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Avocado, Olive Oil and Patchouli Hand Softener Recipe

Updated on July 30, 2013
Avocado, Olive Oil and Patchouli Hand Softener
Avocado, Olive Oil and Patchouli Hand Softener | Source

Recipe Inspiration ~

You never know when inspiration will come a knocking and as my good friend and fellow writer Bill Holland has written about, it can come from any number of sources and you never know when it will hit.

The inspiration for this avocado rich hand softener came from my Dad, unbeknown to him, and I made it with him in mind.

Avocado and prawns has been a long-time favorite of his to make as a starter to a meal and I have great memories of him rustling up his “speciality” on a Friday or Saturday night as a treat for the family.

I wanted to put together a product with him in mind that he would ACTUALLY Try to I hit upon this great recipe idea using his beloved avocado.

Inspiring ideas

you never know when an idea will strike.
you never know when an idea will strike. | Source

Beauty Solutions ~

Dad has had extremely dry hands with slight eczema for a number of years and no amount of creams have seemed to work at clearing this up.

When something bugs me, it bugs me and this has been one of those times.

I wanted to come up with my own solution for Dad that he can easily do a few times a day for 2-3 days. I intend on doing it first on him to show exactly how to apply it and how it makes his hands feel.Then he will have no excuse.

Knowing him, he will probably say “What a bloody waste of an avocado when I could be eating it with my prawn salad” so I will rustle up lunch for us of his favourite starter just to keep him happy!

The Brief -

A deeply intensive, nourishing and moisturizing treatment which will gently remove all the dry skin and dead skin cells and reduce any inflammation and eczema.

Growing Avocados

keep the stone or pit in the avocado and plant it up easily at home, watch it grow!
keep the stone or pit in the avocado and plant it up easily at home, watch it grow! | Source

Skin Benefits of Avocado ~

Avocados offer us way more than guacamole these days. Known for their amazing health benefits, they are Mother Nature’s natural skin moisturizers with their extensive list of healthy fats and phytonutrients.

Excellent for dry skin, avocado oil has been used in the treatment of dermatitis, arthritis and eczema with excellent results. A natural skin healer, it has anti-inflammatory properties which soothe itchy, red or irritated skin.

Avocado fruit oil naturally nourishes and maintains skin tone and elasticity while it softens rough dry or flaking skin.

Rich in Vitamins A, D and E a healthy skin is easily maintained by including avocado in your diet and using the fruit or the bottled avocado oil regularly on the skin.

Young Olive Tree

olive trees are protected in Italy and may not be chopped down or destroyed.
olive trees are protected in Italy and may not be chopped down or destroyed. | Source

Skin Benefits of Olive Oil ~

To say olive oil is a giant of the oil world would be no lie.

Referred to as Liquid Gold by Homer and a gift from the gods by Thomas Jefferson, Olive oil truly is a magical product ingested or used on the skin its benefits go on and on.

Rich in antioxidants it helps prevent cell degeneration in the skin, improves skin elasticity, softens skin and minimizes wrinkles, age spots and scars.

A deep moisturizer it also has gentle skin cleansing and exfoliating properties removing dry flaky skin and revealing fresh healthy oxygenated skin. It marries with many ingredients on the skin including avocado and sugar in this recipe.

Avocado and olive oil make a wonderful face mask or sugar and olive oil make a gentle sugar scrub for the face and body.

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

whip up a healthy lunch with the other half of the avocado and add rocket, grapefruit chunks, parmesan shavings, olive oil and cracked pepper.
whip up a healthy lunch with the other half of the avocado and add rocket, grapefruit chunks, parmesan shavings, olive oil and cracked pepper. | Source

Everyday Granulated Sugar

Worth its weight in gold when used in a sugar scrub.
Worth its weight in gold when used in a sugar scrub. | Source

Skin Benefits of Sugar ~

Common everyday granulated sugar or brown sugar used in skin care has incredible benefits.

At over 95% pure carbohydrate it may be hard to see what the benefits to the skin could be. When sugar is combined with liquid or oil it becomes a whole new beneficial ingredient as a sugar scrub.

More gentle and less abrasive than salt in scrubs, sugar may be used on all skin types on the face and body.

It can be highly effective in relieving and preventing eczema and psoriasis and gives skin a smooth texture by removing all the dry, flaky skin and all the dead skin cells.

Sugar scrubs are an important part of maintaining a youthful, glowing appearance and as a pre-treatment to many applications such as a false tan, healing blemishes, manicures and pedicures.

They help prevent chapped lips when applied as a lip scrub and can be a soothing treatment before or after shaving.

Patchouli Flower

 patchouli is native to India and Malaysia.
patchouli is native to India and Malaysia. | Source

Skin Benefits of Patchouli ~

Patchouli essential oil is extracted from the young patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) plant leaves by steam distillation.

This rich, cozy, musky-sweet and spicy fragrance is native to Malaysia and India where it is known as ‘puchaput’.

In skin care, it has superb tissue regenerating properties; it helps rejuvenate the skin and stimulates the formation of new skin cells while fighting off any skin infections.

Patchouli oil is extremely effective at treating rough, cracked or dehydrated skin and is an excellent oil choice for acne, eczema, ulcers, weeping sores or slow healing wounds.

This oil is a useful one to have for a number of homemade products including insect repellent, potpourri, and face balm or in a body wash.

All Year Round Treatment

soft supple hands are only 3 days away with this intensive treatment.
soft supple hands are only 3 days away with this intensive treatment. | Source

Not Unlike Guacamole

why not whip up some homemade guacamole with the other half of your avocado.
why not whip up some homemade guacamole with the other half of your avocado. | Source

Hand Softener Recipe ~

1/2 an Over-Ripe Avocado

1tbsp Olive Oil

1/8 cup Granulated Sugar

4-5 drops Patchouli Essential Oil

Small Jar

Small Bowl

Fork

Spoon

Method:

  • Scoop out avocado flesh into your bowl, save your pit or stone and leave aside to plant up easily! Scrape ALL the flesh from the skin, the most nourishing part is that closest the skin believe it or not.
  • Start mashing with your fork, the more over-ripe it is the easier it is to mash.
  • Keep mashing it until it is lump free.
  • Add in the olive oil and start mixing it in. This can take a few minutes but persevere.
  • When blended in, add in the patchouli and mix it in thoroughly.
  • Add in your sugar and quickly combine it into the avocado mush.
  • Transfer now to your sterilized jar, screw on lid securely and pop in the fridge with a note of the expiry date, 3 days from time of making it.
  • Apply twice a day for 3 days.

How to Apply:

  • Remove all rings, bracelets and watch at the sink or hand basin.
  • Roll up sleeves; it will be a bit messy!
  • Take a spoonful of the hand softener and put it in the palm of your hand.
  • Rub palms together and start scrubbing it in all over the hands and fingers as if you may be washing your hands.
  • Leave it on for a couple of minutes.
  • Start rinsing off under lukewarm water rubbing your hands together as you are rinsing.
  • When completely removed, pat the hands dry and apply your hand cream.

Tips & Suggestions ~

If you have no fresh avocados, you could substitute with avocado oil.

Use either white granulated sugar or brown sugar.

If you have no olive oil, use any highly moisturizing carrier oil instead. For some ideas, check out my top 10 carrier oils.

What type of hand product does it for you?

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In Conclusion . . . .

An easy intensive 3 day treatment for dry, rough or flaky skin totally rejuvenates hands into being soft, smooth and supple.

Avocado, Olive oil and Sugar are a winning combination with the piece de resistance being the warm spicy scent of patchouli oil with its cell regenerating benefits.

This hand softening treatment was made for my dad and it makes an ideal treatment to give a member of the family, a friend or to include in a spa night for the girls.

Whether it is after a day’s gardening in the dry summer or for reviving dry hands in the cold winter, this treatment is a winner!

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good old dad came through again. I swear, the benefits of a good old dad just never end, do they? :) I just wish we could say the same thing about the Mickster.

      Where is the Mickster of late? He's kind of disappeared from the writing scene.

      Oh, right, avocado hand softener...well no, Suzie, I don't think so, but lovely idea old friend...not that you are old of course, but our friendship....well, that isn't really old either, is it? so it turns out I don't know what the hell I'm talking about. LOL

      Catch you down the road my friend.

      bill

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Suzie, I have to say that by the time I use all your wonderful recipes for my skin, I'm going to be 21 again! LOL. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe too! Thank you so much for posting such great hubs. I'm so glad I found you! :-)

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Mm, avocado and prawns! Just as Billy teaches, you had me with a chokehold from your first sentence, Suze! Ha-ha! (Okay, just kidding...you can let go now...Suze...Suze?)

      (Gasp! Cough! Cough!)

      Suze, you are already an excellent writer! But when you mix that talent with the subject of ono (delicious) food, I'm as soft and easy to spread as that avocado butter.

      My word, woman, you do good work! Thanks for the unique tone and literary spice you season your articles with that compel us readers to cling to every word. It's an honor, it really is, to read your work, my friend!

      Have a wonderful day, and since you ate up that delicious dish, please, I beg you, at least throw this dog a bone. Thanks, Suze! With tongue in cheek (OUCH! I just bit it again!), I remain, your friend and devoted sharer of hubs,

      Joe

      PS Wait! You mean I'm not supposed to eat this stuff? Aaaargh!

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      Laura Writes 3 years ago

      Sounds refreshing and moisturizing, I might give this a go. Great informative hub

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      LOL, so you are missing the Mickster eh? Well, brace yourself he will lobbing in quite a few as it is the 31st of the month , D Day so expect his usual rubbish to hit the HP airwaves! LOL We have had a mental month sorting out so much hence him missing and my tardiness in getting back to everyone to reply and to read works. Thanks for your honesty as always but I reckon if I were to apply this on your delicate tools of the trade you would be a confirmed fan! LOL Hope your week is going well and deadines are being kept, see you soon buddy!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Abby,

      Hope the link to your hub was okay,apologies meant to mail you first! Thanks so much for checking it out! Oh to be 21 again!! LOL Nah, 40's is much more fun!! LOL great to have my fitness guru on board! Cheers for all the encouragement and support!

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Oh, YES, Suzie! I forgot to say "THANK YOU SO MUCH" for that. I got so into reading your hub, I forgot about it. LOL. :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ah Joe,

      What a gentleman you are, what lovely words you write, thank you my hawaiian buddy. Bill is such an inspiration as you are too to me a mere novice in the world of writing but I love it more and more as I find my path, my yellow brick road to who knows where but the journey has definitely been one of surprises and unexpected rewards. Glad you are an avocado fan like my dad and I and feel free to eat instead and reap those health benefits that abound! Cheers, Joe and many thanks again, Aloha for now!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Londonlady,

      So glad you found this interesting enough to maybe try it out! Appreciate your comment and visit!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Abby,

      No problem a pleasure, thanks for that. I found your article excellent and it was in my mind for this before I even wrote it!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      This recipe sounds awesome. I love the scent of Patchouli Oil. In fact, I wear it quite often and have since I was in high school. Holy Mackerel! I've been wearing it for over 40 years! I was unaware of the healing properties of Patchouli - I thought it just smelled good! (My teachers in high school used to accuse me of smoking hash every time I'd wear it. Great disguise, huh?)

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I had no idea that avocado softened the skin and that you could use it for a hand softener / cream recipe. Very cool! What a great recipe for those of us who love to eat avocado and need something to do with that other half when we don't want to eat a whole one in a single setting. :) Hope that your dad enjoyed!

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      Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

      Suzie, this looks like yet another great recipe I want to try. I am getting so many of your recipes that sound fabulous that I want to try, that I just started a section for them on my webpages so I can keep track of them.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      So glad you found some new things here. Avocado is such a rich fruit full of oily goodness for the skin. Yep that's the big test! LOL Haven't seen him yet so when I do see him when I am in Dublin I will be prepared! Thanks for your interest.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Gail,

      Thanks so much, you are a scream! Glad you are enjoying these recipes so much, I really do love hearing you are so interested in trying many ideas. It means a great deal. Thanks so much again, hopefully this hand softener is on the list as it is sooooooooo good! But then I may be biased!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much once again Suzie for another useful hub. Voting up as always.

      Eddy.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      To eat or not to eat..or to soften hands. Another great idea and recipe..when is your recipe book coming????Have you thought about that?

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Great that you are finding these recipes so useful, your interest is always fab to receive, thanks for the thumbs up!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      LOL, you read my mind, funny that . . . you being an astrology Queen! I would love to see my ideas in print, only talking to Mick last night on the subject, just that I would love to write a book containing these recipes. You never know!!!! Cheers for checking this out my friend!

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      I also tend to have dry hands so this recipe would be absolutely ideal for me. The ingredients are great. Yes, Avocado has so many health benefits. Thank you for sharing another great recipe and I love the tribute to your dad.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      I love avocado and if you get the chance do try it for an intensive treatment, particularly good in winter if cold weather affects your hands. Enjoy making it and reaping the benefits of soft, smooth and nourished hands! Thanks for your continued enthusiasm!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I will definitely try this sometime. I have avocados in the apartment nearly all of the time. I just need to get the patchouli essential oil that has been on my list for quite some time.

      I love the idea of something that will soften hands. This will especially come in handy during the Winter months.

      The story about your father was such a great introduction! It is so sweet that you have found a solution to one of his problems. I hope it works well!

      Take care.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      This is a perfect one during the winter if avocado supplies are there. Cold weather and Hot climates can have a dramatic effect on the skin so some intensive moisturizing is so good any time of year. This hand softener is super at preventing dry, chapped skin and removing the flaky skin. Glad you enjoyed the inspiration in Dad, it really can come from so many avenues and often makes me laugh! Appreciate you commenting as always, have a great weekend in Boston!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Another great idea and so very practical. I happen to have a avocados reaily available and may have to whip up a batch (also the guacamole idea is another benefit!).

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      So glad you checked this one out it is a real treat for the hands and perfect for the change in seasons ahead. Avocado are a wonderful ingredient for the skin and for eating so a win win in my book!

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