Lotions, Potions and Pores, Creams and Moisturizers

From "The Herbal Body Book"

Learn about moisturizers, + Recipes!

The Writings of Jeanne Rose

     There is no substitute for a good diet to balance the functions of your skin but if your diet is good and you still feel the need for a cream, there are dozens of lotions, night creams, day dreams, moisturizers, or just plain creams that one can formulate using herbs to aid this balance.  Basically you have to figure out just what you want the cream to do, find the herbs to do the job, and then make your cream.  A properly formulated cream or lotion can be used on face, body, hands-male or female, adult or child.  If the ingredients are edible and fit to eat, then they are probably good enough for your skin.

     A lotion and a cream are basically the same thing, but the cream contains more solidifiers such as lanolin or beeswax.  Lotions and creams can be made astringent, emollient, drying, tonic, stimulating, antiseptic, moisturizing, lubricating, aromatic, or hydrating according to the plant from which it is made.


     A basic cream would have a formula as follows:

Basic Cream


  • 1 1/2 oz. solidifier and/or solid fat such as 1 oz. lanolin and 1/2 oz. beeswax

  • 3-4 oz. skin oil such as: 2 oz. Almond oil and 2 oz. Soy oil


  • 1 oz. herb water such as: 1 oz. Rosewater

  • 5 drops essential oil (1 drop/oz. optional) such as: 5 drops oil of Rose

To Make:

    Melt the solidifier and/or solid fat together in the top of an enamel double boiler or in a small enamel pot.  Add the oils a bit at a time, stirring continuously.  Turn off the heat and slowly add the herbed water, again stirring continuously until the cream has cooled.  Add the essential oil and stir it in completely.  spoon or pour into a 6 oz. jar, labeled as to the contents.  The jar should be opaque such as the old-fashioned milk glass or amber glass.  You can also use clear glass by covering the jar with some type of colored paper.

- From "The Herbal Body Book" by Jeanne Rose



 Basic Lotion


  • 1 oz. solidifier or solid fat such as: 1 oz. lanolin or Cocoa butter

  • 3 oz. skin oil: 3 oz. Almond or vegetable oil


  • 2 oz. herb water: 2 oz. Rosewater

  • 5 drops essential oil (optional): 5 drops oil of Rose

To Make:

     Melt the solidifier and/or solid fat together in the top of an enamel double boiler or in a small enamel pot.  Add the oil and the herb water alternately, a bit at a time, stirring continuously.  Remove the pot from the heat.  Add the essential oil and stir it in completely.  Pour into a small, 6-8 oz. opaque glass or plastic bottle.  Shake the bottle almost continuously until the lotion has cooled.

- From "The Herbal Body Book" by Jeanne Rose

     As you can see from the above recipes the equipment necessary for making your creams is minimal.  A small enamel pot, a wooden spoon, measuring cup, measuring spoons, and a container for the finished product are all that are needed.

     Now that we know how to make a basic cream it is easy to go from here to the made-to-personal-skin-type-order sort of cream.


 Aging Skin Cream


  • 1 1/12 oz. lanolin - or Cocoa butter if you are allergic to lanolin

  • 4 oz. Avocado oil

  • 1 oz. Comfrey root water

 (Simmer 1 oz. cut Comfrey root in 2 cups of water in a covered nonmetal pot for 20 minutes.  Or simmer it in the top of a double boiler for 20 minutes, let it cool, and then strain through muslin or cheesecloth.)

Follow the Basic Cream directions above.

- From "The Herbal Body Book" by Jeanne Rose


 Moisturizing Vitamin E Cream


  • 4 oz. Olive oil

  • 3 T. beeswax

  • 2 oz. Orange water

  • 5000 units vitamin E

  • 5 drops oil of Orange flower or Orange peel


  Melt the oil and the wax in the top of an enamel or glass double boiler, remove from heat, add your Orange water, and stir thoroughly.  Pierce 10 capsules of 500 units of vitamin E and squeeze the contents into the cream.  Add your essential oil and stir continuously until cool.

     This cream is very moisturizing and emollient.  It is quite nice for rough, dry, or chapped complexions and should help to promote healthy-looking skin.

- From "The Herbal Body Book" by Jeanne Rose


     We'd like to  thank Jeanne Rose, herbalist/aromatherapist extraordinaire, for generously allowing us to use writings from her many fine books.  Her wisdom is truly a gift to all of us.

     We highly recommend all of the books and classes that she offers.  You can see her teaching schedule, and all other information at her informative site  http://JeanneRose.net

Address:  Institute Aromatic Studies - 219 Carl Street - San Francisco, CA 94117 / Tel: (415) 564-6785  FAX: (415) 564-6799 /  info@jeannerose.net

      Ms. Rose is personally available for both individual and business consultations on many subjects pertaining to Herbs and Aromatherapy.  For more information, please visit the Aromatherapy and Herbal  Consultation and Formulation page at the Jeanne Rose web site. 



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