5 Recipes for Homemade Hand Creams

It's a good idea to apply cream on your hands regularly to keep your skin well cared for and looking good. Youe can choose the one your want on the market or you can prepare your own homemade hand creams.
5 Recipes for Homemade Hand Creams
Karla Henríquez

Written and verified by the doctor Karla Henríquez.

Last update: 15 December, 2022

Preparing homemade hand creams isn’t difficult. In fact, it’s very simple. Here are a few recipes that you can use whenever you want.

Many of them not only have an extremely pleasant texture, but also have a delicious aroma that will help you get into the habit of applying cream to your hands to keep them well moisturized even in the coldest months of the year.

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Keep in mind that the recipes for these creams are intended for your hands, and not your face, as they may be too oily for the skin and promote the appearance of pimples and blemishes.

A woman applying hand cream.

1. Moisturizing Coconut Cream

If you love tropical and sweet aromas in your creams, then this recipe’s for you. It combines three ingredients with a delicious aroma and a very pleasant taste.


  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (30 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa butter (15 g)
  • 1 teaspoon of almond oil (5 ml)
  • 4 drops of aromatic lemon essential oil


  • Pour the coconut oil and cocoa butter into a container and heat in a Bain Marie for a couple of minutes until the butter has melted in with the oil.
  • Once the two ingredients are liquid, add 4 or 5 drops of lemon essential oil and 1 teaspoon of almond oil.
  • After mixing all the ingredients, pour the liquid into a jar or another container.
  • Finally, let it to cool to solidify.

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2. Moisturizing Cream with Almond Oil

Almond oil seems to help soften earwax when it accumulates in the ear.

A small jar of almond oil.

If you prefer a more subtle scent that’s better concealed upon application, then this almond oil moisturizer is for you. You can make it with a touch of lavender if you wish.


  • A bunch of lavender flowers (15 g)
  • A cup of sweet almond oil (100 ml)
  • 1½ tablespoons of liquid Vaseline (25 ml)
  • 1½ tablespoons of cocoa butter (25 g)


  • In a glass jar, mix the sweet almond oil with the lavender flowers to create an herbal infusion in the oil.
  • Seal the jar and let it to sit for two or three weeks in a cool, dark place.
  • Once the time has passed, strain the mixture to remove the flowers.
  • Melt the Vaseline and the cocoa butter in a Bain Marie.
  • Once they are liquid, allow them to rest at room temperature.
  • Add the lavender oil and process with a hand blender for a couple of minutes.
  • Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, pour the mixture into a jar. The cream is now ready for use.

3. Moisturizing and Regenerating Cream

This moisturizing and regenerating cream is an excellent option if you notice that the skin on your hands dries out easily. To make it, you’ll need three very special ingredients: Vitamin E capsules, cocoa butter, and beeswax.


  • 3 tablespoons of sweet almond oil (45 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel (45 g)
  • 2 tablespoons of beeswax (30 g)
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter (30 g)
  • 3 drops of aloe vera aromatic essential oil
  • 6 drops of vitamin E


  • Put the sweet almond oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, and vitamin E in a container.
  • Heat them in a Bain Marie until they have completely melted.
  • Let the mixture to cool down and wait for it to solidify.
  • Using a blender, gradually add the aloe vera gel.
  • Finally, pour 3 drops of aloe vera essential oil into the mixture and process until you have a smooth consistency.
  • The cream is now ready to use.

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4. Moisturizing cream with coconut and lavender

The mixture of coconut and lavender essential oil is exquisite. And it’s not only very pleasant, but also very relaxing (because of the touch of lavender). To prepare it, you only have to mix these ingredients with a little beeswax.


  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (30 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons of beeswax (30 g)
  • 5 to 8 drops of lavender essential oil


  • Add the coconut oil and beeswax together in a container.
  • Heat both ingredients until they completely liquefy and add 5 to 8 drops of lavender essential oil.
  • Once you have a homogeneous mix, pour the liquid into some silicon molds.
  • Let them solidify and then remove them from the molds.

5. Moisturizing cream with cocoa and shea butter


  • 1 tablespoon of shea butter (15 g)
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter (30 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of beeswax (15 g)
  • 5 to 8 drops of vanilla essence


  • Just like the previous recipe, melt the ingredients in a Bain Marie.
  • Once melted, add 5 to 8 drops of vanilla essence, mix well, and pour the mixture into some silicon molds.
  • Once solid, you can remove them from the molds and store in a cool place.

Use homemade hand creams to hydrate you hands well in the winter

We hope that with these recipes to make hand cream you’ll be able to recover the softness and natural hydration of your hands at any time of the year.

Remember that it’s best to use gloves in winter to keep your hands as well protected as possible. At the same time, you should wear gloves if you’re going to wash dishes and do other household chores that involve contact with detergents and other products that may dry out your skin and nails.

In the case that you have spots on your hands and wish to remove them, it’s best to see a dermatologist.


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