Although I’ve been making my own body butters for over a year, I’ve continued to use commercial lotions for my hands. Body butters use heavier oils so they take a few minutes to soak in, which is fine since they normally only need to be applied in the morning and evening, but I don’t have that kind of time when I’m using hand lotion during the day.
Last week, I was running out of my favorite hand lotion and decided to try mixing up my own. As I surfed the Web for ideas I found a lot of recipes that had water in them. Having recently learned that products made with water are prone to growing mold and bacteria and knowing that good and bad bacteria are often on our hands, I wanted to avoid that ingredient. Plus, any recipe with water should also contain a preservative but there are no natural preservatives. So if your goal is to make a natural product it’s best to avoid water.
After having little success finding a recipe I liked, I decided to try my own concoction. I took the lightest carrier oil I had on hand, apricot kernel, and mixed it with aloe vera gel and beeswax. It was a success! The lotion quickly soaks in so it’s not greasy at all.
Next time I plan to keep a closer eye on the beeswax and oil mixture. It cooled quickly so when I began to mix in the aloe vera gel it was already in a semi-solid state. The lotion looks like a bunch of little beads stuck together, but it still works great.