Recipe: Cuticle Cream
Cold weather settles in, my hands start feeling parched, then my cuticles get ragged and catch on everything. I also talk with my hands, so I get self-conscious about how they look (not to mention the strands of sweater clinging to my shredded cuticles). This simple cuticle cream offers a burst of moisture for winter-weary hands. Use as a spot treatment for cuticles or slather it on to condition skin, your hands will thank you!
You will need:
0.50 oz Shea Butter, Unrefined (Ivory)
0.75 oz Olive Butter
0.25 oz Emulsifying Wax NF
0.25 oz Polysorbate 20
2.25 oz Distilled Water
1.25 ml (1/4 tsp) Allantoin USP
1.25ml (1/4 tsp) Phenonip (Preservative)
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
5 drops Lavender, Bulgarian Essential Oil
3 drops Sandalwoods Essential Oil Blend
Phase 1: In a double boiler over low heat, combine all ingredients in oil phase until melted & clear. Remove from heat.
Phase 2: In a separate, heat-proof container, heat the water until it reaches approximately the same temperature as the liquified oils/wax. Use a thermometer to accurately determine the temperature. Remove from heat and add Allantoin, stirring thoroughly until dissolved.
Phase 3: Slowly combine water mixture with oil mixture using a stick blender or mixer to fully incorporate. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Phase 4: When lotion has cooled to the touch (as close to room temp as possible), add preservative and optional fragrance. Blend well to incorporate before packaging in airtight containers.
Allison B. Kontur