PERFECT MOISTURIZING HAND CREAM
The proportions of this creme are about one part oil base to one part water, essential oils, and vitamins. In the oil base ingredients, the proportions should be approximately two parts liquid oil to one part solid oil.
Top water is not recommended in the water ingredients because it can sometimes introduce bacteria to your creme that results in the growth of mold. If using aloe vera, the creme will be more dense but very moisturizing.
3/4 cup (180 ml) apricot oil and/or almond oil
1/2 cup (125 ml) coconut oil and/or cocoa butter
1 teaspoon (5ml) anhydrous lanolin
1/2 ounce (15g) grated beeswax
Water, Essential Oils, and Vitamins
2/3 cup 150 ml) distilled water, rose water, or orange flower water
1/3 cup (75 ml) aloe vera gel
A few drops of the essential oil of your choice
Vitamins A and E (optional)
1. Heat the oil base ingredients over low heat in a double boiler until the solid oils are melted. Stir gently to mix well.
2. Pour the oil mixture into glass measuring cup and cool to room temperature. The mixture should become thick, creamy, semisolid, and creme-colored. When completely cooled, you are ready for the next step.
3. Place the water, aloe, essential oil, and vitamins in a blender,
4. When most of the oil base mixture has been added and the cream resembles a butter-cream frosting (you may not need to use all of the oil base mixture), turn off the blender. Do not over beat. The cream should be rich and thick and continue to thicken as it sets up.
5. Pour into cream jars, label and store in a cool place.
Thanks to Rosemary Gladstar and Sage Mountain Herbs for sharing this recipe.