We were getting low on cream and during this time of year I like to put cream on my hands as they get dry. I have used a number of different recipes and they are all sort of similar and here is what I did today which is what I usually make.
In a pot put an inch or so of water in a small pot and place a jar like a canning jar that can handle the heat into it. Put 1/4 of a cup of emulsifying wax (I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs) and 1/4 cup of oil of your choice into the jar and heat it up on medium or so heat. I used half sweet almond oil and half kukui nut oil. While you are doing this boil some water and have a container ready that can hold at least 2 cups. Pour 1 cup of boiling water into a pyrex measuring cup and 1/4 cup of glycerin into the boiling water. I usually pour the oil/wax mixture and the boiling water/glycerin mixture into the container at the same time. Add about 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil and some essential oil of choice is desired. Stir the mixture well. As it cools keep stirring to make sure it doesn’t separate.
1/4 cup emulsifying wax
1/4 cup oil or combination of oils
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp Vitamin E
My first handmade instead of store-bought item of the year!