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Homemade lime hand cream & free printable tags

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).

I love the idea of giving something really special and a beautifully scented, soft hand cream without all the weird stuff is a rare thing, indeed.DIY hand cream recipe | Blah Blah Magazine

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 hand cream recipeDIY hand cream recipe | Blah Blah Magazine

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.

Homemade lime hand cream
Heavenly-scented soft and nourishing hand cream
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  1. 50 g/ 1.8 oz Shea butter
  2. 50 g/ 1.8 oz Macadamia or sunflower oil
  3. 10 g/ 0.3 oz vegetable glycerine
  4. 20 drops lime essential oil
  5. 1 vitamin E capsule
  1. Clean and sterilise equipment and jars.
  2. Line up your jar ready for the pour.
  3. Place a stainless steel bowl or pot onto a saucepan of simmering water.
  4. Add shea butter and macadamia or sunflower oil.
  5. Gently whisk until completely melted.
  6. Take the pot off the heat, but leave the bowl sitting in the hot water.
  7. Whisk in glycerine, essential oil and vitamin E.
  8. Pour into jar, being careful to avoid air bubbles.
  9. Tap the container twice, to encourage any air bubbles up to the surface.
  10. Leave the lid off and put in the fridge to cool.
  11. Check after half an hour. If it looks like a layer is forming, whisk with a small fork.
  12. Put the lids on the containers when completely cool.
  13. Label with date, ingredients and instructions to use on damp or wet hands.
  14. Test for allergies in a discrete spot before use.
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  1. This looks sub-lime! (Sorry I couldn’t resist!) You so clever, as is Sarah, those gift tags are totally adorbs. This would be such a gorgeous gift.

  2. Oh hun I think I could listen to your for hours. I love hearing about the benefits and facts on things. I love that you also have an alternative to Macadamia nut oil. Although I’d be more than happy to use it, my SIL had nut allergies and I find buying anything for her thats nut free (which isn’t just food like most thing) isn’t actually that easy. It doesn’t help that her allergy crosses over coconut products and sesame seeds!
    Great option here. I’m going to give this a try over the holidays. My mum would love this she is a massive Lime fan!
    Thank you clever lady! xx

    • Thank you. Unfortunately, shea is a nut based wax, but it would be easy to replace with beeswax and cocoa butter. Let me know when you want to do something for your SIL and we can work something out x

  3. Also, it might help to set them in the fridge, especially if the rooms are quite hot.

  4. This looks fabulous! don’t know about gifting it haha might keep it all for myself 🙂

  5. Great recipe but if you put carrot seed oil how much would you add ?.

  6. I made this and it smells like a dream the only thing is it melts so quickly and then leaves my hands quite greasy, Any idea where I am going wrong?.

    • Thank you for asking this. I’ve been meaning to write a post about it.
      The wonderful thing about making your own is that you can tweak things to suit you. You might like to add some more shea butter, as this sets firmer and is absorbed into the skin quicker. However, I do have to warn you that all homemade goodies will feel greasier, because they don’t have water in them like the store bought lotions and you need a lot of preservatives when you use water in a product. There are a couple of tricks: use only a little-little bit or create your own ‘lotion’ or water-and-oil mix by applying the cream to damp-wet hands and rubbing them together. I hope this helps

  7. Back again, have used my first pot and am going to tweek it. Given Macadamia nut has a lower absorption rate than other oils. I thought, I might try avocado oil. However, this leaves on question can I replace the vegetable glycerine for something else?.

    • Great, avocado would be lovely in this. I like macadamia because it’s the oil closest to the skin’s sebum, but the wonderful thing about making it you can choose the best ones for you. There’s not really any replacement for glycerine, but you can drop it completely. It’s there because it’s a humectant and helps the skin retain water, which I find is a great way to hydrate the skin when we can actually mix water in the cream, but it may be creating a slickness that you’d prefer to do without. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with. Happy experimenting!

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