Today, I’m going to show you how to make homemade hand cream. So, what you’ll need is 15 mL of jojoba oil, 6 grams of emulsifying wax, 6 grams of cetyl alcohol and 10 grams of shea butter. You’ll also need 55 mL of water or flower water, 1ml preservative, 5 mL of glycerine, which is equal to a teaspoon and the essential oil of your choice.

And today, we’re going to be using ylang ylang. You’ll also need a 100 gram container to put your hand cream in. And the other equipment you will need is a double boiler insert or you can use a bowl and this is going to be placed over a pan of hot water.

As you can see, I’ve already set the water on to boil here. The other piece of equipment you’ll need for making the hand cream or any type of lotion is a thermometer, which you can see here, because temperature is quite crucial when you’re making an emulsion. So, to begin, we’re going to create our water phase ingredients.

Now, here we have already premeasured our 55 mL of water. I said, before you can use flower water, or distilled is fine, too, and to that, we’re going to add 5 mL or one teaspoon of glycerine. We’re going to just stir that in so it’s completely dissolved.

And then, we’re going to add that to one of our pans. We’re going to leave that to heat up. Next, we’re going to add our oil phase ingredients to the second pan.

So, firstly, we’re going to add the shea butter. This is 10 grams of shea butter. Next, we’re going to add six grams of emulsifying wax because we’re going to be mixing oil and water together to create the hand cream, you need an emulsifier which acts like the glue to hold the two together.

Some emulsifying waxes have a pre-thickening ingredient in them and some don’t. And so today, we’re going to also use cetyl alcohol. This is going to make a nice, thick hand cream.

If we didn’t use the cetyl alcohol, it would be a lotion rather than a cream. And finally, we’re going to add 15 mL of jojoba oil to this, too. Now, we’re going to leave both the oil phase and the water phase to melt and to heat up so they become the same temperature.

We’re going to come back to them when they reach 75-80 degrees. So, we’re just going to check the temperature of both the water and the oil phase to make sure they’re up to 75 to 80 degrees. As long as they’re about the same, that’s fine.

Everything has melted in the oil phase pan. And we’re now going to create the emulsion by transferring the water phase into the oil phase while stirring. We’re going to add 20 drops of essential oil to this mixture and we’re going to use ylang.

As we’re using water for this recipe, it’s really, really important that you use a preservative. If you don’t use a preservative, the product will go off quite quickly. Even if you keep it in the fridge, it’s not going to last more than a week at best.

And actually, it’s quite dangerous if you’re using water in a product to not use preservatives adequately. So, we’re going to add 1 mL or 20 drops of this preservative to the hand cream. Now, your hand cream is ready to transfer to a clean jar.



2 Responses

  1. Hi Jane, thanks for your comment. It is extremely important to use a preservative in any product that contains water & as you say many people confuse antioxidants with preservatives when they are in fact quite different. Preservative Eco by Aromantic is suitable for use between ph 3-8 so is suitable for most product types (creams and detergents). Its trade name is Geogard ECT and there is more info here:
    Hope that helps.

  2. Hi Karen, I’m so glad you inform all DIYers that they must use a preservative. There are so many people out there who insist that vitamin E, Rosemary EO or Benzoin are natural preservatives and look at me in disbelief when I tell them that they are anti-oxidants and do not guard against bacteria, mould and fungi. I also get asked what natural preservatives I would recommend. I see that aromantic do “preservative eco” – looking at the individual ingredients (Sorbic acid) though it looks in order for the preservative to be effective that the ph of the product should be adjusted to ph 6 or less. This isn’t mentioned on their website though. Would be interested to know your thoughts on this, Jane

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