Mid-Winter Light & Thick Hand Cream 9

I really dislike having dry hands. I can’t decide if the reason is the itchy and tight feeling my dry hands have or that they seem catch on everything! Either way, I needed to solve my dry hands before I went completely crazy. I decided to formulate this cream that feels good on the skin as well as pampers while moisturizing.

Let’s look at the ingredients I chose!

I picked Cherry Oil because it feels very nice on the skin and has been noted to counteract dry skin. It is also a light weight oil that will help the cream not feel too heavy on the skin.

I didn’t want to play around with emulsifiers, so I chose my basic Emulsifying Wax for trying to keep things simple.

I think humectants are fantastic, and I enjoy playing with the variety that I have available. I decided that Honeyquat would work for this recipe (and because it was at the front of my shelf).

My hands are the hands that need Lanolin in the winter. Lanolin helps create a barrier that then helps keep skin moisturized.

I added Vitamin E Acetate as an antioxidant to help slow down the oxidation of the cream.

I wanted to pamper my hands, so I added Wheat Protein and Liquid Silk for additional moisturization, feel-good texture, and label appeal.

I’m sure you know about my love for extracts, so you won’t be surprised that I had to add some! Orchid Extract and Green Tea Extract were chosen for skin soothing and repairing properties.

I really think that creams need preservatives, and I’ve really become fond of Liquid Germall Plus for the simple point that it is compatible with most cosmetic ingredients. I like breathing easy and not worrying!

I chose Apple Blossom Queen Fragrance Oil for the smile that I feel when smelling this fragrance. I don’t know if is possible for me to be sad when applying a cream scented with Apple Blossom Queen Fragrance!

Let’s go make this cream now!



Cherry Oil
Emulsifying Wax
Vitamin E Acetate
Wheat Protein
Orchid Extract
Green Tea Extract
Liquid Silk
Liquid Germall Plus
Apple Blossom Queen Fragrance Oil


Microwave Safe Container
Containers for Cream


Recipe in Percentages

65% Water
15% Cherry Oil
5% Emulsifying Wax
3% HoneyQuat
2% Lanolin
2% Vitamin E Acetate
2% Wheat Protein
2% Orchid Extract
2% Green Tea Extract
1% Liquid Silk
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% Apple Blossom Queen Fragrance Oil

4 ounces:

2.6 ounces Water
0.6 ounces Cherry Oil
0.2 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.12 ounces HoneyQuat
0.08 ounces Lanolin
0.08 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
0.08 ounces Wheat Protein
0.08 ounces Orchid Extract
0.08 ounces Green Tea Extract
0.04 ounces Liquid Silk
0.02 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
0.02 ounces Apple Blossom Queen Fragrance Oil

115 grams:

74.8 grams Water
17.2 grams Cherry Oil
5.8 grams Emulsifying Wax
3.4 grams HoneyQuat
2.3 grams Lanolin
2.3 grams Vitamin E Acetate
2.3 grams Wheat Protein
2.3 grams Orchid Extract
2.3 grams Green Tea Extract
1.1 grams Liquid Silk
0.6 grams Liquid Germall Plus
0.6 grams Apple Blossom Queen Fragrance Oil


Weigh all ingredients except the additives (Vitamin E Acetate, Wheat Protein, Orchid Extract, Green Tea Extract, Liquid Silk, Liquid Germall Plus, and Apple Blossom Queen 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 additives 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.


This is a nice cream. It can be put in either a bottle with a High Viscosity Pump or in a jar. I like this cream, as it is easy to apply, but can absorb quickly. If you apply too much, it will feel a little greasy, but that is an easy fix. 🙂 I applied this cream and 45 seconds later, I was writing these notes without fingers slipping on the keyboard!

The cooled cream on my finger.

The cooled cream on my finger.

Weighing the main ingredients.

Weighing the main ingredients.

Melted ingredients before mixing.

Melted ingredients before mixing.

Mixed cream.

Mixed cream.

Adding the additives.

Adding the additives.

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Mid-Winter Light & Thick Hand Cream, 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings

About Andee

Director of Happiness. I'm a thirty-something soap snob. I've grown up with handmade soaps, and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps, and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!

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9 thoughts on “Mid-Winter Light & Thick Hand Cream

  • Leilani

    What interesting ingredients. I think I will have to try it. Does Cherry oil have a fragrance?

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    • Andee Post author

      The Cherry Oil does not have a fragrance. This cream is actually very easy to scent with any scent of your choice.

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  • Catalina

    I have everything in my cupboard, but not the lanolin – any substitute?

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    • Andee Post author

      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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  • andrea

    SOOOO excited to try this — adding things to my wish list for my next order so I can play 🙂 Thanks for this great recipe!

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  • Dani


    I have liquid Vitamin E – how would I substitute for the Vitamin E acetate? Thanks for your help – this looks like a great recipe!

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