Creamsicle Calendula Body Lotion

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I’ve always loved the smell of orange and vanilla together. It must go back to my childhood love of creamsicle popsicles and orange sherbet. So I knew I wanted to create a body lotion with those poignant smells in mind. I was also thinking of natural ways to make it a nice golden color, when I finally came up with the idea of adding a calendula tisane to the mix.

Calendula is soothing to the skin and it give this lotion a lovely golden hue. Luckily, it’s not so golden as to tint your skin, so no worries there. I’ve been using this lotion every day for 1 month now, and not only is my skin the absolute softest it’s ever been. It’s also definitely not been tinted yellow in the least. But I really wanted to be sure about this, which is why I’ve held off putting out this recipe until 30 days had went by.

Calendula is anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, which is the perfect combination for skin in my opinion. It’s said to not only be soothing to your skin, but it’s also is thought to bring a nice even toned youthful look as well. I don’t think there’s any hard science to back this up, but in my 30 days of experience thus far – my skin has never looked better.

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But I also just want to say a word of caution, some people can have an allergic reaction to calendula, especially if they’re allergic to anything in the daisy or aster family. It’s also not recommended for anyone pregnant or nursing, so there’s that to keep in mind as well. If you have very sensitive skin, I always suggest consulting your doctor before trying anything like this.

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I happen to have extremely sensitive skin, and I always test new things out on myself in small areas in case my skin isn’t crazy about it. This recipe also contains citrus essential oils, which some people find troublesome for their skin. So again, consult your doctor for any concerns about what might be right for your particular skin.

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There are 2 ways to make an herbal tisane for this recipe:

  1. If you have powdered calendula, steep it as directed in the recipe, then filter it through a coffee filter. Because the powdered calendula will clog up the coffee filter after a few minutes, you’ll need to keep stirring it until you get the 1/4 cup needed for the recipe.
  2. The easier way is to have dried calendula flowers, (I could only find powdered) but I have made tisanes this way. For flowers, or dried petals, you’ll need a tea ball to steep the the tisane with. From there, once the tisane has cooled you can strain it quickly through a fine mesh sieve just to remove any bits of petal that have escaped the tea ball.

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I have a gigantic block of beeswax I’m working on using up, but grating beeswax is definitely the harder way. If you can find beeswax pellets, I’ve included the weight measurement in the recipe for that purpose. That way you can just weigh them out, with no grating involved.

Tip for how to clean your grater: As you might imagine, grating wax leaves a sticky residue that just won’t come off on your grater. But it will melt off easily if you carefully pour boiling water over the surface.

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Before adding the liquids, I like to melt the oil and beeswax together just until the wax melts. You want to be careful not to get the oil too hot before adding liquid, or it can sputter when the calendula tisane is added.

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Once the wax is melted, carefully whisk in the calendula tisane and the essential oils if you’re using them.

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Then it’s time to let the lotion cool to room temperature. It takes about 30 minutes for the lotion to cool enough to start to become thick. From there you’ll want to transfer it to an airtight container for storage.

I placed mine in a small soap pump which works really well for dispensing the lotion. It’s also great for keeping the lotion for longer because you’re not touching it daily with your hands.

If you are using a dispenser for the lotion, it’s easiest to pour it through a funnel and into the container right away. It’s still possible to transfer it after it thickens, you’ll just have to work at it quite a bit more.

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Creamsicle Calendula Body Lotion


  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: about 3/4 cup

Ingredients

Calendula Tisane:

  • 2 Tablespoons ground calendula flowers
  • 3/4 cup boiling water

Creamsicle Calendula Body Lotion:

  • 1/4 cup grated beeswax, 11 grams
  • 1/2 cup jojoba oil
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla jojoba oil
  • 1/4 cup calendula tisane
  • 1/2 Teaspoon orange essential oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon tangerine essentail oil

Instructions

  1. To make the calendula tisane, place the ground calendula in a heat proof jar/glass. Pour the boiling water over the top, and stir to combine. Let the mixture steep for 30 minutes, then strain it through a coffee filter into another container. I use my pour over coffee set up for this where the filter sets nicely in the plastic funnel. The ground calendula will clog up the coffee filter quickly, so mix it often with a spoon to stir up the settled herb and allow it to drain. Continue this process until you have 1/4 of a cup, discarding any extra.
  2. Place a small saucepan over medium heat and add the beeswax. Let the beeswax fully melt, then add the jojoba oil and melt again just until liquid, being careful not to heat the mixture too much. If the mixture becomes too hot, it may splatter when the calendula tisane is added.
  3. When the wax/oil mixture is just melted, remove the mixture from the heat, and carefully stir in the vanilla jojoba oil, calendula tisane and essential oil.
  4. Whisk until the mixture is thoroughly combined. Then if you’re using a lotion/soap dispenser use a funnel to transfer the lotion while it’s still liquid.
  5. If you’re transferring the lotion to a wide mouthed container, you can transfer it right away, or wait until it cools and blend it in a blender to make it fluffier. I have done this with a lotion dispenser too, but it’s much more difficult to get the blended fluffy lotion tamped down through a funnel, and into the container.

 

6 Comments on “Creamsicle Calendula Body Lotion”

  1. Although you cannot see it, anything that has water in it will be a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, mold. Unfortunately, you NEED to use some kind of preservative to prevent that. Optiphen is the least harmful I found at an affordable price. there is another one that’s lush uses, which although a preservative it’s classified as fragrance, and it is all natural, but prohibitively expensive. Vit E, essential oils do NOT do a good job at preventing things from growing in your lotion. Without a preservative the most you should keep/use a lotion from the fridge only is a few days, up to a week

    1. While it is true that bacteria and such love to grow in wet environments, there are many well publicized sources besides me that don’t use preservatives in natural body products. I personally like to use a pump for my lotions so that my hands don’t introduce anything that might cause it to spoil. If you’re concerned about this you can always use a preservative. It’s just my choice not to because my skin is so sensitive and many others have the same problem! I sure hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know which preservative you end up using! 🙂

  2. This is lovely but I’m wondering – since it has water in it – if it will spoil? You said you used it for 30 days – was it still good after that? I have some calendula infused oil that I used to make a salve so I will try using that and not any water! Thanks for taking the time to provide the recipe and the information!

    1. Because it does have water in it, it will spoil eventually. I’ve had my first batch for 2 months at a cool room temperature, and it’s been good so far. I also haven’t touched it with my hands which will also effect the spoil rate. You can definitely use an infused oil, but the lotion won’t be the same texture if you leave all the liquid out.

  3. I love this so much! I still can’t get over that color. I’m saving this recipe and will definitely be making it some day once I gather the ingredients. Do you usually get jojoba oil online? I’m not too familiar with it, so not sure the best place to track it down. Thanks!

    1. I love the color too, it’s all from the calendula! I always have been able to find jojoba oil in the bath and body section of our health food store here, (Natural Grocers). It’s also where I find the vanilla jojoba oil as well. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

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