Old Man Winter Hand Cream 4

Finished Old Man Winter Hand Cream

Finished Old Man Winter Hand Cream

As we get later into the autumn it just keeps getting colder and colder. Cache Valley is such a beautiful place and I love living here, but when the cold comes around I find myself wondering, how can I protect my skin? In Utah, we can have some pretty harsh winters. The cold, dry, and windy weather is horrible for the skin because it sweeps away any moisture added during the morning routine. This is my inspiration to make the Old Man Winter Hand Cream. I want a rich and thick cream designed for men to help with dry and weather beaten skin.

Collect Needed Items:

Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Coconut Oil
Liquid Germall Plus
Autumn Afternoon Fragrance Oil
Icy Water Fragrance Oil
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Containers for finished cream


Recipe in Grams
12 grams Emulsifying Wax
6 grams Stearic Acid
6 grams Beeswax
6 grams Hydrovance
6 grams Glycerin
15 grams Coconut Oil
246 grams Water
1.5 gram Liquid Germall Plus
0.75 grams Autumn Afternoon Fragrance
0.75 grams Icy Water Fragrance
Recipe in Ounces
0.42 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.21 ounces Stearic Acid
0.21 ounces Beeswax
0.21 ounces Hydrovance
0.21 ounces Glycerin
0.53 ounces Coconut Oil
8.68 ounces Water
0.05 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
0.03 ounces Autumn Afternoon Fragrance
0.03 ounces Icy Water Fragrance
Recipe in Percentages
4% Emulsifying Wax
2% Stearic Acid
2% Beeswax
2% Hydrovance
2% Glycerin
5% Coconut Oil
82% Water
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.25% Autumn Afternoon Fragrance
0.25% Icy Water Fragrance

The end result did not end up being as viscous or stiff as I had imagined. However, once I put the lotion on, it left a feeling as though I had just put on a very thick cream. This hand cream moisturizes deeply like a thick cream without being too stiff or oily.

All of the ingredients needed for this recipe

All of the ingredients needed for this recipe

Weighing all of the ingredients into a microwave safe container

Weighing all of the ingredients into a microwave safe container

Lotions are one of the easiest things to make. The key is correctly heating the mixture to get proper melting, then mixing until everything has emulsified then you are ready for the preservative. Make sure the preservative gets mixed in completely or else the product can grow mold. I, sadly, have made that mistake before!

After heating, using an immersion blender to mix

After heating, using an immersion blender to mix

Last but not least, adding the fragrance oils and preservatives

Last but not least, adding the fragrance oils and preservatives

Make this lotion by weighing everything except for the Liquid Germall Plus and the two fragrance oils into a single heat proof container.  Put the container into the microwave and heat until all the ingredients are melted. Using an immersion blender as the mixing tool, mix the lotion until its fully mixed and none of the oils separate. Now, let the mixture cool until it is under 120°F. Once it has cooled it is time to add the Liquid Germall Plus, Icy Water Fragrance, and Autumn Afternoon Fragrance. Next you can put the lotion into the container of your choice. I would recommend using jars because this is a thick cream. This recipe makes about 10.5 ounces of lotion or 300 grams. Use the percentage column to make the batch the size you desire.



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About Katy

I am a twenty something goofy, cat-loving, outdoor enthusiast. I enjoy gardening, fishing, and camping. A few of my favorite fragrances are Juicy Pear, Love Spell, and Jacob. I can't lie, I am a bit of a newbie in the soap making world but I am ready to learn and so excited!

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4 thoughts on “Old Man Winter Hand Cream

  • Janet Schreiner

    I am going to try this recipe after this busy season is over. I get truly dry hands in the winter and haven’t made a new recipe in awhile. As always, thank you so much for wonderful ideas and recipes!

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  • Stephanie

    I’m always looking for a great hand cream as i live in Logan too and my hands some times look like sandpaper. I just have one question about Glycerin I learned some where that it pulls moisture from the air, but during the winter when the air is dry it will pull the moisture from are skin. Is that TRUE

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    • Tina


      It is true! Glycerin will pull water to itself from any source it can find. If the air is so dry (and not just in the winter time for us Utahns) then glycerin will crystallize. Use oils to trap the water and glycerin near the skin and make sure to moisturize regularly. Once a day is NOT sufficient in Utah. Can you tell I understand low humidity? 😉


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