Since I started working at the local grocery store, I’ve been suffering from seriously dry hands. I’m not sure if it’s the cash handling or the multitude of cleaning products my hands come into contact with, but I am left with hands so dry it feels like they will tear. I decided it was about time I made an insanely rich hand cream, and scoured the internet for inspiration.
This rich hand cream is inspired by a popular hand cream which is said to sell once every 3 seconds. It comes with a fairly hefty price tag, but has beautifully simple ingredients that make for easy interpretation. I haven’t tried the original, so I can’t say for sure if this rich hand cream comes close; but nonetheless, this is an amazing hand cream which I highly recommend you make if you have hands like mine.
The Star Ingredients
With 20% shea butter, this hand cream packs a hydrating punch. It acts to improve moisture retention, repair the skin, provide a temporary barrier, and provide a softening touch (source).
Another star ingredient is the humble glycerine. If you include the glycerine based extracts, this formula contains over 6% glycerine. Glycerine is wonderful at hydrating the skin, with the effects continuing even after the glycerine has been rinsed off (source). Honey also adds additional humectant qualities to this formula.
To finish up, we have a dose of soothing and antioxidant qualities through the addition of chamomile and white tea extract.
And the fragrance!
I’ve rounded this formula off with a beautifully soft yet enticing blend of coconut fragrance oil, jasmine essential oil, and vanilla. It works with the natural fragrance of the shea butter to create a wonderfully soothing aroma. If you don’t have coconut fragrance oil, even jasmine and vanilla alone create a lovely scent.
‘Jasmine and the Bees’ Rich Hand Cream
- 6% Glycerine
- 2% Honey
- 0.5% Allantoin
- 50.5% Water
- 20% Shea Butter
- 4% Olive Silicone (can substitute with dimenthicone or fractionated coconut oil).
- 1% Sweet Almond Oil*
- 1% Coconut Oil*
- 2% Cetearyl Alcohol
- 7% E Wax
Cool Down Phase:
- 2% Chamomile Extract
- 2% White Tea Extract
- 1% Panthenol
- .5% Liquid Germall Plus
- .5% Fragrance – Equal parts Coconut fragrance oil, Jasmine EO, Vanilla Oleoresin (I may add more jasmine next time).
For an easy 100g, just read the % symbols as grams and make away! If you would like to create a larger or smaller batch, or convert it into a different measurement, use this batch calculator.
*From my reading of the original products ingredients list, I think these two must have been included at fairly small quantities, so I have included them at similar amounts here.
- Prepare and sanitize your area.
- Measure the oil and water phase into separate pyrex dishes (or similarly heat proof bowls). Add an additional 10% to the water phase (10g if you are making a 100g batch) to account for evaporation. Weigh the water phase and bowl and minus the 10% water addition. This number is the optimum number you want your water phase to be at when it is removed from the heat.
- Creating a water bath, melt both phases. Cover the water phase to minimize evaporation. To ensure sterilization, you can heat up to 75 degrees celsius and hold for two minutes.
- Once the heated phases are fully melted and combined, remove from the heat. Weigh the water phase again, and add any additional water if required.
- Using a stick blender, gently pour your water phase into the oil phase, blending on a medium to high setting to emulsify. Once you have a consistently white liquid, continue blending intermittently every few minutes or so till cool. Alternatively, continue blending on a low setting till cool.
- To finish, add the cool down ingredients once the temperature reaches 50 degrees Celsius or under, blending them in with the stick blender to combine.
- Funnel or spoon into the container of your choice.
To use, apply a small amount (pea size or less) and massage in. I find that if you only use a small amount, it is hydrating without being greasy. I like to apply a large amount at night and leave it to sink in.