How to make hand cream

Updated February 21, 2017

During the year, your hands are subjected to a variety of harsh elements, including heat and cold, as well as daily activities like dishes or cleaning. The skin on your hands can become dry and cracked, which can be painful if you don't take care of it. Skin also ages faster than other parts of the body, so it is important to keep your skin supple and moisturised. Making hand cream at home is simple and can be done often to make sure your hands are always smooth and refreshed. One easy recipe for hand cream uses cocoa butter, which is a natural product without any harsh ingredients or intense fragrance.

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler over low heat on the stove until it becomes liquid. You can also use a small pot to melt the beeswax within a larger pot filled with 1 to 2 inches of water, depending on the size. Once the water begins to boil, the heat from the larger pot will melt the beeswax in the smaller pot. The melting point of beeswax is 61.7 to 64.4 degrees Celsius, and it becomes soft at 37.8 degrees Celsius. Beeswax can be found at health food stores or apothecaries, and it provides nourishing qualities to homemade hand cream.

Mix the liquid beeswax with the cocoa butter. Combining these oil- and water-based ingredients will help the hand cream not only moisturise skin but also lock in moisture, keeping skin soft for long periods of time. The oils also nourish skin, reducing the appearance of dryness and cracking.

Add the almond oil to the mixture and blend well. You can use a blender or hand mixer to more easily mix large batches. Almond oil adds moisture and a subtle scent to the homemade hand cream.

Pour the mixture into a small jar or pot, and allow it to cool and thicken. Any type of small jar or pot can be used, including baby food jars or other types of food jars found around the home. Remove the labels and create new ones for a personalised look.

Use the hand cream as often as needed to moisturise and nourish hand skin. After chores such as gardening or dishes, apply a moderate amount of hand cream to your skin and massage it in to keep your hands looking fresh and young.


Only melt beeswax in a double boiler, because it is flammable if subjected to fire or flames.

Things You'll Need

  • Double boiler, or small pot and large pot
  • 4 tbsp beeswax
  • 4 tbsp cocoa butter
  • 4 tbsp almond oil
  • Small jar or pot
  • Blank labels (optional)
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