I am so in love with this wonderful hand lotion. It’s light and sinks into your skin in a flash, but leaves your skin moisturized and happy. It smells warm and sweet, and slightly spicy from the ginger. It’s smooth and lovely, and I am thoroughly smitten.

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The oils part of this lotion is easy peasy. There’s emulsifying wax, of course, to tie it all together. I used emulsimulse, my favourite e-wax, but you can feel free to use any other complete emulsifying wax you have on hand. Up next is some virgin coconut oil, which contributes a wee bit of scent and its very light moisturizing properties. I find lotions made entirely with coconut oil don’t pack enough of a moisturizing punch more often than not, but when coconut oil shares the bill with some safflower oil, they team up to create a lovely fast-absorbing lotion that still imparts long-lasting hydration.

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I had some fun with the water part. Apart from the standard water (durr), there’s loads of humectants to help boost the moisturizing goodness of the lotion. Humectants draw moisture from the air and to your skin, helping to keep your skin hydrated. I decided to go with three for this recipe—vegetable glycerin, raw honey, and silk peptides. All three are humectants, with some other benefits. Glycerin softens skin, raw honey has lots of great probiotics in it, and silk peptides contribute a silky feel and sheen to the skin. And last but not least, allantoin, a great skin conditioning, healing, and smoothing ingredient.

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I used just two essential oils, and they pair wonderfully. The warm spiciness of the ginger is perfect with the soft mystery of labdanum essential oil. The final scent blend is soft, sweet, and intriguing, and will leave you sniffing your hands like a slightly crazy person.

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Ginger & Honey Hand Lotion

7g | 0.25oz emulsimulse/ritamulse (or other complete emulsifying wax—not beeswax!)
8g | 0.28oz virgin coconut oil
10g | 0.35oz safflower oil

70g | 2.36 fl oz just-boiled water
3g | 0.1oz vegetable glycerin
2g | 0.07oz raw honey
1/16 tsp silk peptides (I use these tiny measuring spoons to measure out such small amounts)
1/16 tsp allantoin

6 drops ginger essential oil (CO2 extracted is recommended for the quality of the scent)
5 drops labdanum essential oil

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Weigh out the emulsifying wax and oils into a small saucepan and melt over low heat.

Whisk the water, glycerin, honey, silk, and allantoin together in a small glass measuring cup, heating gently (I microwaved them for 20 seconds) to dissolve everything.

Once the oils have melted, add the water part and heat through, stirring. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool, whisking occasionally. The mixture will thicken up as it cools (the thickening will take a few days if you are using a different emulsifying wax than emulsimulse/ritamulse).

When the mixture has cooled, whisk in the essential oils and preservative, and decant into a 120mL/4oz pump top bottle. Enjoy!

If you don’t have safflower oil you can use grapeseed, sunflower, sweet almond, or apricot kernel instead. Read this for more information.

This jar & lid are from Saffire Blue.

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