I decided to give homemade hand cream bars a go with a recipe from Wellness Mama. I chose bars because I had been assured they were super simple and stress free. Apparently if you want to do a cream rather than a bar you need to mess around with emulsification which can be a bit tricky.
There are a whole bunch of recipes you can use but the ingredients I used were:
- 1/2 a cup of coconut oil.
- 1/2 a cup of shea butter.
- 1/2 a cup of beeswax.
- 1/2 a teaspoon of Vitamin E oil.
The vitamin E oil is optional but serves as a natural preservative which can be used in all sorts of homemade beauty products. I only made a small amount as I wanted to see what they came out like before I went nuts.
The first thing that I discovered is that we do not in fact own a glass bowl. Obviously we don’t melt enough chocolate. This will need to be rectified but after a whole bunch of rummaging around I did manage to find a glass lid from a casserole dish which I suspect may have lost a fight with the kitchen floor at some stage. I popped everything apart from the Vitamin E oil into the glass lid and put it on top of a saucepan with boiling water in it until everything had melted.
Once everything had melted I stirred in the Vitamin E Oil and spooned the mixture into a mini muffin case.
All I needed to do then was leave the bars to set before turning them out.
And here they are!
They were definitely simple to make but how effective are they? Well….on initial use they feel a bit greasy. They reminded me of a L’Occitane hand cream I used to have which was in a tin (although they were considerably cheaper!). You don’t need to use much and the greasiness disappears after a few minutes to leave your hands pleasantly soft and moisturised.
They aren’t completely rocking my world but I’m pleased with my efforts. Plus they make great gifts and you can use them as lip balm too. I think I might need to try a few other recipes before I find something I get really excited about though.