I love myself a good hand cream. I think I started using hand creams regularly since the age of about 13 if I remember correctly (yeah, that was a long time ago). And by regularly I mean pretty much each time after I wash my hands. For some reason I suddenly started hating that feeling of dry skin on my palms. I bet many of you can relate. Now, when I was growing up, there weren’t that many hand creams available. My favourite one was a lemon, glycerin hand cream. It made my skin feel so soft and moisturised. Until now I keep looking for the exact same feeling when I apply a ahnd cream. I hate those ones that quickly sink into your skin and your skin still feels dry.
I was so silly not that long ago and when I run out of my work bag cream I decided to buy one instead of making one myself. To be honest I didn’t have much time to make my own and as I couldn’t go without I just bought one. What a mistake! I went to a more posh if you like shop and chose one of their so called natural hand creams. I can’t even remember now if I even looked at the ingredients or if I was blinded for a moment. I hated that cream from the minute I started using it. My hands felt horrible and it kept smearing on my hands rather than spreading and sinking in. And once it did spread eventually, it left this feeling of dryness I so much hate. Nedless to say I qickly just chucked it in the bin (!).
So, today I will share the recipe I have been using for a good while now. It was inspired by the hand cream recipe you can find in Karen Gilbert’s book but I have made a few changes to it, even though it was perfectly fine to begin with. I think it was actually the first recipe I adapted instead of just following it step by step. I have since adapted it again for my daughter because her skin cracks in winter and needs very special treatment. But I will share that on a different occasion.
There are quite a few ingredients you need to make this cream but it is worth it. All my friends I have ever gifted it too love it.
It might seem a bit complicated if this is your first go with cosmetics with the oil and water phase but give it a go. I think you will be as impressed as I was the first time I made it 🙂
INGREDIENTS needed for the OIL PHASE:
- 7g shea butter (this is the one I use now)
- 3g kokum butter
- 5 ml sweet almond oil
- 5 ml fractioned coconut oil
- 6g emulsifying wax (I buy my emulsifying wax from aromantic)
Put all these ingredients in a heat proof jug and melt. I simply boil half a pot of water and then place the jug with the ingredients in it, and stir until it all melts. Keep it on the hob while you quickly get the water phase ready. I usually do it while the oil phase ingredients are melting.
INGREDIENTS for the WATER PHASE:
- 55 ml boiled filtered water (it should be about 75 degrees Celsius)
- 5 ml vegetable glycerin
Now, the important thing is to make sure that both phases are the same temperature when you mix them. So what I usually do is I measure the tempareture of the oil phase and the water phase, using a food termometer. If they are roughly the same I slowly pour the water phase in as I’m stiring it with a milk frother like this one (yeah, I know) still keeping the mixture in the double boiler. Keep stirring for about 1 minute, take it off the heat and now it’s time to cool it down. I do that by placing the jug in a bowl of cold water and stir for another minute. I then leave it to cool down until the temperature reaches just below 40 degrees Celsius.
At this point I add the remaining ingredients one by one and stir after each one. I have notice that sometimes if I add everything at once I don’t end up with the texture I want. It actually looks like it went off and I am not quite sure yet why so now I add one ingredient at a time and stir. So here we go:
- 5 ml St. John’s Wort oil
- 20 drops of preservative (I buy the Eco preservative from aromantic )
- 15 drops of essential oil: lemongrass, sweet orange, whatever takes your fancy really or whatever additional benefits you want to achieve.
- I sometimes also add 20 drops of vitamin E oil.
The last thing you need to do is to put it into a pot and VOILA!
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