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Make hand cream yourself - 3 recipes for nourishing skin cream

  • General information
  • Recipe 1: "Hand cream to go"
    • ingredients
    • preparation
  • Recipe 2: Herbal Hand Cream
    • ingredients
    • preparation
  • Recipe 3: Honey Hand Cream
    • ingredients
    • preparation

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The optimal skin protection in winter: the homemade hand cream

Especially in the cold season, the hands are particularly stressed by cold and dry. High-quality hand cream, in particular, helps. What many (yet) do not know: such a hand cream is easily made by yourself. We'll show you how to do that in today's tutorial using three different recipes. Just pick your favorite or try all three out!

Not only for your own hands is the homemade hand cream true balm - it is also perfect as a gift. Especially our first recipe with the "hand cream-to-go" can be individually staged - how exactly, we will show you in the tutorial - as well as the other two cream recipes will shine in a suitable packaging.

General information

Difficulty level 1/5
(suitable for beginners)

Material costs 2/5
(between EUR 5, - to EUR 15, - depending on your personal choice)

Time expenditure 2/5
(Preparation time very low, sometimes 2-3h afterwards to cool)

The cost of the material may be a bit higher at the first purchase, since you will buy larger packages of the individual ingredients and do not immediately process them in their entirety. For example, a high-quality lavender essential oil can cost as much as EUR 15, -. But you only need a few drops of it according to the recipe. Similarly, you will get along with a 500g shea butter longer than for a serving of hand cream - so you can easily prepare 10x that much. This may vary depending on whether you buy your products online or in the health food store. The prices are different everywhere.

Tip: If you use fragrance oils in creams, you should resort to high-quality "real" essential oils, as they also contain the effective substances of medicinal herbs.

High-quality essential oils can be recognized by the following packaging information:

  • country of origin
  • Mounting type
  • German and botanical (biological) name of the plant
  • Which part of the plant was used
  • oil extraction
  • Percentages if the oil was diluted

If all of this information is found, you have found a 100% pure, "real" essential oil and not a cheap synthetic product.

Recipe 1: "Hand cream to go"

Why "to-go"? Quite simple: this hand cream is a little firmer and should not be kept too warm. It melts at body temperature (so when creaming).


The ingredients (for about 8 pieces of cream cube):

  • 14g beeswax (alternatively vegan also 11g carnauba wax)
  • 20g cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons (or 30ml) high-quality vegetable oil (for example, almond oil or grapeseed oil)
  • 40g shea butter
  • 5 drops of essential oil of your choice (for example lavender, cinnamon leaves, tonka bean)
  • As required: decoration material such as small flowers or dried herbs

The utensils:

  • pot
  • Bowl (preferably metal, if necessary plastic)
  • Whisk (if necessary hand mixer)
  • Dough scraper
  • Ice cube tray or the like


Prepare a water bath to gently heat the ingredients: To do this, fill a slightly higher pot with water a few inches and place a bowl on top of the rim without touching the water in the pot. Ideally, use a metal bowl with handles. If necessary, it is synonymous with a matching plastic bowl. So put both on the stove and turn it on. Due to the steam from the pot, the bowl heats up slowly and the ingredients are gently heated so that nothing can burn.

Now put the beeswax, the cocoa butter and then the vegetable oil in the bowl and stir slowly until everything has melted.

Remove the bowl from the pot (the stove can now be switched off), add the shea butter and stir everything with a whisk (in an emergency even with a hand mixer on the lowest level) until a homogeneous, creamy mass has formed.

Add essential oil as you like - if you mix different oils, there should be a maximum of 6 drops in total - and stir well.

Tip: If you want to give away the cream cube (or give yourself a special visual incentive), you can now put small flowers or dried herbs in the ice cube molds. For this, it is advisable to select one plant each, which also matches the scent of the essential oil that you have selected. For example with lavender cream dried lavender flowers.

Now fill the mass into cubes or small pots. With a dough scraper, you also catch the last remnant and can use the entire mass completely. The shape then set for about two to three hours cold, ideally in the refrigerator. The cream on the windowsill could freeze, we want to avoid that.

Then remove the cubes from the mold and store them in a glass container or give them beautifully wrapped in cellophane with a bow.

Recipe 2: Herbal Hand Cream

This hand cream is made from different types of herbal extracts. There are no exact specifications for the individual herbs used, but they should harmonize well with each other, so it pays off if you read through the recipe before and worry about your desired composition.


The ingredients (for about 200g cream):

  • 10g beeswax (alternatively vegan also 4g carnauba wax)
  • 80g vegetable oil (for example almond oil or marigold macerate)
  • 20g lanolin
  • 10g shea butter
  • 10-20g cocoa butter
  • 80g herbal tea
  • 13 drops of essential oil of your choice
  • As needed: labels and pens for labeling and decorating the finished cream packs

The utensils:

  • pot
  • two small glasses (for example jam or cucumber jars)
  • kitchen thermometer
  • Hand blender
  • Empty cream jar (from used creams or newly purchased from the drugstore - 50-100ml)
  • Alcohol for disinfection


First disinfect all utensils with alcohol to ensure a longer shelf life of the cream.

Prepare a first water bath as described in Recipe 1. Instead of the bowl, you can use a jam or cucumber glass for melting.

Melt the beeswax in a water bath, then add the lanolin and the vegetable oil until everything has melted again. Take the glass out of the water bath (the stove can still run for the second glass) and let the mass cool down to 40 degrees. Check the temperature with the kitchen thermometer.

At 40 degrees, add the shea butter and let it melt as well.

Now follows the "critical phase":

In the second glass, warm the tincture and the water of the plant (herbal tea) until it reaches 40 degrees. Stir this "water mixture" dropwise into the "fat mixture" so that both substances can combine well and a homogeneous mass is formed - this requires constant stirring, which is most easily ensured with a hand blender. The mass emulsifies after a short time (it merges into a smooth cream).

Tip: For good results it is necessary to bring the two substances together very slowly and drop by drop, while both have the same temperature. Also, sufficient mixing is of the utmost importance for the consistency of the final result!

Now stir in the essential oils and pour the mass into the cream jar. These can be glued, labeled and decorated according to your mood.

Tip: This cream contains neither color nor preservatives, so it is only limited shelf life. Therefore, make more often smaller portions and store in the refrigerator. When she starts to smell rancid or the color changes, she should not be used anymore.

Recipe 3: Honey Hand Cream

As in many natural cosmetic recipes are also in this food. If you have dry and sensitive skin, you are in the right place with this recipe! It can be applied not only on the hands, but also on the face and should help against creases and inflammation.


The ingredients:

  • 2g of liquid honey
  • 20ml whole milk
  • 40ml grapeseed oil
  • 2 drops of calendula oil
  • 2 drops of chamomile flower oil
  • As needed: labels and pens to label and decorate the finished cream packs

The utensils:

  • Blenders
  • bowl
  • Dough scraper
  • Cream jar (50-100ml)


Whisk the milk in the blender for a few minutes until frothy and add the grapeseed oil dropwise while stirring continuously. Pour the mixture into a bowl and carefully lower the honey and essential oils until the mixture has reached a homogeneous, creamy consistency.

Fill the cream in cream jars and stick, label and decorate them as you wish.

Tip: The honey creates a slightly sticky, but antibacterial healing cream with versatile applications. It can best develop your effect as a night cream. The cream does not contain colorants and preservatives, so it does not last long and should be stored in the refrigerator and used up promptly.

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