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Taylor's Intense Hand Cream - Day 2

Finished Hand Cream

Finished Hand Cream

Yesterday we made an excellent hand cream for hands worn ragged by work or hobbies. While it was an excellent cream, general consensus was that is was just a tad bit too waxy. I wanted to tweak my recipe just a little to see if we could remedy that. Come join me today for our next experiment.

For today’s hand cream, I made a tiny, tiny change. Yesterday’s recipe had 3.5% Stearic Acid. I reduced that to 2% Stearic Acid. If we look at this numerically, it is a miniscule change but it makes a HUGE difference in the finished product. I put the additional 1.5% into my water. Try this recipe to see the difference for yourself.

Almond Butter
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Castor Oil
Conditioning Emulsifier
Stearic Acid
Aloe Powder
Comfrey Extract
Goldenseal Extract
Jewelweed Extract
Liquid Germall Plus
Microwave Safe Container


Recipe in Grams
16 grams Almond Butter
36 grams High Melt Point Shea Butter
12 grams Castor Oil
28 grams Dimethicone
20 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
8 grams Stearic Acid
16 grams Hydrovance
4 grams Aloe Powder
4 grams Comfrey Extract
4 grams Goldenseal Extract
4 grams Jewelweed Extract
2 grams Liquid Germall Plus
246 grams Water
Recipe in Ounces
0.56 oz Almond Butter
1.27 oz High Melt Point Shea Butter
0.42 oz Castor Oil
0.99 oz Dimethicone
0.71 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
0.28 oz Stearic Acid
0.56 oz Hydrovance
0.14 oz Aloe Powder
0.14 oz Comfrey Extract
0.14 oz Goldenseal Extract
0.14 oz Jewelweed Extract
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
8.68 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
4% Almond Butter
9% High Melt Point Shea Butter
3% Castor Oil
7% Dimethicone
5% Conditioning Emulsifier
2% Stearic Acid
4% Hydrovance
1% Aloe Powder
1% Comfrey Extract
1% Goldenseal Extract
1% Jewelweed Extract
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
61.5% Water

Weighing Materials

Weighing Materials

Weigh everything but your preservative into a microwave safe container. (Here is a helpful hint. Weigh your Aloe Powder and water first. This makes is easier to incorporate and prevents clumps from forming.) Heat gently until everything is fully melted. If you don’t fully melt your materials, they can cause a grainy lotion. Once everything is fully melted, use an immersion blender to mix everything together.

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

If you are not sure if your mixture is emulsified, let your mixture sit still for a minute or two. If an oil slick develops on the top, keep mixing. If no oil slick develops, let the material cool below 120 F before adding your preservative. If you desire, you can also add a fragrance oil. I have chosen not to because I am intending to use this cream on irritated skin. Fragrance and essential oils can cause further irritation.

Adding Emulsifier

Adding Emulsifier

Once the cream has fully cooled, put into jars. I like to scoop the lotion into a plastic bag and pipe it into jar like frosting. It gives clean edges and makes for speedy filling.

Notes: I am really happy with this lotion. It is quick to rub in yet is durable. One of my favorite things about this lotion is the powdery/velvety feeling on the skin. Many lotions that are durable and long lasting also have a greasy, heavy feeling. This hand cream isn’t that way at all.

I can apply this hand cream then immediately hand paper work. No finger prints. The cream is perfect for both men and women. Just scent with your favorite fragrance!


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