This hand cream is completely natural and organic, containing gorgeous plant based ingredients to moisturise, soothe and protect dry hands. It’s thicker than a hand cream so a little goes a long way. It’s semi-solid texture is that of a balm or salve -think halfway between a cream and a hard lip balm.
I used shea butter as the main ingredient due to it’s amazingly effective moisturising and nourishing properties. Shea butter is protective, hydrating and very efficient at softening and smoothing the skin. It is a rich source of vitamins A and E. When making skincare products, I always strive to use raw, natural, organic, unrefined ingredients that have not been processed from their natural state with chemicals. Otherwise I may as well just buy any old hand cream from the shop -I like the challenge of creating beautiful, natural products which are kind to our bodies and the planet.
The only issue with this is that some people find that the unrefined or non chemically altered version of shea butter has a strong unpleasant smell. It is a distinctive, natural and earthy smell which is certainly stronger than unrefined shea butter but the beneficial properties of unrefined are also stronger compared to refined shea butter. If you are really adverse to the smell, which I don’t find unpleasant at all, you could experiment by using another unrefined butter instead.
I used jojoba wax to help harden this product so that it sets, and avocado oil to add even more to the highly moisturising nourishment. The essential oils which I used in this one were added more for fragrance rather than function, so you can replace them with any combination of essential oils you like.
- 20g shea butter
- 5g jojoba wax
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 5 drops lavander essential oil
- 3 drops neroli essential oil
- 1 drop patchouli essential oil
Melt the wax, butter and oil in a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering hot water. Do not allow the bowl to touch the surface of the water. Once everything is melted and fully combined, add the essential oils. Mix well and allow to cool before transferring in to a glass airtight container. A small glass jar is best as you can scoop the product out with your finger. This recipe makes enough to go in to a 25g container.