Cleanser for dry, sensitive and mature skin


This recipe is based on the original Galen’s Cold Cream, which is thousands of years old. This rich cream sets firm, but liquefies on contact with the natural warmth of the skin. Galen’s Cold Cream is a good cleansing cream for mature, sensitive and dry skins, with the benefit of containing rose essential oil.



  • 6 g (1/7 oz) of beeswax or beeswax pellets

  • 2 heat-resistant glass bowls

  • A pan of hot water

  • 120 ml (4 fl oz) of sweet almond oil

  • 60 ml (21/4 fI oz) of rose water

  • A hand whisk or electric beater with a low setting

  • 10 drops of rose absolute

  • A large glass jar




  1. Melt the beeswax or beeswax pellets in one of the glass bowls, placed inside a pan of hot water over a gentle heat. Stir in the sweet almond oil and warm thoroughly.

  2. Heat the rose water in the other bowl, until the contents of both bowls are thoroughly warmed.

  3. Now add the rose water, drop by drop, into the oils, beating steadily all the time — just like making mayonnaise.

  4. Once all the flower water has been beaten into the oils, remove the pan from the heat, stirring until the mixture has cooled. Then add the rose absolute, mixing it in thoroughly, and pour into the glass jar.