cold cream is a water-in-oil (w/o) emulsion, which can be used to clean
and soften the skin. traditionally, cold cream was used as a gentle
makeup remover. it can also be used to protected skin from harsh winter
weather and to soften tough skin on areas like knees, elbows, and feet.|
|• about this formula|
|jojoba oil||15.0 gm||cold cream is a simple emulsion of oil, wax, and water. this formula includes vitamin e (antioxidant) and glycerin (humectant).|
i've opted to [also] include cosmocil (preservative), even though cold
cream keeps well at room temperature, and should not spoil unless
exposed to extremes in climate, or impurities are introduced to the
product. this lack of the need for a preservative seems to be supported
by the ingredients list from "pond's cold cream": mineral oil, water, bees wax, ceresin (thickener), sodium borate (emulsifier), fragrance, carbomer (thickener).
the water portion could be substituted with aloe vera, a hydrosol, or any herb infusion (i.e. white tea, calendula, etc.).
|olive oil||15.0 gm|
|shea oil||15.0 gm|
|vitamin e||1.0 gm|
|dist. water||36.5 gm|
|• history of cold cream|
|cold cream has been around for a very long time. it was
first formulated in the second century by the greek physician galen. in
some regions, cold cream is called "galen's cream" or "cream of galen".|
he combined one part melted wax with three parts olive oil, in which
rose petals had been macerated to provide the scent. to this, he blended
in as much water as possible.
the cream was originally designed to moisturize and condition the face,
and to facilitate the removal of makeup ...which, at that time, was
considerably harsh. the "cold" in cold cream comes from the cool,
refreshing feeling it leaves behind.
|• uses for cold cream|
|not all cold creams are the same. although the above
represents the "basic" formula for cold cream, different manufacturers
have modified it with a variety of other ingredients to accomodate
myriad skin types. since the oils in cold creams can leave the skin
feeling greasy, people with oily skin may need to find a brand that's
been formulated for use on their type of skin.|
cold cream can be used...
cold cream can also be used...
- to remove makeup:
- spread a thin layer on the face and allowed to sit for a
moment, and then wipe off with tissue or washcloth ...disposible tissues
are better, since the cream is extremely difficult to wash out of
the cream's moisturizers condition the face, helping it recover from the use of harsh beauty products.
- to condition skin:
- apply cold cream to trouble spots and leave on overnight. for
increased conditioning, it can be worn with gloves or socks when
applying to hands and feet.
cold cream mixed with ground oats is a
useful remedy for scaly elbows and knees. the mixture is gently rubbed
into the skin and then wiped off.
- to erase temporary tattoos
- temporary tattoos can be stubborn and painful to remove. to
facilitate this process, loosen the tattoo by rubbing cold cream on it.
it can then be easily removed with gentle wiping.
- to remove bumper stickers
- cover that old bumper sticker with cold cream and let it soak. the sticker should then peel off easily.
- to make face paint
- by combining 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon water, 1/2
teaspoon cold cream, and 2 drops food coloring, you can create a
skin-safe paint which can be easily removed with soap and water.