This recipe is for the first hand cream I ever made. It turned out much harder than I expected, hence the name. I made this to replace Burt's Bees Almond Hand Cream. Keep in mind that this is nothing like Burt's hand cream. This hard butter is amazing!
My organic sumptuous hand cream is a delicious treat for dry, cracked, weather beaten hands & elbows. This is a super concentrated formula - a little goes a long way! Your work worn hands will benefit from the long lasting protective & soothing barrier formed on your skin. Safe for use on chapped lips too.
This hard butter is especially popular with men as it has no essential oils.
Due to the organic all natural ingredients, this cream is solid in cool temperatures. To soften it, you simply leave it in a warm location (slip it into a roomy pocket for example). If it's hard you can use the back of your thumb nail to scrape it out. You then massage it into your hands. The warmth of your hands will start to melt the butter into your skin giving your skin healing protection that is well worth the effort!
Note that my hard butter doesn't require any preservatives as it is free from water or any watery types of ingredients. It is nothing but fats and waxes. It naturally preserves itself!
Before you get started, I want to stress to you that for the most part, these are guidelines. I have provided links for products & supplies I feel you may find useful. After all, it's the stuff I have either used, or are currently using. In the end, use what works for you. I want you to be comfortable with the whole process. This isn't a chore, or a stress, it's a simple relaxing way to make your own hand cream free from synthetics - at a fraction of the cost.
My personal preference for heating the ingredients is to use a paper bowl & a cast iron grill over the stove top or if it's during the winter, I forgo the grill & use a paper bowl on top of my wood stove. I prefer this method for it's easy clean up & the fact that I can toss the used bowl in the burn pile &/or compost pile. If you do not feel comfortable with my method/s, you can always opt. for a small crock pot, putting the ingredients directly into the pot. If you have a gas stove you may not feel comfortable with an open flame around your oils. This is perfectly understandable. You too, can use a small crock pot directly or make clean up easier by using a larger oval shaped crock pot and paper bowls. Yet another option is to heat the oils directly in a glass canning jar rather than a paper bowl.
Clean up is a bit more difficult if you directly heat your oils & waxes in a glass jar or crock pot, but it can be done. Once you have finished, use plenty of straight soap no water. This is the same method I use to clean up after soap making. Water will only make the cleaning process more difficult. Once the vessel is sufficiently cleaned, you can then rinse it with hot water. If after rinsing, it still has residue, clean it again with plenty of straight soap no water. Repeat this process until it's clean.
There are no hard fast rules, except to please use common sense. Remember you are dealing with oils which are highly flammable. If for whatever reason, you do have a kitchen fire, do not use water! You can quickly toss baking soda on the flames, or quickly smother it with towels, or the best option (although very messy), use a fire extinguisher. I don't know about you, but I'd rather have a messy kitchen then burn it to the ground!
Ready? Lets begin!
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Stainless Steel Pot or Cast Iron Pan (better)
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