This all-in-one, intensely hydrating cream has a base of green tea, organic aloe vera, plum kernel oil, organic walnut butter & other nutrient-rich seed oils (read all about them below!) which are topped with a unique medley of essential oils. A beautiful, aromatherapeutic experience to relax & inspire while softening skin in need of attention, or keeping hair soft & shiny.
I first made a version of this cream in September 2016, and have made big batches of it for my Dad for birthdays/Christmases ever since (he absolutely loves it as a hand cream – he’s a gardening enthusiast with very dry hands!). I nearly named this cream after him, but after various tweaks to the recipe (to make it fit my own personal tastes & also to make it suitable for a hair conditioner, which on a scientific level needs additional properties – I like a challenge!), it’s now a thing of beauty in its own right.
…I now keep one jar in my shower (as my hair conditioner), one in my bedroom (for my hair & body) and one in my sitting room (for my hands)!
Uses & Directions
Hands & body:
– apply to hands & body after showering/bathing or at any time throughout the day.
– as hair conditioner: apply to wet hair after washing, then rinse out (you may wish to leave it in for a few minutes to work some extra magic, it’s up to you!).
– as leave-in/styling/smoothing balm: apply a small amount to damp or dry hair, focussing on the ends/lengths (no need to rinse out).
GREEN TEA INFUSION & TEA SEED OIL: Full of vitamins and nutrients, tea has an endless plethora of benefits for your body; see here for a comprehensive overview. Expect softened, silky smooth skin and a healthy glow!
BASIL ESSENTIAL OIL: refreshing, breezy, airy, light, vibrant, sweet (like liquorice) & somehow calming. The top-note zing on a woody, rounded base. Reputed to be balancing & nourishing on the skin.
ORGANIC BROCCOLI SEED OIL: Yes, really. This stuff is the bee’s knees (and comes without the broccoli smell, in case you’re wondering!). It has a fatty acid profile reminiscent of silicones, but with none of the drying/damaging aftermath, plus an alphabet of vitamins and minerals which strengthen hair follicles, promote growth and add lustre.
PLUM KERNEL OIL: One of the few plant seed/kernel oils which actually carries a hint of its fruit’s scent (crossed with almonds!), plum kernel oil is packed with vitamin A, E, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and anti-oxidants. It’s really good for dry skin!
ORGANIC HEMP SEED OIL (odourless): light, easily absorbed, anti-microbial, high in omegas and minerals and full of vitamin E and ultra-softening nutrients.
CEDARWOOD & PATCHOULI ESSENTIAL OILS: anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, cedarwood is soothing to the skin & is also thought to balance oil production in the scalp. Patchouli has similar properties as well as its famously alluring, sensual, natural fragrance (I added just a slight touch so it’s there but not over-powering).
ORGANIC ALOE VERA: A well-known healing plant (a famous sun-damage diminisher), aloe vera has all manner of brilliances; it helps reduce blemishes, it soothes, it moisturises (it’s decadently hydrating, plumping up skin) and it contains over 75 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid. So now you know.
SWEET ORANGE & HO LEAF ESSENTIAL OILS: these uplifting oils stimulate cells to promote the regeneration of tissues; they also smell incredible. Ho leaf is an ethical alternative to rosewood, which is a protected species sourced from Brazil; luckily ho leaf is utterly beautiful in its own right, with woody, rosy, spicy notes.
ORGANIC WALNUT BUTTER: Intensely rich in omega-3 and excellent at clearing up dry patches, this is a sumptuously rich blend of organic shea butter and organic walnut kernel oil. The oleic acid content, good for skin-regeneration, makes it extra good for mature and sun-damaged skin, and works wonders on any skin in need of some TLC.
ROSE GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL: Distilled from the flowers, leaves and stalks, and traditionally used by the Egyptians to promote radiant skin, this aromatic, heavenly oil is rosy and uplifting & used lightly to sweeten but not over-floralise the scent of the cream.
PLANT-DERIVED, MILD EMULSIFIERS: palm oil free, these clever waxy (fatty acid) ingredients give a smooth, stable consistency & are the gentlest kinds I could find. They are formulated from coconuts & vegetable origins, are what turn a formulation into a cream, and also have a moisturising effect. Cetrimonium chloride (an active) is sometimes used as a gentle antiseptic & also works as a light hair-conditioning agent which reduces static, calming hair shafts (/frizz) – so I added a touch.
VITAMIN E (from soybean): antioxidant, keeps things fresh.
…Plus a very gentle preservative (dehydroacetic acid & benzyl alcohol) classed as appropriate for use with organic products. This component is added to avoid the product spoiling (essential in products which contain water) and is carefully chosen as one which is non-toxic to skin.
Aqua (Green tea infusion), Vegetable glycerine, Cannabis sativa (Hemp*) seed oil, Camellia kissi (Tea) Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli*) seed oil, Stearic acid, Cetyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol, Juglans regia (Walnut*) butter, Ceteareth-20, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera*) leaf juice powder, Prunus domestica (Plum) kernel oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Rose geranium) flower oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cinnamomum camphora (Ho leaf) oil, Citrus aurantium (Sweet Orange) peel oil, Camellia sinensis (Green tea) leaves, Cedrus atlantica oil (Cedarwood) oil, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) leaf oil, Ocimum basilicum (Basil) leaf oil, Cetrimonium chloride, Dehydroacetic acid, Benzyl alcohol. *Organic
Components of essential oils: benzyl benzoate, citral, citronellol, eugenol, geraniol, limonene, linalool.
All prices in GBP.