DIY Hand Cream

“Hand Cream,” I wrote on my grocery list, because I wanted a small tube for my purse.

Wait… The last time I wrote “Foaming Soap Refill” on the grocery list, I ended up making it myself, and it was SO easy. Maybe this could be easy, too?

I started poking around online and found oodles of different recipes. I’m more of a lotion kind of person (**isn’t that right, Precious!?), and I like my lotions to be creamy. I found some that didn’t include beeswax (which would make them a more solid substance), so I picked some elements out of the various recipes and put together my own potion with things I had on hand. (Get it? On hand! Oh, the puns!)

The only thing I didn’t have was Shea Butter, so I stopped at the store on the way home after School Drop Off and picked some up. Earlier in the week, I’d also purchased the wrong granola bars (*Sigh* Mom! *eye roll*), so I used that as an excuse to make the extra stop for a potion ingredient.

Here is the recipe I used. It seems very simple, so I was skeptical. I’m also not confident at ALL in the kitchen doing these things, so I figured simple & easy was a good place to start.

DIY Hand Cream

INGREDIENTS:
–   4 oz. Shea Butter (I used two 2-ounce jars.)

–  2 TBS Sunflower Oil (I have this one on hand. It has a comedogenic rating of 0 (meaning it won’t clog pores) AND naturally has Vitamin E, so no need to add that, which a lot of recipes have listed separately as an ingredient. None of the recipes I researched used Sunflower Oil specifically, but they listed a myriad of different oils and said “etc.” at the end. Sunflower Oil is my version of “etc.”)

–  However many drops of whatever Essential Oil you want. I used 10 drops of Young Living Stress Away Essential Oil, and it’s very subtle. You can do more if you want. I was afraid to do too many in this experiment! (If you’ve dabbled in Essential Oils at all, you know that one drop can go a LONG way.) We love the way this Essential Oil Blend smells, so I figured this would be a great one to try. You can use whichever ones you want, just be careful about using ones that cause sun sensitivity, etc.

DIY Hand Cream Steps

DIRECTIONS:

1. Melt the Shea Butter. (To help with getting the solid Shea Butter out of its jars, I put an inch or so of water in a sauce pan on the stove and placed the jars in that long enough to make it soft and easy to remove from the jar. I dumped the water and then used the same sauce pan for Steps 1 and 2.)

2. Add the oil and stir.

3. Transfer it to a glass bowl.

4. Put it in the freezer to “solidify”…NOT freeze. (This took about 20 minutes.)

5.  When solidified, add Essential Oils (if desired) and whisk. (I used my hand mixer.)

6. Whisk until creamy. (for 1 to 2 minutes, or so. Be careful not to over-whisk.)

7. Transfer into a mason jar (or other container for storage).

8. Label your potion. (I cleaned & re-used one of the Shea Butter glass jars to use until the lotion tubes I ordered online arrive.)

AND VOILA!

THE VERDICT:

It’s INCREDIBLY easy to make! It smells great! (To me, it smells like Shea Butter, the Essential Oils, and Smugness.) Just kidding. Kinda. 😉 It’s the consistency I like.

It goes on a tad greasier than I prefer, and I was hesitant, BUT it absorbs so quickly that it doesn’t even bother me. I’m PICKY, PICKY, PICKY (did I mention picky?) about greasy hand cream. I can’t stand getting it on my phone, etc. This absorbed really quickly, and my hands are so soft! 🙂

Clean up was super-easy, too!

Once again, I’m left with an amazing DIY project result, and I’m wondering why it took me so long to try this myself.

**Bonus points to those who know the movie reference. I just couldn’t help myself. 🙂

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