Hand Cream Recipe

Updated April 17, 2017

Your hands are in constant use and frequently exposed to the elements. From holding steering wheels to washing dishes, your hands put up with tons of abuse. It's not uncommon for people to experience dry skin on their hands, even if they have oily skin everywhere else. For a budget-friendly and effective way to treat dry hands, try whipping up some homemade hand cream.


Homemade hand creams are created with a variety of moisturising ingredients. Though pure oils, such as olive oil, can help hydrate hands, they tend to feel greasy. Hand creams and lotions come in a creamy state to help avoid that oily feeling. The creamy state is created using creamy bases, such as whipped oils or natural butters. Wax is usually added to help bind the ingredients together and give the cream a thick texture. Additional ingredients help provide fragrance, vitamins and minerals to make the cream all the more luxurious.

Many homemade hand creams tend to be on the hard side and do not work well with pump bottles. They are still soft enough to dip into, but too thick to move smoothly up a thin pump tube. Use small, rounded jars with lids that fit tightly to store your homemade hand cream. These containers can be found at most beauty supply and craft stores.

Hand Cream Recipe

For a super cheap and easy hand cream you can make at home, open up a package of vegetable shortening. Vegetable shortening is essentially just oils that have been whipped into a solid state. You can use a small dab of plain shortening as an effective daily hand cream to fight dry skin. If you want something a little fancier, try scraping 1/2 cup shortening into a clean container. Add 10 to 12 drops of your favourite scented oil, such as almond, and mix well. You now have an extremely cheap, lightly scented hand cream.

For a more sophisticated hand cream recipe, get a double boiler ready on the stove over low heat. Add 2 tbsp beeswax, 1/4 cup cocoa butter and 1/4 cup apricot kernel oil to the double boiler and let melt, stirring frequently. Once melted, remove boiler from heat and slowly stir in fragrance oils. Try making your own scents, or just add 3 drops vanilla and 5 drops almond scented oils. Pour the mixture into a clean container and let cool. Once cooled, you will have about 1/2 cup homemade hand cream.

You can adjust the sophisticated hand cream recipe by altering the ingredients a little. For example, instead of using cocoa butter, you can try shea butter. Instead of using apricot kernel oil, you can use avocado, almond, jojoba or vitamin E oil. When it comes to the fragrance, you can do anything you want. Make it as strong, light, simple or complex as you desire. Instead of vanilla and almond oil, try 2 drops apple scented oil, 2 drops orange, 2 drops cinnamon and 2 drops lemon.

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About the Author

A writer since 2000, Aya Pauli has covered a variety of topics including food, fashion, beauty, health, parenting, education, decor and crafts. Her award-winning recipes have been published in food magazines such as "Taste of Home," and she is also the author of a salad cookbook. Pauli's craft projects appear in major manufacturer websites, including Dow Styrofoam. She also holds a CDA in early childhood education and works as a preschool teacher in Wyoming.