It’s deep in winter and my hands are soft and smooth. My cuticles? Them too. No dry, cracked skin. No flaking itchy skin. No hard, dry cuticles that creep up each year as winter comes on. (I know I’m not alone in experiencing this winter-hands phenomenon.)
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I have, dear friends, created/performed/discovered a MIRACLE!!!
I was making a homemade salve (mostly to use up some shea butter and beeswax I had around) and, joy of joy, miracle of miracles: I discovered a combination of ingredients that work magic on dry skin! This DIY salve keeps my hands soft and moisturized, regardless of doing dishes, baths and showers, cleaning … life.
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I didn’t write my recipe down as I was creating it, but, essentially, in a double-boiler I melted (approximately):
- 3/4 c of shea butter
- 1/2 c beeswax
- 1 T jojoba oil
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 T coconut oil
- 1 T essential oil
To boot, my shea butter was already infused with a bit of decarbed THC, so it’s even that much more fabulous.
And the texture??
Never ever in my life have I felt such a luxurious texture in a skin cream.
In general, when it comes to skin moisturizers, I’m a “No, really, I’m not interested” kind of person. To my senses, moisturizers tend to smell, feel sticky and feel chemical-ly, especially on my hands. Hence, why I only use natural ingredient moisturizers, but even those have rarely called to me. For reference, it took me two years to get through the one jar of shea butter moisturizer I had and even that took concentrated effort to use up.
But this miracle I created/discovered/found! Oh, oh, oh.
If you’re the DIY kind of person or think you can handle melting a few items in a double boiler and putting them in a jar, go for it! I’d love to hear your experiences.