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Body & Soul: Lavender Hand Cream

<em>Makes 4 ounces<br />
</em>To keep your hands looking and feeling their best, use this rich cream before and after you work outdoors. The dark sesame oil acts as a mild sunscreen (SPF about 6; if you burn easily, use a commercial sunscreen as well). The lavender is a traditional insect repellent. Keep a jar next to all of your sinks and outdoor faucets.</p>
<li>3 tablespoons grated beeswax</li>
<li>½ cup dark sesame oil</li>
<li>1 tablespoon coconut oil</li>
<li>1 teaspoon honey</li>
<li>2 tablespoons spring water</li>
<li>2 to 3 drops lavender essential oil</li>
<li>? teaspoon baking soda</li>
<li>Combine all ingredients in a heat-resistant container or double boiler. Gently heat (do not boil) the mixture in a microwave or on the stovetop over medium, stirring often, until wax and oils melt completely.</li>
<li>Pour the mixture into a container or jar and allow it to cool. After it has cooled completely, give it a final stir before capping.</li>
<li>To use, massage the cream into clean hands.</li>
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<em>Janice Cox is the author of</em> Natural Beauty from the Garden <em>(Henry Holt and Company, 1999).</em>
<p>Click here for the original article, <a href=””>
<strong>Body & Soul: Garden Beauty Recipes.</strong>

  • Published on Nov 24, 2009
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