As wintery weather is fast approaching, it is time to think about caring for your hands. Despite using gloves, my hands always suffer in the cold and my eczema flare-ups seem to get worse if I don’t wear a protective cream. Which is why this year I have decided to take things into my own hands (sorry!) and make my own super-nourishing and super-easy to make hand cream. In fact, I have made two – that way, I can also have two jars: one in the kitchen which I can use after washing up and one in Maxi’s changing bag when we go out.

Lanolin, the key ingredient that is used in both recipes (and which, if you didn’t know, is the name for oils that a sheep’s skin produces to hydrate it) is an excellent organic and natural ingredient for protecting your skin from external factors by locking in moisture and preventing future water loss. If you are looking for a vegan option, then you can replace lanolin with cocoa butter. 

Both of my recipes include water and no preservatives so they won’t have a long shelf life, however making creams in small batches means that you don’t need to worry about them going off as you are likely to use them up before they expire. Nevertheless, keep your cream away from sunlight, ideally in a dark glass jar and look out for signs of deterioration. Also, label your jar with the date you made the cream so that you remember how ‘old’ it is. 



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 HAND CREAM #1

This cream has a light consistency but is still very rich.

What you need:

Method:

  1. Put all ingredients except water into the pestle and mortar.
  2. Start mixing all ingredients, whilst gradually adding water.
  3. Keep adding water and keep mixing until the mixture gains a creamy consistency.
  4. Pour into your jar and voila, your cream is done.

HAND CREAM #2

The proportion of lanolin to water is larger in this cream which makes its consistency thicker.

What you need:

Method:

  1. Melt lanolin and sweet almond oil in the double boiler.
  2. Once they’ve melted, add water and mix.
  3. Remove the bowl from the pan and let the mixture cool down.
  4. Add avocado/ jojoba oil and mix again.
  5. Pour into your container and let it set for a couple of hours.

Hope you enjoy making your hand cream(s) and let me know how you get on with these recipes 🙂

You Baby Me Mummy

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