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, so here we are!
For our water phase I’ve got two options for you to infuse it with some oaty goodness. Option one is a DIY 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. Option two is incorporating 1% colloidal oats into the recipe. Option 1 is a bit more accessible, but takes more time. Option 2 is a bit faster and likely a bit easier to preserve, but you’ll need colloidal oatmeal. It’s up to you! If you’re wondering about the shelf stability of option #1—I have a jar of this lotion made using method #1 that is 2.5 years old and it is still perfectly fine. That’s longer than I’d typically advise keeping a lotion around, so I think it’s a perfectly fine method to use!
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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.
The fats in the lotion are olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada) and cocoa butter (USA / Canada), both simple, long-time favourites of mine. The scent of the cocoa butter (USA / Canada) does come through in the final lotion, which I love.
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.
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.
Oat Milk Dream Cream
Cool down phase
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
1g | 0.03oz Liquid Germall Plus™ (USA / Canada)
Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a wide, flat-bottomed sauté pan.
Weigh the heated water phase into a small heat-resistant glass measuring cup. Weigh the entire lot (measuring cup + ingredients) and note that weight for use later. Weigh the heated oil phase into a second heat-resistant glass measuring cup. Place both measuring cups in your prepared water bath to melt everything through.
After about 20–30 minutes the oil part should be completely melted and the water part should be thoroughly dissolved. Remove the water bath from the heat and weigh it. Add enough hot distilled water to bring the weight back up to what it was before heat and hold, and then pour the water part into the oil part. Stir with a flexible silicone spatula to incorporate.
Grab your immersion blender and begin blending the lotion, starting with short bursts so the still-very-liquid lotion doesn’t whirl up and spray everywhere. Blend for about a minute, leave to cool for ten, blend for another minute or two, and repeat this blend-cool-blend cycle until the outside of the glass measuring cup is barely warm to the touch and the lotion is thick and creamy.
When the lotion is cool it’s time to incorporate our cool down ingredients. Because cool down ingredients are typically present at very low amounts you’ll need to use an accurate scale—preferably one accurate to 0.01g. As these more accurate scales tend to have fairly low (100–200g) maximum weights you won’t be able to put the entire batch of lotion on that scale without blowing it out. So—grab a smaller dish. Add a scoop or two of lotion, and then weigh the cool down ingredients into that, using the more accurate scale. Stir to thoroughly incorporate, and then stir all of that back into the master batch of lotion. Doing it this way minimizes the amount of cool down ingredients lost to the secondary container.
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.
If you want to make your own oat milk, soak approximately 2 tbsp of rolled oats in 200g of just-boiled distilled water for about twenty minutes before straining, and use that for the water and the colloidal oats called for in the recipe.
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