Infused oils can make a wonderful base to many topical products like creams and balms. They can also be used on their own as part of your skincare regime. While carrier oils like jojoba, macadamia and sweet almond oil are amazing on their own for the skin, infusing them with beneficial herbs can really up the game. You can pick any base oil that fits your budget and needs, which we will cover down below.
Getting down to the basics, there are three ways to use oils in products:
- On their own and/or with other oils.
- As a water in oil emulsion, where the water is the dispersed phase in oil, the continuous phase.
- As a oil in water emulsion, where the oil is the dispersed phase in the water, the continuous phase.
Oils are incredibly nourishing to the skin, providing essential fatty acids for hydration and protection. Dry skin types lack oil, and replenishing them with a topical oil or cream is essential. Even oily skin types can benefit from using the right oils, and these can be infused with herbs that help fight bacteria and soothe inflammation.
If you are looking for a base oil, here are a few to pick from:
- Sweet almond: The best all rounder for making any type of product.
- Grapeseed: A great alternative to sweet almond if you have a nut allergy.
- Jojoba: Expensive. Really good for facial products, people with acne or an impaired skin barrier.
- Macadamia: Excellent for very dry skin. Can be expensive.
- Coconut: A cheap alternative for making balms for vegans. Avoid using on the face as it comedogenic (blocks pores).
For the most recent Wyldwood Apothecary stream, I prepared a calendula infused sweet almond oil for a blister balm and a first aid cream. I am always really time poor, so I always choose the quick and dirty method.
Calendula Infused Sweet Almond Oil
You can always substitute any oil or herb if you want to make a different type of infused oil.
Skill level required: Apprentice Journeyman Expert Master
Gather the following mats:
- A pot
- A metal bowl big enough to fit on top of the pot
- A knife or chopstick
- 300mL of sweet almond oil
- Handful of dried calendula flowers
- Clean tea towel
- Clean bowl
- Fill the pot with at least 1 inch of water.
- Place metal bowl on top of the pot.
- At the side of the pot furthest from your face, insert the knife between the pot and the bowl. This is to release any steam and prevent any burns.
- Pour the oil into the bowl.
- Add the flowers.
- Turn on the stove and keep the water at a simmer.
- Warm the oil for two hours. You will notice the oil has changed to a golden yellow colour. Be careful that the water does not run dry, and top up as required.
- Place the clean tea towel over the clean bowl.
- Filter the oil mixture through the tea towel. Let it sit there until it cools enough to squeeze out any remaining oil out.
- Pour the oil into your jar, label and store for up to a year.
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Disclaimer: recipes provided are for entertainment purposes only, and should never replace the advice of your healthcare professional.