During these cold months, my hands have a tendency to be become very dry and sometimes even crack. Combine cold months with flu season, and lots of hand washing, and my hands are just screaming for some moisture. I use thick creams and they do the trick but my cuticles are often left dry. I decided to make my own mini lotion bar to use specifically on my cuticles and keep them moisturized. I used some of the same ingredients from this homemade shaving cream and the result is a little bar of heaven for my cuticles.
I used 4 raw ingredients and combined them in pretty little flower molds to make these lotion bars. I keep them in a mason jar in my office. I spend a lot of time here so it’s nice to grab a bar and rub it over my cuticles and into my hands as needed. The heat of my hands warms the bar just a enough to moisturize my skin. I only use a bit, then pop the bar back into the mason jar.
Here’s how you can make your own.
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Mini Lotion Bar for your Cuticles
- Shea butter
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Oil
- Microwave safe glass dishes or a double boiler
- Mixing spoon
- Silicone mold
- Oven mitt
Start by measuring out equal parts of shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil. I used 1 ounce of each for this recipe. The ingredients need to be liquid before they can be combined and each of these has a different melting point. It’s best to measure each in a separate dish then melt and combine once they are liquid. I melted the coconut oil and shea butter in the microwave in 30 second increments, these 2 melt fairly quick. I used a double boiler to melt the beeswax, which takes a bit longer.
Once everything is melted, slowly combine the ingredients into a glass container such as a measuring cup. Stir continuously until everything is combined.
Be sure to protect your hands with an oven mitt, these oils can be very hot!
Add a few drops of almond oil to the mixture for added moisture and mix thoroughly.
Pour the mixture into silicone molds. I like to use small shapes that fit easily into my hands. The mixture will solidify quickly and the lotion bars will start to form. Leave them to set for about an hour then pop them out and store in an airtight container.
My husband and I each have a little jar of these and they have done wonders for our hands and cuticles this winter. My girls even have some in their bathroom and love using them on itchy skin.
I love how moisturizing these are, and the scent is so very subtle. I may wrap a jar of these up as a gift next time I am in need of one.
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