This moisturizing Hand Balm Recipe is easy to make, can be scented with your favorite fragrance, and makes useful and inexpensive gifts.
If you work with your hands, either gardening, crafting or cooking, they can often be dry and need a little attention. I know mine do! If you’ve ever watched any of my knit videos or seen stills of my hands in action, you know that they…well…they look a little rough.
I look at my friends with lovely painted nails and nice cuticles and just fold my hands behind my back. In all honesty, I could take better care of them. I could go get manicures and all that stuff, but the truth is that I just can’t be bothered. I would make time for a massage every single day, but taking the time to get a manicure is sooooo low on my list.
All that to say, my hands are often a hot mess!
Enter this Moisturizing Hand Balm Recipe; I keep a tin of it on my desk and in my knit bag. It is a hard balm, as opposed to a soft/goopy balm. You need to rub your fingers over it to get some of it, which is what I wanted. It is not an all-over-hand lotion, it is more for dry spots on your fingers, knuckles, and around your nails.
In researching and formulating this hand balm recipe, I wanted something that would not be greasy and that would absorb quickly. This was important as I wanted to be able to use it and continue knitting.
There are a variety of hand balm recipes floating around the internet, but I customized this one to meet my needs. I give tips in the recipe below if you want one that would be more moisturizing.
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These may not be items you commonly have laying about your home. Other than the essential oils, I had to purchase them. With what I purchased, including the tins, I made 12 containers of the hand balm recipe, with cocoa butter and beeswax leftover for other gifts (I am working on a balm for dry feet with my leftover cocoa butter & beeswax. Stay tuned ). The final cost of each tin of hand balm is $4.50…not too bad for gifts! If you have any of these items at home, you could drive the cost down further.
Beeswax Pellets I purchased these yellow ones, but there are also white pellets. Beeswax is occlusive, which means that it creates a protective layer on the skin, sealing in moisture. It is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, both beneficial to the skin.
Cocoa Butter I purchased mine here. Cocoa butter is moisture-rich, containing a high amount of fatty acids. Fatty acids help to hydrate the skin. The fat in cocoa butter creates a protective barrier that holds in moisture and prevents your skin from drying. You can see why Cocoa Butter makes a great ingredient for a moisturizing lotion or balm. Cocoa butter is harder than other butters, like shea butter or mango butter. I chose it for that property…this is a hard balm as opposed to a goopy balm.
Grapeseed Oil Talk about a skincare powerhouse! Grapeseed Oil is packed with antioxidants (like vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E), fatty acids (like linolenic acid), and amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks for building collagen. The elements in linoleic acid help stimulate cell turnover to smooth fine lines and rough texture. You can use other oils (like Apricot Kernel, Coconut, Almond, Jojoba, Safflower, Olive, Avocado), but I like Grapeseed as it has a fast absorption rate, meaning that it will not feel too oily on your skin.
In general, Grapeseed, Apricot Kernel & Safflower Oil will be less oily. Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oils, and Almond Oil are will level your skin slightly oily and Macadamia and Avocado oil will take a while to absorb.
Vitamin E acts as a ‘preservative’ in that it prevents the oxidation of oils.
Essential Oils Use your favorite! I happen to have rosemary and lavender on hand, so that’s what I used. I’d like to experiment with other fragrances down the road.
As I mentioned, this is a firm balm as opposed to a goopy lotion. It provides just the right amount of moisturizing to my fingers, knuckles, and around my nails. If you wanted it to be softer, you could substitute mango or shea butter for cocoa butter.
I encourage you to use this Hand Balm recipe as a jumping-off point and experiment with formulating your own recipe. The process is very forgiving. While I was figuring out exactly what I wanted, I re-melted my balm several times, tweaking the recipe until I got what I wanted.
This recipe will make one 2-ounce tin. It is easily multiplied, but I encourage you to start with one tin to make sure you like the glide and moisturizing level.
No Double Boiler? All you need is a pot and a heat-proof bowl. Technically, I don't have a double boiler either, but I do have a metal bowl that fits well with a pot. Your bowl should rest on top of the pot and not fall in, so it should be bigger than the pot.
In the perfect world, select a wide pot because it has more surface area which will ensure even melting.
For a softer balm, you could substitute mango or shea butter for cocoa butter.
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I made an assortment of labels for different Hand Balms. But let me know if you’d like some other labels. I’m planning a Gardener’s Hand Balm Recipe for the Spring/Summer. I actually found Tomato Leaf essential oil! I love that smell.
Rosemary Moisturizing Balm
Lavender Moisturizing Balm
Rosemary and Lavender Moisturizing Balm
Moisturizing Hand Balm with a spot in the middle for you to fill in the scent
Knitter’s Moisturizing Hand Balm.
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