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Cold Cream - Use Your Lard and Make Your Own

Today I made my own lard cold cream. After reading several online lotion/cold cream recipes, I sat down and created my own concoction.

The cream whipped up quite easily. The texture was thick, smooth, and velvety, though it was a bit thicker than I had hoped it would be. Next time I will try using 1/3 cup water as opposed to the 1/4 cup I used today.

I added the orange peels, rosemary, camelia pieces, and frankincense as I hoped the lard would take on the combined fragrance and essential oils of these items. It did, but the rosemary was overpowering. Next time I will leave that out and try some lavender. All of these little additions to the melted lard are purely optional.

Storage: This is an ongoing experiment. While many store their cold cream in the refrigerator, I plan to store mine in the bathroom. I will report back on how long it lasts and whether or not the water separates out from the cream.

UPDATE (3/11/2020): Once cooled, this cream is very thick - with almost a crumbly texture. I will try making another batch today and add less beeswax and more water. Stay tuned.



  • 1/2 cup lard

  • 1/2 oz. beeswax pellets

  • 1/4 cup distilled water


  • 1 orange peel (broken into pieces)

  • 1 pinch rosemary leaves

  • 1 camelia bud (chopped)

  • 1 camelia leaf (rolled and bruised)

  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil


  1. Melt lard in small container

  2. Stir in orange peel pieces, rosemary leaves, camelia bud fragments, and camelia leaf

  3. Place lard mixture in warm oven and allow to rest for 1 hour

  4. Strain lard and return to clean pan

  5. Add 2 drops frankincense (or essential oil of your choice) to the lard and stir

  6. Heat water to almost boiling

  7. Gradually whip the water into the lard mixture until smooth and creamy

  8. Transfer your cold cream your container of choice



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