Thursday, May 8, 2008

Tutorial - How to Make Homemade Moisturizing Hand Creme

I’ve been promising to post recipes of homemade skincare products, so here is my own recipe of moisturizing hand creme, which is especially good for dry skin.

 What you will need (ALL STERILIZED):
· 2 mixing bowls, preferably stainless steel or tempered glass
· A cake mixer or a blender.

· A thermometer
· A spatula and funnels

· Several measuring cups and spoons
· A microwave or a stove top (clean is good, sterile not necessary)
· Containers for the finished product
· Lots of paper towels 

Oil phase:
15 ml (3 tsp) Olive oil
15 ml (3 tsp) Jojoba oil
5 g ~ 5 ml (1 tsp) Cocoa butter
5 g Emulsifier (I use Cetearyl glycoside)

Water soluble phase:
55 ml (~ 3,5 tbs) – distilled or boiled water
5 ml (1 tsp) Glycerine (Glycerol)
your own choice of preservatives (I use 15 drops of Parabens mix without

3 phase:
1 ml Vitamin E
5 g Carbamide or regular Salt
10 drops Lavender essential oil (or your own choice)

Have 2 separate mixing containers. In container #1 weigh your oil phase and heat it until all solid parts are melted, using one minute increments in your microwave. In container #2 weigh out and heat your water phase ingredients for approximately one to two minutes in the microwave. The water phase and the oil phase should have the same temperature around 70-75°C (degree Celsius).


Begin pouring the melted mixture in container #1 into container #2 and stir with your blender at the same time. You will need to continue blending the mixture with your blender for about 5-10 minutes (give your blender a few seconds to cool down within the 10 minute time allotted, otherwise you may burn up your motor).

When the mixture has cooled down to approximately 50°C (degree Celsius) you can start adding 3 phase ingredients. The essential oils should be last. Blend the whole mixture well.

Transfer the finished creme into the jars of your choice. Recipe yields approximately 100 ml of product.


Kreativlink said...

I'd love to try this one day!

ixela said...

woww I have to try it... I have dry skin and even home made olive oil!

X by Leina Neima said...
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X by Leina Neima said...

Super idea to share it! I will definitely try soon...

StaroftheEast said...

I should try this out!

Mitsy / ArtMind said...

This is looking fun to do! Will you start selling some in your shop soon?

Arctida said...

Yep Art! I'm thinking about start selling homemade soaps and skin products in AleciaV's store :)

Marie Louise said...

Wow - I am really impressed that you are making your own hand cream! I never would have thought to do it. Have you thought of marketing it?

2 Raven Chicks said...

Wow! That's a lot like chemistry class!

Lisa said...

Great handmade hand cream tutorial! Thx for sharing.

Anonymous said...

i made home made lotions many times and every time i decide to use distilled water (after cooling to room temperature) I blend it all together and it formulates well, then the next day the water starts to separate from the oils, what am i doing wrong?

Arctida said...

I don't have enough information to answer your question, but I would check or change the emulsifier and if that doesn't help than use some kind of natural thickening agent to stabilize the lotion.

Chennywren said...

It's been a couple months but I believe anonymous's lotion failure was caused by using room temperature water. It is best to mix your oil and water phase while till hot. If the lotion still fails try extra mixing and research if your using enough/the right kind of emulsifier.

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