Have I treated you to Big Fat Whale yet? The last two episodes (as of today) crack me up. A lot.
I am sick as a dog with some kinda cough and general crud. My skin has decided to get scalier and redder than ever, but I am fighting back with homemade face cream. And I am happily knitting, watching TV, and wearing warm socks, so it's all okay. :) Once I get some kimchi soup, I'm sure I'll be all better. It's my cure-all. Seriously, it's good!
Homemade face cream: I had made a very dense whipped body butter of shea and cocoa butter, apricot kernel and jojoba oils, Vitamin E oil, and pure aloe gel several weeks ago. I wanted it dense and superemollient to treat my cracking knuckles (winter dryness hits me hard once the heaters go on.) When I made that batch, I poured off half of it to let it harden and whipped the other half. The whipped half turned out great -- the other half crystallized and became grainy, and I knew I was going to have to rebatch it. So yesterday I rebatched part of the grainy part with a VERY large portion of aloe gel to make a more fluid lotion with some healing power for the face. It didn't seem like it would incorporate -- separating the waxy oils out of the gel like butter out of whipped cream -- until suddenly it did. I have a little portion of the softest, smoothest, thick, rich face cream ever.
It won't last long because the only preservative in it is Vitamin E, so this isn't a marketable recipe, but I will experiment to make one I can offer to the public sometime in the next month or two. Because this stuff is AWESOME. Although I am still red and scaly, it's so much better than it was just yesterday. Yay.
(For those who might not know why I'm red and scaly/blistered sometimes, it's rosacea -- not contagious, not unsanitary, not particularly gross, just a nuisance. When I damaged my skin badly with a tropical sunburn in Peru, I evidently set off a dormant congenital condition or something. If I get a cold, it goes plumb crazy. Like now.)