This beautiful oat milk dream cream is silky smooth, gentle, and soothing. I got the idea from Lush—their Dream Cream Body Cream is one of their best sellers. I’ve never tried it, but the internet made it sound good enough to dupe (minus the parabens, artificial fragrances, and other dodgy ingredients, of course).

How to Make Oat Milk Dream Cream

How to Make Oat Milk Dream Cream

The water base of this lotion is actually oat milk, which is much easier to make than you might think. Basically, you’re making really watery oatmeal, and then straining out the oats. I used a heat-seal tea bag filled with a few spoons of oats to make mine easily.

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How to Make Oat Milk Dream Cream

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How to Make Oat Milk Dream Cream

Oats have been a long time favourite in skin care, known for their soothing properties. Oats help with dryness by working with water to form a thin film over the skin, helping lock in moisture. They’re also a great natural cleanser, and help relieve itchiness, so if you’re suffering from any eczema or plain ol’ extra-dry skin, they’re fantastic.

How to Make Oat Milk Dream Cream

How to Make Oat Milk Dream Cream

How to Make Oat Milk Dream Cream

The fats in the lotion are olive oil and cocoa butter, both simple, long-time favourites of mine. The scent of the cocoa butter does come through in the final lotion, which I love.

How to Make Oat Milk Dream Cream

The majority of the complaints about this lotion in the reviews on the Lush website were about the scent, which many said was overpowering, not to their taste, or both. So, I’ve stepped it back a lot, resulting in a gently scented lotion with hints of rose and lavender, with soothing chamomile. If you’re not much for florals, please just ditch the essential oils—the subtle scent of cocoa is more than enough, and it’s fantastic.

How to Make Oat Milk Dream Cream

I’ve included a broad spectrum preservative in this lotion because of the oat milk. If you don’t want to use any, I’d recommend halving this recipe and being sure to store it in a pump-top bottle rather than a wide-mouth jar as shown to give the shelf life a boost.

How to Make Oat Milk Dream Cream

Oat Milk Dream Cream

146mL | 4.94 fl oz oat milk (2 tbsp oats + 250mL/1 cup boiling water)
4g | 0.14oz vegetable glycerin

14g | 0.49oz complete emulsifying wax (not beeswax!)
14g | 0.49oz cocoa butter
22g | 0.77oz olive oil

10 drops benzoin essential oil
4 drops rose absolute or 20 drops diluted rose absolute
12 drops chamomile
4 drops tea tree essential oil
7 drops lavender essential oil

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

To make the oat milk, soak 2 tbsp of whole oats in 250mL/1 cup of boiling water until the water is cool. Strain out the oats & reserve the milky liquid.

Weigh the emulsifying wax, olive oil, and cocoa butter into a small saucepan and melt over medium heat. While they melt, measure out the required amount of oat milk into a small glass measuring cup. Mix in the vegetable glycerin and warm in the microwave for about 30 seconds, stirring to combine.

Once the oils have melted, add the oat milk mixture to the pan and heat through.

Remove the pan from the heat and whisk as the mixture cools, until you have a thick, creamy lotion (the thickening may take a few days if you are using a different emulsifying wax from emulsimulse/ritamulse).

Once the lotion has cooled, whisk in the essential oils and the preservative. Decant into a two 120mL/4oz pump-top bottles (preferred) or a wide-mouth jar.

To use, smooth over dry skin & enjoy!

Don’t have the oils called for in the recipe? Check this out.

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I used my straightening iron to seal the tea bag—it doesn't get much use these days otherwise :P

I used my straightening iron to seal the tea bag—it doesn’t get much use these days otherwise 😛

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