DIY Body Butter and Hand Cream Update – No Water Added This Time

After the comment on my last hand cream post that mentioned that adding water to the lotion was inviting bacteria I have been ready to try again. I altered my recipe to remove the water, and to lessen the oil a bit because after some use I felt it was too oily. I also added tea tree oil to help with any mold or bacteria growth. Here’s the updated water-less recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons shea butter
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon beeswax
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
Directions:
Put all ingredients except for the tea tree oil in a glass jar.

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Melt the ingredients in the microwave in 30 second increments until it looks like this.

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Carefully (it’s HOT) remove from the microwave and let cool. After 15 minutes or so start stirring the mixture to keep it from hardening into a block. I rested the jar on a cool pack from the freezer to help speed this up. After cooling and mixing, it should look like this.

At this point it’s ready to use. This recipe came out a bit less oily and definitely not as creamy as the first one. Over a few days it has hardened to the consistency of a butter – a bit thicker than lotion, but not a solid. To use – scoop a bit out and let soften in your hands for a few seconds and apply like normal.

Enjoy!

This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday.

 

 

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