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DIY Hand Cream – The ULTIMATE Hand Cream Recipe

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DIY hand cream recipe with shea butter, almond oil and jojoba oil. This amazing natural hand cream will regenerate, nourish and deep-moisturize your hands and prevent future cracking and drying out.

Finding a hand cream that will do an OK job in hydrating your hands is not that hard of a job. Beauty shelves are filled with all sorts of products that promise quick relief, practical packaging and pretty cool scents.

But finding a hand cream that is truly healing and protective, contains high quality ingredients, can give you long lasting results and that fits your budget might be a bit more of a challenge.

Try, on top of that, to find a product that is organic, non-toxic and safe for yourself and your family to use every single day, and you may be in for a head spin.

A DIY hand cream can check all those boxes, plus give you a couple of extra advantages. First, you have complete control over the quality – the better ingredients you use, the better final product you get. And second – you can customize your hand cream to get the exact scent and texture that you like.

Making your own DIY hand cream is pretty easy and straightforward and it doesn’t require a lot of your time. This recipe combines some of the best organic skincare ingredients you can find.

Together, they will nourish and soften your hands, get you rid of dry, cracked skin, prevent premature aging signs and protect your hands from cold weather and drying conditions, and here’s how:

Ingredients for Natural Hand Cream Recipe:

Shea Butter

Shea butter is natural butter derived from the nut of the African Shea tree. Its high content of fatty acids and vitamins A, E and F makes it one of the best moisturizers worldwide.

Because of its soothing and healing properties, it is often used in treating even severe skin conditions like contact dermatitis and eczema. Shea butter is gentle enough to suit even very sensitive skin and powerful enough to nourish dry, cracked, damaged skin.

It is a perfect choice for any DIY hand cream recipe since it easily penetrates the skin, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, prevents premature aging signs and protects your skin from environmental influences.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil contains monosaturated fatty acids, vitamins E and A, potassium, zinc and protein. It has strong anti-oxidant properties that protect your skin from free radicals and keep it supple, youthful and beautiful.

Sweet almond oil deeply moisturizes your skin, prevents future drying out, heals irritated, chapped skin, protects it and keeps it healthy and well nourished.

If you want, you can replace almond oil with castor, argan, olive or avocado oil.

Jojoba Oil

Not really an oil, but more of a liquid wax, jojoba oil is derived from the seed of the jojoba shrub. It is very similar to the sebum our skin naturally produces, which makes it a great natural moisturizer.

Jojoba oil conditions the skin and creates a protective barrier that prevents drying out. It makes your hands soft, smooth and deeply moisturized. This oil is also great for your nails and cuticles, so it makes perfect sense to add it to your DIY hand cream.


Beeswax may be too heavy and comedogenic for your face skin, but it is a great choice for your hands. It creates a barrier on the surface of your skin that helps it retain moisture and protects it from drying conditions.

Beeswax has anti-inflammatory properties and helps soothe dry, irritated skin. As a vegan option, you can replace beeswax with soy wax.

For this hand cream recipe, you can use any essential oil that you like. My personal favorite is jasmine. I also like orange-vanilla combo. But you can use lavender, rosemary, peppermint or anything else that you like.

You can also add aloe vera gel, glycerin or Vaseline for some additional hydrating properties.

DIY Hand Cream Recipe

An infographic showing a recipe for DIY hand cream

  • ½ cup shea butter
  • 1/8 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/8 cup jojoba oil
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • around 20 drops your favorite essential oil

First melt the beeswax. Put the pastilles in a double boiler (you can just put a bowl in a pan filled with water). When the wax is completely melted, turn the heat down a bit and add the shea butter. Melt it down as gently as you can – if you overheat the shea butter, your hand cream might get grainy.

In the end, add almond and jojoba oil to the mixture. Mix everything well and remove from the heat. Wait for a couple of minutes before you add the essential oils, otherwise the heat might damage them.

After a couple of hours, your mixture should completely cool down and turn opaque. At this time, your DIY hand cream should be very thick, kind of like a hand balm or hand salve.

If that is the texture you prefer, you can just transfer it to a clean glass container and you’re all done. Next time, you can pour the mixture into a container while it’s still liquid – it will be even easier to transfer it.

But if you’d rather have a lighter, fluffier hand cream, all you have to do is whip it up well with a mixer. Just mix it until you get a nice, light, creamy texture.

And that’s it – your DIY hand cream is all done and ready to use. You can customize the recipe any way you like and get your perfect hand cream each and every time.

You can also check out these recipes for DIY body lotion and whipped body butter. Great products to add to your DIY beauty collection.


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