Now is the time of cold weather and rough hands. Which means everyone needs to find their favorite hand cream. Perfect timing to share my recipe for homemade hand cream without beeswax with you!
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Why a homemade hand cream without beeswax?
This is a recipe for people who have trouble finding a nice DIY recipe without the ingredient they are trying to avoid. Similar to my homemade face mask without honey. In this case that ingredient is beeswax.
No matter if you are a vegan, who does not want to use any animal products. Or if you simply don’t have beeswax at home, but need that hand cream RIGHT NOW. This is for you! (For everyone else: I also have this homemade hand cream with ginger recipe.)
Ingredients for the homemade hand cream without beeswax
For this lotion you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 part shea butter (get organic shea butter here*)
- 2 parts cocoa butter (version with vitamin E here* – double good for your skin!)
- 1 part jojoba oil (this version* is certified organic)
- 1 part almond oil (find a hexane free version here*)
You can replace the almond oil with another light oil, but I would really recommend to use the jojoba oil.
First of all it is very similar to the sebum our skin naturally produces. So if your skin is dry, what would be better than moisturizing it with something as close to “the real deal” as possible?
Second of all, despite the name jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax. Not totally irrelevant for making a homemade hand cream without beeswax.
How to make the homemade hand cream without beeswax
First you want to melt the cocoa butter using a double-boiler. (If you like creating your own beauty products at home, you definitely need one of those. Find an affordable stainless steel version here*.)
Make sure to use water that’s just warm enough to melt the cocoa butter. Don’t heat it up too much!
Slowly but surely your butter should become a nice golden liquid and all chunks should disappear. Now you can add the oils and shea butter. Keep stirring continuously!
Soon all ingredients will have become fluid. Take the mixture off the heat, but keep stirring for a few minutes longer. This way your lotion will be nice and smooth later.
Even afterwards, when you let the mixture cool, it is a good idea to stir it every now and then. Once your cream has reached room temperature, fill it into the container you want to keep it in.
Storing the handmade lotion without beeswax
But if you want to use this as a DIY present consider getting a cute container for it. To be honest, I also have to use pretty containers if it’s not a present. The jar will be around for a while after all. And if I’ve learned anything from the Konmari method of tidying, it’s that every item around you should bring you joy!
And that’s it! Smooth hands without the use of beeswax: here we come!
If you like this recipe, share it with someone. And if you’ve tried it, please let me know in the comments!
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