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Easy Homemade Hand Cream Recipe

Updated on June 22, 2013
Easy Homemade Hand Cream Recipe
Easy Homemade Hand Cream Recipe | Source

Inspired by Marie ~

When I was working in the cosmetic business in a leading Dublin department store, I was introduced to a lady called Marie.

She worked for Estee Lauder and to this day, 25 years later I will always remember how her hands felt as I shook her hand for the first time. I had, and probably never have since, felt hands so smooth and soft in my life.

Marie’s entire arms and face were like porcelain. Soft creamy skin without a mark, freckle, age spot, wrinkle or indeed any aging sign whatsoever. As we got to know each other we became friends, meeting for lunch, talking shop, and I was always curious to know her secret to her smooth creamy, supple skin, just like a newborn babies.

Her secret was exfoliation, moisturize and weekly hot oil treatments. Never sunbathe and always wear sunscreen, always wear rubber gloves washing up, never use harsh soap or liquid soap and plenty of drinking water.

I have never forgotten those secret tips and still going strong for Estee Lauder is Marie in Dublin. When I am in the city centre I always pop in to see her and her amazingly perfect hands. At 60 plus years of age her skin is still the same.

It was remembering Marie that led me to this recipe idea.

Keeping Hands Moisturized

soft supply hands are only a hand cream away!
soft supply hands are only a hand cream away! | Source

Hand Cream for Cuticles

keeping nail cuticles soft is something everyone needs to be doing.
keeping nail cuticles soft is something everyone needs to be doing. | Source

Hand Care ~

Our hands are often forgotten about when it comes to due care and attention.

By that I mean exfoliating them and treating them daily to a hand lotion or hand cream.

What is it about our “digits” we don’t find appealing when it comes to maintaining them?

Feet and hands are the least looked after when it comes to skin care, in my opinion.

Our face is given the no. 1 priority along with hair care, body care and oral hygiene.

The skin is our largest organ and should be treated the same way we try to keep our heart, kidneys and other vital organs healthy.

Our diet, lifestyle and climate have a huge impact on our health and organ maintenance and they are all invisible. The skin’s top layer the epidermis, is constantly on view for all to see and for all chemicals and elements to abuse.

I have to hold my own hands up (pardon the pun) to the fact that my own hands probably don’t get the looking after they deserve with all the abuse they have to go through daily.

Harsh chemical agents, dipping in and out of water, rough drying of the hands, being exposed continually to the outside elements and having dead skin accumulate without removing it with a scrub or exfoliating product, all take their toll to leave hands not so appealing for many.

In a nutshell, without proper maintenance, our hands will be subject to the following:

  • Sluggish Appearance
  • Dead Skin Cell Build Up
  • Skin Unable to Regenerate
  • Poor Circulation
  • Uneven Skin Texture
  • Dry Chapped Skin
  • Dark Age Spots More Noticeable
  • Split Skin
  • Dry Cuticles and Nails
  • Skin Infections
  • Bacterial Breeding Ground

Hand Cream Aids Cracked Fingers

dry and cracked skin on our hands is often caused by the elements and the chemicals we subject our hands to daily.
dry and cracked skin on our hands is often caused by the elements and the chemicals we subject our hands to daily. | Source

Lavender Hand Cream

Lavender is one of the most beneficial  and versatile essential oils to use in homemade products.
Lavender is one of the most beneficial and versatile essential oils to use in homemade products. | Source

Lavender, Patchouli & Mint Hand Cream

Luxurious Lavender Hand Cream ~

This recipe makes approximately 6 oz of hand cream so you may split it into small containers or use one glass jar.


Ingredients:

1/3 cup Sweet Almond Oil

2 tbsp Coconut Oil

2 tbsp Olive Oil

3 tbsp Grated Beeswax

30 drops Lavender Essential Oil

1 (6 oz or 8 oz) Glass Jar

Saucepan


Method:

  • Add the sweet almond oil, coconut oil and olive oil to your saucepan and start to heat them over a medium / low setting until just warm (about 5-10 minutes). Remove from heat.
  • Add the grated beeswax and continue stirring until it has completely melted.
  • Pop the saucepan in the fridge for 10 minutes to start the cooling process.
  • Remove from fridge and add in your Lavender essential oil. You may feel you need a few extra drops but do not exceed a total of 35.
  • Stir in the fragrance combining it evenly and then pour the hand cream into your glass container or containers.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • It will thicken as it cools and may be stored at room temperature or in the fridge.
  • Storing in the fridge will produce a thicker (stiffer) consistency.
  • Voila, one easy hand cream that will enable you to have a natural chemical free powerhouse treatment for your hands, you may use throughout the day.
  • You need only apply a small amount as it is oily but does absorb.
  • Combine with a hand scrub or hand exfoliator for the ultimate hand treatment.

Do you ever use hand cream or hand lotion?

See results

Tips:

Want to try a different essential oil? No problem, why not combine two such as Frankincense and Lavender or Sandalwood and Orange?

For a thinner consistency use less beeswax, approximately 2 tbsp and for a thicker cream use 4 tbsp of grated beeswax.

These make ideal gifts for men and women by playing around with the essential oils and base oil.

A perfect product to include into an at home spa party for the girls or boys!

For makeup craft idea for teens this hand cream is great for teens to make for themselves or as gifts for friends, or as a favor gift at their party.

Hand & Body Lotion Recipe

"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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    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      I have been the same not using regularly and have noticed over the past 3-5 years age spots on my hands which I never had before so using some skin lightening, hand scrub and cream and find it all helps keep my hands so soft, smooth and clean feeling. Appreciate you pinning, thanks so much!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      As I have gotten older I find that my skin is dryer than it used to be. I have a few favorite hand creams, but I don't use them regularly. I know I should. Pinned.

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Nell,

      Lovely to have you check this out! I was actually in the middle of reading one of yours skin care ones and i had to close down my laptop to travel up to Dublin for a few days! Now i'm here, i have to go back and finish reading it! Glad you enjoyed this one I am also into homemade beauty products and have done quite a few on all sorts. I love a nice hand cream and it is another one that is easily made, better for you and a fraction of the cost of commercial brands. Love to hear how you get on when you try it!! Appreciate your support on this!

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Suzie, I am into doing beauty stuff out of household materials so this is great! definitely going to try it, thanks, nell

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Lovely as always to see you! Natural is so much better so i hope you may give a go sometime as a hand cream fan you will love it! Appreciate your comments greatly!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thanks for dropping by! Homemade hand cream is great and without harsh dangerous toxins and chemicals it makes sense and gives you better results. Hopefully you will get to try it sometime, appreciate your comments and interest!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for the recipe. I learned a long time ago to keep my hands moisturized. If I do not, they crack and tend to get tiny slits. Love the homemade natural idea, much better than buying those harsh chemical-based products.

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How clever this sounds! I have never heard of homemade hand cream, but I'll bet this will go over well. People are trying to get away from all the chemicals in cosmetics. Great job!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      I find this site incredibly useful so I am thrilled you checked out your usual brand. it makes for interesting and surprising reading, don't you think? I was certainly shocked by some that have excellent "reputations" and it just shows you how false some of their claims are. Thanks for letting me know, appreciate you taking the time to look at the link.

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi SilverGenes,

      Many thanks for your visit and comments! Great to know you enjoyed this recipe and are keen to give it a go! Appreciate your interest!

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image

      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Wow, I just checked out the link on "Brand Rating", and the hand cream I use most often is rated at #3. That is terrible! It has a bad environmental rating, and several chemicals that could be dangerous (medium health risk). That is nice to know.

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      SilverGenes 

      5 years ago

      Great information, Suzie! Thank you. I'll be trying this one for sure :)

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      The ads change with the countries too so you never know what it will throw up just hope they start being a bit more related!!

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      If nothing else, some of the ads are amusing. But most of the time the ads seem to cater to the individual person- it is almost creepy at times!

      It seems like most of the time the ads are approproate, at least.

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi janet,

      many thanks for commenting! Marie was definitely someone that stuck out for me during my years in the cosmetic business and someone I never forgot with her incredible hands. Hope you get to give this a try!

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      Janet Giessl 

      5 years ago from Georgia country

      I have problems with dry skin on my hands and always need a hand cream. A homemade one is a good alternative to all the chemical ones. A very interesting hub. I liked the personal story at the beginning.

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Glad to hear you enjoyed it and have beeswax on your list now!

      You may enjoy my latest on hand scrub! The ads are crazy often with no rhyme or reason to them! Wish we had some control on the ads that are visible. Appreciate your comments, interest and support as always!!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      many thanks for your interest here! if you wish you can leave out the fragrance Lavender in this one. Hope you give it a try sometime, appreciate your comment!

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image

      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This sounds pretty simple. I would just need to get beeswax. That is going on my list! Thanks for sharing this with us. Now I am in the mood to exfoliate and moisturize my hands. I do it on occasion, and it always leaves them feeling soft and supple.

      Hahaha, one of the ads I see on here is for "chemicals and equipment" from Grainger. I think this article is about getting away from the chemicals, not buying them. Google is not always smart.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This sounds lovely! Hand cream is one of my must have beauty staples. I use unscented most of the time, but this may inspire me to switch things up sometimes.

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi breakfastpop,

      Cheers for checking this out and hope you do try it out, it is delicious!

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      breakfastpop 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for this recipe. I am looking for the perfect hand cream.

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Many thanks as always for dropping in! Yep, a hand scrub is on the way, you read my mind or was it my moon sign! LOL You are an awesome astrologer and friend, always a pleasure to read your comments and many thanks for taking time to vote, share and pin!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi MJ,

      LOL, you do make me laugh! Everything has a process, hand cream is no exception so will be right up your street, my little pertrol head! LOL

      Appreciate your comments,votes, shares as always!

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Great an easy recipe. Love it..How do you make a hand scrub? Just think we can all be beautiful without using chemicals... I love it. Great job as always....so easy to read and follow. Voting up, pinning, sharing and tweeting.

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      mjkearn 

      5 years ago

      Hi Suzie

      Home made hand cream, now that's just the ticket for me. After using butter and sandpaper to get rid of the oil and grease, Hand Cream is just what I need.

      What about a hub on how to properly apply hand cream?????

      Well who knows there might be a process and you know I love processes, ha.

      Great hub, great formatting.

      Voted up, ticked and shared.

      MJ.

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