Basic Cold Cream

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Roosie

from Natural Beauty at Home by Janice Cox. This is a combination of her Basic Cold Cream and Original Greek Cold Cream recipes.

Top Review by Chef Galliana

I make this often, and it is lovely. I most often leave out the rosewater, as I like the honey smell of the beeswax. It is fluffier if you use an electric beater, and the olive oil usually has its own odor, so I use the canola instead.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 18 teaspoon borax
  • 14 cup distilled water
  • 12 cup olive oil (extra virgin is best) or 12 cup light cooking oil (such as canola or sunflower)
  • 2 tablespoons grated beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon rose water (optional)


  1. Dissolve the borax into the water in a measuring cup and set aside.
  2. Mix together the oil and beewax in the top of a water bath.
  3. Heat the oil-beeswax mixture over medium heat until beeswax is melted, stirring occasionally (8-10 minutes).
  4. When the wax is melted bring the water-borax mixture almost to a boil, either in a separate pan or in the microwave.
  5. Remove the oil-beeswax mix from the water bath and slowly add in the water-borax, stirring briskly. (Alternately, both mixtures can be put in a blender and whipped).
  6. If using rose water, stir in as the mixture cools.
  7. Store in a clean container with a lid. Product should store indefinitely.
  8. Mixture should be white and fluffy after beating, but still remain a little runny until completely cooled.
  9. To use: massage a small amount into your skin and tissue off or rinse off with warm water.

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