Spring is here and we all are thinking of how to take care of ourselves to look and feel better. So think of your tired hands, they were working hard all winter long and now need some TLC, too!
You can purchase a ready made quality lotion or you can make it yourself. Alecia (Arctida), who is a scientist, a self-taught jewelry artist and photographer is also creating natural body care products for herself and her family. So with her step by step tutorial you will be able to make a great creme right at home to take care of your hands!
What you will need to make approximately 100 ml of product (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
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)
15 drops Parabens or other preservative of your choice
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 1 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 lotion into the jars of your choice.
Hand lotion by Alecia (Arctida)