My hands can get pretty rough and dry during the gardening season, a typical result of the harsh scrubbing to remove all the dirt on my hands. No amount of hand cream could do much, and I rarely cared for the scent of the brands I tried. Not to mention that crazy long ingredient list on the back of every bottle. As a gardener, I am happy to say that I’ve finally found the best kind of hand cream: the homemade kind!
DIY Jasmine Hand Cream
When making your own homemade hand cream, you enjoy the ability to choose your own scent, acquire simpler ingredients, your own technique and a rich cream to keep your hands, cuticles and even elbows and heels looking great. It’s made with real oils and beeswax, making it a tad bit oily. Don’t use it before messing with things around the house. It’s perfect for applying before putting on the gardening gloves or going to bed at night, where it can soak in to protect and replenish the skin we’re too rough on.
You can make it for yourself, or for a friend or family member as a gift! You can change the different scents, or thin it up with a pump. When you make hand cream at home, you are the one in control of how it turns out!
Supplies to make ¾ Cup or 6 oz. of Jasmine Hand Cream
- 1/3 cup of Sweet Almond Oil (Organic is best!)
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 30-35 drops Jasmine Essential Oil
- 3 tbsp Beeswax (grated)
How It’s Done
- Combine the coconut oil, olive oil and sweet almond oil together in a small saucepan. Heat the pan over medium heat until it’s just barely warm, which should take about 4-5 minutes. Remove it from the heat.
- Stir in the grated beeswax, and mix until the wax is melted completely.
- Refrigerate for about 8 minutes to let the oils cool before stirring in the essential oil. If you want less of a scent, drop 30 drops. For a stronger smell, 35 drops will work best!
- The cream can be poured into a container, or more, to cool completely.
One of the best aspects of this homemade hand cream recipe is that you don’t have to use water. You won’t have to use a blender or processor, so you don’t need to worry about the cream separating. It will be softer during warm weather, while it hardens during cooler weather. However, it is always spreadable. Storing it at room temperature is best.
Variations and Alternatives
For a thinner consistency, use 2 tablespoons of beeswax. This will allow it to be pumped. If you want it to be thicker, and more salve-like, use up to 4 tablespoons of beeswax. You can replace the jasmine scent with other choices, such as lemon, lavender, rose, orange or other scents. A little bit of this goes a long way, allowing it to last longer and be given as small gifts.
What’s your favorite homemade beauty recipe?