Who doesn’t like green lotion! Am I right?! Well, your lotion doesn’t have to be green if you would prefer, but here is our recipe for Green Goddess Lotion, which just happened to be made using green tea on Green street, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Perhaps if you live on Red Street in Redmond, Washington you can use RED tea.
Here’s what you’ll need: (keep in mind that you can do without things like vitamin C, E, or aloe, they are just enhancers if you happen to have them lying around, don’t go buying a GIANT aloe plant, unless you really want to.)
- 1 ounce beeswax
- 1/2 cup of base oil (we used apricot kernel)
- 1/2 tsp of neem seed oil
- 1/4 tbs green tea powder (sometimes called Matcha) **can be substituted for tea of choice
- 1/2 cup water (for steeping or dissolving tea)
- 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
- 1 tsp aloe (if using a plant you will need about 2 inches filleted)
- 3 tablets or 750 milligrams of vitamin C crushed
- 1/2 tsp rose extract
- 5 drops lavender oil
Here’s what you’ll do:
- Start by creating a double boiler by nesting a glass or stainless steel bowl over a pot of boiling water (you only need about an inch or so of water).
- Add your base oil and beeswax to the bowl and allow wax to melt.
- While the wax is melting steep or dissolve your tea powder in water
- Once wax and oil have melted transfer to a bowl that will be appropriate for either using a stick blender, or vigorous whisking
- Add your neem seed and vitamin E oil to the party.
- Slowly add your tea mixture to the oil mixture and pulse with stick blender, or use those muscly arms to whisk hard. Now pay attention here, we messed up (see photo below). At first things were coming together, we high fived and congratulated each other on being masters of oil and water. And then we added too much, and had to subsequently pour a bit out. It ended up coming together in the end. Just keep an eye and only add water until your desired consistency (that is the consistency of lotion, has been achieved). And if it does break, just get as much of the liquid out as you can and whip it into submission.
- Add the vitamin C and aloe
- Now the fun part: the smells! We liked the combination of rose and lavender. We used rose extract, because it was lying around has a very lovely subtle rose smell without being overpowering. Follow your nose as toucan sam used to say (does he still say that, where is that bird these days?).
- Put concoction into the receptacle of your choice.
Voila! Lotion achieved! This lotion makes a lovely hand/body/face lotion, and a little goes a long way.
There you have it! Give it a try!
–Cristiana & Ashlee