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In the winter my hands suffer from the lack of moisture in the air. After having such success with making lip balm I decided to make my own hand cream as well. With just a few simple ingredients I made a really nice lotion, which my hands really appreciate!

This recipe was too thick to use as a body lotion but it is perfect for my hands. I used lavender as my essential oil but you could use whatever fragrance you like. The olive oil I had on hand and I purchased the emulsifying wax from Mountain Rose Herbs. I used small canning jars to pour the lotion into, and made a few extras to give as gifts this Christmas.

hand lotion, frugal tip

Ingredients for making a hand lotion.

Here’s the recipe:

1 ¼ cup hot water
¼ cup emulsifying wax
¼ cup olive oil
15-36 drops of essential oil (depends on your taste)

In a Pyrex measuring cup I combined the olive oil and emulsifying wax and microwaved it on high for 1 minute or until the wax is melted. The temperature is about 155 degrees.

wax, olive oil, homemade hand lotion

Melted wax and olive oil.

Remove the wax – olive oil mixture from the microwave and heat up the water in another Pyrex measuring cup for one minute. While the water is heating up add the essential oil into the melted wax-olive oil mixture.

Carefully pour the hot water into the wax-olive oil mixture and watch it turn milky white. At this point the temperature is about 125 degrees. Pour the hot lotion into your jars and let it cool over night.

Hand lotion cooling.

Hand lotion cooling.

I was a bit skeptical that it would thicken, however the next morning the lotion was a nice thick consistency.

laven\dar hand lotion, homemade, frugal tip

Hand lotion thickened overnight.

I could have used more essential oil but I really like the gentle fragrance of the lavender, it is not overpowering at all.

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30 comments on “Frugal Tips: Relief For Dry Hands

Aubri on November 13, 2013 11:47 pm

Oh wow! As winter approaches my hands suffer more and more! Thank you for sharing this remedy!

Erin @ Table for 7 on November 14, 2013 12:49 am

I’m so glad you shared this! My hands are the worst now that the weather has gotten colder and my regular lotion does nothing for them. This is on my to-do this weekend :) Thanks so much for sharing at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!

Nancy on November 14, 2013 2:23 am

I just love this hand lotion, it really helps my hands during the winter yet is not greasy!

Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above on November 14, 2013 2:28 am

This looks great. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
Have a great week.
Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

Rebecca @ Stapler Confessions on November 14, 2013 3:53 pm

Cool! I definitely need this. My hands get soooo dry in the winter.

Stable Road Homestead on November 14, 2013 5:11 pm

My hands get so very dry and cracked during the winter due to the dryer air and that I wash them a lot throughout the day after handling the horses, dogs, chores, etc. I like your recipe. Do you think it would work with coconut oil? I’ve really grown to like coconut oil. I use it on my skin and sometimes my hair. Plus I really like it in baking instead of butter. [Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE butter and think it should be its own food group 😉 ]

Nancy on November 14, 2013 6:14 pm

I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t use coconut oil, I was thinking of that when I made it as I’ve been using a lot of coconut oil lately!

Dee on November 15, 2013 3:29 pm

I’ve been using coconut oil. I like your idea too.

Nancy on November 15, 2013 3:48 pm

I want to try this recipe using coconut oil instead of the olive oil, I think it would be a good combination!

Teresa @ Crafty Wife on November 15, 2013 4:35 pm

I have eczema and suffer from extremely dry and cracked hands during the winter. I’ll have to try this lotion out, it sounds fantastic! Thanks for linking up at The Blog Strut!

Nancy on November 15, 2013 4:57 pm

I hope it works for you! My hands get so dry and cracked during the winter and I find using this daily really helps me!

Lily on November 16, 2013 4:33 pm

Do you think this would work with bees wax instead of the emulsifying wax? I have beeswax, but not the emulsifying wax.

Nancy on November 16, 2013 5:06 pm

I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I have beeswax too and I should give it a try, I’d much prefer using natural beeswax instead of the wax!

Marla on November 17, 2013 2:26 pm

This sounds like a very easy DIY recipe to make. I like the ingredients – olive oil is so moisturizing. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Creative Home & Garden Blog Hop!

Mary on November 19, 2013 2:35 am

I love this idea! My husband has really dry hands and they get worse and crack in the winter time. I should make some of this for him. Thanks for the tutorial Nancy!! :)

Nancy on November 19, 2013 2:51 am

You’re welcome Mary, I use it everyday and it really helps my hands!

Mary@Back to the Basics! on November 19, 2013 12:09 pm

Great recipe!!! You’ve been featured @ Back to the Basics this morning for Tuesdays with a Twist.

Amber Neal on November 19, 2013 4:23 pm

Thanks for linking this up with us for MMM this week! I have always wanted to try to make my own hand lotion so this was great for me to read! I guess I thought it would be harder! I am pinning this for later on some of my other boards so I dont forget it!

Nancy on November 19, 2013 6:26 pm

I was amazed at how easy it was, if you have any problem with separation you just reheat and whisk again.

Nancy on November 19, 2013 6:26 pm

Mary – thank you so much!

Becca on November 21, 2013 2:03 am

The picture looks similar to the facial moisturizer I just made (recipe to come on my blog next week…). Fun to find new things to create homemade. Thanks for sharing at the Healthy Tuesday hop!

Kristin on November 21, 2013 8:08 pm

Great post. Congrats on being chosen as a featured post on this week’s Wildcrafting Wednesdays! I hope you’ll join us again and share more of your awesome posts.

Teresa on November 21, 2013 10:12 pm

Just wondering, could I use beeswax and get nearly the same consistency? Never heard of the wax used. I will have to do some research and learn about it.

Nancy on November 22, 2013 12:41 am

I would think you could use beeswax with the same results, I think I will try that next!

Nancy on November 22, 2013 12:42 am

Thank you so much for featuring my post! I’ll be back! :)

Nancy on November 22, 2013 12:44 am

I’ll have to chaco out your moisturizer, I would love some homemade facial moisturizer!

Anne Payne on November 23, 2013 2:40 pm

What an ingenious idea! I am pinning this so my daughter can see it. We love to make homemade things :) Visiting from Clever Chicks Blog Hop.

Nancy on November 23, 2013 3:47 pm

Plus homemade things make such great gifts!

Mama Lee on November 24, 2013 7:04 am

I am going to have to try this using beeswax instead of the emulsifying wax (sans microwave)!

Nancy on November 24, 2013 8:59 pm

Mama Lee,
Let me know how it comes out!

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