Friday, July 22, 2016

DIY Dilo Oil Cream




I recently spotted a very expensive small jar of cream that contains Dilo oil (a.k.a Tamanu oil or Calophyllum inophyllum). This particular oil is a dark green, heavy, fatty oil with a very distinct aroma.  It is a remarkable topical healing agent that is anti-inflammatory and offers great anti-oxidant protection. It has been used extensively to heal damaged skin and has notable benefits for helping to heal scars, reduce the appearance of stretch marks and soothe abrasions, rashes and minor skin ailments like eczema and dry skin.

The Tamanu tree is indigenous to tropical Southeast Asia. The kernel is dried in the sun for a few months and becomes sticky with a dark and richly fat oil that is collected and used for its magical properties. I took one look at the ingredients on the jar of the expensive name brand Dilo Cream and immediately knew I could make an excellent version of my own. I know you will enjoy this recipe.

You can purchase lavender hydrosol from Mountain Rose Herbs. I found this bottle at my local Farmer's Market and it is divine. 
You can find Certified Organic Vegetable Glycerine at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Mountain Rose Herbs offers a very nice Certified Organic Tamanu Oil (also known as Dilo Oil)
I used Mango Butter from Mountain Rose Herbs, but you can use Shea Butter if you like. 

To thicken and emulsify the mixture, I used Emulsifying Wax and Stearic Acid from Mountain Rose Herbs. 

D.I.Y Dilo Oil Cream
makes about 2 ounces

2 tablespoons Lavender Hydrosol
1/2 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerine
1 1/2 teaspoons Tamanu (Dilo) Oil
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Mango or Shea Butter
1/2 teaspoons Stearic Acid
1 heaping teaspoon Emulsifying Wax
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Measure out the lavender hydrosol and vegetable glycerine into a glass measuring cup and sit it in a pot with a few inches of simmering water.

Measure out the Tamanu oil, Coconut oil, Mango or Shea butter, Stearic acid and Emulsifying wax into a glass measuring cup and sit it in a pot with a few inches of simmering water.

When both mixtures have reached 150 degrees F, remove from the heat.

Carefully pour the oil mixture into a heat-proof mixing bowl and begin mixing with a hand mixer set on medium speed. Add in the lavender and glycerine and continue to mix for five minutes.

Once the mixture has cooled to under 100 degrees F, mix in the lavender essential oil and pour your cream into a sanitized glass container and allow to cool completely. Store in the refrigerator and use within a few weeks.

After cleansing your face or body, apply a generous amount to your skin and massage in.

Bring both mixtures to a quick 150 degrees F. Then remove from the heat. 

Once cooled, the mixture becomes a thick and very rich healing cream that is  healing and  nourishing.

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