Gardener’s Hand Therapy

Last week I shared my experiences at the local Gardener’s Market as well as my thoughts that officially felt like growing season now. I’ve been pulling weeds out of the garden and arguing with chickens over the spots they can dig. Not that the chickens argue back, they just tilt their heads and look at me like I’m crazy for pushing them out of the freshly tilled soil. Maybe I am, but I like eating fresh vegetables and chickens digging up my newly planted seeds are not on my list of fresh vegetable enjoyment. These silly girls are so funny!

Unfortunately, I despise gardening while wearing gloves and if I’m not careful, the weeds shred my hands. Digging around in the dirt pulls all the moisture away from my skin and then since my hands are dry, they can crack and bleed. That just makes the gardening not fun anymore! This recipe was formulated for those of us that spend our evenings and weekends out in the garden, but anyone with dry skin could benefit from this great hand therapy butter. I love the Gardener’s Hand Therapy and I believe anyone can find a use for it.

Collect needed supplies:
Apricot Kernel Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Beeswax
Regular Cocoa Butter
Mango Butter
Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil
scale
microwave
microwave safe beaker or glass jar
pipettes
Containers and caps of your choice

Recipe:
20 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
25 grams Sweet Almond Oil
14 grams Beeswax
5 grams Regular Cocoa Butter
5 grams Mango Butter
10-15 drops Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil

Weigh everything except the essential oil into the beaker. Melt, using the microwave in short bursts until everything is mostly melted. Once you have reached this point, you can add the Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil and stir well with a transfer pipette until all ingredients have been completely melted.

This recipe is great in the lip balm jars for small portable use. This recipe also can be used for the lips, but I would recommend that you use a flavor or essential oil that will be work with your lips.

Enjoy!

Next week is Hot Process Soap Week!
Andee

Collect all needed supplies.
Collect all needed supplies.
Taring the scale.
Taring the scale.
Weighing ingredients.
Weighing ingredients.

Mostly melted oils.
Mostly melted oils.

Adding Bourbon Geranium Essential to melted oils.
Adding Bourbon Geranium Essential to melted oils.
Filling 10 mL jars.
Filling 10 mL jars.

Chickens crossing the yard.
Chickens crossing the yard.
Stirring the oils together.
Stirring the oils together.
Capping jars.
Capping jars.

Another chicken crossing the yard.
Another chicken crossing the yard.
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10 thoughts on “Gardener’s Hand Therapy”

  1. Beautiful birds! They look like they have had plentyof bugs (and seeds) to eat!

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  2. kathyjane-
    They also dig in the grass clippings from mowing the lawn for bugs, and they like to jump into our compost bin and dig through that to find food that we have composted. They love various cooked hot cereals such as oatmeal, grits, barley, and rice. They also like cottage cheese, ricotta, spinach, lettuce, bread or toast, pancakes or waffles, shredded apples and carrots, and any other vegetables that we eat. We have very spoiled chickens! They get any leftovers from our meals that we don’t plan on keeping for leftovers. I feed them some scratch (cracked corn, cut oats, and cracked rye) every morning and they eat that quickly! They keep our bugs down to a minimum and they even chase the neighbor’s cats out of the yard! We can always tell, because the neighbor’s cats are missing fur from their tails!

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  3. Okay, I didn’t know where else to ask this so I’m asking here…

    I have this lotion I got a while back from a friend and I love it! Sadly I cannot find it anywhere so I would really like to make my own version…only I am new to making soaps and lotions so I don’t know where to start.

    It’s a cucumber foot cream. I love it so much I use it on my leg and arms too. And it’s almost gone!

    Thankfully I reconize most the ings. It has distilled water, aloe gel, vegi emulsifying wax, Evening Primrose Oil
    vitamin e oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, Coco butter, mango butter, shea butter, Cucumber extract, fragrance, and a Optiphen (the only thing I don’t really reconize…maybe a preservative?)

    My question, any suggestions for a basic mix of these ingredients? Or even a starting direction I should go in? Any advice would really help!

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    1. This is tough with only an ingredient listing. There are some things you can try, but without knowing what the final outcome is like, it is hard to make beginning guesses. If you are willing to do some testing, I can give you starting formulations, but you will have to test and compare, then describe the difference.

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  4. Oh yes I would love a beginning place to start. I don’t mind some trial and error to get something close to my now nearly empty favorite bottle of cream lotion. And starting formulation would help get me started. Thanks for writing me back :)

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    1. The ingredient listing you sent this morning has me a bit confused. I would not have expected this order. If this is the correct and legal order, then this is what I would try:

      80% Water
      5.5% Aloe Gel
      4% Emulsifying Wax
      3% Evening Primrose Oil
      1% Vitamin E
      1% Jojoba Oil
      1% Grapeseed Oil
      1% Cocoa Butter
      1% Mango Butter
      1% Shea Butter
      1% Cucumber Extract
      1% Fragrance
      0.5% Optiphen

      If this is nowhere near the consistency, we may need to consider that these ingredients may be out of order.

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  5. Hi again, it seems the first batch was a miss. So after trying it and coming back on here I realized that this may indeed be mixed up or I am just an amature at this still LOL. Sooo I went through my friends bathroom and came across another bottle. And the ingredients are in a different order! I looks newer than mine too. Hummm. So I was wondering if perhaps this new list made more sence and if you could possibly give me another starting formulation.

    Distilled Water
    Aloe Vera Gel
    Emulsifying Wax
    Grapeseed Oil
    Jojoba Oil
    Mango Butter
    Shea Butter
    Cocoa Butter
    Vitamin E
    Evening Primrose Oil
    Cucumber Extract
    Optiphen

    I am soo hopeful to make more of this. I would just bathe in it if I could lol!

    Lastly, what does a order of ings say about what a possible percentage is? Meaning how did you come up with a percentage? I still have much to learn

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    1. Please tell me what you got from the first batch, and how it varies from the product you are trying to duplicate. If we can’t get closer by our third try, would you be willing to send us a 1/4 oz jar sample?

      The beginning percentages were given due to position of the emulsifying wax. The others are entire guesses.

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  6. Mine seems kinda greasy. The real thing was much different creamier and rubs in smoother. Perhaps I’m just reading percentages wrong. I’m not great with percentages yet. Maybe I should try it again. Then if this is a miss I could send in a sample of both. Do you have a suggestion on a small two jar batch in ounces? Sorry all the questions.

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    1. If you can, keep the percentages to metrics and each single percentage being a single gram. This will make a less than 4 fl oz test batch and you can easily get an idea of what the lotion will do.

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