Luckily I care much more about what my hands make than how my hands look making things. Read: I have ugly hands. A lifelong passion for gardening followed by a love for cooking topped off with being a hairstylist, my hands didn't stand a chance. I don't do much to help my case either. I hate wearing gloves. Cuts, chemicals, washing hair, and borderline-obsessive hand washing take their toll. At no time is this more evident than in the depths of winter. I started making my own "lotion" about a year ago and have been very pleased with the results. I can't truly call this a lotion. It is much too thick and heavy to qualify as a lotion one could rub on throughout the day. I use it more as a treatment than a lotion. It also lasts and heals much better than any lotion I've used. Most recipes I've found online state that the lotion is not greasy. All I tried were most assuredly greasy. Or the lotion had been so diluted that it was no longer greasy but it also no longer worked. This cream is not greasy. It is waxy and filmy. So much so that I rub it on my hands for a few minutes and then I wash them with soap and water. That is why I consider it a treatment rather than a lotion.
1/2 cup cocoa butter
1/3 cub beeswax
1 cup aloe vera gel
1. over a double boiler, melt cocoa butter and beeswax until completely liquid and combined.
2. once melted, take off heat and mix in aloe vera gel.
3. Watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians while rubbing hands together until you can sit still no more. 3- 5 minutes for me (I like to see their hair).
4. Wash hands with soap and water, admire hands imagining what life would be like as a hand model.
Because you really only need to use this once a day, a small amount at that, it lasts quite a long time. Sometimes I add essential oils to it; but because the cocoa butter has a strong scent it is somewhat useless from a fragrance perspective.
A tip for cleanup: pour baking soda all over your bowl and mixing utensil. That effortlessly takes off the waxy oil film soap and water will not.
If you'd like to make this using the exact ingredients I did:
I have received one compliment on my hands in my life. My beauty school teacher told me I had lovely lanulas (the half-moon shaped white thing at the base of the nail bed). If only my nails weren't constantly stained with color.