This velvety smooth, luscious hand cream will be gone in a matter or days as you will not be able to stop applying it. The smell is divine and it leaves your skin feeling soft and lovely and fresh. You can make it at home with this recipe.
The recipe is based on (but not the same as) a product that I used to make and sell, many many years ago under my label “Essential Care”.
The picture below is of me in the (old) days of “Essential Care” spruiking my wares. Eeek look at the big hair! I thought you might get a giggle out of that.
Creams are made by combining a fat phase and water phase where both are at the same (or very similar temperatures).
You will need to use a thermometer to check the temperatures when you make this cream. Other than that it is very simple.
If you are going to spend time making your own skin care products, ensure that you are using high quality ingredients. Otherwise you may as well purchase an generic item from the supermarket.
It can be a challenge to find high quality raw materials and essential oils.
Oils should be:
- Cold pressed
- Virgin quality (the result of the first pressing)
- Stored in containers that do not allow light to penetrate
- Show an expiry date
All other ingredients should be organic if possible.
I have done the homework for you and provide a link here for access to the materials I use now, and used when I was producing my own range of skin care products. They are therapeutic quality ingredients.
- Fat Phase
- 3 grams coconut oil
- 10 grams cocoa butter
- 4 grams beeswax
- 10 grams almond oil
- 3 grams avocado oil
- 8 grams emulsifying wax
- Water Phase
- 200 ml water
- 1 whole vanilla beans
- 5 drops Lime essential oil
- 2 drops Sandalwood essential oil
- Set the water to boil in a small saucepan with the vanilla bean
- Once it boils remove from the heat and allow the vanilla to steep (do not remove it yet) Allow the liquid to cool prior to using 70 grams
- Measure out the ingredients from the Fat Phase into a bowl (that can be placed over a saucepan of water without the ingredient bowl base touching the water). Set the water in the saucepan to simmer
- Allow the fat phase ingredients to melt over a low heat. *They should not be heated above 70 degrees celcius
- Weigh out 70 grams of the vanilla infused water (approx 100ml). It is easiest to add it to a measuring jug
- Pour the fat phase ingredients into a large Pyrex jug (or similar) Use a stick blender to blend the ingredients, adding the cooled 70 grams of water in a slow steady stream. You do not need to use all of the water or the mixture will be too thin
- Continue to blend until the mixture thickens to the consistency of whipped cream. Stop mixing.
- Stir in the essential oils
- Pot into steralised jars (see notes)
- Use within a few weeks
Use clean equipment at all times - Use boiling water to rinse any spoons and the blender prior to using
All measurements are in GRAMS not in mls (including all liquids).
|Almond Oil||Suitable for all skin types especially dry skin, after sun care. It is rich in protein|
|Avocado Oil||Very stable oil, high vitamin content, suitable for very dry and mature skin|
|Beeswax||Natural emulsifier, derived from honeycomb.|
|Cocoa Butter||Softening and soothing, protective, quick absorption. resistant to becoming rancid. Slows moisture loss from the skin|
|Coconut Oil||Softening and soothing, inhibits moisture loss|
|Emulsifying Wax||This ingredient holds the oil and the water components of the recipe together. A mixture of 90% cetyl alcohol (a natural fatty alcohol – like a fatty acid – extracted from palm oil) and 10% PEG – 25 stearate. I used a naturally-derived emulsifier, that is effective but very mild on the skin. Essential Therapeutics emulsifying wax is guaranteed to be free of any toxic by-products|
This recipe includes naturally sourced ingredients, despite this it is still possible for one or more ingredients to be unsuitable for some people. If you experience any reaction or discomfort (as with any product, or food) you should discontinue use immediately.
If you have a health condition (including pregnancy) do not use essential oils without consulting a qualified therapist. Essential oils are highly concentrated, at approximately 70 times stronger than the plant that they came from. They should only be used as directed, or upon the advice of a trained practitioner. Essential oils must be stored out of reach of children. This recipe is provided for educational purposes. It should not be considered as health advice.
Have you ever made your own skin care products? What have you made ?
If not, will you give it a try?
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