Castor jelly is a balm that soaks in really nicely to the skin. It contains high amounts of castor oil which is a noncomedogenic oil that gives great shine and is slowly absorbed into the skin. Olive oil is one of the highest available oils in Vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant. The addition of the rose oil elevates this project with its amazing anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. I decided to use beeswax in this project due to its moisture-locking abilities and its high amounts of Vitamin A. This luxurious balm is excellent for both face and body--so give it a try.
Blush Rose Castor Jelly Recipe:
All measurements are by weight, not volume. Yields four 4-ounce jars.
- 9.95 ounces Castor Oil
- 5.20 ounces Olive Oil
- 0.80 ounces Beeswax (pellets are easier for measuring)
- 2 ml Rose Absolute (Rose Essential Oil)
- Pink Mica of your choice
If you want an Unscented version simply omit the fragrance and substitute an equal amount of olive oil. For another twist, try infusing your olive oil with rose petals. F.Y.I. Your oil will not turn pink as the red color compounds are not soluble in oil. You may end up with a much darker color.
Materials & Equipment
- an accurate kitchen scale
- infrared thermometer
- gloves (rubber or nitrile)
- mixing bowl (stainless steel if double boiling or plastic if microwaving)
- several measuring cups or small containers
- double boiler or microwave
- (4) 4 ounce plastic or glass jars with top
Making The Balm
Before making your product be sure to sanitize your jars, lids, equipment, and work space.
- Suit up. Tie back any loose hair. Put on your apron and gloves.
- Place a measuring cup on the scale and tare the scale to zero the weight.
- Weigh out castor oil, olive oil, and beeswax separately, pouring into the mixing bowl one-by-one.
- Heat the bowl using your preferred method, gradually heating enough to completely incorporate the beeswax. Avoid going above 160°F and stir frequently to ensure even heating.
- Stir gently for a minute to make sure everything is thoroughly mixed.
- As the mixture is cooling to about 135-140°F, add your pink mica a pinch or two at a time until you reach your desired shade. Too much mica may transfer to skin and clothes.
- Once cooled, gently stir in the rose oil for about a minute and immediately pour into your jars equally, allow to cool for a few hours, then cap.
- Label accordingly.
Make this recipe easier by using our premade castor jelly base! This recipe will help.