|Mary’s Elbow Cream is similar to Tina’s Lanolin Butter in the fact that they both were created as heavy salves for rough skin. What is the difference? The Tina’s Lanolin Butter has Liquid Glycerin in it, which is water soluble. The Glycerin means that the Tina’s Lanolin Butter is an emulsified product. Mary’s Elbow Cream does not have any water soluble ingredients, so it is anhydrous mixture (meaning there is no water in the mixture).
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Weigh all ingredients into your microwave safe container. Microwave using short bursts of time, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until all the ingredients have been melted. Do NOT microwave until the mixture is completely liquid as the mixture will be too hot to handle. The Beeswax will be the last ingredient to melt and if you are patient, simply stirring will melt the Beeswax. Pour into your containers and allow to cool. Try to not move the containers much until the cream has set to prevent accidental messes.
Definition of Anhydrous: Not containing water.
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I must have looked at “Mary’s Elbow Cream” in the RECIPES section a hundred times over the years and never made it. Thanks for doing this, Andee. What does the Cranberry Seed Oil do that other oils don’t? I’m thinking of subbing emu oil or red raspberry seed oil. I have those on hand.
This recipe was created to highlight the Cranberry Seed Oil, which contains fair amounts of both Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, naturally occurring tocopherols, and high unsaturated profile. (All of which is fantastic for helping skin stay moisturized.) I think to use a different oil, Red Raspberry Seed would be my first choice for its Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, naturally occurring tocopherols and noted moisturizing capabilities. (The UV-A and UV-B blocking capabilities are also a plus.
I received a sample of this product in a recent purchase from The Sage. It is wonderful! I love the smell and the texture.