DIY Hand & Nail Butter

'Tis the season for dry, chapped hands, rough cuticles, and accidental baking burns (just me?). Try this Hand & Nail Butter recipe from Organic Body Care Recipes (available on for yourself or for a DIY holiday gift!

"This formula is rich, moisturizing, and healing for irritated, dry hands and nails, chapped lips, rough knees, elbows, and feet. It's particularly effective for the prevention of scar tissue formation... when consistently applied to fresh cuts and scrapes."

Hand & Nail Butter
-4 T sweet almond oil
-2 T cocoa butter
-1 T anhydrous lanolin
-1 T beeswax (1.5 T if you want it firmer)
-50 drops Carrot Seed, Geranium, Lemon, and Grapefruit essential oil in any combination. You might try 10 drops Carrot Seed, 20 drops Geranium, and 20 drops Grapefruit essential oil!

In a small saucepan over low heat or in a double boiler, warm all ingredients except the essential oil until the wax and cocoa butter are just melted. Remove from head and stir a few times to blend. Add the essential oil, stir, and pour into storage container(s). Lightly cover each container with a paper towel and allow the mixture to cool before capping. Cocoa butter takes a while to set up, so leave the product at room temperature for 12 hours before use. The finished formula will have a paste wax consistency.

Note: This formula may harden in cold weather but will soften upon contact with warm skin. No refrigeration is required, but for maximum freshness and potency, please use within 1 year.

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