My hands always need a little more TLC in the summer – probably from messing around in the garden (always forgetting gardening gloves), and being in and out of the water.
This is a really easy-to-make (5 minutes), beautiful hand salve. I have included carrot seed oil because it’s deeply moisturizing and will help repair damaged skin. You can use this oil for making my eye serum too (in my book, Do It Gorgeously). I used geranium essential oil because it has such a beautiful uplifting scent, however, you can substitute with any essential oil that you love.
This would also make a wonderful gift for someone who loves to cook and/or garden.
2 tsp beeswax ( I like the beeswax pellets from Mountain Rose Herbs)
2 1/2 tbsp sweet almond oil
2tsp cocoa butter
8 drops carrot seed oil
8 drops of geranium essential oil
Simply heat the sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax in a bain marie (or a bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water). Stir gently until it melts (about 3 minutes). Remove from the heat and stir in the carrot seed oil and the essential oil.
Pour into a sterilized plastic or glass jar (an opaque jar or a tin is best). Depending on your room temperature, it’ll take anything from 1/2 an hour to 2 hours to set. This makes about 2 ounces of salve, so if you want to fill a 4 0unce jar, just double the amounts.
It will stay good for up to 6 months.