Gardener's Hand Cream
A surprisingly simple recipe to make your own rich moisturising hand cream.
1) A small saucepan preferably with a good thick base
2) Hand (balloon) whisk
3) Accurate weighing scales
4) Stirring spoon
Weigh all the ingredients below (not essential oils and preservative) into the one saucepan in the following quantities...
Sweet Almond Oil: 12g
Wheatgerm Oil: 12g
Coconut Oil: 16g
Stearic Acid: 5g
Citric Acid: 0.5g (just a pinch)
Emulsifying Wax (Steareth-21 variety): 10g
NOTE: This recipe is NOT designed for use with BP or NF varieties of emulsifying wax Cetearyl Alcohol: 15g
Put the saucepan over a moderate heat and wait until the coconut oil has almost completely melted. At this stage, the emulsifying wax will be softening to a gel. Whisk gently, preferably with a hand whisk over a moderate heat until the emulsifying wax has completely incorporated and you have a watery-consistency white or white-ish emulsion (do not boil). It is important to keep the mixture HOT but not boiling until ALL the ingredients have completely emulsified with no traces of gel-like substance remaining. It will become completely opaque and a white-ish colour when the emulsifying wax has completed its job, so until this stage, keep on the heat and keep gently whisking, checking to make sure all traces of a clear gel-like substance have disappeared.
Remaining ingredient quantities...
Preservative (Geogard Ultra): 1g (if using any other preservative you should refer to recommended inclusion levels)
Sweet Orange essential oil: 5 drops
Cedarwood essential oil: 3 drops
Take off the heat and add the preservative (this comes as a powder which dissolves readily in water) and now using a spoon, stir in thoroughly, then continue gently stirring whilst the liquid starts to cool and takes on a slightly more creamy consistency. At this stage add the essential oils (drops as above), pour into a suitable container and leave to cool further stirring gently as the mixture cools and thickens. Once completely cool you should have a good quality moisturising cream ready to transfer into a suitable jar or jars.
TIP: your mixture will cool much quicker if you place the container in a 'bath' of cold water.
NOTE: The addition of the preservative should guarantee a shelf life in excess of 6 months.