The age-old tale says three wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the baby Jesus, so one might say this sparkling Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh Lotion is fit for a king.
A base of honey and silk infused water is emulsified with olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada) and unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada) to make a creamy, hydrating lotion. Honey and silk are both wonderful humectants, helping the skin stay soft and happy through dry winter days. Olive oil and unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada) are wonderfully rich, perfect for a fit-for-a-king lotion and short, cold days.
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) has a dry, woody, spicy scent. It comes from a tree that has its roots in the Middle East, and the essential oil is made from the resin, which oozes out of cuts made in the trunk of the tree. The essential oil is said to help prevent infections, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and to help fade scars and other marks on the skin.
Much like frankincense, myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) essential oil is made from a thick resin that oozes from cuts made in the myrrh tree. The myrrh tree has a long, thin trunk with a table-top like green bit at the top. The essential oil is deep, rich, and a bit smokey. It’s said to fight colds, stimulate the mind, and boost the immune system.
The final lotion is thick and moisturizing, leaving the skin happy and lightly scented in a delightfully exotic manner… with just a wee hint of a golden glimmer 🙂
Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh Lotion
73mL | 2.47 fl oz distilled water
2g |0.07oz honey
½ tsp hydrolyzed silk
While the waxes and oils are melting, combine the water, honey, and silk in a small glass measuring cup and gently warm.
Once the oils have melted, add the water mixture. Heat through to ensure everything is melted before removing the pan from the heat.
Whisk the mixture as it cools—it will thicken into a nice cream (the thickening may take a few days if you are using a different emulsifying wax than emulsimulse/ritamulse). Stir in the essential oils and the mica, and any broad spectrum preservative you might be using. Decant into a 120mL/4oz pump bottle or jar. Enjoy!
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