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Calendula Cleanser

Isn’t this beautiful? I think so.

Sometimes I do my best thinking and experimenting when I am in the worst of bodily states.  Tired!

This evening I clipped some marigold flower heads (calendula) and headed to the shop for what my husband calls, his little “mad scientist” at work.

I will share bits and pieces of this recipe with you, perhaps you might want to try it too.   I plan to test it, along with a few other ingredients, and possibly offer it as one of Annie’s Goat Hill natural skin care products.

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I started with fresh marigold (calendula) heads, removed the petals.

A double broiler is recommended, but I am handy with the microwave.  I melted a tablespoon of cocoa butter in a glass measuring cup.  Careful…this stuff gets hot! I buy cocoa butter in 7 pound blocks.  I would imagine you could also buy it in a health food store.

Once the cocoa butter liquified, I stirred it into the petals.  I also added a few tablespoons of grated beeswax, and approximately 1/2 cup of sweet almond oil.

I gently heated the mixture, not quite to a boil.  Stirring occasionally. 

Once the mixture blended well, became liquid, and the petals were softened, I strained the liquid.  I used a milk filter.  You will need something sturdy for the task.

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I stirred several times as the mixture cooled, then poured it into a clean jar.

This recipe can be used as a facial cleanser.  Apply the cleanser to the face.  Then use a warm, moist wash cloth to gently remove.

I believe it can also be used as a hand salve, but that will be tested

I know it is full of antioxidants.  It is completely natural.  It smells devine, clean.  And I am excited to give it a try.

Again, keep your allergies in mind.  Always patch test when trying new products.

I do use my own goat milk soap on my face…I live by my own regimens.  Never discount good skin care with poor soap. 

Have fun…be safe!

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