Adventures in DIY


I decided to make my own hand cream again so last weekend I searched out the original recipe I used. After a bit of googling I found it! I used the linked recipe as a starting point and added to it my own ideas. I thought about eventually, once I get the formula just right, selling it. But who knows when that will be. In the meantime, I thought I’d share my work-in-progress hand cream recipe. Here it is below:

Knitter’s Hand-cream

3 tbs coconut oil.
2 tbs cocoa butter
4 tsp almond oil
10 drops lavender oil

Put coconut oil and cocoa butter in a pyrex measuring cup (I use the 2 cup size). Place the Pyrex container in a small saucepan filled halfway up with water. Bring the water to a boil on medium and melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil mixture. When melted, add almond oil and mix well. Remove from heat and add lavender oil. Pour into a clean and sanitized glass container (a small jar with a wide mouth) and let cool uncovered until the mixture hardens.

My mistake this time was that the jar I used previously had minced garlic in it and now my wonderful hand-cream smells like a mixture of lavender and garlic. Mind you, I cleaned the hell out of my perfectly sized little jar but the garlic smell wouldn’t go away, much to my dismay.

The best jars to use (if you can find them) are 1/4 pint canning jars.

As I searched for my hand cream recipe I came across Angry Chicken’s recipe for homemade deodorant. Since I had some of the ingredients I thought I’d give it a try! I didn’t have Shea butter on hand so I substituted cocoa butter. The essential oils I used were lavender and tea tree oil. The formula turned out as hard as a rock and I had a hard time getting the stuff out of the jar. So I added a heaping tablespoon of Coconut oil and melted the jar in the microwave and let it cool overnight. The addition of the coconut oil softens it up sufficiently for me. So here is my work-in-progress recipe for deodorant:

Homemade Deodorant

5 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
3 Tablespoons baking soda
2 Tablespoons corn starch
5 drops of Vitamin E oil
5 drops of Lavender oil
5 drops of Tea Tree oil

Place cocoa butter, coconut oil, baking soda, cornstarch in your pyrex measuring container and melt in the microwave for 30 seconds. It won’t all be liquefied but if you stir it for a bit it will continue melting when you take it out. Add your E oil and essential oils. Mix well and pour into glass container. Let cool overnight.

Again, this is a work in progress. Next time I do this I will use Calendula oil instead of lavender. I think I will not add as much tea tree oil next time. I may order some Shea butter to experiment with, too. Also, I might try recycling an old deodorant container, as well. I’m interested to see if I can re-use one. I’ll let you know how that works!

In the meantime, have fun making your own perfect concoctions!

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