Brian's Hand Butter
Have you ever seen the hands of a worker in such bad shape that they crack and bleed just due to the elements? I have, and it looks terrible. It also causes a lot of pain.
Brian is a young man Tina met who has been struggling with his hands. They ended up talking, and Tina said “I think we (at MMS) can come up with something for you. Once I bring you a butter, your hands will be looking like mine in a month.”
Let’s head to the kitchen to make a butter for anyone who suffers from dry and cracked skin.This recipe is wonderful. It is easy to apply, requiring little effort or pressure. It is also great for damaged skin, but don’t let that limit you. I gave a jar to my grandmother, who has the softest hands, but her skin is very fragile. A lot of pressure will leave bruises, which she finds displeasing. An easy-to-apply butter is very useful to her. This is a formulation that you can use all the way from babies up to the elderly without any worries. Use it on arms, elbows, knees, feet, etc.
First, I started this formulation with Beeswax. Beeswax gives this butter staying power. It also creates a barrier on the skin, allowing it to keep from drying out. This is important, especially when dealing with damaged skin.
Next comes High Melt Point Shea Butter. Because this is an anhydrous mixture, I didn’t want to deal with fractionation issues, but I still wanted the creamy luxury of Shea Butter. I love it when High Melt Point Shea Butter comes to the rescue!
I used Aloe Butter because it has a lower melt point. This meant it helps with the spreadability of the butter without needing a lot of work or pressure. This is helpful when dealing with damaged skin, because you don’t want to increase the pain. A butter that is easily applied will always be preferred to one that takes some effort.
Sea Buckthorn Oil takes the spotlight in this formulation. Not only does it give this butter its stunning color, but Sea Buckthorn Oil also is reputed to have incredible regenerative properties. Reputed or not, that sounds good to me!
I added a variety of extracts for a little boost. Boosters are wonderful, and the great thing is you can use whatever extracts you have and on hand or the ones you prefer. Extracts open a huge new world in the world of lotions, creams, butters, lip balms, lip glosses, and even massage oils! Try some today!
I also used some Lanolin in this butter. Lanolin is an excellent choice because it an excellent moisturizer. Lanolin is great at keeping water where it belongs, out of sheep’s wool and in your skin. It is also a fantastic skin protectant. If you haven’t added Lanolin to your cupboard, I promise you will want to. It does so much and it is also creamy! Try it!
Cherry Oil also made its way into this formulation. It is a lightweight oil so it prevents this butter from feeling too oily or greasy. It also helps counteract dry skin and the itchy, rough sensation that comes with it.
I also used Black Currant Oil. Black Currant Oil is high in fatty acids that help the skin repair itself. Just what we are looking for to put in this recipe! Are you ready to go make a hand butter?
Recipe in Percentages
32% High Melt Point Shea Butter
30% Aloe Butter
1% Sea Buckthorn Oil
2% Calendula Extract
2% Orchid Extract
2% Ivy Extract
9% Cherry Oil
9% Black Currant Oil
Recipe in Grams
12 grams Beeswax
Recipe in Ounces
0.42 oz Beeswax
Weigh all of the ingredients except the extracts into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Stir and allow it to cool slightly. Add the extracts. Stir occasionally as the mixture continues to cool. Once it has cooled sufficiently, transfer to containers of your desired size. I used 20 mL jars. Enjoy!