Love-in-a-Mist Lotion Recipe

Traditionally, this lotion was intended for the upper torso, but it makes a wonderful full-body moisturizer with an appealing aroma.

Winter 2018

  • Pale blue is the most common color for love-in-a-mist blooms, but some cultivars produce white, rose, or yellow flowers.
    Photo courtesy of Photographer at Baker Creek
  • "Nigella" in the plant's scientific name comes from the Latin word "niger," which means "black" and refers to its coal-colored seeds.
    Photo by Getty Images/Quanthem
  • ‘Miss Jekyll’ love-in-a-mist is just one of 30 unique plants that Gertrude Jekyll refined and bred.
    Photo by Getty Images/manfredxy

Yield: 8 ounces

Also known as “Roman coriander,” N. damascena has pale blue flowers that appear amid feathery foliage, thus the nickname “love-in-a-mist.” The small black seeds have a spicy scent, like nutmeg.


  • 1/8 teaspoon borax powder
  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon nigella seeds, crushed
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated beeswax


  1. Combine borax and water, and heat until the mixture begins to boil. Then, pour it over the nigella seeds and let steep for 15 to 20 minutes, until cool.
  2. In another container, mix together the oils and beeswax, and heat until the beeswax is melted.
  3. Strain the water solution, and heat to roughly the same temperature as the oil mixture. Pour the oil mixture into a blender and start blending on high speed; slowly add the water solution, and then mix until a thick lotion is formed. Pour the lotion into a clean container, and allow it to cool completely.

To use: Massage into your skin as you would any rich moisturizer or cream.

For more, see: The Longevity of Love-in-a-Mist

Recipe excerpted from Natural Beauty From the Garden by Janice Cox, published by Ogden Publications, 2018.

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