[Protective Winter Time] Hand Cream – Recipe and Instructions

Protective Winter Time Hand Cream - Recipe and Instructions lifehyme

This is a formulation for a rich hand cream, which is perfect for protecting the hands during the winter time. It contains coconut oil and shea butter to nourish the skin, lavender hydrosol and sodium lactate to keep the hands moisturized and beeswax to form a protective layer on the skin. Essential oils of lavender and bergamot will have a soothing and energizing effect on the skin.

Directions For Use

Apply to clean hands whenever they feel dry.

Potential Substitute Ingredients

You could use a different hydrosol (or replace it with extra purified water). Sodium lactate could be replaced with glycerin (another humectant). You could substitute another carrier oil of your choice for the coconut oil, and use different essential oils. If you want to use a different emulsifier then you’d need to experiment to find the right amount to use.


Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Storing creams and lotions in airless pump dispensers minimizes the risk of contamination. Apply with clean hands.

Approximate shelf-life: six months.

Creams can have a much longer shelf-life but you will need to have microbiological and stability testing carried out to determine the shelf-life.


Phase Ingredient INCI Function w/w%
A Purified water (eg deionized or distilled) Aqua Solvent 52.4
A Lavender hydroso Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water Solvent, active ingredient 10.0
A Sodium lactate Sodium Lactate Humectant 2.0
B Xanthan gum Xanthan Gum Thickener 0.5
B Coconut oil Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil Emollient 17.0
B Shea butter Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Emollient 6.0
B Beeswax Cera Alba Thickener, occlusive 2.0
B Xyliance Cetearyl Wheat Straw Glycosides (and) Cetearyl Alcohol Emulsifier 6.0
B Cetyl alcohol Cetyl Alcohol Thickener, stabilizer 2.0
C Preservative Eco Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Glycerin, Sorbic Acid Preservative 1.0
C Lavender essential oil Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil Fragrance, active ingredient 0.5
C Bergamot essential oil (FCF) Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil Fragrance, active ingredient 0.5
C Vitamin E Tocopherol Antioxidan 0.1


Ingredient Weight in grams (for a 100g batch) Weight in ounces (oz) for a 4 oz batch
Purified water (eg deionized or distilled) 52.4 2.096
Lavender hydrosol 10 0.4
Sodium lactate 2 0.08
Xanthan gum 0.5 0.02
Coconut oil 17 0.68
Shea butter 6 0.24
Beeswax 2 0.08
Xyliance 6 0.24
Cetyl alcohol 2 0.08
Preservative Eco 1 0.04
Lavender essential oil 0.5 0.02 (approx 15 drops)
Bergamot essential oil (FCF) 0.5 0.02 (approx 15 drops
Vitamin E 0.1 0.004 (approx 3 drops)


  1. Weigh all the ingredients of phase A in a container.
  2. Weigh phase B ingredients in a separate container.
  3. Heat both phases in a water bath to 70°C (158°F) and keep this temperature for 20 minutes. To account for water evaporation during heating, weigh the container with phase A ingredients before heating and take a note of the weight. After the time has passed, weigh the container again to see how much water evaporated. Add the appropriate amount of distilled/deionized water to compensate for any water lost during heating.
  4. Mix the phases together and emulsify using a stick blender.
  5. Cool the emulsion in a cold water bath, stir during cooling down.
  6. When the temperature reaches 40°C (104°F) add phase C ingredients, mix thoroughly.
  7. Package into your container of choice.
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