Monday, July 6, 2009

New Hand Cream and Lip Balm Formulas

This weekend I needed to replenish my supply of hand cream and lip balm. I have found that making my allows me to have creams that are just the way I want them. I like a hand cream that is very rich & soothing for my always too dry hands, healing and easy to make. This recipe is 'borrowed' from many different sites that refer to "Elaine White's book " that I presume to be:
" Super Formulas, Arts and Crafts: How to Make More Than 360 Useful Products That Contain Honey and Beeswax ". This is one wonderful 'barrier' hand cream! Long lasting, ultra rich (as the name suggests!) and easy to make! Perfect for me!

Ultra-Rich Skin Cream (This is from Elaine White's book)

  • 2 1/2 ounces (weight) beeswax
  • 2-4 ounces (weight) anhydrous lanolin
  • 2/3 cup baby oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon borax (sodium borate, Chemically Pure, from pharmacy)
  • Fragrant essential oil or your choice (optional)

Borax is sold with laundry detergents, but chemically pure borax, which is required for cosmetics, is sold by drug stores and "Chem lab" (see Appendix A). Lanolin is sold by drug stores. In a microwave or double boiler, melt the oil, lanolin and beeswax to 160 degrees F. Heat the borax and water in a separate container to 160 degrees F. Be sure the borax is dissolved and the wax is melted. Add the water mixture to the oil mixture while stirring briskly. When white cream forms, stir slowly until the mixture cools to 100 degrees F. Pour it into small, wide-mouth jars.
Oil Substitutions: Use a variety of oils as long as their combination equals 2/3 cup. Baby oil is simply mineral oil plus fragrance. The cream can be colored pink by replacing a small amount of the mineral oil with "Alkanet Colored Oil"

Super Smooth!

I also needed some lip balm and found the following recipe at a favorite shop for soap & cream making supplies - Majestic Mountain Sage. This is c a real winner! I love it!

CoCoMint Lip Balm
from Majestic Mountain Sage


    .25 ounces Beeswax
    .33 ounces Shea Butter, refined
    .33 ounces Coco Butter
    .40 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
    2 mL Vitiman E (I opened two capsules of 1000 mg each)
    10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil


Weigh all ingredients, then melt the oils and beeswax in microwave. Add the essential oil and pour into prepared containers. Let them cool, then cap. This quantity fills 4 (MMS) lip balm tubes and 3 (MMS) lip balm jars .


imquilternity said...

I would love to make lotion, lip balm, and soap and have looked into getting the ingredients but I just know, with my schedule, it would never get done. I admire you (& Vicki) for actually getting it done. Good for you! It looks sooo yummy! Have you thought about selling it?

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