It’s about this time every year, almost to the day, when folks start asking for the homemade hand cream. Here’s a repost of last year’s repost! 🙂
It was about
8 9 years ago when I was teaching a class and a lady gave me a little bottle of this “homemade” hand cream and the recipe. It was so amazing . . as good, if not better than anything I ever buy, no matter how much I pay. I’ve given this cream as gifts through the years and everyone always loves it and most end up making their own and giving it for gifts.
I did a blog post in March, 2010 with the recipe and you can see it here. I’m always a bit apprehensive about posting this recipe because someone got really offended that I called this “homemade” when I bought the ingredients and stirred them together. I wonder if that person grows the flour and makes the butter when she makes a “homemade” cake, or if she grows cotton and weaves the fabric before making a “homemade” quilt! So . . homemade or not, I love this hand cream.
Also, through the years, I’ve had people get a little testing about using vaseline which is petroleum jelly. If that’s a concern for you, please read this Good Housekeeping article. If you’re not comfortable using it, then . . this recipe isn’t for you.
During cold weather, my feet crack and bleed. Going out with flip flops on when it’s 15° is not smart and I know cracked feet will appear about three days after I’ve done it. In Missouri, my feet cracked, bled and hurt so bad that I went to a dermatologist. She gave me an Rx cream to use and told me after my feet were better, to rub them with Vaseline several times a day and put on socks. I had forgotten about that and several years ago, when I was at the doctor here for something else, I showed the doctor my feet and he said “use Vaseline”.
Ingredients for Hand Cream
The ingredients cost me $10 at Dollar General. Actually, it was $12 but that’s because there were two containers of Vitamin E cream and I only needed one. Next time, I won’t have to buy Vitamin E cream. The supplies may have been less at Walmart but I was passing by Dollar General.
I simply dump the three ingredients in the mixer and whip it til it’s smooth. Then, if the cream is for my own use, I refill the Vaseline and Vitamin E cream jars and whatever else I can find.
The little one in the front stays in my car. I keep a jar in the kitchen, a jar by my chair where I sit and knit . . there’s nothing worse than a rough spot on my hands when I’m knitting! I keep a jar in the bathroom and slather it on after a shower. I keep a jar by the bed and that goes on my feet, with a pair of socks. I don’t sleep with the socks on. I read for a while when I get in bed and then I fall asleep and probably within 10 minutes of falling asleep, I remove the socks without ever knowing I’m doing it.
This all started because Monday my left foot was hurting. I thought I had a grass burr in it but when I took my socks off, was surprised to see a big crack in my foot. I had about one teaspoon of hand cream left so I knew I had to make more quickly.
Now . . here’s the funny part. I always leave the residue in the mixer bowl and, with my fingers, swipe it out of there until I’ve used it all.
Vince came home and said “Did you make a cake?” Before I could even answer, and I wasn’t thinking about what was in the bowl, he had a finger full and was just fixing to lick it. I said NO!!! He stopped and I said “It’s hand cream.” Vaseline may be safe for your skin but I haven’t researched how safe it is to ingest. So .. use it on your skin but do not eat it