This hand cream recipe is a simple blend of four ingredients to naturally nourish dry winter skin.
Homemade hand cream 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.
If you want a softer cream more like a traditional store bought cream, you will need to add emulsifiers and preservatives. Our favorite body cream recipe can be found here.
You can make tweaks and substitutions to this recipe, 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.
What you need to make this hand cream:
- 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 in 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 by step homemade hand cream:
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.)
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.
Scoop the hand cream into a clean container and store at room temperature. If your house gets very warm (above 80 degrees), it may melt and need to be rewhipped.
Print the instructions 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.
Ready for more homemade bath and body projects?
- 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 a beeswax and honey soap.