Hand cream recipes that moisturize and nourish the skin

Hand cream is easily made at home. Most of them involve the use of beeswax as it is one of the best natural ingredients that lock in the moisture and protect the skin of the hands from drying and damage.

Before using a cream, you should use a hand scrub in order to remove the dead skin cells and open up the pores so that the cream can penetrate better and deeper.

Start with this recipe:

hand cream Apricot Hand Scrub


  • 1 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of apricot oil


  • Combine all the ingredients
  • Immediately rub the mix into the hands and continue gently rubbing and massaging
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry

Brown sugar is a universally used ingredient in any scrub. Body scrubs use it and so do foot scrubs. Brown sugar is full of molasses which makes it brown and moist. Its grains are smaller than of regular, white sugar which makes it a perfect exfoliant. It is not too harsh on the skin, it is gentle and easily sloughs off dead skin cells. It smells great, warms the skin up, and leaves it smooth and luscious.

Once you are done with the hand scrub, choose from one of the following hand creams:

Coconut hand cream


  • 1/4 cup of beeswax
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of baby oil
  • 1/3 cup of glycerin


  • Melt the beeswax and coconut oil over a double boiler
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and heat until the mix is smooth. This will take around 5 minutes
  • Pour into a clean container. The mix will harden as it cools

This recipe yields 1 cup.

Almond hand cream


  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 1/2 cup of almond oil
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of rosewater


  • Melt the beeswax and coconut oil over a double boiler
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until the mass is consistent
  • Pour into a clean container, and let it cool down. The mix will harden

This recipe yields about half a cup.

This one if my favorite:

Cocoa butter hand moisturizer


  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups of glycerin
  • 1/2 ounces spirits of ammonia
  • 1/2 ounces cocoa butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of boric acid
  • 1 cup of stearic acid


  • Using a glass pan, combine the cocoa butter, glycerin and stearic acid.
  • Melt over a low heat
  • Remove from the heat and add ammonia
  • Stir until the mass becomes milky
  • Add boric acid to warm water
  • Mix using a beater set at high for 10 minutes
  • You could add a drop or two of your essential oil to perfume the mass
  • Pour into a plastic container and set aside for 2 weeks, it needs to age before it can be used.

This recipe yields 1 1/2 quarts.

Apricot hand moisturizer


  • 6 dried apricots
  • 1 ounce grated beeswax
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of apricot oil
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of aloe vera gel
  • 5 Vitamin E capsules (broken open)


  • Using a saucepan, bring water and dried apricots to a boil
  • Simmer for 20 minutes
  • Set aside to cool down
  • Using a double boiler, combine beeswax, apricot oil and coconut oil
  • Stir constantly for about 10 minutes
  • Pour this into a glass container and leave aside
  • Blend the water and apricots until smooth
  • Strain using a gauze and discard the solids. Pour the liquid back into the blender
  • Add aloe vera gel and Vitamin E capsules
  • Blend and slowly drizzle the beeswax mix into the blender and continue with blending until the mix resembles frosting
  • Pour the mixture into glass jars and store in a cool and dry place. The mix will harden as it cools down
  • Apply to hands every time you wash them

Purchase materials for this recipe

2-Quart Saucepan with Double Boiler Insert and Lid
California Naturals 100% Beeswax
Organic Coconut Oil
Sweet Almond Oil, 100% Pure
RAW Cocoa Butter
Boric Acid
Stearic Acid
Apricot Kernel Oil
Organic Aloe Vera Gel

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