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How to Make Your Own All-Natural Hand Cream
As you may know, this past year I took a big leap toward a more natural beauty routine, and replaced a lot of my old favorites with greener and cleaner options. There is even a whole new menu at the top of this blog with all of my clean & non-toxic product recommendations, reviews, and general articles about natural beauty.
I love supporting green beauty brands and discovering new products, but sometimes it makes sense to make your own skincare at home. Being able to control what goes into your body lotion can be very useful, especially if you have sensitive skin. Last time I shared a recipe for DIY Beauty Serum, and today I’ll tell you how I make my own all-natural hand cream. This recipe works wonders for tired, overworked hands, brittle nails, and dry cuticles. Last week I made a big batch and decanted it into clean pump bottles, so now there’s one sitting by every sink in the house.
YOU WILL NEED:
- 7 oz. NOW Solutions Organic Shea Butter.
- 7 oz. NOW Solutions Pure Cocoa Butter.
- 4 oz. NOW Solutions Organic Almond Oil. Note: If you prefer your hand cream to be runnier, more lotion-like, use 8 oz. of Almond Oil instead.
- 1 tsp. NOW® Natural Vitamin E Oil 23,000 IU.
- Optional – 60 drops of NOW® Natural Vanilla in Jojoba Oil, or any essential oil that you like [always dilute pure oils first*].
- double boiler or a microwave-safe glass bowl.
- hand mixer.
- jar or bottle to store your hand cream.
And that’s it! This sumptuous hand cream is easy to make. All you need is a few raw ingredients, a bowl, and a hand mixer to make sure everything is combined nicely. Adding essential oils is totally optional, but if you choose to do so, make sure they are properly diluted in a carrier oil first.*
Here I decided to store my freshly whipped hand cream in an empty jar from Cocoa Butter that I used to make it. So handy! [no pun intended, haha]
- In a double boiler, warm the Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter until they are melted completely. Cocoa Butter may take a while to fully dissolve.
- Take the bowl off the stove and mix in the Almond Oil.
- Set aside for a few hours or until the mixture starts to harden.
- Add Natural Vitamin E Oil, Vanilla Oil, or any other essential oils if you want. Pure essential oils are highly concentrated and must always be properly diluted.*
- Using a hand mixer, whip the mixture on high speed for 10-15 minutes for fluffy, butter-like consistency, or longer if you prefer a smooth, lotiony texture.
- Store the finished product in a cool, dry place, in jars with tight fitting lids or in air tight pump containers. I cleaned out some old empty lotion bottles and reused them for this purpose. 🙂
This cream helps keep my hands, nails, and cuticles smooth and nourished.
The finished hand cream smells like vanilla cookie dough and feels luxuriously rich on the skin. I especially love using it after folding laundry or doing dishes, when my nails and cuticles feel brittle and dehydrated from dish soap and dry air. You guys know, I am not a DIY person, but since I discovered how easy it is to make my own skincare products, I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with different beauty recipes. After all, sometimes it’s just easier – and cheaper! – to make something yourself, so why not give it a try?
You can find all of the ingredients for this DIY hand cream at NOW Foods.
Have you ever tried making skincare products at home? What’s your favorite beauty product to DIY? Let me know in the comments below!
*NOW® Essential Oils are highly concentrated and can be irritating to the skin. Avoid direct contact with skin and always dilute essential oils before topical use. Discontinue if rash appears after skin contact. Not for internal use. Avoid contact with eyes.