In the winter my hands suffer from the lack of moisture in the air. After having such success with making lip balm I decided to make my own hand cream as well. With just a few simple ingredients I made a really nice lotion, which my hands really appreciate!
This recipe was too thick to use as a body lotion but it is perfect for my hands. I used lavender as my essential oil but you could use whatever fragrance you like. The olive oil I had on hand and I purchased the emulsifying wax from Mountain Rose Herbs. I used small canning jars to pour the lotion into, and made a few extras to give as gifts this Christmas.
Here’s the recipe:
1 ¼ cup hot water
¼ cup emulsifying wax
¼ cup olive oil
15-36 drops of essential oil (depends on your taste)
In a Pyrex measuring cup I combined the olive oil and emulsifying wax and microwaved it on high for 1 minute or until the wax is melted. The temperature is about 155 degrees.
Remove the wax – olive oil mixture from the microwave and heat up the water in another Pyrex measuring cup for one minute. While the water is heating up add the essential oil into the melted wax-olive oil mixture.
Carefully pour the hot water into the wax-olive oil mixture and watch it turn milky white. At this point the temperature is about 125 degrees. Pour the hot lotion into your jars and let it cool over night.
I was a bit skeptical that it would thicken, however the next morning the lotion was a nice thick consistency.
I could have used more essential oil but I really like the gentle fragrance of the lavender, it is not overpowering at all.
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