Parabens, silicones, mineral oils, sodium, alcohol, glucose… – just a small excerpt from the list of ingredients in a commercially available hand cream. Sometimes you count 30 ingredients and more, half of which you can’t even pronounce. The production of your own and completely natural hand cream is very easy.
On the one hand you know exactly what is in the hand cream and on the other hand it is a lot of fun to make a DIY hand cream . Homemade hand creams also make excellent gifts. We have put together four wonderful recipes for you in this article:
Ingredients for our Beeswax Olive Oil Hand Cream
50 grams of olive oil
5 grams of beeswax
Make hand cream yourself with only 2 ingredients: beeswax and olive oil
Sometimes the simple things are still the best. This hand cream consists of just two natural ingredients, but they have it all.
If desired, you can certainly add a few drops of an essential oil for a nice scent.
And that’s how it’s done
Heat the olive oil in a water bath and add the beeswax . After you have mixed everything thoroughly, take the bowl out of the water bath and keep stirring until it has cooled down a bit. Pour the mixture into a screw-top jar and let it cool completely. You can then close the jar and store your finished cream in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
Ingredients for the honey hand cream
40 grams of shea butter
60 grams of olive oil
3 teaspoons natural honey
A few drops of rosemary oil or another high quality essential oil of your choice
Rich honey DIY hand cream
Not least because of Corona, we wash our hands constantly. This naturally dries them out. A rich care makes the hands nice and soft and supple again.
And that’s how it’s done
Heat the shea butter and olive oil in a water bath. Then you add the honey and (if desired) the essential oil. When everything is well mixed, pour the cream into a screw-top jar and let it cool down. Then put the lid on and put it in the fridge for up to 3 months.
Ingredients for our Coconut Cocoa Hand Cream
50 grams of cocoa butter
40 grams of coconut oil
10 grams of almond oil
5 drops of orange essential oil (optional, can also be omitted)
Make exotic coconut-cocoa hand cream yourself
This hand cream has a touch of the exotic. The scent of coconut, cocoa, almonds and orange will remind you of your last beach vacation.
And that’s how it’s done
Heat the cocoa butter, coconut oil and almond oil in a water bath and when everything is liquid and mixed, add the desired flavor. Then pour into a small screw-top jar and screw tight after it has cooled down. The cream keeps well in the fridge for up to 3 months.
Ingredients for our milk-honey hand pack
1 teaspoon of honey
2 cl fresh whole milk (preferably organic milk)
2 cl jojoba oil
2 drops of chamomile flower oil
Make your own nourishing milk-honey hand pack
We always treat our hair to a treatment pack, and our face a moisturizing mask every now and then. Now it’s time for the hands. A weekly mask gives the skin a real care boost and helps you to have wonderfully soft and young-looking hands. The mask is also ideal for people who are particularly stressed and have brittle, cracked hands.
And that’s how it’s done
Froth the slightly warmed milk vigorously (like for a cappuccino), slowly add the honey and oils little by little while stirring. Spread the pack generously on your hands and put on simple, natural cotton gloves. This allows the hand pack to take effect for about 30-45 minutes.
It is best to use the hand pack immediately after making it. If you have any leftovers, they can be kept in the fridge for up to the next day.
What makes the individual ingredients so special?
Each component of our presented hand creams has very special properties. We have summarized what these are and how you can benefit from them here:
Beeswax is a particularly valuable natural product that is made from pollen and nectar by worker bees. Bees have a special wax gland that secretes tiny droplets of wax. Incidentally, for 1 kg of wax you need around 1.25 million of these fine droplets.
Beeswax forms a protective film on the skin and can thus lock in moisture. This film also protects the skin from harmful environmental influences and keeps it pleasantly warm. Beeswax can bind oils very well and is hydrophobic, which means that it protects the valuable oils from being washed away by water.
Shea butter is obtained from the inner nuts of the fruits of the African karité tree. Shea butter gives the skin a lot of moisture, has a calming effect and supplies the skin with antioxidants and healthy fatty acids.
native olive oil
Olive oil has an anti-wrinkle effect, stimulates cell renewal, moisturizes and protects the skin from harmful UV rays. It is important that it is cold-pressed (native) so that all the valuable ingredients are still available.
One could write an entire post about honey alone. This fascinating product of hard-working bees has a multitude of positive properties. Honey has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, calming and healing-promoting effects, among other things.
Cocoa butter is particularly rich in vitamins, valuable amino acids and fats. It has a wonderfully delicate structure and lets the hand cream melt on your hands like fine chocolate.
Virgin coconut oil
Cold-pressed, native coconut oil has an anti-inflammatory and calming effect. The antioxidants in coconut oil protect hands from premature aging. Coconut oil also supports the skin’s natural protective acid mantle.
Almond oil smells beguiling. It is rich in essential fatty acids and because these are so similar to our skin’s own lipids, they are quickly absorbed by the skin.
The milk proteins ensure a particularly soft complexion. Milk delivers a lot of moisture, vitamins and minerals to the skin.
Jojoba oil is particularly rich in vitamins E (antioxidant properties) and B6 (helps regulate the skin’s natural flow of sebum), as well as provitamin A (also known as beta-carotene).
chamomile flower oil
We all know the calming and anti-inflammatory effects of chamomile. Incidentally, you can also easily make a chamomile extract yourself.
Extra tip: homemade chamomile extract
Add 2 tablespoons of chamomile flowers (from the pharmacy) to a small screw-top jar with your favorite oil. This can be, for example, sunflower oil, almond oil or olive oil and let the mixture steep for at least 2 to 4 days. Then you strain the flowers and you get your own DIY chamomile flower oil.
You can also make rosemary oil, rose oil, sage oil, orange and lemon oil and many other extracts in the same way.
What else is important when making your own hand creams?
Making your own hand cream is a lot of fun and you can be sure that in the end only the desired ingredients will be in the cream. Especially for people with allergies or skin problems, it is important that they do not contain any unwanted substances, preservatives or perfumes. There are a few things to keep in mind when making and using homemade hand creams:
How long do homemade hand creams keep?
Since all the hand creams presented (except for the milk pack) were made with plenty of oil or beeswax, you can use them for at least 3 months with peace of mind. It is important that you sterilize the screw-top jars or glass jars thoroughly beforehand and store the finished hand cream in the refrigerator.
How should you store DIY hand creams?
The best way to store homemade hand creams is in a glass jar in the fridge. You should sterilize the glass beforehand by boiling it in a pot of water for about 10 minutes.
You can also freeze hand cream if you want it to last a long time. It is best if you only fill a small portion at a time so that you always have the hand cream with you.
Where can I get the ingredients from?
When you make your own hand cream, you have the opportunity to use only the best ingredients. Therefore, when buying the ingredients, you should make sure that they come from reliable sources and are really natural and pure. Here, for example, pharmacies, health food stores or good online shops come into question.
When it comes to the ingredients, also make sure that they are packaged plastic-free, ideally of organic quality and, ideally, even fairly traded.
What tools do I need to make my own hand cream?
To make a DIY hand cream yourself, you don’t need a lot of utensils and certainly no special equipment. Here is the list of all required equipment:
- Screw-top jars or glass jars
- Pot for boiling (sterilizing) the glasses
- Flat, wide pot and metal bowl for the water bath
- Scale, teaspoon, tablespoon, measuring cup
- Small whisk
Can the hand cream also be made in the Thermomix?
The Thermomix is ideal for making your own hand cream. First put the ingredients in the Thermomix at level 2 and 70°C for 3-4 minutes. Finally, you increase it again to level 4 for a few seconds and the hand cream is ready.
Are homemade hand creams also suitable as gifts?
It is said that the most valuable thing you can give away these days is time. If you make a gift yourself, you not only invest time, but also a lot of love. A self-made gift is always a nice sign of appreciation. You can also give away our natural beeswax wraps or use our cotton bags as gift packaging – the perfect combination. In addition, you will surely find many other great gift ideas in our online shop .
Why should I make them myself? Pros and cons of homemade hand creams
As with everything in life, there are advantages and disadvantages when making hand cream yourself, which we would like to show you below:
- You know exactly what’s inside
- Allergies can be taken into account and corresponding raw materials can be left out
- It’s just fun to do something yourself
- You always have a great gift idea
- Homemade hand creams don’t last quite as long
- You have to invest time
We hope we were able to give you a good overview of how you can make hand creams yourself, what you should pay attention to, where you can get the ingredients and what the advantages and disadvantages are. In our shop you will find many sustainable products that you will definitely like.
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