Poppy Seed & Rose Hand Polish
I have extremely dry skin. Dry to the point of cracking, dry skin. To combat this problem, I created an exfoliating, moisturizing, and repairing hand polish, using poppy seed, roses, and other natural ingredients.
To make this polish, you will need the following:
Mortar & Pestle
Jar to store the polish in.
1/4 Cup of Poppy Seeds
2 Oz of Cocoa Butter
10ml of Vitamin E Oil
Handful/Scoop of Dried Rose Petals
5ml of Rose Absolute
After measuring out all of your ingredients and gathering your supplies, take your 1/4 cup of poppy seeds and pour it into your mortar and pestle. Grind gently for about thirty seconds. By doing this you will create a mix of fine and course pieces of poppyseed in your polish. Once finished, set it aside for later.
Bring a pot of water, filled only a fourth of the way, to a simmer and put your double-boiler into the water, allowing it to get warm.
Place your cocoa butter into the double boiler, and allow it to melt.
Note: Don't turn up the heat so high that your cocoa butter becomes bubbling hot. Keep the heat on medium.
Once the cocoa butter has melted, add the vitamin E oil. Stir or swirl to help blend the two together.
Add the rose petals to the double-boiler, and stir them into the mixture.
Add the poppy seeds and, again, stir.
Add the rose absolute.
Remove the double-boiler from the heat and allow to cool for 8 minutes, stirring every 2.
Pour the mixture into your jar and let sit for at least another 30 minutes. It is a good idea to stir the polish every ten minutes or so.
After the polish has set up, and you are happy with the consistency, you can go ahead and use it.
My favorite way to use this polish — the way that works best for me — is to take a chunk, massage it into my hands or across any place in need of moisture, and then wipe away with a warm washcloth.
Now, this polish is a little bit on the greasy side because of the cocoa butter and vitamin E oil, which is why I only use it twice a week, but I really have seen a huge difference in my skin.