Body & Soul: Lavender Hand Cream

| April/May 2008

Makes 4 ounces
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.

  • 3 tablespoons grated beeswax
  • ½ cup dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons spring water
  • 2 to 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To use, massage the cream into clean hands.

Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty from the Garden (Henry Holt and Company, 1999).

Click here for the original article,  Body & Soul: Garden Beauty Recipes.  

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