Coconut Cuticle Cream 9


Things are slowly warming up here in Beijing but I definitely have spring/summer fever. I was just writing my Great-Grandparents a card when I asked them what they planned on planting. I was telling them how I had started some marigolds to enjoy. I laughed and told them “You can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl!” Even with just the simple act of starting seedlings, my hands are a wreck! So, I am including a Cuticle Cream in our Coconut themed week! Let’s head to the kitchen!One of the first things every cream needs is an emulsifier. I chose to use our Emulsifying Wax. It is simple to use and I have never had it fail. Only my math has failed me. 😉 Emulsifying Wax is also always in my cupboard. Conditioning Emulsifier and Veggie Emulsifier tend to float in and out of my cupboard.The next ingredient in this formulation is Stearic Acid. Stearic Acid is used as a thickener. It prevents the lotion or cream from running all over the place before you can rub it in. It also provides much of the characteristic texture of thick creams and body butters.

I also used Beeswax in this cuticle cream. Beeswax is also used as a thickener but it also gives a cream drag. I wanted this to be more of a heavy duty cuticle cream that isn’t going anywhere. Beeswax helps me achieve that.

The star of this formulation is our Virgin Coconut Oil. This contributes much of our scent as well as a smooth velvetiness that makes this so nice and desirable.

I chose Hydrovance as the humectant for the cuticle cream. Hydrovance is one of the most effective humectants. It has a major bonus of leaving very little residue, especially when compared to the long time favored glycerin.

I decided to use Optiphen as my preservative for this particular cream. When making creams and lotions, my favorite preservatives are Optiphen and Liquid Germall Plus. Often it just depends on what is handy or how much percentage of my formulation I want taken up by my preservative.

Ingredients
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Beeswax
Coconut Oil – Virgin
Hydrovance
Water
Optiphen
Coconut Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
5 grams Emulsifying Wax
5 grams Stearic Acid
2 grams Beeswax
5 grams Coconut Oil – Virgin
2 grams Hydrovance
69 grams Water
1 gram Optiphen
1 gram Coconut Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.17 oz Emulsifying Wax
0.17 oz Stearic Acid
0.07 oz Beeswax
0.17 oz Coconut Oil – Virgin
0.07 oz Hydrovance
2.43 oz Water
0.03 oz Optiphen
0.03 oz Coconut Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
5% Emulsifying Wax
5% Stearic Acid
2% Beeswax
5% Coconut Oil – Virgin
2% Hydrovance
69% Water
1% Optiphen
1% Coconut Fragrance Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the Optiphen and Coconut Fragrance Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add the Optiphen and Coconut Fragrance Oil once the temperature drops to approximately 120° F in the mixing bucket. Stir gently until completely mixed. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely before labeling. Enjoy!
Taylor

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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 “Coconut Cuticle Cream

  • Becka

    This looks like just the thing for my poor, ragged cuticles! I like that it doesn’t contain lanolin! (I love the feel of lanolin, but CAN NOT get past the smell!)

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  • Dana

    I might have to try to make this…I have everything except for the Optiphen but I do have Liquid Germall Plus. What would be the best essential oil to use in replacement of the fragrance oil and would blend well with the smell of the coconut oil? I have Lemon and that is supposed to be good for cuticles or maybe some Sandalwood. I may have to play with that one. Thanks for the recipe.

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    • Tina

      I would use an essential oil that is diluted. The lemon or sandalwood are too strong to be used at 1% in this formulation. Any essential oil that you like the smell of will work in this recipe, just dilute the oil to a subtle scent so the finished product is not too potent. I would dilute lemon by putting 1 gram of essential oil into 14 grams of oil. This will make a proper dilution that can then be used at 1% in this mixture. Sandalwood I would dilute using 1 gram of essential oil and 59 grams of fixed oil. Then use at 1%.

      Rosemary, lime, mint, juniper and others come to mind as good oils. Just make sure you dilute them appropriately. If you have our Natural Vanilla Oil on hand you can make the recipe exactly as listed except for this substitution.

      Tina

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      • Dana

        Thanks Tina, I’ll dilute before making and decided on a combo of both Lemon and Sandalwood as I love the smell of both.

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  • stella brandenburg

    I love coconut oil for soaps and creams. It is great for the skin and is antifungal and naturally has an SPF of 5. I like to make soaps and lotions with wholesome ingredients., If you put it on your skin, you will absorb it.After all the skin is the largest organ of the human body.

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    • Tina

      Stella, I have no documentation that coconut oil is antifungal or has a natural SPF. These are huge claims for this oil and it worries me that this is likely not true but often repeated. I have read elsewhere of fantastic claims for coconut oil and those claims were blatantly false, generated by a multi-level marketing company to promote their sales. No valid studies have come across my desk that prove these claims. I worry so much about our customers that I want the truth. If you do come across a known researcher who can prove these claims, please let me know. I would be thrilled to have the claims be true but I suspect they are nothing more than marketing hype. I am sorry.

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  • Kam

    I will have to give this a try. During the winter, our cuticles are always cracking. This sounds like a wonderful fix to the problem. Thanks.

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