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Winter moisturizing lotion

Winter equals dry chapped hands 👐!

I usually have to go for glycerin-rich, highly hydrating commercial creams otherwise there's no chance I can fix my cracked skin.

Besides using my home-made soap, which doesn't contain aggressive ingredients, every night ⭐⭐⭐(well, almost every night 😁) I put on my hands a consistent amount of cream.
This usually works very well, but this year it has been pretty cold and the tap water in my area is particularly hard, so my problems persisted...

I frankly hate to use thick and oily products during daytime (I always stain my clothes!!!), that's how I ended up with idea of making a fresh, light and handbag sized lotion.

The original lotion recipe is from The Soap Kitchen but I've personalized it with some of my favourite essential oils.

  • Sweet Almond Oil: 24g 
  • Coconut Oil: 16g
  • Glycerine: 2g
  • Stearic Acid: 5g 
  • Citric Acid: 0.5g 
  • Emulsifying Wax: 10g 
  • Cetearyl Alcohol: 5g 
  • Sterile water or (as in my case) deminerilized and boiled water: 150g
  • Preservative (Geogard Ultra): 1g 
  • Essential Oils (additional):less than 1% in total
  • Vitamin E (additional): few drops

Essential oils:
Lavender (15 drops): smells good and has calming properties. Helps regenerate skin cells, it's antiseptic and anti fungal. Great for all skin types and needs.
Peppermint (3 drops): energizing. Gives a pleasant cooling sensation and has a calming effect on skin inflammations. Has antimicrobial properties. 
Rosemary (9 drops): has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, helps in toning your skin and removing dryness. Anti-wrinkles.

How to:
Phase A - water and glycerin
Phase B - remaining ingredients (with exception of E.O., Preservative, Vitamin E) 

Heat water then add glycerin
Heat, melt and mix phase B

Add phase A to phase B, stir with a whisk or spoon, then stick-blend until it becomes thicker (but not too thick!)

Wait until temp is around 55-60°C, then add essential oils, preservative and Vitamin E, stir and pour into bottles.

For a video on the procedure (recipe is different from the one I've used) see

Comments: very light consistency, easy to spread, incredible smell... a bit too oily, but definitely thumbs up! To be used in addition to a glycerin-rich night cream. The treatment pump and 50 ml PET bottles are great!


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