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Making Your Own Hand Cream

Although the task of making your own products may seem daunting, the effort is well worth the reward in the end.  By far, one of my most popular products is my herbal hand cream.  Each week, without fail, I have at least one person ask me how I make it.  There are many methods for making your own natural hand cream.  Some are simple and others are much more complicated.  Today I will share my method for making an oil-based cream.

Ingredients

I will give you instructions on how to make 150ml of hand cream using the most basic ingredients.  After mastering this technique I encourage you to try adding in new ingredients, such as essential oils or other butters and waxes.

What You Will Need

  • A container that will hold at least 150ml
  • Double boiler
    • If you don’t have one you can melt it directly in a pot, but be careful not to burn the cream
  • Beeswax and/or shea butter – 25 grams total
    • You can use just beeswax, or you can add in some shea butter
      • I use 15 grams of beeswax to 10 grams of shea butter
  • Olive oil – either plain or herbally infused – 100 ml
  • 25 ml of hot water or herbal tea
  • Optional
    • Essential oils
    • Do not put more than 40 drops total into your hand cream
      • Not 40 drops of each oil – 40 TOTAL

Instructions

Weigh out your beeswax and/or shea butter and place it in your double boiler.  I like to use a chopstick to stir products.

Once the beeswax and butters have melted add in your 100 ml of olive oil (or herbally infused olive oil).  Stir the mixture until it melts again.

Once everything has melted take it off the heat.

Let it sit for 1-2 minutes and then, using a dropper bottle add your 25ml of hot water (or tea) very slowly, drop by drop, while stirring.  This will help to disperse the water evenly throughout the hand cream, giving it a creamer texture.  Continue to add the water as the hand cream cools (you will know it’s cooling because it will start to thicken and change colour).

Note: Some people like to use a blender to emulsify their hand cream. The method is similar – add warm water slowly to the cream while it is blending.

Once you are finished adding the water you can add your essential oils.  You add essential oils at this point, because if you added them in when the mixture was very hot they would simply evaporate off.

Stir in the oils thoroughly.

Before the cream thickens and hardens completely, you will want to transfer it into your 150 ml container.

Remember you are making a hand-made product.  It is made with natural ingredients, care and love.  It will not look perfect like store bought products and that’s okay.  In fact, the slight imperfections in the appearance of my products are proof that they are hand-made with care.

Once your hand cream cools completely I suggest labeling your jar with the date and your ingredients.  Use at your leisure!