The skin on the hands of folks that work outdoors or work with their hands in general often easily becomes dry, cracked/chapped, and hard. The key to properly moisturize the hands (even the feet if you stand or are prone to rough dry feet). Cocoa butter is widely known for it's amazing moisturizing properties; myrrh and calendula are both excellent healing oils and aid in tissue regeneration...just what dry, cracked skin needs!
SO! Let's get to mixing!!
PLEASE NOTE: All or most of these items can be purchased at your local healthy foods market. For Charlotte and Huntersville, NC, the Healthy Home Market and Earthfare both have the ingredients when I'm unable to order from my usual carrier. SO! That's easy access for you too!
First, the ingredients:
Ok, so I totally realized that everyone doesn't have access to organic markets. SO! In the event that you do not have access (or the funds--been there, done that), the ingredients below will also give you super soft moisturized skin. Instructions for making lotion with the below ingredients are in red.
1oz Cocoa Butter
2oz Shea Butter
4TBS Sweet Almond Oil
Jojoba Oil (2tsp or until desired consistency is achieved)
5 Drops of Lavender (Or a fragrance of your liking, just be sure it's skin-safe.)
What to do:
1. Place the beeswax in the heat-resistant glass bowl, then into the pan of hot water to melt the wax (re-heat the water as needed to totally melt the wax.) Heat all ingredients in red (except fragrance) until melted to a milk consistency.
2. Once the beeswax is melted, add the cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, glycerine, and calendula oil...stirring steadily. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Once melted, remove from heat, let cool slightly, then add fragrance.
3. Remove bowl from heat and stir until mixture is cool.
4. Add myrrh, geranium, and mandarin one at a time, mixing thoroughly.
5. Pour your freshly made and oh so rich hand cream into the large glass jar. (Seal tightly after each use.) Stir until it begins to thicken and pour into glass jar or plastic bottle if a thinner solution is made.
6. YOU'RE DONE!
A glass jar is preferred; however, feel free to visit your local craft store and pick up a few plastic bottles from the bath & body/personal care section.
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