I have noticed that my hands are very dry in this high mountain environment. Could be all the cleaning I have been doing or the painting, but whatever the cause I needed to make up a batch of my Aspen Willow Hand cream recipe. This originally comes from one of my all-time favorite books, Organic Body Care Recipes. It is easy to make and leaves your skin soft without feeling greasy. Since finding this recipe, I don’t buy commercial lotions. It's simply that wonderful.
This hand cream recipe also makes an excellent gift. You can order containers that are perfect for these lotions and give them as gifts. They are luxurious gifts that are easy on the budget.
I apply this hand cream on my hands after doing chores, especially after dishes, and it keeps them from cracking and getting those awful peelies. The combination of cocoa butter and essential oils give it a slight spicy scent.
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
2 tablespoons beeswax
1/4 cup organic coconut oil
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon almond or apricot kernel oil
I also sometimes add: 20 drops (any combination of) peppermint, geranium, lemon, or grapefruit essential oil (if my hands are extremely cracked and dry I leave the recipe plain)
Using a double boiler, warm the cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil and almond or apricot kernel oil until melted. The beeswax will be the last to melt.
Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool for five minutes, and then add, if used, the essential oils. Continue stirring until the mixture becomes opaque but can still be poured. Pour it into a container and allow it to cool overnight, cocoa butter takes a while to set-up, at least 12 hours. This recipe makes about one cup of hand cream. No refrigeration required, for maximum freshness use within one year.
For those dry calloused hands, elbows and knees (even your feet)… try combining
½ c. olive oil
1 c. kosher salt or sugar
Stir well and rub into hands and cuticles for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Rinse with warm water. The granules gently yet effectively slough away dull, flaky skin to reveal a fresh, hydrated layer of skin. Smooth on your favorite lotion… like the one above.