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Homemade Hand Cream Recipes

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Commercial hand creams can be expensive and contain a variety of unpronounceable chemical ingredients. You can use natural ingredients and make your own hand cream. This page contains homemade hand cream recipes.


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By 6 found this helpful
October 21, 2009

It makes your skin really smooth.



Mix and put in a jar. If you want, you can add food color to it and put in a fragrance oil.

By Slumbergirl234

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December 9, 20040 found this helpful

You can make your own special hand cream by just getting unscented lotion and adding a few drops of your own essential oils, such as lavender, etc. to the lotion. Unscented lotions sometimes are cheaper than scented.

By Robin

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By 0 found this helpful
January 23, 2005

I would like a recipe for homemade moisturizers. Thank you.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 30, 20070 found this helpful

I know this isn't homemade, but go to the body shop and buy either there passion fruit body butter or blueberry. It is amazing and I never had a better product.

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 16, 20080 found this helpful

Hi, I am looking for natural homemade moisturizers & butters & cream recipes. I've been looking up on google for recipes. Is that the place I should be?

Between google, and yahoo I don't know which is best. What do you think is best for looking up recipes? I've been told dogpile is a good site to go on too. But I tried it once lready, it was okay.

P.S. If you know or have some good websites, let me know

Thank you so very much

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August 29, 20110 found this helpful

I have a recipe for hand lotion made from products found at Dollar General, but don't know the quantity of the products to use. Does anyone know the recipe?

By Marie

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November 13, 20110 found this helpful

This is the original recipe I copied years ago. I have made it many many times, however I only make a half batch because it makes so much. I don't find the exact brands called for, but adapt accordingly. The last time I even poured a Tbsp of Vit E oil in that I happened to have. I mix with my mixer till it is very creamy. I then store it in the Vaseline and Vit. E jars - which by now I have quite a supply of. Before that I bought some small plastic storage containers.

My doctor approves of this very much because it has no alcohol in it to dry the skin, so it does nothing but moisturize my very dry skin.

Note: In the recipe they comment about 10 minutes of stickiness, but I really never had that problem. Admittedly, it is oilier than most lotions, but it can be rubbed in.


Miracle Hand & Body Lotion

1 Bottle of Baby Lotion, Sleepy Time, Chamomile and Lavender, $ Store Brand (16 ounces)

1 Jar of Delon Vitamin E Creme (16 ounces)

1 Jar of Petroleum Jelly, $ Store Brand (16 ounces)

Mix all together with an electric mixer and put in jars or in those plastic food storage containers. I can live with 10 minutes of stickiness after a shower for the feeling it gives me all day long.

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January 1, 20120 found this helpful

I use cheap lotion as a base and add a jar of the dollar store vitamin e moisturizer creme and add 2 tablespoons of glycerin works better than the Vaseline.

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December 24, 20110 found this helpful

What kind of Crisco do you mean?

By Christene

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December 25, 20110 found this helpful

I would not use crisco on your skin it is fatty and can absorb into your blood stream.Try olive oil!

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December 27, 20110 found this helpful

My husband's doctor told him to use crisco on his legs because they were so dry! Get the lard not the oil!

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October 21, 20090 found this helpful

I would like to find a recipe for hand cream.

By beahx34 from Orange, TX


Homemade Cheap and Easy Hand Cream

Unflavored Crisco, that's it. (09/18/2009)


Homemade Cheap and Easy Hand Cream

Buy these things from Dollar Tree or Dollar Store:

  • 3 bottles (pink) baby lotion
  • 1 jar Vaseline
  • 1 jar Palmer's Cocoa Butter
Beat with electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Put in jars. (09/19/2009)

By indianlady

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September 17, 20090 found this helpful

This homemade hand cream (or body cream, whichever you prefer) is so much better than any other hand cream you can buy. It is so easy and so inexpensive to make too. I go to Dollar General and buy everything I need to make it. Recipe follows:

  • 2-4oz. jars Vitamin E cream
  • 1-8oz. jar Vaseline
  • 1-16 oz. bottle baby lotion

Mix with electric mixer till smooth and store in jars with lids.

Note: If you think the smell of the baby lotion is too strong, you might be able to find unscented lotion.

Source: My source is from a friend.

By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA


Homemade Cheap and Easy Hand Cream

Do not store in a metal container. Be sure to reuse the containers or use glass/plastic. (01/31/2008)

By lighthouselady

Homemade Cheap and Easy Hand Cream

Use unscented lotion and add the essential oil of your choice. (02/01/2008)

Homemade Cheap and Easy Hand Cream

Some people object to mineral oil (even though it seems to be in every commercial skin cream), because it dissolves important vitamins and hormones, and then your body excretes them.

Instead of baby oil, which is just scented mineral oil, you can use any cooking oil: soybean, canola, corn, olive, etc. I've made hand cream with cooking oil and it turned out fine. I liked the fact that it was inexpensive, unscented and had no polysyllabic chemicals in it. (02/01/2008)

By Jantoo

Homemade Cheap and Easy Hand Cream

If you heat the Vaseline a little in the microwave, it mixes so much easier and doesn't have lumps of Vaseline in the lotion. (03/10/2009)

By Debbie-Jenn

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By 0 found this helpful
October 11, 2007

A very inexpensive hand cream can be made with this recipe. I never buy any other kind anymore since I have made this. All items can be bought at the $1 store. Mix together with electric mixer, the following.

Fill clear jars, These make wonderful gifts! I make it for all my friends and they love it!

By Elaine from Iowa

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