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Vanilla Lime Hand Cream

Vanilla Lime Handcream

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.

Skin care article

Making Creams

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. 

Raw Materials

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.

Ingredient Information:

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.

Vanilla Lime Hand Cream
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Learn to make your own velvety smooth, luscious hand cream. It will be gone in a matter or days as you will not be able to stop applying it. Your skin will feel soft and smell fresh.
Recipe type: Skincare
Serves: 120 ml
  • 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
  • Fragrance
  • 5 drops Lime essential oil
  • 2 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  1. Set the water to boil in a small saucepan with the vanilla bean
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Allow the fat phase ingredients to melt over a low heat. *They should not be heated above 70 degrees celcius
  5. Weigh out 70 grams of the vanilla infused water (approx 100ml). It is easiest to add it to a measuring jug
  6. 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
  7. Continue to blend until the mixture thickens to the consistency of whipped cream. Stop mixing.
  8. Stir in the essential oils
  9. Pot into steralised jars (see notes)
  10. Use within a few weeks
I use jars with a plastic lid that can not be oven steralised. To steralise in boiling water add the jars to a sauce pan of cold water, bring it to a boil and allow to boil for a few minutes. remove with tongs and place upside down to drain on a clean towel.
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).

 Ingredient Properties:

Ingredient   Properties
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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  • Krista May 14, 2014, 3:29 am

    This sounds absolutely luscious!! I’ve been collecting ingredients to make my own lotion and have nearly everything you’ve listed!! Just need to get some sandalwood oil and almond oil and I’ll be set. 🙂

    • Kyrstie Barcak May 14, 2014, 11:50 am

      You can always substitute to other oils you have Krista, these are just the ones I chose.

  • merryn@merrynsmenu August 26, 2014, 11:53 am

    I love it Kyrstie and have made a few of your balms successfully. What a wonderful combination to produce a great hand cream, sensational use of the vanilla bean and oils as well. Thanks, I will try this one tonight. P.S. Great hair-do, I am impressed that you completed an aromatherapy course at Monash x 😀

    • Kyrstie Barcak August 26, 2014, 8:04 pm

      Thanks Merryn that is lovely feedback, so pleased that you are enjoying the recipes. The hair do is gravity defying! I did do a Diploma of Aromatherapy and also a Bachelor degree at Monash, not the same 🙂 Must re-read that article!

  • Lisa Rushlo September 23, 2015, 2:22 am

    This hand cream is truly amazing! I have tried many different body butters, creams, etc. and this one tops them all. It is so moisturizing, doesn’t leave a greasy feel, and smells heavenly! The water part is kinda tricky, just remember that it will thicken as you stick blend it. My first batch came out too thick in the jar because I did not add enough water.

  • Laura July 14, 2016, 2:21 am

    I realize this is an older post, but I’m hoping that someone is keeping on top of the posts. I was wondering if I could sub the making of the water part to using vanilla flora water? I just bought lime essential oil and am dying to use it.

    • Kyrstie Barcak July 15, 2016, 1:10 pm

      Hi Laura,
      yes you can change to water to a floral water no problem. I adore lime oil. Have fun.

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