One of the things I had in mind while setting up infused oils this summer was making a lotion for my fam workin’ in the service industry or with their hands in general. I was finally motivated to get off my arse and actually put that plan into action after a dinner with one of my daughter’s besties as she’s suffering some brutally dry, cracky, itchy achey skin as the result of full-time kitchen work, which is exactly what this balm is designed to prevent and combat.
The recipe makes a fairly small batch of just over 300 ml of lotion, but it’s meant to be used sparingly – just a little goes a really long way. I’ve gifted it off in jars of about 100 ml, which should get even the heaviest user through a full year.
For best results, apply it at bed time when hands are resting.
Also, rub it into cuticles post-bath. That’s nice, too.
A couple of notes before starting: You may not want to use your regular kitchen gear when working with things like sticky beeswax and stinky essential oils. I have a dedicated cauldron (a large, deep dog food dish that has handles for easy storage) as well as a spoon for mixing. Because I use a double-boiler method, this is an economically friendly solution – much cheaper than purchasing a dedicated pot, plus I use the dish as a cauldron for other witchy things.
The essential oils of lavender and patchouli contribute to the overall effects of the lotion, but are scents that agree with me. Feel free to switch them out with different oils you might prefer or omit them altogether. There are some great, skin-friendly alternatives here. The benzoin essential oil, however, is…well…essential as it’s a pretty powerful preservative with lots of benefits to the skin.
What you need:
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of sage-infused oil
- 1/4 cup of dandelion-infused oil
- 1/4 cup of shepherd’s purse-infused oil
- 1/4 cup of beeswax
- 1 tbsp rosehip oil
- 1 tsp vitamin E oil
- 10 drops essential oil of benzoin
- 10 drops essential oil of lavender
- 5 drops essential oil of patchouli
What you do:
- In a double-boiler over medium-high heat, combine the coconut oil, infused oils and beeswax.
- Heat these, stirring occasionally, until everything is melted and well-combined.
- Remove the top pot from the heat and stir in the rosehip oil, vitamin E and essential oils.
- Pour into whatever vessels desired for storage and allow to cool to room temperature before lidding.