I’ve had a few requests for a lotion similar to LUSH’s Vanishing Creme, so this is it. The idea is the creme will make your acne vanish, so with that in mind, I set out to make my very own Houdini Anti Acne Creme—something worthy of the great Houdini.
I took some cues from the Vanishing version for my water base—theirs includes an infusion of flaxseed, rose, honey, and witch hazel (among other things). I decided to add white willow bark and aloe to the mix to amp the acne blasting, soothing qualities of the lotion.
Theirs uses six different carrier oils; I decided to whittle the list down to grapeseed, jojoba, and evening primrose as the ingredients that appeared after that would have been used in such small quantities as to be of little to no effect.
For essential oils the original uses lavender, neroli, geranium, and benzoin. I liked the sounds of that, so that’s what I’ve done here (though with a 3% neroli dilution to save some money). You could also add some black pepper essential oil, or any of your other favourite acne-blasting essential oils instead, or in addition to, if you like.
The resulting lotion is a pale lavender colour (thanks to the rose petals, oddly enough) and smells lightly floral and quite lovely. It glides over the skin beautifully, and is fantastic as a straight-up face (and body) lotion, acne or not.
Houdini Anti Acne Creme
1 tsp white willow bark
1 tsp flax seed
1 tsp dried rose petals
Measure the white willow bark, flax seed, and rose petals into a disposable fill-it-yourself tea bag or metal strainer. Place that into a heat resistant glass measuring cup and pour 100mL (3.3 fl oz) of just-boiled distilled water over top. Let that steep for twenty minutes. Once steeped, remove the herb mixture, pressing it to squeeze out as much water as possible, and discard the soggy herbs and seeds.
Weigh the the aloe vera juice, witch hazel, and honey in a heat resistant glass measuring cup, and then add enough of the herb infusion to make a total of 75g (2.65 oz). Gently warm the mixture, stirring to combine.
Once the oils have melted, add the aloe/witch hazel/honey/herb 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). Stir in the essential oils and your broad spectrum preservative. Transfer to a 120mL/4oz pump-top bottle or wide-mouthed jar. Enjoy!
Because this lotion contains lots of delicious things that bacteria like to eat, I recommend 1) definitely using a broad spectrum preservative; 2) using the higher end of the recommended usage amount of said preservative; 3) not scaling up the batch and using it relatively quickly. Preservatives aren’t infallible, especially with this much bacterial temptation.
Don’t have the oils called for in the recipe? Check this out.
New to lotion making? Watch my basic lotion how to video!