Several years ago I posted this recipe and it still gets comments. The funniest to me was a reader who was really frustrated with me because she thought I should not be calling this “home made” because all I did was open three ingredients . . which I didn’t make, and mix them together. It made me wonder if she considered a cake homemade if she started with flour that she didn’t grow and grind the wheat, but simply bought the flour at the store, or if she used eggs from chickens she didn’t raise or if she bought them at the store, or if she used milk from a carton or if she went out back and milked the cow.
So, consider this homemade or not homemade but it’s wonderful hand cream. It is a bit greasy when first applied but once absorbed by the skin, it feels amazing. It’s inexpensive to make and makes great little small gifts.
The recipe I was given and have used through the years calls for Vaseline but some don’t like using Vaseline due to it being a petroleum product. Just use the ingredient list as a guide. Swap out anything you want to swap for whatever you want to use. I just made two batches . . one with Vaseline with cocoa butter, and one with with coconut oil.
Dollar Store, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree . . whatever you have near you probably has Vitamin E cream.
The basic recipe is this:
- 16 oz. baby lotion (doesn’t matter what flavor you use)
- 8 oz. Vaseline
- 8 oz. Vitamin E cream
The little containers came from whatever Dollar store I went to . . don’t even know which one it was.
These days, what used to be 8 oz. is now 7.5 oz. but it doesn’t really matter.
Simply dump the three ingredients in the mix, blend well and fill the containers.
I filled all the little containers for gifts and then filled the larger containers for my own use.
Red lids have the coconut oil mixture. White lids (and the empty Vitamin E cream container) have Vaseline mixture.