Hand cream, we all need it. Our hands give so much and the world is not kind to hands. Just think about what we subject them to, on second thoughts, lets not. But, this is why hand cream makes such a thoughtful and useful gift (and maybe why our orange and vanilla hand cream recipe was so popular).
How gorgeous are the printable tags! Sarah from TOMFO did them and they’d be perfect on any Christmas gift, not just this hand cream. I still remember the first time I visited Sarah’s gorgeous blog and I’m sure you will too. It is printable and creativity heaven. Click here to download the free printable gift tags.
One of the best gifts I received when my prem boy was in hospital was hand cream. It was from a mother who’d been through a similar thing and knew I would need it. A baby means a lot of hand washing for a mum, but a baby in hospital turns hand washing into an extreme sport.
I love my orange and vanilla hand cream, but some people prefer a softer cream, so I’ve been on a mission to create one (without preservatives) soft enough to use in a pump bottle. I think I have it, but unfortunately, the humid and hot weather of Sydney means I have not been able to road test this in cool conditions, but if any of you guys battling through winter could let me know how it goes, I’d really appreciate it!
Lime is wonderful for hands, because it’s loaded with anti-oxidants and is thought to have antiseptic, nourishing and restorative properties. But really, it’s the smell that always gets me. Here’s my coconut and lime body butter recipe if you needed more proof!
However, citrus oils can make some skins more sensitive to the sun, which is why I never use them on the face, but if you’re prone to burning then don’t use this before going out to spend time in the sun. I haven’t found any scientific studies on this yet, so can’t give concrete details, but I suspect the notion is based on the way people in the 1970s used to rub lemon juice to enhance their tans!
I love using macadamia oil because it has a beautiful relationship with the skin, but it can be expensive and a good quality sunflower seed oil is a fantastic option too.
Carrot or borage seed oils are optional, but they’re both thought to be awesome for helping nails grown long and strong!
Vtamin E is an antioxidant that helps the skin and keeps the oils and butter happier for longer in the jar. Vitamin E capsules are usually available at the pharmacy.
This hand cream is designed to be used on damp or wet hands, this is a sneaky way to create a hand ‘lotion’ without all the preservatives.
My notes on cleaning and sterilising equipment is here.
- 50 g/ 1.8 oz Shea butter
- 50 g/ 1.8 oz Macadamia or sunflower oil
- 10 g/ 0.3 oz vegetable glycerine
- 20 drops lime essential oil
- 1 vitamin E capsule
- Clean and sterilise equipment and jars.
- Line up your jar ready for the pour.
- Place a stainless steel bowl or pot onto a saucepan of simmering water.
- Add shea butter and macadamia or sunflower oil.
- Gently whisk until completely melted.
- Take the pot off the heat, but leave the bowl sitting in the hot water.
- Whisk in glycerine, essential oil and vitamin E.
- Pour into jar, being careful to avoid air bubbles.
- Tap the container twice, to encourage any air bubbles up to the surface.
- Leave the lid off and put in the fridge to cool.
- Check after half an hour. If it looks like a layer is forming, whisk with a small fork.
- Put the lids on the containers when completely cool.
- Label with date, ingredients and instructions to use on damp or wet hands.
- Test for allergies in a discrete spot before use.