Don’t you just hate having dry, cracked, itchy hands in the winter months? I know I do, which is why we’re learning how to make an effective DIY hand cream recipe that’s light, non-greasy, and very moisturizing for even the driest skin.
DIY Hand Cream with Lavender and Spruce
The dry winter months have always been a tough month on my skin even though I live in Southern California. You might think that the weather is kind to us here, and in many ways, it is! But when it comes to keeping our skin supple and moisturized, the arid climate can really cause some havoc, especially for our hands.
This hand cream is the perfect solution for all things dry skin! It’s non-greasy, light, and super emollient and its lightness is not to say that this cream isn’t moisturizing, it is!
I’ve added some skin soothing silk peptides (for added smoothness) and vegetable glycerin to give this lotion a nice silky feel that leaves your skin soft and supple without irritation when applied to cracked hands. It soaks in quickly and gives dry itchy skin fast relief! The vitamin also adds in a nice touch of skin soothing goodness while also providing a small bit of preservation properties.
The mango butter in this recipe gives us great moisture without feeling greasy and the avocado oil (wile usually heavier in larger quantities) is moisturizing yet lightweight and very soothing for dry skin. You can, of course, sub the avocado oil with whichever carrier oil you desire. I also slipped in one of my favorite carrier oils of all time – evening primrose oil! It’s probably one of the best healing carrier oils I’ve come across and is excellent for rebalancing the skin.
And, you know me, I can never go too long without conifer essential oils popping up in my recipes. Besides, it’s still winter, isn’t it?
You can always swap out the essential oils with your favorite ones of course, but my husband loves this black spruce, peppermint, and lavender blend. It’s like a snapshot of winter forest with a hint of spring on the horizon. A truly lovely scent!
DIY Hand Cream with Lavender, Black Spruce, and Peppermint
This recipe makes about 8oz of lotion, so feel free to divide or multiply it as necessary.
Here’s what you’re going to need:
An accurate kitchen scale
A hand mixer like this one
A flexible spatula
2 pyrex measuring cups (one for the oil portion and one for the water portion)
170g of water or your favorite hydrosol
3g vegetable glycerin
2g raw honey
2g silk peptides (can sub with more water)
8g emulsimulse (or emulsifying wax NF, do NOT use beeswax)
12g avocado oil (or carrier oil of choice)
4g evening primrose oil (or carrier oil of choice)
12g mango butter (can sub with shea butter)
0.18g Vitamin E oil
30 drops black spruce essential oil
20 drops lavender essential oil
12 drops peppermint essential oil
Keep in mind that subbing ingredient will yield a different final product!
Loving Preparation – DIY Hand Cream
3. In a saucepan, bring 1 inch of water to a simmer and place both pyrex measuring cups in the pan to warm up the water portion and melt the oil portion ingredients.
4. Once everything is completely melted/dissolved, remove from the heat, wipe the bottoms with a kitchen towel, and place them on the counter.
5. Next, use the hand mixer to blend the oil portion while you pour in the water portion ingredients.
6. Keep blending for about a minute, then leave the lotion to cool for about 5-10 minutes and blend some more. Repeat this until the mixture has cooled.
7. Once cool, add in your Vitamin E and essential oils.
8. Pulse the hand mixer until everything is well blended.
9. Pour the hand cream into your container of choice. Make sure it’s clean! I used a jar, but you can use a pump bottle if desired.
This lotion should last a few weeks. You can add a broad-spectrum preservative of choice to keep it fresh longer. Just keep an eye on any change in color, smell, or consistency. If any of these changes occur, throw it out and make a new batch of hand cream.
I hope you enjoy this lovely hand cream as much as I do! What have been your favorite DIY hand cream recipes? Please share in the comments!
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