Homemade Hand Lotion Recipe

Somtimes my hands get dry. Chapped and cracking. They can occasionally be so dry they feel like they’re on fire.

At last I have found a lotion that works!

photo by me

It’s a Homemade Hand Lotion Recipe I found over at A Sonoma Garden. I’m so glad that Kendra posted this recipe – it’s been a skin saver.

Some of the best things about this recipe are:

  • It doesn’t need water so it can last for a really long time.
  • You can choose what essential oils to put in it to easily change the scent.
  • You can mix and match your favorite oils.
  • You can easily 1/2 or 1/4 the recipe for smaller recipes.

Best of all it would be the perfect Christmas gift in an adorable mason jar, tied with the bow.

This is my recipe (based on Kendra’s):

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp shea butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp beeswax
  • 1/8  tsp Vitamin E
  • 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil

I put it in a double boiler and warmed it until all the oil and beeswax were melted. Then I let it cool on the counter and poured it in a jar once lukewarm.

It works great, but there are two things I want to change. I would add more essential oil. The sweet orange I put in it was too soft a scent. And I think next time I might try doing 2 tbsp of shea butter rather then coconut oil or adding just a little bit more beeswax.

This is the best lotion recipe I’ve ever made and I love the fact that it has so few ingredients and I can pronounce all of them.

This post is linked to Fat Tuesdays.

7 thoughts on “Homemade Hand Lotion Recipe”

  1. I don’t have any shea butter, but I have all the other ingredients here. I wonder how this would work if I substituted more coconut oil for the shea butter?

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