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Take care of your hands, naturally! Make your own hand lotion with simple, all-natural ingredients. This non-sticky lightweight lotion with aloe vera gel makes your hands feel like kitten paws in no time.
You know what gets my DIY heart excited? Words like linseed mucilage.
This product normally calls for a gel made of linseeds or flaxseeds. So I spend my Sunday afternoon making goo from seeds.
The only problem is, this mixture spoils after about two weeks. Even if you keep it in the fridge. And we don’t want that! That’s why I changed it for another amazing gel and I snuck in the flaxseeds somewhere else.
I present to you my own homemade non greasy hand lotion:
- 1 cup aloe vera gel
- 1/4 cup almond oil
- 1/4 cup linseed oil (or use more almond oil)
- 1/8 cup Shea butter
- 1/8 cup cocoa butter (or use more Shea butter)
- 1 tsp. honey (very optional)
- 1 bag of chamomile tea
- 10 drops of essential oils – I used lavender and rose geranium
- 1 tsp. vitamin e oil – for an even longer shelf life
0. Optional: make chamomile infused oil
To avoid using chamomile water, I decided to use chamomile infused oils. In hindsight, using a few drops of chamomile essential oil would be just as good. But here’s what I did:
Put your oils in a container. Add in about 1 teaspoon of chamomile flowers (or the contents of 1 teabag). Store it in a dry and dark place. Wait about six weeks.
1. Melt your butters
Melt your butters in a double boiler or over a candle.
2. Add your oils
Wait till your butters have cooled down a bit. They still have to be liquid, but have room temperature.
Add your (infused) oils.
3. Aloe vera time
Add your aloe vera gel 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn your mixer on while you add spoon after spoon. Mix everything together well.
Don’t use fresh aloe vera gel for this recipe. As much as I love the stuff straight from the plant, store bought aloe vera gel has (natural) preservatives added to them. The shelf life of fresh gel is just way too short. Make sure it’s as pure as possible though, so buy the 99,9 % kind.
You can also add your essential oils and food (or soap) coloring at this time. I also added 1 teaspoon of honey. It’s one of the original ingredients and has amazing skin benefits. In the end honey is just sticky, so it’s really unnecessary for this recipe.
Scoop it all into a pretty container. I put mine in a squeeze bottle. And this my very fancy way of getting it into the squeeze bottle: put the lotion in a plastic (freezer) bag. Cut off 1 corner and squeeze it out. It’s kind of like frosting a cake.
Enjoy your soft hands, just in time for spring!