Hormones seem to be sending my skin into a tailspin. The other day I tried some fancy hand cream at the shop and broke out in a rash. I had the same problem with a pimple gel I was using to fix another hormone issue and ditto, for the shampoo I’ve been using for ages. I haven’t been this sensitive for years. Ridiculous.
I have resolved to only use potions where I know the ingredients, thankfully this seems to be working and my skin has settled down again. Looks like I am going to have to go back to the good old days and make EVERYTHING that touches my skin for the next couple of months. I will fill you in on my discoveries as I go.
Sourcing hand cream ingredients
This hand cream recipe is easy, however some of the ingredients are not found in the average pantry. Online aromatherapy suppliers, like Mountain Rose Herbs -AFF (for those in the US and Canada), will stock all of them. While you’re at it, I would recommend grabbing some Grapefruit Seed Extract, a natural preservative and use according to the directions for prolonging shelf life. Otherwise, I have seen cocoa butter in speciality food suppliers (because it’s used to make chocolate), beeswax at the craft or hardware store and borage and carrot oils at the health food shop.
I have started making my products with a friend and this has (a) been a lot of fun and (b) cut costs, although most ingredients like cocoa butter and beeswax last for ages and make any cupboard smell amazing.
The orange and vanilla scent is gorgeous and it goes with this hand wash, however feel free to use your favourite essentials oils.
a sterilised jar to fit 55 ml or 1.9 oz
12 g/0.4 oz cocoa butter
12g/0.4 oz beeswax or coconut oil
30ml/1 fl oz almond, grape seed or calendula oil
10 drops of carrot or borage seed oil
10 drops orange or tangerine and vanilla essential oils (optional)
Melt cocoa butter and beeswax in a bain marie (a bowl sitting in a saucepan of water, like the above picture), stir well, turn off the heat and add the almond, carrot or borage and essential oils. Pour into a sterilised jar while still warm. Label and enjoy using up in six months if not before.
This recipe was inspired by one found in Valerie Ann Worwood’s (AFF) The Fragrant Pharmacy: A Complete Guide to Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
Does anyone else have sensitive skin or bouts of it? How do you deal with it?
* Always test products on a discrete spot, before getting too excited. We use simple ingredients wherever possible for countless reasons, but sadly it’s still possible to be allergic to these ingredients.