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Calendula hand-cream (good for WINTER time)

A cream, differently from lotions, is pretty thick. 
The recipe I've used here is water-free: an important trick that makes the cream last for some months even without preservatives.
I wanted to exploit the calming properties of calendula (marigold) and that's why I've infused the sweet almond oil, included in the recipe, with calendula dried flowers.

Day 1: Prepare calendula infused oil
Put 10 grams of dry calendula petals in 250 mL of sweet almond oil and infuse the oil for 30' to 1 hour by using a double boiler or a bain marie. 
Filter the oil by using a kitchen mesh or a gauze.
Day 2: melt the ingredients for the cream in a a double boiler or a bain marie and pour in clean tin containers, sterilized glass jars or whatever clean and sterilzed container you prefer. .
Beeswax 10%
Shea butter 30%
Calendula infused oil 30%
Avocado oil 30%


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