Brian’s Hand Butter 25


Have you ever seen the hands of a worker in such bad shape that they crack and bleed just due to the elements? I have, and it looks terrible. It also causes a lot of pain. Brian is a young man Tina met who has been struggling with his hands. They ended up talking and Tina said “I think we (at MMS) can come up with something for you. Once I bring you a butter, your hands will be looking like mine in a month.” Let’s head to the kitchen to make a butter for anyone who suffers from dry and cracked skin.This recipe is wonderful. It is easy to apply, requiring little effort or pressure. It is also great for damaged skin but don’t let that limit you. I gave a jar to my Grandmother, who has the softest hands but her skin is also very fragile. A lot of pressure will leave bruises, which she finds displeasing. An easy-to-apply butter is very useful to her. This is a formulation that you can use all the way from babies up to the elderly without any worries. Use it on arms, elbows, knees, feet, etc.

First, I started this formulation with Beeswax. Beeswax gives this butter staying power. It also creates a barrier on the skin allowing it to keep from drying out. This is important, especially when dealing with damaged skin.

I also used High Melt Point Shea Butter. Because this is an anhydrous mixture, I didn’t want to deal with fractionation issues but I still wanted the creamy luxury of Shea Butter. I love it when High Melt Point Shea Butter comes to the rescue!

I used Aloe Butter because it has a lower melt point. This meant it helps with the spreadability of the butter without needing a lot of work or pressure. This is helpful when dealing with damaged skin because you don’t want to increase the pain. A butter that is easily applied will always be preferred to one that takes some effort.

Sea Buckthorn Oil rather takes the spotlight in this formulation. Not only does it give this butter its stunning color, but Sea Buckthorn Oil also is reputed to have incredible regenerative properties. Reputed or not, that sounds good to me!

I added a variety of extracts for a little boost. Boosters are wonderful and the great thing is you can use whatever extracts you have and on hand or the ones you prefer. Extracts open a huge new world in the world of lotions, creams, butters, lip balms, lip glosses and even massage oils! Try some today!

I also used some Lanolin in this butter. Lanolin is an excellent choice because it an excellent moisturizer. Lanolin is great at keeping water where it belongs, out of sheep’s wool and in your skin. It is also a fantastic skin protectant. If you haven’t added Lanolin to your cupboard, I promise you will want to. It does so much and it is also creamy! Try it!

Cherry Oil also made its way into this formulation. It is a lightweight oil so it prevents this butter from feeling too oily or greasy. It also helps counteract dry skin and itchy and rough sensation that comes with it.

I also used Black Currant Oil. Black Currant Oil is high in fatty acids that help the skin repair itself. Just what we are looking for to put in this recipe! Are you ready to go make a hand butter?

Ingredients
Beeswax
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Aloe Butter
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Calendula Extract
Orchid Extract
Ivy Extract
Lanolin
Cherry Oil
Black Currant Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
12 grams Beeswax
32 grams High Melt Point Shea Butter
30 grams Aloe Butter
1 grams Sea Buckthorn Oil
2 grams Calendula Oil
2 grams Orchid Oil
2 grams Ivy Oil
3 grams Lanolin
9 grams Cherry Oil
9 grams Black Currant Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.42 oz Beeswax
1.12 oz High Melt Point Shea Butter
1.05 oz Aloe Butter
0.03 oz Sea Buckthorn Oil
0.07 oz Calendula Extract
0.07 oz Orchid Extract
0.07 oz Ivy Extract
0.10 oz Lanolin
0.31 oz Cherry Oil
0.31 ozΒ Black Currant Oil
Recipe in Percentages
12% Beeswax
32% High Melt Point Shea Butter
30% Aloe Butter
1% Sea Buckthorn Oil
2% Calendula Extract
2% Orchid Extract
2% Ivy Extract
3% Lanolin
9% Cherry Oil
9% Black Currant Oil

Weigh all of the ingredients except the extracts into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Stir and allow it to cool slightly. Add the extracts. Stir occasionally as the mixture continues to cool. Once it has cooled sufficiently, transfer to containers of your desired size. I used 20 mL jars. Enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Butter

Finished Butter

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Finished Butter

Weighing Beeswax

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Melted Oils

Melted Oils

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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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25 thoughts on “Brian’s Hand Butter

  • Carrie

    That looks like a great butter for the hands! I don’t have all of those oils/butters, but they all sounds wonderful. Might have to put that on my list to try someday!

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  • Maya

    I love this! I want to make some for my daughter. She’s been washing her hands with scented soap. I guess she has a sensitivity to fragrance or something in the soap because when she uses it, it gives her alligator skin. This looks like it would help a lot and we could make it together, which would be fun (she’s 7).

    I’m wondering why you picked the extracts you did, especially the ivy. Can you leave the extracts out if needed? Just wondering.

    Thank you!

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    • Tina

      These extracts were chosen for their skin helping properties. You can
      certainly leave them out but the finished product will be blah, bland and
      not nearly as good. These skin assisting extracts are really the difference
      between OK and WOW!!!

      I would choose the extracts you desire. If you prefer to omit the ivy then
      you can replace it with another extract that you like a little better. I think
      the response of the people who have tried this with the extracts makes
      it worth making as is. Try it then change it as you desire. This way you
      have a base line for improvement or not.

      Tina

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      • Maya

        Thanks Tina! I don’t know enough about extracts to know, so I rely on your experience. I was just wondering because I didn’t know there was an ivy extract or that it could be beneficial. πŸ™‚

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        • Tina

          Ivy is very nice and gentle. It works well for things like this. My favorite extracts are Calendula and Orchid. I think our skin votes for the favorites and everyone has their own likes.

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  • Leilani

    This would be great for some of the men in my family, they work in the oil field and their hands are always chapped and cracked. Thanks!

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  • Neal

    THANKS! I made a very similar hand cream last year, but did not melt the wax and shea properly. It was was a bit grainy but really helped my battered hands. This recipe has solved my problems. Thanks Again.

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  • Janet Schreiner

    I am making this one today. I would just love a recipe for face cream. A light version…any thoughts???
    Thank You!!!

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    • Tina

      Janet, Two face creams (serums?) have been formulated that will be shared on the blog soon. Taylor has really worked on these for being fun and easy to make. I think a light cream is an awesome idea! Don’t forget all the things this butter will help though. Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes, knees and toes; hands, ears, lips and nose! I’ll bet you were singing. πŸ˜‰

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  • Barb Murphy

    Oooh, this looks fantastic! Is it the seabuckthorn oil that gives this such a lovely color? I can not wait to try this out. I guess I will be placing an order for supplies soon, lol.

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  • LuAnn

    Looks great, I think I’m going to try this one! One question/suggestion, why did you guys stop listing the ingredients with a link straight to the products listed? Does that make sense? The ingredients that you guys carry were always in blue, so if I wanted to look up the price and info on each ingredient being used in this recipe, I could just click on it, and I would be taken right to that place in the catalog. It would be nice to be able to do that again! πŸ™‚

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    • Andee

      Whoops! I fixed that for you. We try to make links for the products and sometimes we forget to add those links.

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      • LuAnn

        Thank You! I wasn’t sure if it was something you had just decided not to do any more, so glad to know that you will continue putting links, it’s much easier to purchase that way! πŸ™‚

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    • Andee

      Your hands will feel great after using this. I think this would be a perfect after gardening care hand butter.

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