1910s Almond Cold Cream Recipe

I’ve tried another cold cream recipe. But this 1916 almond cold cream recipe didn’t work! 🙁

Ingredients:

  • 45 g almonds
  • 1 g grated Castile soap, dissolved in some boiling water
  • 1 g beeswax
  • 1 g jojoba oil
  • 60 ml alcohol
  • bitter almond oil and bergamot oil for scent

1910s Almond Cold Cream Recipe

While melting the soap with some boiling water …

1910s Almond Cold Cream Recipe

… I’ve blended the almonds.

1910s Almond Cold Cream Recipe

Then I’ve added 150 ml boiled water …

1910s Almond Cold Cream Recipe

… and strained the almond milk through a washed cotton cloth.

1910s Almond Cold Cream Recipe

It’s too bad that this lovely almond milk was wasted! 🙁

1910s Almond Cold Cream Recipe

I’ve melted beeswax and jojoba oil in the soap solution.

1910s Almond Cold Cream Recipe

Then I’ve gradually added the almond milk to the soap solution while constantly stirring. Now it didn’t look too bad, but very watery and nothing like cold cream! Then the recipe said to add still 60 ml alcohol mixed with the essential oils. As we were dubious about the cold cream recipe, we even didn’t add the essential oils, just the alcohol.

1910s Almond Cold Cream Recipe

And after mixing the solution, this is what it looked like: a watery, gritty solution! All the work and ingredients for nothing. 🙁 The original recipe is called ‘cold cream’, but with this much water content and this little wax content, I’m wondering how they think this should become a hand cream. Even if the recipe is rather for a lotion than a cold cream, the water and oil content still didn’t emulsify. And with that much alcohol, the lotion would be very drying out for the skin. But now I know that I don’t have to make this recipe again. 😉

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