Warm Cream Hand Treatment 9


Yesterday we made a sugar scrub to exfoliate the hands making any subsequent treatments more effective. Today I wanted to make a product that would be applied to the hands then the hands are covered with gloves then wrapped in warm towels. This is often done for pedicures and manicures and I find I really like that. It is relaxing and calming to me. Come join me for this wonderful hand treatment!I wanted a product that would hydrate and soften the hands. I thought that Honeyquat would do the job spectacularly. After recently getting a burn on my hand that blistered beautifully, I can say that hydration and protection of the skin help it heal quickly. While we aren’t looking to heal, we are looking to protect and hydrate the skin, keeping it soft and supple.

I also wanted a little lanolin in this formulation to create a barrier. This barrier is intended to keep the water that is already in the skin there, and to prevent the skin from drying out. I love how much of a difference the addition of a little lanolin makes when you want to hydrate and protect skin.

In this formulation, I also included a little beeswax. I wanted to create a little drag. This would allow the cream to be slowly and deliberately massaged into the skin. I think a formulation with a little drag makes me slow down and enjoy the moment of self care. That is the part that I find so absolutely soothing.

 

Ingredients
Lanolin
Beeswax
Sunflower Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Veggie Wax
Honeyquat
Water
Optiphen
Stearic Acid
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
2.5 grams Lanolin
0.5 grams Beeswax
6 grams Sunflower Oil
4 grams Sweet Almond Oil
5 grams Veggie Wax
5 grams Honeyquat
78 grams Water
1 gram Optiphen
2 grams Stearic Acid
Recipe in Ounces
.08 oz Lanolin
0.01 oz Beeswax
0.21 oz Sunflower Oil
0.14 oz Sweet Almond Oil
0.17 oz Veggie Wax
0.17 oz Honeyquat
2.75 oz Water
0.03 oz Optiphen
0.07 oz Stearic Acid
Recipe in Percentages
2.5% Lanolin
0.5% Beeswax
6% Sunflower Oil
4% Sweet Almond Oil
5% Veggie Wax
5% Honeyquat
78% Water
1% Optiphen
2% Stearic Acid

 

Weigh everything except the Optiphen into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Mix well. I prefer to use an immersion blender. After letting the cream cool, add the Optiphen. If you desire, you can also add fragrance at this time.

Taylor

Finished Cream on Fingers

Weighing Oils

Weighing Water

Cooled Cream

Finished Cream in Jars

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About Taylor

I’m a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I’m constantly asking “Why?” My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.


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9 thoughts on “Warm Cream Hand Treatment

  • andrea

    Hi Taylor – can you please tell me what the Honeyquat and Optiphen do and what they are made of?

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    • Andee

      andrea,
      Honeyquat is a humectant. Honeyquat is a naturally derived quaternized conditioning agent made from honey. Honeyquat is made by reacting the pendent hydroxyl groups (on the disaccharide) of a “light” deodorized grade of honey with a chlorohydroxytrimethylammonium derivative. You can use other humectants like Liquid Glycerin as a substitute for Honeyquat.

      Optiphen is a preservative that is used in many formulations for lotions, creams and other products that need a preservative. It is paraben and formaldehyde free as well as compatible with most cosmetic ingredients. Optiphen is a mixture of Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol.

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  • caren

    Taylor, what would you suggest subbing for the lanolin, since I am allergic, maybe a butter of some kind?

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    • Andee

      We recommend replacing lanolin with a mixture of beeswax and jojoba to attempt mimicking the texture of lanolin. Make up just the jojoba with beeswax mixture first to test the consistency before adding it to the lip balm recipe. I might try 90 grams jojoba and 10 grams beeswax as a first trial.

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  • LuAnn

    Any idea what I could use in place of lanolin? I love the look of this recipe, but I can’t use lanolin, and I have several customers who can’t use it either!

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    • Andee

      LuAnn, I would recommend replacing lanolin with a mixture of beeswax and jojoba to attempt mimicking the texture of lanolin.

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      • LuAnn

        I wouldn’t have thought of that, Thanks! Could I also use any other wax, like sunflower or candelilla?

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        • Andee

          Yes. If you are using a harder vegetable wax like canelilla, then I would recommend reducing the wax amount by half.

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