I made these flowers with a slightly tweaked recipe from a wonderful blog The Nerdy Farm Wife. First you need to make an infusion to make your Dandelion Oil. I used sunflower oil as it really cheap and surprisingly full of goodness, it has a high Vitamin E, A, C and D content and I think has been generally overlooked in recent years for trendier oils like Avocado and Coconut. If you are making a big batch infusion such as I was with the Dandelions then sunflower oil is a good cheap option.
First go out and pick as many soft, fluffy Dandelion flowers as you can, I took my 7 year old daughter out with me to do this on a beautiful sunny day all along a river bank, she enjoyed it and when you gather herbs, plants and flowers lovingly and memorably in some way, you associate these good feelings with the items you subsequently produce. Every time I use this Dandelion oil now I will think of the river bank and the hot day in May we picked with the flowers, just the little bit of sunshine I might need on a cold December day.
You will then need to slightly dry the dandelions, just pop them spread out on a tea towel over night. You will know when they are dried enough as they turn a little frazzled and bedraggled looking. Then you want to pop your Dandelions into a jar, I use an old large coffee jar and cover the dandelions completely with the oil of your choice, make sure they are fully immersed and keep filling to just over a centimeter above your Dandelions. You then have to leave your jar for around 4-6 weeks in a cool, dark place, giving it a shake periodically. The longer you leave it, the stronger it will be. There are ways to make an infusion quicker than this, but I always use the long, cupboard method, I just think you get a better quality infusion and I enjoy the process. You can also use the same method for dried roses, lavender, rosemary, citrus peels etc
Then when your infusion is ready you are ready to make your Lotion bars/flowers. Here is what you will need;
- 1 part beeswax
- 1 part shea butter (or mango butter)
- 1 part dandelion infused oil
- a few drops of essential oil, optional
For molds I use the silicone molds you can get from the supermarket or amazon – honestly I have no idea what people use these for as I always use them for bath melts or bars! Maybe people make cakes in them? Anyway!
Measure out the beeswax, shea butter, and dandelion oil into a Pyrex bowl or any other heat resistent container you may have – you are going to use it for a bain marie. Set the container of ingredients down into a pan containing an inch or two of almost simmering water, creating a makeshift bain marie. Allow the water to indirectly heat the contents until the beeswax is melted. Overheated shea butter can get grainy, so keep a close eye on the mixture and remove from heat as soon as it appears almost melted. A few stirs with spoon will complete the melting process. If you’d like at this point, you can add a few drops of lavender or other skin safe essential oil. You then carefully fill the contents of your silicone mold and wait for them to harden up.
I keep mine in a jar in the fridge, although they will survive at room temperature they melt pretty quickly as soon as they heat up. They are incredibly moisturizing, and I use mine after a bath before I put my PJs on when my skin needs a really good love, they are also great smoothed onto freshly shaved legs. Why Dandelion oil? I hear you cry, well, It is a true nutritional powerhouse, which contains many important vitamins and minerals. In fact, dandelion is one of the richest sources of Vitamins A, C, and E. This group of vitamins together acts as powerful anti-oxidants. They help in arresting skin cell degeneration while also boosting collagen synthesis and general health of skin. Vitamin E is also responsible for nourishing and hydrating skin from within, promoting radiant appearance of skin. It can also help to soothe tired and achy muscles.