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Monday, 8 October 2012

Hand Cream



I know with winter coming, one of the products we like to have in the house, is hand cream.  It is used not only on our hands, but all the dry spots, the elbows, and feet.  There are a lot of hand cream recipes out there, but I picked a few for you all to try out.

The first one is a great versatile recipe.  You will be able to change the essential oil to a fragrance you enjoy.

Homemade Lavender Hand Cream

This recipe will product approximately 3/4's of a cup or 6 oz.

1/3 cup sweet almond oil
2 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. grated beeswax (about 1-1 1/2 oz.)
30-35 drops of lavender essential oil (or one of your preference)

  1. Combine the oils in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until warm, which should be about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and add the grated beeswax, stirring until the wax is completely melted.
  2. Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes to start the oils cooling, then stir in the essential oil (30 drops for less scent, 35 for more).
  1. At this point, the cream can be poured into a container (or two containers if desired) to cool completely.

NOTE: Since this method doesn’t use water, there is no need to use a blender or proce3ssor and you wont have to worry about the cream separating.  It will be softer in warmer weather and harder in cooler, but still be spreadable either way.  It can be stored at room temperature (storing in the refrigerator will result in a stiffer cream).

Variations:
  • For a thinner consistency to use with a pump, use only 2 tbsp. beeswax.
  • For a thicker, salve-like consistency, use up to 4 tbsp. beeswax
  • Replace lavender with the essential oil of your choice like lemon, orange, or another floral scent.
  • Since a little goes a long way, this can be packaged in small tins to give as gifts.

Easy Hand Cream

16 oz. baby lotion
8 oz. Vaseline
8 oz. Vitamin E Cream

Mix with electric mixer till it resembles icing, and then put in containers.
Done!

Gardener's Hand Cream (a little goes a long way, will make approximately 1 years supply)

4 tbsp. coconut oil
4 tbsp. grated beeswax
8 tbsp. almond oil ( you can use lavender infused almond oil)
4 capsules Vitamin E oil
25 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops tea tree oil
6 drops spearmint oil

  1. Add all ingredients except the essential oils into a glass measuring cup.  Set measuring cup inside a larger bowl and pour boiling water between the dishes and stir until everything melts together.  You may need to replace the boiling water a couple of times.
  1. After the beeswax has melted completely, remove the measuring cup from the hot water and add the essential oils to your hand cream mixture.
  1. Pour into an air-tight container and cool to harden. Refrigerate cream to speed up the process.

Apply as needed to rough, dry, itchy, or sunburned skin. 

I am eager to try these out.  If you have made homemade hand cream and have a different recipe you use, perhaps you could share it below in comments.  If you try these, I would love for you to come back and let me know how you like it and your preferences.

Thanks for stopping by,
Kylara


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