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How to make your own hand cream

Jessica Bartley

Jessica Bartley, an aesthetician and beauty expert based in Astoria, Queens, is the host of the aptly named EstheKitchen, a new short-form show on where she teaches viewers how to make beauty products using ingredients found in their kitchen cupboards.

To that end, we tapped Bartley for a recipe specifically tailored to a winter beauty issue we’re suffering from right now: super dry and chapped hands that our mittens just can’t seem to prevent. (Though massaging kale does seem to help.)

Just be sure to run out and buy a cute vintage jam jar to store it in first. —Jamie McKillop

Winter Wonder Hand Cream
(Makes one cup; shelf life is three to five months)

1/4 cup organic grapeseed oil
1/4 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup organic cocoa butter
1/8 cup aloe vera gel (commercially prepared gel will do)
1/8 cup rose water
1 tbs beeswax (add a touch more for a firmer cream)

Note: If you have a capsule of vitamin E or vegetable glycerine, adding a few drops of each is an awesome addition to this recipe, although totally unnecessary.

1. Sanitize all utensils, tools, bowls and containers with alcohol before you get started. Don’t be lazy, germs are not your friend and will lower the shelf life of your lotion.
2. Melt the cocoa butter, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, and beeswax in a double boiler on low heat, or in the microwave if that’s how you roll. (I use an old glass bowl or mason jar as it usually stays a little oily unless you are a scrubbing machine.) After these ingredients have melted together, remove from heat, and let the mixture sit until it firms up. Pop it in the fridge to speed this process up.
3. In a small bowl, mix together the aloe vera and rose water, as well as the vitamin E and glycerine if you are using these.
4. After your oil mixture has set up, scrape this mixture into a small food processor and blend slowly while drizzling in the rose water and aloe mixture a little at a time until completely combined. (You could also use an immersion blender for this step).You will be  left with a light creamy lotion that packs a serious punch.

Boom, it’s your super hydrating, super simple, Winter Wonder Hand Cream! Now slap that stuff in a clean, air tight container, store in a cool dry place, and enjoy it!

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