The following is a post from contributing writer Jami.
I have pretty dry hands and during the gardening season they get even worse from the rough scrubbing needed to remove all the resulting dirt. They quickly become chapped, especially around the cuticles. I’ve tried many different brands of hand creams, but I have never found one that I liked both the scent of and had the power to keep my hands looking good. Plus, the ingredient lists on these creams were SO long…surely a hand cream could be simpler, couldn’t it?
Yes, I’ve found, it can. When you make your own Lavender Hand Cream you’ll get simpler ingredients, a foolproof method (no worries about separation), a wonderful light scent, and a cream rich enough to not only keep your hands and cuticles looking good, but also work wonders on your elbows and dry heels as well.
Since it’s made with real oils and beeswax, it is, well…oily, so I wouldn’t apply it right before working on the computer or reading a book. It’s perfect, however, for applying before putting on gardening gloves and before going to bed at night, where it has a chance to soak in – protecting and replenishing the skin we can be so rough on during the day.
Lavender hand cream also makes a terrific gift and can be adapted to use different scents or even be thinned to use with a pump.
Note: Since this method doesn’t use water, there is no need to use a blender or processor and you won’t have to worry about the cream separating. It will be softer in warmer weather and harder in cooler, but still be spreadable either way. It can be stored at room temperature (storing in the refrigerator will result in a stiffer cream).