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Homemade Hand Cream Recipes

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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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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October 23, 20090 found this helpful

I don't like petroleum on my skin, either. Remember, anything you put on your skin, gets absorbed into your body. Crisco is also hydrogenated, which does damage to cell structure. Stick to vegetable oils that don't rot easily.

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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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October 12, 20050 found this helpful

what a great idea! Sometimes my hand lotions leave my hands smelling really mediciney. Thanks for sharing!

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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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August 30, 20110 found this helpful

I have made this lotion and it is nasty. It's beyond greasy, it's heavy feeling on the skin. A complete waste of time and money. I threw the whole batch in the trash. As vague as this recipe is I don't think I would make it again w/o more exact amounts

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August 30, 20110 found this helpful

The recipe I've used for years is very satisfactory, and is not greasy at all. It has a very clean and pleasant fragrance in spite of the fact that the only real fragrance it contains is that of Johnson & Johnson's baby lotion.

I use 4 ounces of Vaseline, 8 oz of J&J's pink baby lotion and a 4 oz jar of Vitamin E cream that I buy at Walmart. I also have used the Walmart's brand (Equate) of baby lotion that is probably bottled by the same company making it for J&J. I don't know that, but I can tell no difference in it at all. It is a lot more economical as well.

I place all 3 ingredients in a large enough plastic bowl, so that I have plenty of room for mixing with my hand mixer. I mix it very well until it's entirely emulsified, light and fluffy, then using a flat blade spatula, scoop the cream into perfectly clean cosmetic jars with lids. Since I share my hand cream with family and friends who also enjoy it as much as I do. I seldom have any left over, but if and when I do, it's always kept in the refrigerator.

I only use 4 ounce jars (or smaller) and use it on feet and ankles, hands, arms and elbows. Knees benefit from a good cream rubbed into them after baths too. Moisture or cleansing creams should always be placed on warm, wet skin ...never dry skin. You want the pores to be open when you add a softening cream so that it goes into the skin. Then if you like, you can gently wipe off any excess although I just keep rubbing it in. This way the cream actually gets into the pores and is able to do the softening that you're wanting to accomplish.

If you want to make a larger batch at the time, just stick to the formula, and double or triple the amounts. I wash and reuse all the jars from the Vitamin E cream (which incidentally is very reasonably priced at Walmart) as well as any other small cosmetic jars that family and friends save for me. In a pinch, one could use the small baby food jars which have the nice lids. They're just about the right size. However, anytime you place creams

or lotions in an opaque container, they maintain freshness a lot longer and are more apt to turn rancid due to light penetration of a clear container.

We all love the fragrance of sweet-clean babies, and the baby lotion lends the cream that same soft and gentle fragrance.


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September 6, 20110 found this helpful

I use the same formula; only put the vaseline in the microwave for a bit to partially melt it. It blends with the baby lotion and vitamin e cream better that way. I love this stuff and so do all my friends and family

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October 9, 20110 found this helpful

@ninny123 I use 1-4oz. tube of creamy vaseline, 1 oz. bottle of any baby lotion & 1-4oz. jar of vitamin E cream. Not at all greasy. The scent will be determined by the scent of the baby lotion. The scent only lingers a very short time.I don't need a mixer. I use a large bowl & a large spoon. I purchase all ingredients at either Dollar General or Dollar Tree for $1 each.

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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 23, 2005

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

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August 1, 20050 found this helpful

Hi Chris,

Your recipe for a hand lotion sounds quite easy to make. Could you possibly list the quantity of each ingredient?



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January 5, 20060 found this helpful

uhm.were can i buy a CHEAP ingredients? thank you

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November 24, 20060 found this helpful

i need some help finding a quick and easy moisturizer...

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February 24, 20070 found this helpful

Looking for a recipe for homemade moisturizers that may help the dry cracked skin caused by psoriasis..

any suggestions? Please e-mail me at houseoftin AT Thank You!!!

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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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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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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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January 1, 20080 found this helpful

Wow, I cant wait to try this! Great Idea - thanks!

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