Jean’s Heirloom Hand Cream 5

Finished Hand Cream

Jean came in some time ago, bringing with her a handwritten recipe of hand cream that had been in her family. She wanted a modern recipe of what had been in her family for so long. I made scans of the recipe and immediately got to work. (Unfortunately, my desk monster ate her recipe.) One of the difficulties I faced was that the recipe used both volume and weight. I decided to weigh the materials that were measured in volume so the hand cream would be consistent every time Jean made it. I really like this heirloom cold cream. It is very soft, smooth and hydrating. Between summer activities and playing with Sadie, my hands are rough, scratched, scabbed and calloused. If I could I’d bring back the fashion of wearing gloves. My hands are a disaster. This Heirloom Hand Cream not only helps my hands retain their moisture but my hands are soft, smooth and velvety! My skin is dewy and it feels as though my skin has been rejuvenated. No oily skin here! I may not be able to compete with my Grandmother for the softest skin but with this cream on my side, I am a very far cry from having the worst. Come join me for this delightful cream that is sure to become an heirloom recipe in your family for generations!

Weighing Stearic Acid and Emulsifying Wax

I really enjoyed how simple this cream was to make. It was a breeze. I am super impressed with the cream as well. A nightly regime of this on my hands and you might not be able to tell that I am a working girl! I lightly scented this cream with lavender. It is polite and gentle. Due to the fact it is so light in scent, this cream does not smell medicinal. It remind me of going through a box of my grandmother’s hats and handkerchiefs with a small sachet of lavender tucked among the many treasures. A gentle perfume helping tell the history of these grand articles. I think this cream could be paired beautifully with lilac or any other gentle floral odor.

Collect Needed Items:

Stearic Acid
Emulsifying Wax
Lavender 40/42
Premixed Color
Mixing Container
Immersion Blender


Recipe in Ounces
20 oz Glycerin
6.575 oz Stearic Acid
24 oz Water
2.528 oz Emulsifying Wax
.53 oz Optiphen
.25 oz Lavender 40/42
Q.S. Premixed Color
Recipe in Grams
567 grams Glycerin
186 grams Stearic Acid
680 grams Water
71 grams Emulsifying Wax
15 grams Optiphen
7 grams Lavender 40/42
Q.S. Premixed Color
Recipe in Percentages
37% Glycerin
12% Stearic Acid
44.5% Water
5% Emulsifying Wax
1% Optiphen
.5% Lavender 40/42
Q.S. Premixed Color

Weigh everything except Optiphen, Lavender 40/42 and premixed color into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender mix everything well. Allow the solution to cool below 120° F before adding the Optiphen, Lavender 40/42 and premixed color. Mix well. Pour into jars. Cap and enjoy!



Weighing Glycerin








Weighing Water








Heated Solution








Mixing Cream








Adding Lavender Essential Oil








Adding Color








Mixing in Color








Finished Cream

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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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5 thoughts on “Jean’s Heirloom Hand Cream

  • Simona

    2 questions:
    1. can I use sodium lactate instead of glycerin? Will the percentages still apply?
    2. what is the minimum amount of glyceryn/sodium lactate that we can use in this recipe?

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  • rutherfordreserve

    I just wanted to say WOW! to the fact that there is only glycerin in the formulas, I thought an oil was always in a lotion?

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  • Simona

    Actually, this makes perfect sense to me! We need a moisturizer, and glycerin is a humectant. However, I always used an oil in the recipe :-). Great job, Taylor, for sharing this recipe with us! And thank you, Jean 😉

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  • Taylor Post author


    On Friday, I have a post about the sodium lactate. I hope it will answer your questions. 🙂 Boy, does Friday seem far away or not?


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  • Simona

    it’s FAR FAR AWAY!!!!!! I just came back from the country side today, and today it feels like SUNDAY to me 🙂 Imagine how far is Friday for me :))))

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