I’ve had horribly dry skin (like flaking-cracked-bubbly-bleeding-grossness) on my hands for several years and have tried so many different products to try to beat it. I recently learned that Lavender, Frankincense, and Melrose blend essential oils are great for skin care. This is the first time anything I’ve tried (and I have tried a hundred things!) has actually made my hands look better, not just maintained the same level of dryness. My hands look almost – dare I say it – normal?? I am THRILLED!
I use this DIY dry skin relief cream as a hand cream, body butter, and even facial moisturizer if I get any redness or rashiness (usually in response to eating something I shouldn’t have – WHEAT, cough, cough).
The recipe I started from was a lavender-rose hand cream from Overthrow Martha (I love her recipes!). I tweaked it a bit and have been loving the results. I gave some to a good friend for Christmas who has been battling super dry skin as well, and she started to see improvements within a few days. Woohoo!
DIY Dry Skin Relief Cream
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
- 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 10 drops Lavender essential oil (this is where I get my essential oils)
- 10 drops Melrose blend essential oil
- 5 drops Frankincense essential oil
1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat.
2. Once melted, add the remaining ingredients and stir to mix.
3. Let the mixture cool at room temperature, then in the fridge or freezer to harden.
4. Once firm (but not rock hard), mix in a food processor, or with a hand or stand mixer to get a whipped consistency.
Here is the long version with photos if you like to SEE the process!
Shea butter is very hard when you get it, so you will need to melt it down first. I just use half a container of the brand I get because of course it’s hard to measure rock hard shea butter! If you have a double boiler – great! I just used a wide mouth mason jar in a small pot of water and it worked just fine.
Here is the shea butter and coconut oil in the jar, ready to be heated up! Use low heat and leave it uncovered.
It’s starting to melt down! I mix it periodically to get all the hard chunks into the melted stuff.
Fully melted! It will be a clear looking liquid. At this point you add all the remaining ingredients: vegetable glycerine, vitamin E oil, and essential oils. Stir and mix well. Now you let it cool to thicken up again. I leave it to cool on the counter to room temperature, then transfer it to the freezer for about 45 minutes.
It should now be the consistency of a stick of butter – chunky but not rock hard. And it will be very melty on your hands! Here it is transferred into the small bowl of my Breville Sous Chef Food Processor. You can also use a hand or stand mixer for this part.
Mix! In my food processor I use a spoon or spatula to move the chunks around to make sure they all get to the blade of the food processor. Once it’s done, it’s similar in consistency to a thick buttercream icing.
Now put it into a container and use! I put my batch in a few small glass jars. To extend the shelf life, I put the ones I’m not using yet in the fridge, then take them out and let them warm up to room temperature when I’m ready to use them. This is definitely like a butter so when you put it on, you will feel greasy until it absorbs into your skin. But I promise your skin will love it!
What’s your favourite body butter or cream?
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