed and nutmeg give it a spiced and earthy scent, while the geranium adds just a touch of sweetness. I find this loam-y aroma incredibly comforting, and it reminds me of standing in a forest after a summer rain. (Just an FYI, that is maybe the most hippie-ish sentence I have ever written in my entire life. At least, so far…)
I’d like to give a shout out to carrot seed specifically, which might be new to some of you. This essential oil doesn’t come from a carrot in the traditional sense, but a wild carrot more commonly known as Queen Anne’s Lace. Growing up, I was told that if you gently wrap you hand around the stem of this plant and slide it upwards, it would bunch the petals together to create a beautiful lace-like pattern. The last time I did this, upon bunching the petals together a big black ant popped out onto the surface. I don’t know where it was hiding before, but suddenly it was there, probably just as startled as I was (especially because I am not a bug person — ugh!). I quickly let go of the plant and left the ant to its lacey bed.
But I digress. Carrot seed oil (without the ant, please) is beneficial for all skin types. It’s said to help restore skin’s elasticity and fight off wrinkles. And since wrinkles seem to be on the minds of so many earthlings, I figured it would only be appropriate for Uber Earth to include carrot seed.
But just to be clear, I like your crows feet and laugh lines. :)
3 tbsp almond oil
4 tbsp rose hip oil
2 tsp beeswax*
2 tsp shea butter
2 tbsp distilled water
2 tsp vegetable glycerin
2 capsules 200 IU Vitamin E
20 drops carrot seed essential oil**
20 drops nutmeg essential oil**
6 drops geranium essential oil
*For such a small quantity, I suggest using beeswax pellets rather than beeswax from a block. If you’re new to working with beeswax, check out my beeswax guide here!
** Do not use if you are pregnant.
In a small frying pan, gently heat the almond oil, rose hip oil, beeswax and shea butter to melt together. In a separate pan, gently heat the water and vegetable glycerin to blend together.
Remove pans from their heat sources. Immediately pour the oil mixture into the blender. Let it cool in the blender for 5-10 minutes, or until the mixture just starts to turn opaque. (Don’t forget about it in the blender! If it completely solidifies it will be a real bugger trying to remove it!)
Place the lid on the blender and remove the center piece. Turn the blender on a low speed, and as the oils are mixing together slowly pour the water mixture in through the hole. Almost immediately, the oils and water should blend together and create an off-white cream.
If it doesn’t seem to be blending together off, turn the blender off, remove the lid, and scrape any excess mixture on the sides down into the blender. Put the lid back on and blend for another 10-15 seconds, or until you have a thick, smooth cream.
Add the essential oils. Add the Vitamin E by piercing the capsules and squeezing the contents into the mixture (discard the empty capsules). Blend for another 5 seconds.
Using a spatula, scrape the cream into a jar. Make sure it’s fully cooled before putting the lid on.
Label and date.
How To Use
Apply to your face and neck using small upward circles. This cream is very rich and thick, so a little should go a long way.