This hand cream recipe is a simple blend of four ingredients to naturally nourish dry winter skin.
❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe
- It’s beginner-friendly: it makes a great gift and is a very easy project, one that kids can make with a little help.
- If you are afraid of soap and lotion making, this is a great way to get into the world of homemade body products. If you are already a soap maker, you probably have most or all of these ingredients already.
- This recipe makes a very thick, balm-like hand cream. It will melt on the skin and will absorb after a few minutes.
This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.
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You’ll need the following for this project:
- Olive oil. Any kind will work. Don’t waste an expensive extra-virgin olive oil on this recipe.
- Coconut oil. If you make a lot of soap or other bath and body products, get a variety that’s not food safe. It’s much less expensive. (You can get well-priced bulk oils at Nurture Soap.)
- Beeswax. You will want to get the little beads, which are easier to measure out. Beeswax is very hard and difficult to work with in big pieces. (I use this kind of beeswax.)
- Mango butter or shea butter. You only need a small amount. I prefer mango butter, which absorbs better on the skin. (I like this brand.)
- Fragrance oil or essential oil. Make sure it is skin-safe.
- A hand mixer or stand mixer. It’s nearly impossible to whip this by hand!
- A digital scale. You won’t regret having one. I use mine daily for soap, bread, and other kitchen projects. Here’s the one I have.
- A clean storage container. You can buy special tins for body butter and hand cream, or use a shallow mason jar.
Step One: Measure, melt, and cool oils
Measure all the ingredients using a kitchen scale.
Melt over a double boiler, or just a bowl set over a pan with an inch of water. The beeswax has a high melting point, so it may take a little longer than you expect.
Then let it cool on the counter until it looks like this: (Might take over 4 hours, up to overnight.)
Step Two: whip
Then whip until it is fluffy. If you have a stand mixer, that works best. A hand mixer will work fine, it will just take longer.
Step three: store
Scoop the hand cream into a clean container and store it at room temperature.
🥫 Storage instructions
If your house gets very warm (above 80 degrees), it may melt and need to be rewhipped.
No, the cream will be too thin and won’t have any “body” to it.
Nope, since there is no water in this recipe, you don’t need to worry about mold growing. It’s almost like a whipped chapstick!
You can make tweaks and substitutions, but the consistency will change. That doesn’t mean it won’t work, just that it will be different. I would recommend not increasing the amount of olive oil or beeswax, as they dramatically affect the finished product.
👩🏻🍳 Expert tips
- Use a stand mixer if you have one; it’s much easier
- If you don’t have an “official” double boiler, a bowl set over a pan of simmering water is all you need.
- This recipe can also be simply melted and cooled and used like a balm without the whipped consistency.
📘 Related Recipes
- Learn if cold process soap making is right for you.
- Make a pumpable, commercial-quality lotion with a few other ingredients.
- Use the rest of your beeswax to make beeswax and honey soap.
- Things to Make with Beeswax
- Goat Milk and Beeswax Lotion Bars
📖 Here’s the recipe
Please note that the finished product is very rich and stiff. If you want a softer cream more like a traditional store-bought cream, you will need to add emulsifiers and preservatives. My favorite body cream recipe can be found here.
Homemade Hand Cream for Winter
- 3 ounces coconut oil
- 1.75 ounces mango butter
- 1 ounce olive oil
- 0. 125 ounces beeswax
- Melt the oil, butter, and beeswax in a double boiler set over low heat.
- Remove from the heat and add the fragrance oil and essential oil, if using. Stir well until fully combined.
- Set on the counter to cool at room temperature until solidified, at least 4 hours, or overnight.
- Whip until white fluffy using electric mixer, about ten minutes. If consistency does not change after whipping, place the oils in the fridge for 15 minutes and try again.
- Store in clean container at room temperature. May melt if stored above 80 degrees.